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Review: House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier

Format: Paperback / Kindle
Number of pages: 342
Published July 10th 2012 by Orbit (first published July 1st 2012)

Orphaned, two sisters are left to find their own fortunes.

Sweet and proper, Karah's future seems secure at a glamorous Flower House. She could be pampered for the rest of her life... if she agrees to play their game.

Nemienne, neither sweet nor proper, has fewer choices. Left with no alternative, she accepts a mysterious mage's offer of an apprenticeship. Agreeing means a home and survival, but can Nemienne trust the mage?

With the arrival of a foreign bard into the quiet city, dangerous secrets are unearthed, and both sisters find themselves at the center of a plot that threatens not only to upset their newly found lives, but also to destroy their kingdom.

Rating: 4/5

"House of Shadows" is a really interesting book which keeps you focused on the action.

It has many descriptive passages which may bore some of you but if you read it when you feel that you can focus, you can discover the "magic" of the book, these passages creating some really nice images in your mind!

This story starts with eight sisters and their father. Misfortune strikes, leaving the eight girls all alone after their father dies. Since they have to survive, some of the sisters need to be "sacrificed".

I liked the authors creation, the "keiso", which has its roots in the gheisa lives from Japan. 

The combination between the sisterhood and the hardship that the eight girls have to go through was really interesting. The action is even more complex since, as you read, more characters become involved.

I don't know what my favorite character is but I think I would choose Nemienne.

The names of the characters are not usual names, thing that makes the book even more rich in fantasy!

High fantasy readers would like reading this book since the action is twirled and the author includes magic and even dragons in the story!

"The candlelight illuminated an area perhaps an arm's ;emght on each side of her, not enough to gain sense of the place in which she stood. The light she carried with her seemed to create, not a rival for the darkness, nor even a contrast to it, but only an accent that clarified its sweep and power. There was no sign, now, of the cat."

"He said after a moment, not turning, "The sea goes out forever, doesn't it? Sweeps in with the tide and washes endlessly out again, iterations on a single unfathomable theme... One could imagine the setting sun drowning out there in the far west. The sea seems more powerful even than light..." "

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