Cloaked in Shadow

Cloaked in Shadow

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn't know what he is.Zacriah joins forces with new fr...

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Title:Cloaked in Shadow
Author:Ben Alderson
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Edition Language:English

Cloaked in Shadow Reviews

  • Elizabeth Sagan

    Cloaked in Shadow made me think of Throne of Glass and ACOTAR and a lot of set-up books that put things in place before the shit hits the fan. It felt like setting up a chessboard, which makes me so much more curious about the sequel.

    *

    I had high expectations when I started reading it. And I can honestly say they were met. It was a really nice and enjoyable read.

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    I want to point out 2 things, though. First one, the world-building. It isn’t that it lacks in world-building (actually, it was pretty

    Cloaked in Shadow made me think of Throne of Glass and ACOTAR and a lot of set-up books that put things in place before the shit hits the fan. It felt like setting up a chessboard, which makes me so much more curious about the sequel.

    *

    I had high expectations when I started reading it. And I can honestly say they were met. It was a really nice and enjoyable read.

    *

    I want to point out 2 things, though. First one, the world-building. It isn’t that it lacks in world-building (actually, it was pretty decent), but I would have liked to know more about that world. But this is the problem with set-up books: you can’t put everything there, especially when the whole novel has 350 pages. So it wasn’t really a problem, since I expect the details to be filled in the sequel/s.

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    And there we go to the second thing, which I found really interesting. Since I knew it was an LGBTQ+ story, I expected to find more about how that society thinks about the LGBT community of elves. Technically, I expected to find a copy of the human world (with good and bad stuff). But there was no such a thing. The main character was just doing his stuff and he was treated in the same way as you’d expect in a straight relationship. And how cool is to read about gay relationships just like you read about straight relationships, without anyone pointing it out?! So I have mixed feeling about the fact that there was no kind of social pressure, no kind of... what I expected to find? Everything was just normal. And this is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 3. It was the first book I’ve read in which the LGBT part of it is treated in this way and I honestly think it’s so, so, so cool!

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  • Cait • A Page with a View

    I am so impressed right now - Ben has such a talent for storytelling! He created a detailed, creative world here that any fantasy fan will love. There were different types of elves, magic, a prince, pretty forests, lots of action scenes... basically everything you'd want to see.

    - A prince who is more than he appears... and with whom Zac might have more in common than he thinks.

    - a well-developed romance

    - you could feel the tension & history between Zac and Petrer

    - s

    I am so impressed right now - Ben has such a talent for storytelling! He created a detailed, creative world here that any fantasy fan will love. There were different types of elves, magic, a prince, pretty forests, lots of action scenes... basically everything you'd want to see.

    - A prince who is more than he appears... and with whom Zac might have more in common than he thinks.

    - a well-developed romance

    - you could feel the tension & history between Zac and Petrer

    - speaking of Petrer - he shapeshifts into a RAVEN

    - It's obvious at the start that Zac has magic he needs to hide, but I didn't expect the awesome plot twist there

    - The elf riding an elk made me so happy (because Thranduil ok)

    And I loved seeing a gay main character whose entire story/identity wasn't just his sexuality. Those books are fine, but it's wonderful to see a regular, full adventure too!

    Otherwise, Ben's writing was easy to read and the pacing was solid. Everything unfolded perfectly and totally kept my interest. I'm looking forward to the sequel now!!

  • JD

    An Elf nicknamed "Zac". That's enough to DNR for me right there. Let's break down the synopsis now: the author puts "feeding his family" and avoiding a love interest into the same priority category. Seriously?

    Wtf is with the cover art? It looks like something that would belong to gay fantasy fanfic featuring an Elf that works part time as a go-go dancer in a gay club in Orlando. And I say that as a gay guy living in Orlando. YA- can't we demand better than this garbage?

    EDIT: Okay gang, I need

    An Elf nicknamed "Zac". That's enough to DNR for me right there. Let's break down the synopsis now: the author puts "feeding his family" and avoiding a love interest into the same priority category. Seriously?

    Wtf is with the cover art? It looks like something that would belong to gay fantasy fanfic featuring an Elf that works part time as a go-go dancer in a gay club in Orlando. And I say that as a gay guy living in Orlando. YA- can't we demand better than this garbage?

