Blood and Shadow: Part 1 of The Mage’s Gift

Blood and Shadow

A vengeful mage. A powerful gift. A naive youth.

Sherakai dan Tameko never wanted to become a warrior like his well-known father and brothers. Satisfied with being fourth in line to inherit title and responsibility, he wants only to be Master of the Horse. But a shocking event turns young Sherakai’s life upside-down and propels him on a course that changes his life forever.

When he discovers his magic is the key to a powerful secret, Sherakai must risk more than he thought possible and become greater than anyone dreamed if he is to escape the web woven around him.

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What Others Are Saying About Blood and Shadow

A calm, fun beginning with banter between siblings, moving to a shocking event that turns most of the characters’ lives upside-down and propels the main character into a series of experiences he could never have imagined. The cast of characters evolves as the story unfolds, both the “good” and “bad”, as masks are removed revealing a little more of the person underneath. The dialog is convincing, and in some cases, as in the interaction between Kai and his father, humorous. The pace is good, the plot solid. Add magic into the mix, incredible horses, some strange and unexpected entities, and you have a book you cannot put down. A great coming of age story where a young man has to take on some serious responsibilities suddenly and which he feels totally unable to fulfill.

~MC, Amazon Reviewer

In a world crafted with such attention to detail that it is realistic in both beauty and grit, brilliance and darkness, Robin Lythgoe yet again creates a complicated main character worth adoring. The descriptions flow smoothly, the dialog reads very well and the supporting characters are strong […] There is a solidarity, a foundation lent to the tale by the cast of secondary and tertiary characters in Blood & Shadow. The obstacles and villains Sherakai must face are multi-faceted with details of development that surprised me. They beautifully weave a tapestry of colorful humanity awash with intense emotion that spans the gamut from love and humor to hatred and horror through which Sherakai is a vital, vibrant thread.

~Kristie Kiessling, Amazon Reviewer