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Stalking Shadows [KINDLE] ❄ Stalking Shadows By Tahlia Newland – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Trainee Warrior Ariel Malony hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother, but in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind numbing Trainee Warrior Ariel Malony hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother, but in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies and ancient villages of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing herAt the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons Her life is at stake, but also her heart She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needsWill they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow eyed demon.


10 thoughts on “Stalking Shadows

  1. Krisi Keley Krisi Keley says:

    The second book in the Diamond Peak series, Stalking Shadows, sets the pace and the mood for the rest of the novel by opening with a frightening, surprise revelation Ariel s mom hasn t been rescued after all, and the Rasa demons are increasing their mind game warfare to stop Ariel before she can reach the Master Demon, Rasama, to destroy him and the dangerous Serpentine infesting the human race This first action and emotion packed scene gives a perfect introduction to the themes of the novel a The second book in the Diamond Peak series, Stalking Shadows, sets the pace and the mood for the rest of the novel by opening with a frightening, surprise revelation Ariel s mom hasn t been rescued after all, and the Rasa demons are increasing their mind game warfare to stop Ariel before she can reach the Master Demon, Rasama, to destroy him and the dangerous Serpentine infesting the human race This first action and emotion packed scene gives a perfect introduction to the themes of the novel as well, with its focus on self discovery, relationships and the struggles we all must face on the path of life.As are author Tahlia Newland s other novels, Lethal Inheritance Book 1 in the Diamond Peak series and You Can t Shatter Me, Stalking Shadows is a highly original and creative story that reads on two levels The first is an exciting fantasy magical realism tale of adventure with sinister, slimy demons, nature spirits, magicians of darkness and light, a sarcastic pearls of wisdom spouting cat and an adolescent girl s quest to become what she s destined to be On the second level, it s a metaphysical story of the journey of life, in which a human being must defeat fear and anger, prejudice and self doubt and in which its heroine, Ariel, learns that inter dependence and a relationship of love and respect don t weaken personal strength and self discovery, but enhance them, and that when we give ourselves to others, we don t lose anything, but instead gain ourtrue self.For fantasy fans, Stalking Shadows offers enchanted forests, shape shifting, new magic and magical allies and enemies, and a deeper development of both Ariel s sense of her own powers and purpose and her growing attraction towards and intimacy with fellow warrior and friend, Nick For metaphysical fiction fans, as Ariel journeys farther on her path, there is a deeper look at the philosophical ideas of destiny vs a future that s self determined, love vs lust, reality vs perception and the importance of self knowledge, reflection and human compassion As with Lethal Inheritance, I thoroughly enjoyed both aspects of the novel, fascinated to consider the similarities and differences between my own Christian worldview and the Buddhist vision of these ideas and impressed by how the author so skillfully weaves deeper ideas into a fun, easy to read fantasy adventure.I was fortunate to read an advance copy of Stalking Shadows as its copyeditor and I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series, as anxious to see the growth in Ariel and Nick s relationship and where Ariel s quest will take her as I am to discoverof the mystery behind Twitchet, the very human like cat that can become a tiger and who seems to me to be evenof a riddle than that A beautifully written, exciting fantasy adventure with vibrant description, I highly recommend this novel to fantasy and metaphysical fiction fans alike


  2. Richard Bunning Richard Bunning says:

    Great stuff I would suggest reading Lethal Inheritance first, though it is certainly not essential This really is a pure fantasy book, written with an older teenager as the target audience I m 57, and don t really believe that I would have enjoyed it anyor less at 17.I didn t like it quite as much as the first book This is mainly because I m eager to reach the end of the quest, thus find the middle somewhat of a frustration The books overall quality is top draw, with a good pace and e Great stuff I would suggest reading Lethal Inheritance first, though it is certainly not essential This really is a pure fantasy book, written with an older teenager as the target audience I m 57, and don t really believe that I would have enjoyed it anyor less at 17.I didn t like it quite as much as the first book This is mainly because I m eager to reach the end of the quest, thus find the middle somewhat of a frustration The books overall quality is top draw, with a good pace and easy style Unsurprisingly, some of the fantasy elements are very familiar to anyone that has read any of the genre but that doesn t mean there isn t a good deal of originality as well.We can see all the classical elements of the moral quest, the long road searching for the magic that will allow evil to be defeated The dark forces are embedded in the suffocating, black serpentine Ariel, the heroine is growing in skill, becoming immersed in the magic of her inheritance, whilst fighting her instincts to run, or fall into the strong arms of her worldly lover, or even to sink into the smothering, beguiling, evil Arial is as determined to defeat the Rasama as I am to reach the end of book three I don t think Ariel really found anything but frustration in this difficult middle road either, all sorts of frustrations in her case, especially when this book started with her realising that her personal quest had so far failed.I really need to move on from Sheldra, and Arial and Nick really need to get together with the job done There are so many cravings that need ending, so Tahlia Newland, please don t keep us waiting too long Don t give the serpentine over much time to grow, or else Arial will need a forth book in order to bring things to a head Would Newland do that to us


