Shadow Magic

©Scholastic Films UK

 

Author: Joshua Khan

Publisher: Scholastic

 

One Slave Boy

One Princess of Darkness

Six Houses of Magic

Thorn, an outlaw’s son, wasn’t supposed to be a slave. He’s been sold to an executioner, and they’re headed for Gehenna, land of the undead.

Lilith Shadow wasn’t supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. Following the murder of her family, she has become the last in a long line of sorcerers and the only surviving member of House Shadow.

When Lilith is targeted by a ruthless assassin, she and Thorn find themselves sucked into a dangerous world of monsters and dark magic.

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17 thoughts on “Shadow Magic

  1. Jago Solloway DPL says:

    When I started to read this book I had no idea how clever and detailed the book would be with its fantastic descriptions. I found it great how pompous Gabriel was and how funny Thorn can be.The only put down I could find was the era as it confused me but I guess thats just what fantasies are like, thank you for such a good book. 10/10

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  2. Thomas Grundy says:

    Thomas Grundy
    Dulwich Prep London

    I absolutely loved this book which I coincidentally read before it was put on the book list but I still remember how entrancing the story was and how thorn goes from slave, to best friend of the princess of the house of Gehenna and apprentice to executioner to Tyburn. Thorn is a lovable character that you always feel up yourself rooting for despite the odds sometimes against him. The author cleverly brings inequality into this story by stating that women or girls were not allowed to use magic and although this was the unfair law, Lilith still found herself breaking it which brings an element of humour into it.
    I rate it 9 1/2 out of ten

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  3. Louis Hogg, DPL says:

    I loved this book, I found that the way Joshua Khan has intertwined all the characters is very clever. Every character has their own back story and their own origin on the map of Gehenna and yet he has managed to converge all the characters into one area: Castle Gloom. I also felt that this book was almost written like a murder mystery: there was deceit, lies and a double crossing and yet like all good murder mysteries the killer was not who you expected them to be. Furthermore the descriptions were excellently balanced – not overdoing it, but not too little, just enough for my own vision and the discription to work together. I disliked the pictures, the artwork was good but I like making my own visions of the characters. Overall I give this book an 8/10.

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  4. Khiani Ofuyaekpone-Shombe Dulwich Prep London says:

    I must say that when I heard the title shadow magic I was grabbed to it but it was not what I had expected. I like reading books that start off fast so I am sucked it to it straight away (like Gone Series by Michael Grant) . But for my liking Shadow magic took too long and by then I had put the book down. The language was fascinating but the story moved too slow for me. I would rate it a 6/10

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  5. Samuel Ray-Billington Dulwich Prep London says:

    Samuel Ray-Billington: Dulwich Prep London

    Thorn was destined to be an outlaw but instead has been captured by a slave trader and sold to Tyburn, an executioner. Whisked away from his home to the land of the undead, all seems lost until he meets Lilith Shadow, the reluctant new ruler of Gehenna. After Lilith is targeted by assassins trying to take over the Kingdom, together they form an unlikely friendship that will turn both their lives upside down as they embark on an adventure through a land of strange, dangerous creatures and dark magic.

    I think this is a really great book. Despite a slow start, the story builds in intensity throughout and the descriptions of the people and places that Thorn and Lilith travel to are extremely vivid. For example, the explanation of Castle Gloom, the palace of Lilith, allows you to hear the souls whispering and the wind blowing through the cracks of the castle walls. The two main characters really come to life and you almost feel their emotions as if they are your own.

    I have given this book a nine out of ten and recommend it to all lovers of the fantasy genre from ages 8 and up. There are some scenes, featuring trolls in the middle of the story, that some children might be frightened by, particularly if they did not enjoy the recent BFG movie! And some may find themselves getting impatient with the slow start but persevere, it is worth it because it really picks up and the ending is amazing.

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  6. i personally felt like shadow magic was okay but it moved to slow for my taste and it had hard language to understand. If it were to stay fast the whole way through (like Bodyguard by Chris Bradford) then I would have been sucked into the book. I would rate it 7/10 as it still had some great feelings on the reader because even though it was slow it had some adventure.

