Shadow Fall by Audrey GreyShadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall

byAudrey Grey

Paperback | November 22, 2016

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The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won't just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it's the dark bastard prince she's partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive. 

The question is who?

Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.
Title:Shadow FallFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1.1 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Blaze Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0997010495

ISBN - 13:9780997010497


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bad Series Start This wasn't a bad read at all. In fact, it was a story I quite enjoyed and am looking forward to getting into the second. Set far in the future, Grey has painted a world fraught with all the fear, paranoia, and destitute people one would expect from an unequal class system. However, what really prevented me from giving it another star is the lack of explanation. Several times throughout the book I was left somewhat confused by the terminology and events that the story eventually revolved around, like the Trials, simply because it wasn't given enough or any exposition. It's one thing to tell vs show, but it's another to not tell at all. The story as a whole could have greatly benefited from an extra line here and there to just briefly clear up what something was. Sadly, the characters didn't feel like anything unique or special, falling prey to several of the tried and true tropes. The Chosen One being a seemingly ordinary and plain girl who must save the world all on her own. The love triangle between Maia and the two brothers who don't know their brothers but of course they're both royalty. The girl lashing out at everyone and feeling the need to do everything on her own and not trust anyone. Again, with the characters, their images could have benefited from a line or two explaining what's up. Cage, Flame, Brogue—a lot of their character wasn't well explained and I had to read deep between the lines at times to figure out where they stood. Nicolai was the biggest disappointment because he started off as such a fantastic character but barely came in, and I'm still not sure what he is to the rebel cause. Either way, I do hope he features more in the second book. Same with her mother. A saving grace for the characters was the notion of reconstruction that Grey utilizes. As barbaric and immoral it might be, it was a really neat part of the story. Taking the memories and appearance of one person and converting another person into them to become a ruthless person was believable for this world and very cool. I quite liked learning along with Maia exactly what Lady Everly was capable of. While I did tire a little bit of the "Who am I? Who will I choose to be?" it was a necessary evil for character progression. I also enjoyed the draw of astrology from Maia. I noticed in other reviews that readers drew parallels between Shadow Fall and The Hunger Games. I kept an eye out for it, and unfortunately towards the end it really did come out. There were a few scenes where all one needed to do was substitute Maia for Katniss and the Emperor for President Snow, and voila! a carbon copy in a different setting discussing something else. However, the Trials themselves put me in mind of my favourite Harry Potter novel, The Goblet Fire, with the maze of horrors reminding me of the final task in the book. 3.5/5
Date published: 2017-09-25