  3. Lynxie Lynxie says:

    Stalking Shadows is the second book in Tahlia Newland s Diamond Peak series.It picks up right after the ending of book one, so really should be read in order Having said that, the book could still be enjoyed if a little confusing in parts even if you hadn t read the first.This one didn t seem as smooth as the first There were passages that overwhelmed me in a spirituality sense, too much focus on inner light and radiance There were only a few points where this happened, but it was enough to Stalking Shadows is the second book in Tahlia Newland s Diamond Peak series.It picks up right after the ending of book one, so really should be read in order Having said that, the book could still be enjoyed if a little confusing in parts even if you hadn t read the first.This one didn t seem as smooth as the first There were passages that overwhelmed me in a spirituality sense, too much focus on inner light and radiance There were only a few points where this happened, but it was enough to pull me out of the story.The adventure was just as exciting as the first book, with intricate twists and turns sporadically placed so as to keep the reader guessing I look forward to seeing the relationships between the characters grow in the next book in the series.A couple of things I noticed 11% didn t she get bitten This seems to have been dropped from the story.75% lap top computer laptop Note I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review


  4. Nay Denise Nay Denise says:

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.The second book in the Diamond Peak Series which keeps me on my toes from beginning to end The pace was just beautiful.Within this sequel, we getmagic,action andplot twists and turns Ariel is still the kickass character I loved in Lethal Inheritance, but she has muchfire to her.The romance builds up still between Nick and her which I adore There are moments I wish they d just shut up and kis I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.The second book in the Diamond Peak Series which keeps me on my toes from beginning to end The pace was just beautiful.Within this sequel, we getmagic,action andplot twists and turns Ariel is still the kickass character I loved in Lethal Inheritance, but she has muchfire to her.The romance builds up still between Nick and her which I adore There are moments I wish they d just shut up and kiss, but I love the build up and personal growth that always leads to an awesome romance.This sequel was everything for me and has me excited for the next book


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    Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include STALKING SHADOWS by TAHLIA NEWLAND in the library of Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence recipients at Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include STALKING SHADOWS by TAHLIA NEWLAND in the library of Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence recipients at


  6. Michelle Michelle says:

    These are intense books I read the first one a little over a year ago and I remembered that I really enjoyed it, so i was really excited when the author approached me and asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her second book Stalking Shadows is a really good follow up Lethal Inheritance I am not crazy about the cover but the story is wonderful If you feel the same way about the covers as I do, look past it and read this series It is a really great fantasy series I called the first one These are intense books I read the first one a little over a year ago and I remembered that I really enjoyed it, so i was really excited when the author approached me and asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her second book Stalking Shadows is a really good follow up Lethal Inheritance I am not crazy about the cover but the story is wonderful If you feel the same way about the covers as I do, look past it and read this series It is a really great fantasy series I called the first one Young Adult, but I think this one isNew Adult, or at the very least YA NA borderline One of the cool things about the Diamond Peaks series is that a central message is focusing on the positive emotions All of the different kinda of minor and major Rasas, or demons in this book feed on various different negative emotions Some feed on fear, some on jealousy, and others on arrogance, pride or feelings of superiority And to defeat them, not only do you need training and to be able to physically kick butt, but you have to be in control of your emotions and focus your positive energy for extra fighting power Stalking Shadows picks up where Lethal Inheritance left off, and Ariel and Nick are continuing their way up the mountain to defeat the big honcho demon I like that each book focuses on a different Major Rasa Demon This book was Amic a demon that feed on feelings on arrogance and superiority He would disguise himself as anyone that he thought you would look down upon, and feel like you were better than them Some of the people he disguised himself as was pretty clever But there isn t just one big fight at the end of the story, the whole way up the mountain is a struggle I love how vast the mountain is Ariel and Nick run into cities, and towns and each are so different than the last There are medieval towns and modern cities full of luxuries It is whatever the people living there want It makes for a very cool book There are multiple points of views in Stalking Shadows For the most part it is just Ariel and Nick but a couple of chapters were told from Ariel s mom s POV as well I liked having the different narratives, but I would have preferred them to have been marked so I knew right away who was speaking It wasn t overly confusing or anything like that but it would have just made it easier since sometimes the view points switched in the middle of a chapter Fans of fantasy will really like the Diamond Peak Series I know I do It is full of action, adventure, and lots of tentative romance I love finding outabout this mountain, and I am so rooting on Ariel to kick major demon butt She is great She is not infallible but she learns quick and she is so determined Thats what I love about her Great Sequel