    EDIT: Okay gang, I need to add a postscript to this review, months after I wrote it.

    I know I'm getting huge hate, but I'm not changing this review. At the time it was written, I reviewed not the book's contents but what we knew about it: The cover art and the synopsis. While I wrote a review based on things we knew about an unreleased book, others were giving this thing high starred reviews... just because. Those same people then attacked me for reviewing a book before it was released. Hypocritical much?

    First of all, I still hate this fucking cover. Seriously, this guy got totally swindled with it. Critiquing a cover is of course legitimate. If you're turned off by a book's synopsis and cover, are you more or less likely to buy the book? Give me a break.

    Soon after I posted it, the author himself put me on twitter blast and got his social media acolytes to come and harass me on here. Then *THE AUTHOR CHANGED HIS OWN SYNOPSIS ON HERE*. It used to read:

    "Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: feeding his family and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart."

    and now reads:

    "Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart."

    So this guy attacks me on twitter and gets his foolish Jonestown clan to go after me, then takes some of my criticism. WTF?

    Also on this point, let's discuss the synopsis quotes on the cover: "A world in ruin." "A kingdom of lies." Okay... so why is that shit not in the main synopsis?! Instead we're spoon-fed this silly over-prioritized gay romance meanwhile the world is in ruins? In YOUR MAIN SYNOPSIS. This whole thing is just a poorly executed mess.

    Next, let's get rid of the notion that anything about this is original. Elves with light hair, pointy ears, magic, and different colored blood is not original. It's a straight-up Lord of the Rings/Eragon ripoff. The only "original" thing about it is it's almost exclusively gay characters, which is the primary thing being marketed about this book. Not the story, not the personality of the mains, not the conflict-- the sexuality. I'll discuss my issues with this next.

    Taken from the author's own twitter page, here are some more blatant rip-offs:

    . 'Alorian elves' have golden blood.

    . 'Morthi elves' live in underground caverns. (Mirkwood elves, anyone?)

    . 'Niraen elves' ride elks. (Again, Mirkwood infringement).

    THIS. SHIT. IS. NOT. ORIGINAL.

    My final enormous critique of this book is the marketing, and I need to elaborate:

    I love YA. I love LGBTQ fiction. I love YA LGBTQ fiction. My top YA favorites is the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. They feature queer characters. My issue with Ben Alderson is that he exploits his (and my) sexuality to sell books. He knows his fan girls will go crazy if he shells them some queer romance. He uses gay characters as blatant tropes to market his book. Six of Crows isn't a story constructed around gay characters. It's LGBTQ characters constructed inside a story. Its seamless and not abused. This is how you do queer in fiction, not my trumpeting your work as having gay characters, and oh yeah, some other stuff too.

    How YA readers, who apparently are offended at anything and everything, can tolerate blatant gay exploitation is beyond me.

  • Kylie Holiday

    Saw this book in the Goodreads newsletter and noticed the impressive ratings, and I LOVE LGBTQ fiction. But please do NOT believe the hype!!! This story is sexist in the worst way, delegating most of its female characters to one dimensional 'bitchy bimbo' stereotypes while the equally one dimensional male cast of Mary Sues receive the rest of the fantasy tropes. This is NOT acceptable in 2017!!! Here's just one early example, and th

    Saw this book in the Goodreads newsletter and noticed the impressive ratings, and I LOVE LGBTQ fiction. But please do NOT believe the hype!!! This story is sexist in the worst way, delegating most of its female characters to one dimensional 'bitchy bimbo' stereotypes while the equally one dimensional male cast of Mary Sues receive the rest of the fantasy tropes. This is NOT acceptable in 2017!!! Here's just one early example, and there are many many more. (For context, Zacriah is sitting in a wagon listening to girls gossip about having sex with the prince)

    Nyah is partially the exception and maybe this gets better later in the book, but I can't stomach another page and first impressions matter!

    As if the misogyny wasn't enough to rate it one star, let's take a look at the writing itself. Purple prose, grammar errors, very weird metaphors on every page, especially when magic is being used, modern words constantly peppered throughout that break any sense this is supposed to be a fantasy world. It feels more like a series of roleplaying posts or a fanfic. Also, there's a complete absence of anything resembling story or compelling character motivation. An example: the first two chapters the main character is just sitting in a cart. Literately!!! He's just a camera describing everything in purple prose, every irrelevant detail that had nothing to do with his (lack of) motivation or personal conflict. The plot instead seems like a lot of absurdly random coincidences the characters stumble upon rather than driving things through their own actions.

