Book Description (via Goodreads): In the deep heart of the forest, there are places where no light ever shines, where darkness is folded by pale hands and jewel-bright eyes, where the world is ruled by the wicked and kept by the wraiths. This is where the Sprites of the Sihl live.
But Sprites are not born, they are made. On the path to Spritehood, spritelings must first become shades. They do so by binding a shadow: a woodland creature, who guides them through their training. Together, they keep from the light and learn to enchant living things, to bind them, and, eventually, to kill them.
Yet, not all spritelings are born with malice—they must earn it or they are condemned. What happens then to the spriteling who finds a shadow where she shouldn’t? What happens if that particular spriteling wasn’t born with malice at all?
Ahraia was that spriteling. She ran too close to the light and bound herself to a wolf, a more powerful shadow than any that came before it. Now a shade, her shadow marks her for greatness. But a test is coming, and the further they wander out of the darkness, the deeper they wander into danger. Ahraia’s time is coming and what awaits her at the end of her test will either make her or kill her . . .
I received Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
First of all, let’s all just take a long moment to soak in the beauty of the front cover of this book. I love the art detail in this cover, especially with the Shad-Mon appearing towards the back, which (to be completely honest with you) I did not realise the Shad-Mon was in it at all until I took a proper look at the cover.
This book was absolutely incredible! Thank you to Coleman Alexander for creating such an adventurous world and wondrous characters! I really adore the relationship between Shade Ahraia and Losna (her shadow). The bond between the two characters is unbreakable and no matter what happens (or tries to happen), nothing can stop these two! I found myself really rooting for them to surpass the challenges and obstacles that lay ahead of their journey. I thought each of the characters were well developed.
Although it took me quite a long time to finish this book, I’m glad I paced myself as there was a lot of information to process that I didn’t want to simply rush through it and miss any vital parts. I found myself gasping and shocked at parts throughout the book as there are some twists and brutal turns which I did not see coming.
It reminded me ever so slightly of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series in terms of the relationship between a character and their wolf, it brought back fond memories of that series and i cannot wait to tell my partner about this book as I think he’ll love the concept of it too, knowing how much he enjoyed the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series (he was the one that showed me them, now it’s my turn to return the favour!)
I can’t wait to read more and get stuck into the world of Realmless (hopefully) soon.
Have any of you guys read Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander? If so, did you enjoy it or if not, are you interested to pick this book up? Let me know in the comments below.