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  7. Charlie Parker DPL says:

    Shadow Magic was utterly captivating from start to finish. The story was detailed with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader fully engaged. The fantasy and imagination was spectacular along with the writing conjuring up vivid images. I would definitely recommend this. Absolutely fabulous, 10/10!!!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Greta Barbieri Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
    I am in love with this book and when I first got it I didn’t expect such a magical read. The language in Shadow Magic is so strong that the words leap out of the page and create a land of imagination in your mind that is yours to explore! I am so enraptured by this wonderful story that I am planning to read the sequel: Dream Magic. Overall, I would highly recommend this book and I will give it 10/10! If you do decide to read this then I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  9. Ayan Nandi DPL says:

    Thorn is an outlaw, banished from his home by his criminal past. Held by a slave trader, he is finally sold to an executioner of one of the four kingdoms, the House of Shadow. When Lilith Shadow, reluctant new ruler of the Shadow Kingdom, is threatened by assassins, Thorn and Lily form a strange friendship. This grows as they face evil creatures and dark dangerous magic. This book has many quirky characters that have personalities only imagined by the creative authors. Anyone who likes fantasy will be sucked into this book. I think people should be more like Thorn and Lily, to keep an air of cheerfulness even in the most dangerous or annoying situations.
    I don’t really like fantasy or magical books, so it was not really the book for me. A very good book for the right type of person. 6.5/10

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  10. Ayan Nandi DPL says:

    Thorn is an outlaw, banished from his home by his criminal past. Held by a slave trader, he is finally sold to an executioner of one of the four kingdoms, the House of Shadow. When Lilith Shadow, reluctant new ruler of the Shadow Kingdom, is threatened by assassins, Thorn and Lily form a strange friendship. This grows as they face evil creatures and dark dangerous magic. This book has many quirky characters that have personalities only imagined by the creative authors. Anyone who likes fantasy will be sucked into this book. I think people should be more like Thorn and Lily, to keep an air of cheerfulness even in the most dangerous or annoying situations.
    I don’t really like fantasy or magical books, so it was not really the book for me. A very good book for the right type of person. 6.5/10

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  11. John Abboodass says:

    Shadow magic was an amazing book with an interesting taste for murder. This book like other murder mystery books is a very clever one as it connects at the end with all of the long, lost pieces coming together to solve who killed Lily’s family. The ending was suprising to me because you never know who is the killer untill the very end. A very suprising book, with magic being flung at you the whole way through. 8/10

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  12. David Oris says:

    I think that Joshua Khan has used murder very effectively as it creates suspense and more mystery to each and every page and chapter that you read. I was not able to put it down!

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  13. Vanessa Sylvester says:

    Vanessa Sylvester says:
    Rate: 8/10
    I think that the book Shadow Magic is a fantastic and magical book. It takes you into a world of mythical creatures and unimaginable sightings. The things that I like about it is that the book has its own map on it. This is useful because you can follow where the characters travel too. The one problem with it is that they hardly described Thorn’s brothers and sisters. They mostly seemed to talk about Thorn and his dad. What made the book truly amazing was what the effect was on adding magic to the story. It benefited the story in a good way.

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  14. Vanessa Sylvester, City of London Academy

    I think that the book Shadow Magic is a fantastic and magical book. It takes you into a world of mythical creatures and unimaginable sightings. The things that I like about it is that the book has its own map on it. This is useful because you can follow where the characters travel too. The one problem with it is that they hardly described Thorn’s brothers and sisters. They mostly seemed to talk about Thorn and his dad. What made the book truly amazing was what the effect was on adding magic to the story. It benefited the story in a good way.

    Rated: 8/10

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  15. Oluwakemi Adebari, City of London Academy

    I found the plot and its twists very entertaining throughout me reading this book. The little illustrations were beautiful and the map in the beginning pages helped me understand the geography of the country much more than without.

    8/10

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  16. Ibraheem Ayub DPL says:

    Shadow Magic is a Fantasy Book. I do not normally read books from this genre and would not have read it if it had not been on the shortlist. I was not intrigued by the book cover or the blurb.
    I decided to give the book a chance, however the story was very slow to start and I struggled to maintain any interest. I liked the storyline and I liked the way Thorn (the main character) started as a criminal and ended up as a friend of Lilith, who is the ruler of Gehenna. I would recommend this book for people who like fantasy. Overall i think it was a good book and would give it a 6/10.

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  17. James Barnes, DPL says:

    This book is a fantasy tale where the two main characters meet – one is a peasant & one is royal but they get on with each other nevertheless. I liked this book because it was exciting and eventful but not too far-fetched which I think is a recipe for success in a fiction book. This is why I have now read the second book – Dream Magic – which follows Lily’s and Thorn’s further adventures together. I would give this 8.5/10

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