  7. Kate Policani Kate Policani says:

    In her second book of the Diamond Peak series, Newland draws us further into the world of Ariel, a regular girl with a fantastic past and a challenging future Ariel, Nick, and Twitchet depart the haven of the Observatory to continue up the mountain in their mission to defeat Rasama Deadly perils and romantic tension await Ariel and Nick on the trail In a push for the next haven at Sheldra, Nick and Ariel must fight monsters, demons, mages, and their feelings while Twitchet heckles them Betwe In her second book of the Diamond Peak series, Newland draws us further into the world of Ariel, a regular girl with a fantastic past and a challenging future Ariel, Nick, and Twitchet depart the haven of the Observatory to continue up the mountain in their mission to defeat Rasama Deadly perils and romantic tension await Ariel and Nick on the trail In a push for the next haven at Sheldra, Nick and Ariel must fight monsters, demons, mages, and their feelings while Twitchet heckles them Between the three and Sheldra stand many different supernatural terrains and the enemies who inhabit them, which are sometimes the same thing Can they overcome the obstacles and enemies to arrive at Sheldra Will Amic show up to oppose them Will Ariel be able to defeat him if he does In Newland s signature style, she turns internal struggles into fantastic battles of magic Feelings have a color and a brightness, and evil has many faces and personalities Even romance holds extra danger when a girl can zap the one she loves with the power of feelings This can be particularly excruciating with a volatile teen I admit I found Ariel s fluctuating resolve almost as aggravating as Nick did, even though we both knew why she felt that way Newland really nailed the love hate relationship with Twitchet, who amused, comforted, aggravated, and mocked the couple mercilessly.Newland wrestles with the problem of evil, transforming it into a supernatural battle against a tenacious beast I could really feel her anguish at the infection in society, the hopelessness of so many in the face of the disease, and the deep need for a hero to step in and defeat it Her enemies weren t just beings, but sometimes sprits or animated objects, which gave an almost Shinto flavor to some of her terrain They weren t simple bad guys either but individuals with a perspective and tragic past.Newland s writing style just gets better and better Her scenes take me out of my living room and into Diamond Peak I know when I pick up one of Tahlia s book I m in for a great read


  8. Kayla Kayla says:

    Wow I have to say that although I really, really enjoyed reading Lethal Inheritance, book one in this series, I think I enjoyed the sequel evenThat isn t something that really happens for me that often and it only makes me wonder whatcould come in the rest of the series.I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one s ending There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn t see coming and had me hooked into the story One thing that slightly bothered Wow I have to say that although I really, really enjoyed reading Lethal Inheritance, book one in this series, I think I enjoyed the sequel evenThat isn t something that really happens for me that often and it only makes me wonder whatcould come in the rest of the series.I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one s ending There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn t see coming and had me hooked into the story One thing that slightly bothered me was the relationship problems between Ariel and Nick because I feel like every second book in a series involving romance has this sort of step in the relationship Because it isn t the main focus of the story of course I was able to overlook that in favor of the gripping prose and near constant action There s hardly time to sit back and catch your breath during Stalking Shadows.Maybe because of her brief personal separation from Nick, Ariel is able to developfully as a character I just loved seeing how much she s grown from book one and knowing that she still hasto face that she ll undoubtedly be ready for Her imperfections are what make her most amazing and interesting She can t do everything She needs plenty of training and reminders of what to do and she makes mistakes And it s wonderful One thing that I loved about her and Nick was that they could both recognize the faults in each other and they tried to work through that instead of ignoring the problems.Even though this is focused in a fantastical setting and there are several creatures to keep track of, I never felt lost or like I didn t have an idea of what was happening Everything was written so clearly I felt like I could picture it all in my head Overall, I really loved this book that gave mereasons to stick with the rest of the series If you love a good adventure, interesting characters, and an action packed plot, you should pick this up too


