Journey of Shadows (The Palâdnith Chronicles) by Sam J. Charlton

Date of Publication: February 8, 2013


SC_Journey_of_ShadowsThree young boys are all that remain of an ancient bloodline. Their mother protected them with enchanted amulets but now that they’re adults they must face what will come on their own.

  • Seth is on the run from dark forces.
  • Eni is framed for murder.
  • Val is sent on a doomed quest.

Can the brothers survive their journeys? [easyazon-link asin=”1482518961″ locale=”us”]Journey of Shadows[/easyazon-link] is Book One in the Paladnith Chronicles.

[easyazon-link asin=”1482518961″ locale=”us”]Journey of Shadows[/easyazon-link] starts with a bang and gets better as it goes on. Charlton created three distinctly interesting and different characters as well as a dark world that is exceptionally well written and engaging to read. The story opens with a mother sacrificing herself for her three sons. The story then segues to the oldest son and the somewhat medieval class structure in which he lives. Each brother has his own story line and that story line is uniquely crafted. While reading, I had a feeling the author favored Seth. All three brothers were well written but he had just that touch of magic that tells a reader the author likes him more than the rest and he was often just a lot of fun.

The magic is gone from Paladnith and now the land is ruled by ruthless lords. Charlton seems to assume that her readers are smart enough to extrapolate information about their new world and doesn’t overly explain anything. The result is a tight writing and a backstory about a world that I believe we’ve just dipped out toe into.

Something that stood out to me; I absolutely love that Charlton allows her characters to be saved by strong women. These are women who are doing it for themselves and they are fully realized and realistic characters and I love that. The author’s bio states that she also writes romance and has a talent for character development. I’d hazard a guess that those novels are spectacular. That’s not to say [easyazon-link asin=”1482518961″ locale=”us”]Journey of Shadows[/easyazon-link] is a romance novel. It is action, adventure, danger and courage. [easyazon-link asin=”1482518961″ locale=”us”]Journey of Shadows[/easyazon-link] is a wonderfully told story with three story lines that don’t cause confusion. The flow of action and movement between the brothers is flawlessly graceful.

The setting is vivid, familiar but foreign. The tone is that of Middle Earth and yet distinctly different. Charlton has a talent for painting word landscapes. There were no wasted scenes or dialogue. Everything played a key role in the story and yet gave the feeling of a full picture. The dialogue is lightly tinged with Old English which adds a second dimension of realism to the setting.

I really enjoyed [easyazon-link asin=”1482518961″ locale=”us”]Journey of Shadows[/easyazon-link] a lot and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, “Citadel of Lies”.

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Sam J. Charlton also wrote a Lord of The Rings fan fiction The Witch of Angmar—Legacy of The Fellowship which you can download or read online as a PDF.

For more information about Sam J. Charlton and her work, visit her website and blog. You can connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter @SamJCharlton.

Sam J Charlton

Thank you for the wonderful review Tammy – the depth and detail of your appraisal really showed how well you understood the story/characters. I’m also delighted that you enjoyed my depiction of the female characters – strong, believable women are something I’ve often found lacking in epic fantasy. I write for readers like you! 🙂

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