Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love.
But when she earns a spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle it out for a chance to rewrite the past, Vesper finally has a shot to reverse the mistakes that have changed her forever. She turns to Sam Hardy, a former MMA fighter who’s also carrying a tragedy he desperately wants to undo. However, helping heal Sam’s heart will mean breaking her own, and the competition forces her to master her powers—powers she has been terrified of since they destroyed her life.
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019.
My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*
“[…] But, accepting things has its own power, you know. It’s just not as alluring as control.”
Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy via Edelweiss+ from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Perhaps that quote is a very very accurate summation of the core attribute of this book. The fight a person has with themselves; with their fears, guilt and mistakes. Where do we give in and where do we seek control? The concept of control is a very slippery slope. It’s something that’s forever slipping away from our fingers, simply because it’s not what we must be chasing after, not what we must wish to close our fists around.
The Beckoning Shadow truthfully took me a bit to get into. I found myself in a minor slump until about 27% of the book. After that, we see a peek of the threads that start to weave themselves together. We see the spiral and the dance of these threads as characters appear, their personalities adding to the mix, drawing out emotions in the protagonist and creating a very very lose-yourself-in world.
Vesper Montgomery, the protagonist, is a girl living in the world with Oddities–individuals with abilities that set them apart and have them ostracised. Her greatest fear comes to life when she finds out what she’s capable of doing; what she capable of becoming. Vesper is a sassy, young, scared, powerful girl fighting a battle in her head. And the battle is against herself; her lack of trust in her own self. In many ways, I could relate to Vesper, because my own anxiety was born from the fearful thought that I couldn’t trust myself.
The plot was a beautiful ravelling and then an unravelling of braids upon braids of threads that glitter and dance seamlessly with and around themselves. The romance in the story starts off as a subtle thread that joins the rest and you’re almost afraid to tug at it. But then it becomes so intertwined with the plot that it is impossible to ignore and suddenly it’s a part of every page, every action and every thought in the protagonist.
The secondary characters are a wonderful addition to the story, and are such a large part of the mystery and suspense that wraps this story up. You never see the reveal until it’s almost right in front of you and then you can almost not see past it and you wonder how you missed it. The last about thirty percent of the book absolutely does not let up and you pretty much love everyone in the book, (save of course, a few) because Katharyn Blair has helped us remember that even inside some prickly spiked exteriors, there can exist warm hearts.
Perhaps the only issue I had was in the first maybe twenty percent of the book, where I couldn’t always separate where the past and present or the dreams and reality start and end and I had to re-read to place the scene; but that could still possibly be because I had an uncorrected proof and shouldn’t be a problem for the original copies that release. But in the wake of KB’s writing and the weight of her plot and that fact that all of this was just in her debut…I could barely be fussy about it.
A special mention to the cover art; it’s beautifully fitting.
The Beckoning Shadow is a book where we watch as the protagonist as she is gripped with an undying fear of harming those around her and her constant run from herself, until she stops one day and finds herself at the threshold of a chance to reverse the single night that could change everything. But will Vesper need to do something that may very well turn her into a monster of her own making or will she do the one thing that she dreads the most–face her fears?
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
I highly recommend The Beckoning Shadow. It’s a story greater than any blurb you read; it’s about facing your fear, it’s about gaining control by losing it, it’s about choosing the harder path and roughing it through and it’s about love, forgiveness and family. I sincerely pray that KB is AT THIS MOMENT writing another novel because my greedy reader eyes are READY. Five stars! The Beckoning Shadow is available now on Amazon and other retailer sites! Go, buy it now!