A man waits in Vale, a world void of humanity.
A mother vanishes, her disappearance concealed by the police.
A girl collapses, black magic invading her blood.
And a boy linked to them all must fight to save his family.
Earth is just one of seven worlds. Gateways divide the realms and those who pass through must earn keys, participating in challenges that will separate the fearful from the brave, the weak from the strong, and the witless from the cunning.
Sixteen year old Oliver Knight knows nothing of the other worlds or his family’s dark past. But when his adopted sister succumbs to a deadly curse the truth is revealed and he is plunged into an unknown land in a desperate bid to save her. However, a sinister enemy is on the rise and the danger they face at every turn throws those around them under suspicion. In order to survive, Oliver must figure out who to trust, who to believe and, ultimately, who to fear…
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Creeping Shadow is about Oliver Knight and his adopted sister’s journey through the other worlds. Neither of them knew about the other worlds’ existence until their grandfather- Ely- was forced to tell them when May was struck with a curse that was intent on killing her.
This was The Hunger Games meets The Testing. This book in no way mimicked those stories, but I got the same feelings I had when I read those. Which is good, because I really liked them.
In order to enter the other worlds, a key is needed but is only achieved after the person completes a challenge. This book emits a sense of mystery and adventure that is extremely hard to back away from. I found myself willing to be caught in it’s clutches.
When I agree to read a book, especially an ARC, I usually have nothing to go on except the synopsis. The synopsis intrigued me a lot and I can stay that I wasn’t disappointed at all. The author is an extremely gifted writer.
What I liked about this book was that it was consistent. It didn’t jump from one plot to the other. Even though there were a few time jumps, they all made sense and helped in understanding the story better. There were a few twists that I did not see coming, so that’s a plus for unpredictability. All throughout the book I thought that something was going to happen, hoping that I was wrong, but then that ending! I need more! I need to know what happens next.
I took a break from this book at about 20% because I still had time to finish it so I turned my attention elsewhere. When I did get back to it though, I had realised that I read 40% more on a car ride that lasted almost 2 hours. The way I feel now, I want to start the book over and experience it all over again. I really really liked it. It has definitely exceeded my expectations.
Read: 21 November 2015
Publication Date: 10 December 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Caroline Peckham