Ennara and the Book of Shadows by Angela ShelleyEnnara and the Book of Shadows by Angela Shelley

Ennara and the Book of Shadows

byAngela Shelley

Paperback | October 31, 2014

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Title:Ennara and the Book of ShadowsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.61 inPublished:October 31, 2014Publisher:Shelley KyleLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book We return to the story of Ennara a year later in the second book written by Angela Myron. Ennara is now away from home and is studying at the Academy of Magic. However, things are not looking good. Ennara feels disconnected to her professors. Her ear burns at times and people treat her with a cold indifference. It seems like no one wants her to learn anything that will benefit her. Healing spells are a major part of the light magic, and Ennara has to determine the path of light to fulfill the right part of the prophecy. She has a talent for necromancy (we know this from book 1). As Ennara tries to use light magic it backfires. Someone is manipulating the situation forcing her to use dark magic. Ennara Gaern is expelled alongside her best friend, Kithe Fontaine. The school year is suspended, artifacts are stolen from council members and royalty, Tzu is preparing for war, and diplomatic relations are falling apart. Council members are acting suspiciously; everyone is treating her with fear. Strange things happen to her. She is spoken to through her mind and just like Harry Potter she has visions. The only person that is trusted and gives her the information she needs is professor Branwen. The plot and story sounded very intriguing, however, what I found the book lacked was originality. Every part the story took was somehow a reflection of J.K Rowling’s famous Harry Potter. Dark objects are controlling the council members, and Ennara needs to find and destroy them. Does this ring a bell to anyone? Harry Potter was searching for Horcrux’s. He had to destroy them to weaken Voldemort. Ennara has to go to the holy well, invoke the enlightened ones and make a vow to the way of light. In addition, nowhere in the book mentions why Ennara is so special. If caul means magic, then most of the children at the academy possess it just as much as Ennara does. What makes Ennara so unique? Why so powerful? People believed the tiny caul membrane on Ennara’s face was a sign that she was special and will one day be a powerful wizard. She has a tattoo on her right hand because of it and studied magic from a very young age. That is all we know. Conversely, We knew why Harry Potter was unique. Everyone knew what the scar meant. It was evident that Voldemort wanted Harry for the very same reason. However, in my opinion, grounds for Ennara’s powers or specialty are unknown. Apart from what I mentioned above, this book is very detailed and entertains a lot of drama and epic battles. The Author has covered almost every loophole you could imagine and the storyline is very well thought out. Anyone with interest in any kind of wizardry story will definitely enjoy this book. There is a new addition to the team. Her name is Cinne, and she is a possible love interest for Kithe. I am happy that the team is no longer a trio because it adds more characters and stories to the tale. The third book of this series is coming along shortly, and I hope that the story will have more originality. Written by Jeyran Main
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Nice Open your eyes to the world where children that possess magic, “caul,” are bought, sold and kept like good luck charms. Ennara is the only “caul” in Estlan, and her parents paid the nurse not to reveal her identity to protect her. Ennara still has the tattoo to prove who she is but hides it from people. She is sent with Tork, a great wizard, to the sunken city in search of a sword that is going to kill the shadespawn, the dark force. On her journey to the sunken city, she faces many challenges and begins to use her magic to protect her friends and herself from evil. The discoveries made will save the world, and she realizes that there is more backstory to the shadespawn than they initially thought. The book is an ideal one for children to read. It is a mesh between Harry Potter and the Lord of the rings. At every moment’s given time, the children had to face something or solve a riddle and learn something new. I believe that if I were much younger and were given this book to read, I would not have come out of my bedroom until I was done. The literary standard is very relaxed, easy to understand and moderately paced. The plot and the characters were uniquely written. It was very easy to bond with the children and relate to them. There was many historical references and back-story, which was very nice. This made me understand every chapter very well and created more depth to the story. I believe the Author actually sat down and ensured that there were no loopholes in the story. The names, facts, places and the history of everything were extremely well thought and panned out. “Only one who possesses the wisdom of the sword can wield its magical power”- Tork informs Ennara. If I was given a dollar for every time I heard that statement in some other shape or form; I would be rich. That is probably the only negative thing I am going to say about this book. Maybe the battles and the story was slightly different but, without giving out any spoilers, I felt that a lot of the content was similar to what we have already read in the Harry Potter and Lord of the Ring books. I recommend this book for children that like to read about adventures, have courage, and to be taught that the power of love & family conquers all. Yes, I agree, the ending message was the same as Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings as well, however, a positive message such as this one, in the current world we live in, can never be retold enough. Written by Jeyran Main
Date published: 2016-11-01