  9. Ruthanne Reid Ruthanne Reid says:

    I m delighted to get the chance to review this book.Tahlia Newland has built a world where every emotion matters Where infection called the Serpentine can turn evil and selfish feelings into something fardestructive, requiring great mental discipline to combat So, essentially, we re fighting our own emotions, she had concluded Which is why defeating the demons can only be achieved by gaining command over your emotions, he had said.This world is the context for Ariel, a young woman I m delighted to get the chance to review this book.Tahlia Newland has built a world where every emotion matters Where infection called the Serpentine can turn evil and selfish feelings into something fardestructive, requiring great mental discipline to combat So, essentially, we re fighting our own emotions, she had concluded Which is why defeating the demons can only be achieved by gaining command over your emotions, he had said.This world is the context for Ariel, a young woman in the grip of a prophecy, desperately trying to rescue her mother before her mother is killed or worse.Romance wise, Nick and Ariel have their moments, though I confess that sometimes I want to shake them both until they kiss and make up Their own fears and personal growth lend the story just a touch of Twilight style angst, jealousy, and we can never be together frustration.One of the key facets of Ms Newland s writing is she tends to follow Neil Gaiman s advice Find the right word, put it down She has a skill for choosing words that deftly avoid passive verb problems, skillfully weaving her impressive world building and unique system of magic and power.It s a visual writing style you can see the action.I enjoy the subtle and not so subtle message of all life being important, and there being hope for everyone, no matter how tainted If you re interested in this book, do check it out All pertinent purchase info can be found here at Goodreads, or at my blog in the original post


  10. Alis Alis says:

    What I liked There were plenty of plot twist and turns in the book to keep the reader guessing I m also really enjoying the was negative emotions manifest the demons and strengthen them, watching Ariel learn to control her emotions as her journey continues I also enjoyed our new character, Twitchet who is a talking cat I found Twitchet to be an entertaining character throughout the times he was present There s still a large focus on the metaphysical aspect where positive thinking and cleari What I liked There were plenty of plot twist and turns in the book to keep the reader guessing I m also really enjoying the was negative emotions manifest the demons and strengthen them, watching Ariel learn to control her emotions as her journey continues I also enjoyed our new character, Twitchet who is a talking cat I found Twitchet to be an entertaining character throughout the times he was present There s still a large focus on the metaphysical aspect where positive thinking and clearing ones mind wins out against all the negative emotions The writing is really nice and has some vivid moments where I can see the scenery in my mind about where these characters are.What I didn t like Sometimes there was too much focus on the Radiance which brought me out of what I was reading, as well as some inconsistencies and errors that were easily noticeable to me It s not as smooth as I was hoping for it to be, especially where the ending is concerned because I felt it ended rather abruptly so it could lead into book three.Overall Review Stalking Shadows is a good follow up to Lethal Inheritance, and doesn t suffer too much from the fact that it s a sequel book to what was a really good first book While it does have some flaws within itself overall its gotof the same messages to teach inside as well as a new interesting character Twitchet who I adore and found quite entertaining Recommend I do If you ve read the first then you should read the second to see what happens next


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10 thoughts on “Stalking Shadows

