"Secrets in the Shadows" by Kaitlyn King: Review/Giveaway

Review by Kiana Wall

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Author Kaitlyn King transports readers back to Endor in the second book in her More than Conquerors series: Secrets in the Shadows. Following the first book, The Forgotten Prince, Secrets in the Shadows brings fresh new characters, surprises, and challenges for beloved friends Tridan, Zoran, Jazmine, Emmeline, and their families.

As a new year dawns on the kingdom, the heroes of Endor and their classmates advance to the next level of conqueror training (squires). They also welcome a new group of trainees (pages). Among them is Zoran’s younger sister, Jaquey. As the pages and squires train under Sir Leon, Jaquey struggles to fit in, Jazmine and Emmeline team up to help the commoners, and Tridan deals with his identity as a royal noble.

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Meanwhile, the rest of the kingdom prepares to crown Prince Altholos as the next king. The problem is that he is a foolish, lazy drunkard. His conceited younger brother Prince Oliver believes he is more fit to rule. With the High Chancellor by his side, he sets about trying to gain the support of the eight noble families. But when Prince Altholos finds out, the fight becomes messier as the nobles and brothers clash over rights to the throne.

As the political chaos between Altholos and Oliver affects the young nobles, they step in to help. However, before long, Tridan realizes that they are involved in a plot more twisted than anyone can see.

The author continues to implement strong biblical principles and teaches life lessons through the familiar characters and their struggles. She also demonstrates an example of strong family ties through Zoran and his family, as well as representing elements of unity and loyalty to friends. One of the most important topics discussed in the book springs from a question often asked: How do we get to Heaven? The moment when a young noble wrestles with this question and his faith is a truly touching moment in the book. It leaves plenty of space for thought-provoking questions and later conversations readers may want to have afterwards.

Once again, readers are left on a very suspenseful cliffhanger. The book is an exciting read; a captivating story with enough adventure to satisfy the most daring of readers. The cleverly woven plot sucks you in and doesn’t let go until you’ve read the very last word, then leaves you wanting more.

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Kiana Wall lives in Reedley, CA and is 15. She is a freshman in high school and enjoys reading, writing, and a number of different crafts in her spare time. She also loves anything to do with horses.

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