Book 1 of the Shadowmagic series
Genre: Urban Fantasy / YA
Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
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 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3061457-shadowmagic 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.
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