  1. Krisi Keley Krisi Keley says:

    The second book in the Diamond Peak series, Stalking Shadows, sets the pace and the mood for the rest of the novel by opening with a frightening, surprise revelation Ariel s mom hasn t been rescued after all, and the Rasa demons are increasing their mind game warfare to stop Ariel before she can reach the Master Demon, Rasama, to destroy him and the dangerous Serpentine infesting the human race This first action and emotion packed scene gives a perfect introduction to the themes of the novel a The second book in the Diamond Peak series, Stalking Shadows, sets the pace and the mood for the rest of the novel by opening with a frightening, surprise revelation Ariel s mom hasn t been rescued after all, and the Rasa demons are increasing their mind game warfare to stop Ariel before she can reach the Master Demon, Rasama, to destroy him and the dangerous Serpentine infesting the human race This first action and emotion packed scene gives a perfect introduction to the themes of the novel as well, with its focus on self discovery, relationships and the struggles we all must face on the path of life.As are author Tahlia Newland s other novels, Lethal Inheritance Book 1 in the Diamond Peak series and You Can t Shatter Me, Stalking Shadows is a highly original and creative story that reads on two levels The first is an exciting fantasy magical realism tale of adventure with sinister, slimy demons, nature spirits, magicians of darkness and light, a sarcastic pearls of wisdom spouting cat and an adolescent girl s quest to become what she s destined to be On the second level, it s a metaphysical story of the journey of life, in which a human being must defeat fear and anger, prejudice and self doubt and in which its heroine, Ariel, learns that inter dependence and a relationship of love and respect don t weaken personal strength and self discovery, but enhance them, and that when we give ourselves to others, we don t lose anything, but instead gain ourtrue self.For fantasy fans, Stalking Shadows offers enchanted forests, shape shifting, new magic and magical allies and enemies, and a deeper development of both Ariel s sense of her own powers and purpose and her growing attraction towards and intimacy with fellow warrior and friend, Nick For metaphysical fiction fans, as Ariel journeys farther on her path, there is a deeper look at the philosophical ideas of destiny vs a future that s self determined, love vs lust, reality vs perception and the importance of self knowledge, reflection and human compassion As with Lethal Inheritance, I thoroughly enjoyed both aspects of the novel, fascinated to consider the similarities and differences between my own Christian worldview and the Buddhist vision of these ideas and impressed by how the author so skillfully weaves deeper ideas into a fun, easy to read fantasy adventure.I was fortunate to read an advance copy of Stalking Shadows as its copyeditor and I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series, as anxious to see the growth in Ariel and Nick s relationship and where Ariel s quest will take her as I am to discoverof the mystery behind Twitchet, the very human like cat that can become a tiger and who seems to me to be evenof a riddle than that A beautifully written, exciting fantasy adventure with vibrant description, I highly recommend this novel to fantasy and metaphysical fiction fans alike

  2. Richard Bunning Richard Bunning says:

    Great stuff I would suggest reading Lethal Inheritance first, though it is certainly not essential This really is a pure fantasy book, written with an older teenager as the target audience I m 57, and don t really believe that I would have enjoyed it anyor less at 17.I didn t like it quite as much as the first book This is mainly because I m eager to reach the end of the quest, thus find the middle somewhat of a frustration The books overall quality is top draw, with a good pace and e Great stuff I would suggest reading Lethal Inheritance first, though it is certainly not essential This really is a pure fantasy book, written with an older teenager as the target audience I m 57, and don t really believe that I would have enjoyed it anyor less at 17.I didn t like it quite as much as the first book This is mainly because I m eager to reach the end of the quest, thus find the middle somewhat of a frustration The books overall quality is top draw, with a good pace and easy style Unsurprisingly, some of the fantasy elements are very familiar to anyone that has read any of the genre but that doesn t mean there isn t a good deal of originality as well.We can see all the classical elements of the moral quest, the long road searching for the magic that will allow evil to be defeated The dark forces are embedded in the suffocating, black serpentine Ariel, the heroine is growing in skill, becoming immersed in the magic of her inheritance, whilst fighting her instincts to run, or fall into the strong arms of her worldly lover, or even to sink into the smothering, beguiling, evil Arial is as determined to defeat the Rasama as I am to reach the end of book three I don t think Ariel really found anything but frustration in this difficult middle road either, all sorts of frustrations in her case, especially when this book started with her realising that her personal quest had so far failed.I really need to move on from Sheldra, and Arial and Nick really need to get together with the job done There are so many cravings that need ending, so Tahlia Newland, please don t keep us waiting too long Don t give the serpentine over much time to grow, or else Arial will need a forth book in order to bring things to a head Would Newland do that to us

  3. Lynxie Lynxie says:

    Stalking Shadows is the second book in Tahlia Newland s Diamond Peak series.It picks up right after the ending of book one, so really should be read in order Having said that, the book could still be enjoyed if a little confusing in parts even if you hadn t read the first.This one didn t seem as smooth as the first There were passages that overwhelmed me in a spirituality sense, too much focus on inner light and radiance There were only a few points where this happened, but it was enough to Stalking Shadows is the second book in Tahlia Newland s Diamond Peak series.It picks up right after the ending of book one, so really should be read in order Having said that, the book could still be enjoyed if a little confusing in parts even if you hadn t read the first.This one didn t seem as smooth as the first There were passages that overwhelmed me in a spirituality sense, too much focus on inner light and radiance There were only a few points where this happened, but it was enough to pull me out of the story.The adventure was just as exciting as the first book, with intricate twists and turns sporadically placed so as to keep the reader guessing I look forward to seeing the relationships between the characters grow in the next book in the series.A couple of things I noticed 11% didn t she get bitten This seems to have been dropped from the story.75% lap top computer laptop Note I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review

