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The Shadow Cats by Rae Carson

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The Shadow Cats
by Rae Carson

The Shadow Cats (Fire and Thorns 0.5)

By: Rae Carson

Release Date: July 7, 2012

Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. And it was not Alodia.

Alodia is the crown princess of the realm. The sister who knows how to rule, and the one who is constantly reminded that she has not been marked for a grand destiny. But Alodia has plans, and she will be the greatest queen her people have ever known. So she travels–with her hopeless, naïve, chosen sister–to a distant part of their land, to begin to secure her supporters. This region needs its princesses, for it is plagued with a curse. The crops don’t grow, the spring doesn’t arrive, and a fierce jaguar stalks the shadows, leaving only empty homes splashed with blood behind. If Alodia can save them, no one will be able to deny her strength and her sovereignty.

But what she discovers could change the fate of her kingdom, if not her world. And it will most certainly change her opinion of her younger sister.

 

Review: This was a nice short story that told readers more about Alodia, who was so proper that it made her snobby and condescending towards Elise. I think I may have a newfound respect for Alodia because she proves to be a strong heir who makes decisions that are best for her people. And it doesn’t hurt that she actually knows how to fight and isn’t the damsel in distress that needs constant protection. I did find some of it reminding me of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling though, but either way, I’m really looking forward to Book 2 that comes out in a couple of weeks.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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