Shadow Magic: Book 1 - Signed Copy, by Joshua Khan

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Shadow Magic: Book 1 - Signed Copy, by Joshua Khan

SHADOW MAGIC is a new epic fantasy adventure for upper middle grade readers.  Told via the alternating points of view of Lilith Shadow and Thorn, it will appeal to both boy and girl readers, especially those who love Rick Riordan's PERCY JACKSON books and Anthony Horowitz's GATEKEEPERS series.

Lily Shadow, 13-year-old princess and ruler of Gehenna, lives in Castle Gloom, an immense and windowless citadel. Once Lily's ancestors commanded spirits, communed with the dead, and raised armies from out of the grave. But now her country is about to be conquered by the Shadows' ancient enemies, the Solars, lords of light, and Lily is not permitted to use magic, because she is a girl.  But she has hidden talents, and secret agendas of her own…

Thorn is a peasant boy, wily and smart, phenomenal archer and bat whisperer, who is sold into slavery to House Shadow’s executioner Tyburn. He'll agree to just about anything to earn his freedom including mucking out the royal stables. When Lily is nearly poisoned by an unknown assassin, she and Thorn join forces and embark on a dangerous quest to save Gehenna, a weird and wonderful land of haunted castles, mysterious forests and an unforgettable giant bat.

Together they must unravel a twisted plot of betrayals, pride and deadly ambition.

The magic continues in Book 2: Dream Magic!

"If you are pining for that thrill you felt when you first discovered Harry Potter, let me recommend SHADOW MAGIC. Here is a fantasy world you will lose yourself in -- with Six Great Families of magic, the nicest princess of darkness you've ever met, a peasant boy with skills to rival Robin Hood, and a supporting cast of zombies, paladins, ghost puppies, executioners, minstrels, murderers, and a giant hero bat.
I defy you not to love this story."
--Rick Riordan
 "Zestful, dynamic and addictive, SHADOW MAGIC is storytelling at its most exuberant. Joshua Khan sweeps you up on the very first page and never lets you go. Close shaves, high adventure, wild fantasy, and giant bats--this book has it all. I haven't had this much fun in ages. Sit back and enjoy the ride!"
--Jonathan Stroud 
 "Working together but never losing sight of their individual objectives, Thorn and Lily uncover surprising truths about their families. Despite the gloomy setting, this book vibrates with hope. Short chapters filled with action, appealing characters, and cliff-hanger endings make this fantasy the kind of book readers will find hard to put down. Recommended for all middle grade collections."
--School Library Journal (starred review)