  4. Nay Denise Nay Denise says:

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.The second book in the Diamond Peak Series which keeps me on my toes from beginning to end The pace was just beautiful.Within this sequel, we getmagic,action andplot twists and turns Ariel is still the kickass character I loved in Lethal Inheritance, but she has muchfire to her.The romance builds up still between Nick and her which I adore There are moments I wish they d just shut up and kis I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.The second book in the Diamond Peak Series which keeps me on my toes from beginning to end The pace was just beautiful.Within this sequel, we getmagic,action andplot twists and turns Ariel is still the kickass character I loved in Lethal Inheritance, but she has muchfire to her.The romance builds up still between Nick and her which I adore There are moments I wish they d just shut up and kiss, but I love the build up and personal growth that always leads to an awesome romance.This sequel was everything for me and has me excited for the next book

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    Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include STALKING SHADOWS by TAHLIA NEWLAND in the library of Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence recipients at Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include STALKING SHADOWS by TAHLIA NEWLAND in the library of Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence recipients at

  6. Michelle Michelle says:

    These are intense books I read the first one a little over a year ago and I remembered that I really enjoyed it, so i was really excited when the author approached me and asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her second book Stalking Shadows is a really good follow up Lethal Inheritance I am not crazy about the cover but the story is wonderful If you feel the same way about the covers as I do, look past it and read this series It is a really great fantasy series I called the first one These are intense books I read the first one a little over a year ago and I remembered that I really enjoyed it, so i was really excited when the author approached me and asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her second book Stalking Shadows is a really good follow up Lethal Inheritance I am not crazy about the cover but the story is wonderful If you feel the same way about the covers as I do, look past it and read this series It is a really great fantasy series I called the first one Young Adult, but I think this one isNew Adult, or at the very least YA NA borderline One of the cool things about the Diamond Peaks series is that a central message is focusing on the positive emotions All of the different kinda of minor and major Rasas, or demons in this book feed on various different negative emotions Some feed on fear, some on jealousy, and others on arrogance, pride or feelings of superiority And to defeat them, not only do you need training and to be able to physically kick butt, but you have to be in control of your emotions and focus your positive energy for extra fighting power Stalking Shadows picks up where Lethal Inheritance left off, and Ariel and Nick are continuing their way up the mountain to defeat the big honcho demon I like that each book focuses on a different Major Rasa Demon This book was Amic a demon that feed on feelings on arrogance and superiority He would disguise himself as anyone that he thought you would look down upon, and feel like you were better than them Some of the people he disguised himself as was pretty clever But there isn t just one big fight at the end of the story, the whole way up the mountain is a struggle I love how vast the mountain is Ariel and Nick run into cities, and towns and each are so different than the last There are medieval towns and modern cities full of luxuries It is whatever the people living there want It makes for a very cool book There are multiple points of views in Stalking Shadows For the most part it is just Ariel and Nick but a couple of chapters were told from Ariel s mom s POV as well I liked having the different narratives, but I would have preferred them to have been marked so I knew right away who was speaking It wasn t overly confusing or anything like that but it would have just made it easier since sometimes the view points switched in the middle of a chapter Fans of fantasy will really like the Diamond Peak Series I know I do It is full of action, adventure, and lots of tentative romance I love finding outabout this mountain, and I am so rooting on Ariel to kick major demon butt She is great She is not infallible but she learns quick and she is so determined Thats what I love about her Great Sequel