    DNF and will NOT come back for the sequel!

  • Ben Alderson

    MY BOOK IS OUT IN THE WORLD

    IM CRYING

    Thank you to everyone who has supported me and I hope you enjoy my book. It is out now and I am literally crying into my Iced Latte! Thank you all so so so so so so so much. IM CRYING. again. ALL DAY. This story means the world to me and I hope a young boy will read this one day and see how normal being gay is!

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    I AM WRITING A BOOK.

    THIS IS MY BABY!!!!!!!!!

    I am so so excited about this announcement. I am aiming to have it out early 2018, if no

    MY BOOK IS OUT IN THE WORLD

    IM CRYING

    Thank you to everyone who has supported me and I hope you enjoy my book. It is out now and I am literally crying into my Iced Latte! Thank you all so so so so so so so much. IM CRYING. again. ALL DAY. This story means the world to me and I hope a young boy will read this one day and see how normal being gay is!

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    I AM WRITING A BOOK.

    THIS IS MY BABY!!!!!!!!!

    I am so so excited about this announcement. I am aiming to have it out early 2018, if not even EARLIER! I will have a better estimate on release date mid 2017!

    PLEASE COME SHOW THIS SOME LOVE, ADD IT TO YOUR PAGES AND GET EXCITED!

    Beauty and the Beast inspired fantasy with Dragons (well... something similar to dragons... and OHMYGOSH just you wait and see), Gay Romance and Elemental Control!

    ARHHH

  • Ana

    Quoting Ben's not-official description "Beauty and the Beast inspired fantasy with Dragons, Gay Romance and Elemental Control"

    ...

    Shut up and take my money.

    I'm so sold. I need this.

  • Gabrielle  (busy lil' fox)

    Beauty and the Beast inspired? Gay romance? DRAGONS?

    *is here for this*

  • ☙ percy ❧

    RETELLINGS??????

    DRAGONS??????

    GAY ROMANCE???????

    ELEMENTAL MAGIC?????????

    I NEED IT

    THESE ARE LITERALLY MY FOUR FAVOURITE THINGS EVER

    update: idek where i got the dragons from because there's no dragons in the blurb but uh, anyways,

  • Rachel E. Carter

    Ben's debut gives fans of the Shannara Chronicles something new to fangirl (and boy :D) over in young adult fantasy.

    Okay, so I have to say First Year fans will love this one -I sent countless messages to Ben as I was reading saying things like: "OMG Priscilla's twin!" "Nyah is LIFE (Ella fans will love her)" "Your princeling is waaay nicer than mine (because Darren haters/those who love Ian will like Ben's book more;P)" >> Clearly Ben and I like

    Ben's debut gives fans of the Shannara Chronicles something new to fangirl (and boy :D) over in young adult fantasy.

    Okay, so I have to say First Year fans will love this one -I sent countless messages to Ben as I was reading saying things like: "OMG Priscilla's twin!" "Nyah is LIFE (Ella fans will love her)" "Your princeling is waaay nicer than mine (because Darren haters/those who love Ian will like Ben's book more;P)" >> Clearly Ben and I like the same stuff because his book takes place largely in a castle with a hot prince who trains Zac in fighting (and who doesn't like fight/training scenes and duels!) and then there is the sassy bff and the protagonist who is NOT PERFECT and WORKING ON LEARNING HIS POWER/FIGHTING SKILLS. Seriously, I appreciate a flawed protagonist and Zacriah is that for me! But mostly what I enjoyed about this book? The way the protagonist's homosexuality was handled -Zac already knew he was gay at the start, he didn't struggle with anything relating to his homosexuality in this book, the story just flowed naturally and we could have a main character that was openly gay from page one and have it not be a big deal or huge plot point, just a natural element that went along with the rest of the fantasy storyline. Well done.

    I'm not going to drop spoilers or quotes in here because I was reading an ARC and it's not release time yet so I don't want to ruin the book for the rest of you guys, but you should definitely check this one out!

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