Rating: 5/5 Stars
This first installment of Yip’s epic adventure was truly captivating. The unique and magical world of Ea’ae is wonderfully creative – but what really made this story so compelling for me – the richly developed main character and supporting cast. From the beginning I was drawn in by the beautiful images the author painted of Yip’s world, but I was not sure this would be my cup of tea (no real interest in martial arts, spiritual philosophy, etc). However, once Yip began to encounter both friend and foe, and especially when he met his traveling companions, I could not put the book down! “The four” really come to life – For me this band of characters is reminiscent of the crew in Star Wars aboard The Millennium Falcon or d’Artagnan and The Three Musketeers – interesting and unique characters, coming together to face exciting adventures and fight evil, all with the perfect blend of meaningful relationships and terrifically witty dialogue – heroes that you are just compelled to root for. Upon finishing Shadow’s Rise, I immediately downloaded the second book — I just had to find out what would happen next to Yip and crew!