Friday 13 July 2012


Shadowmagic by John Lenahan
Book 1 of the Shadowmagic series

Genre: Urban Fantasy / YA
Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook

About Shadowmagic:
Shadowmagic is a rip roaring fun fantasy adventure novel by John Lenahan very loosely based on Irish mythology where every chapter ends on the edge of a cliff (or at least a high curb.) Join Conor as he grapples with typical teenage problems like, how to deal with a father's high expectations, how to survive in the world on your own and how to woo a beautiful girl - that wants you dead. Shadowmagic a podcast novel for young adults from 12 to 112.
Source: Info in the About Shadowmagic was taken from GoodReads at on 29/11/2011.

I confess that I bought this book just because it was dirt cheap and it got magic in its title. I didn't even read the synopsis. Only to find out that the audio format read by the author is free on iTunes! And I also wanted to try out the kobo for blackberry app in my phone. Anyway, I started reading and I was pleasantly surprised! I was enjoying it! And when I am not reading it, the story pops into my head and Conor does all sorts of alternative version of the story... and then I couldn't wait to get back to it and continue reading to see what happens next. I was hooked! And yes, I've ordered book 2 of the Shadowmagic series, Prince of Hazel And Oak.

As I was reading along, I thought that Joshua Jackson would make a good Conor... I think they have that same mischievous streak in them.

The thing I like most with this book is the humour between the pages. It had me laughing out loud and sometimes bent over. That earned a lot of kudos with me! It made the story telling quality wonderful indeed!

The main thing I didn't like about it is that it is an ebook. I am a touchy-feely reader... I like the texture and smell of the paper of a book... So I just had to buy the paperback edition of the book... which was not cheap....

For something I bought because it was dirt cheap and then turns out to be free after all, proved to be a tad costly to me.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 4

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


  1. Free? Oh pooh I miss all the cool stuff

  2. Oh...I love when that happens and you find a great book without looking. Wonderful. New book and author to me. I'll have to look into it. :) Thank you!


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