“This is all that’s left?” Bill Jennings, Director of the Joint National Security Agency and Homeland Security Office glanced up at his assistant. Six names on a piece of official letterhead had been passed to the aging Director. Bill was two months away from retirement and the president and other high-ranking officials were already vetting candidates to fill his position.
Bill shook his head at the list of children still living. Another piece of paper resting under his hand listed the names of the dead. There were nearly seven hundred of those and he still wasn’t sure they’d gotten information on all the children involved. He worried about many other children listed as missing—had they been abducted? How could he explain these things to the president, let alone someone coming in to take over his job? Bill sighed heavily. “Where are they now?” he asked.
“These six,” Vince Jordan, Bill’s assistant, tapped the paper containing the names of the half-Elemaiyan children still living, “are relocated, but we’ve seen how unsuccessful that has been in the past. You know where the seventh one is, through Mr. Winkler.”
“Yes. I do know where the seventh one is,” Bill agreed.
“Do you think, sir,” Vince mused aloud, “that we might put these six,” he tapped the paper again, “where the seventh one is?”
Of the hundreds of Bright Elemaiyan children born to human parents, only seven remain. Six of those have been relocated, but the Dark Elemaiya are closing in to destroy them. The seventh, Ashe Evans, resides in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. Government authorities, in an effort to save the relocated six, approach the residents of Cloud Chief seeking shelter for the children and their human families. Ashe must find a way to keep them safe as murders begin to pile up outside Cloud Chief’s protected boundaries.
A refreshing, wonderful read.
That’s saying something AGAIN, as YA novels are not on my normal reading list. Yes, I’m still trying to get past that block. However, reading Ashe’s story is a complete joy. I love Ms Suttle’s Blood Destiny Series but Ashe has pulled me in, tied me up and is holding me hostage.
Shadowed begins approximately a year after the first of the series, Bumble ended. Ashe and his best friend, Sali, are the typical teenagers. They are planning different ways they can finagle a cell phone from their parents. Been there, done that myself. Ashe does find out there are others similar to him when a group of teenagers and their families are relocated to Cloud Chief to keep them safe.
This is a hard review to write as I could inadvertently spoil the book for those who haven’t read it yet. Reading Shadowed was extremely relaxing for me. The only thing I can think is Ms Suttle’s Blood Destiny Series moves so fast with so many characters, action and plot lines, that Ashe is easier on my nerves. Having said that, there is no lack of plot, characters or action but the pacing is different. More mature readers will enjoy all the nuances of the teen and parents miscues. It was funny really, being a parent myself, I wanted to shake Ashe’s parents a couple of times. That’s just how Ashe sucks you in. I should be rooting for the parents but I wasn’t!! Even without his special powers, Ashe is a young man I wouldn’t mind having for a son.
You can read the Legend of the Ir’Indicti Series by itself or to make it more enjoyable, you should also read the Blood Destiny Series. Several of the characters appear in both works (just a teaser, there is a surprise visitor to Ashe, you won’t want to miss). It allows you to see more depth and find out more background of the characters.
Oh yeah, the ending is going to blow your mind.
My rating: 4.5 Stars
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