  7. Kate Policani Kate Policani says:

    In her second book of the Diamond Peak series, Newland draws us further into the world of Ariel, a regular girl with a fantastic past and a challenging future Ariel, Nick, and Twitchet depart the haven of the Observatory to continue up the mountain in their mission to defeat Rasama Deadly perils and romantic tension await Ariel and Nick on the trail In a push for the next haven at Sheldra, Nick and Ariel must fight monsters, demons, mages, and their feelings while Twitchet heckles them Betwe In her second book of the Diamond Peak series, Newland draws us further into the world of Ariel, a regular girl with a fantastic past and a challenging future Ariel, Nick, and Twitchet depart the haven of the Observatory to continue up the mountain in their mission to defeat Rasama Deadly perils and romantic tension await Ariel and Nick on the trail In a push for the next haven at Sheldra, Nick and Ariel must fight monsters, demons, mages, and their feelings while Twitchet heckles them Between the three and Sheldra stand many different supernatural terrains and the enemies who inhabit them, which are sometimes the same thing Can they overcome the obstacles and enemies to arrive at Sheldra Will Amic show up to oppose them Will Ariel be able to defeat him if he does In Newland s signature style, she turns internal struggles into fantastic battles of magic Feelings have a color and a brightness, and evil has many faces and personalities Even romance holds extra danger when a girl can zap the one she loves with the power of feelings This can be particularly excruciating with a volatile teen I admit I found Ariel s fluctuating resolve almost as aggravating as Nick did, even though we both knew why she felt that way Newland really nailed the love hate relationship with Twitchet, who amused, comforted, aggravated, and mocked the couple mercilessly.Newland wrestles with the problem of evil, transforming it into a supernatural battle against a tenacious beast I could really feel her anguish at the infection in society, the hopelessness of so many in the face of the disease, and the deep need for a hero to step in and defeat it Her enemies weren t just beings, but sometimes sprits or animated objects, which gave an almost Shinto flavor to some of her terrain They weren t simple bad guys either but individuals with a perspective and tragic past.Newland s writing style just gets better and better Her scenes take me out of my living room and into Diamond Peak I know when I pick up one of Tahlia s book I m in for a great read

  8. Kayla Kayla says:

    Wow I have to say that although I really, really enjoyed reading Lethal Inheritance, book one in this series, I think I enjoyed the sequel evenThat isn t something that really happens for me that often and it only makes me wonder whatcould come in the rest of the series.I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one s ending There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn t see coming and had me hooked into the story One thing that slightly bothered Wow I have to say that although I really, really enjoyed reading Lethal Inheritance, book one in this series, I think I enjoyed the sequel evenThat isn t something that really happens for me that often and it only makes me wonder whatcould come in the rest of the series.I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one s ending There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn t see coming and had me hooked into the story One thing that slightly bothered me was the relationship problems between Ariel and Nick because I feel like every second book in a series involving romance has this sort of step in the relationship Because it isn t the main focus of the story of course I was able to overlook that in favor of the gripping prose and near constant action There s hardly time to sit back and catch your breath during Stalking Shadows.Maybe because of her brief personal separation from Nick, Ariel is able to developfully as a character I just loved seeing how much she s grown from book one and knowing that she still hasto face that she ll undoubtedly be ready for Her imperfections are what make her most amazing and interesting She can t do everything She needs plenty of training and reminders of what to do and she makes mistakes And it s wonderful One thing that I loved about her and Nick was that they could both recognize the faults in each other and they tried to work through that instead of ignoring the problems.Even though this is focused in a fantastical setting and there are several creatures to keep track of, I never felt lost or like I didn t have an idea of what was happening Everything was written so clearly I felt like I could picture it all in my head Overall, I really loved this book that gave mereasons to stick with the rest of the series If you love a good adventure, interesting characters, and an action packed plot, you should pick this up too

  9. Ruthanne Reid Ruthanne Reid says:

    I m delighted to get the chance to review this book.Tahlia Newland has built a world where every emotion matters Where infection called the Serpentine can turn evil and selfish feelings into something fardestructive, requiring great mental discipline to combat So, essentially, we re fighting our own emotions, she had concluded Which is why defeating the demons can only be achieved by gaining command over your emotions, he had said.This world is the context for Ariel, a young woman I m delighted to get the chance to review this book.Tahlia Newland has built a world where every emotion matters Where infection called the Serpentine can turn evil and selfish feelings into something fardestructive, requiring great mental discipline to combat So, essentially, we re fighting our own emotions, she had concluded Which is why defeating the demons can only be achieved by gaining command over your emotions, he had said.This world is the context for Ariel, a young woman in the grip of a prophecy, desperately trying to rescue her mother before her mother is killed or worse.Romance wise, Nick and Ariel have their moments, though I confess that sometimes I want to shake them both until they kiss and make up Their own fears and personal growth lend the story just a touch of Twilight style angst, jealousy, and we can never be together frustration.One of the key facets of Ms Newland s writing is she tends to follow Neil Gaiman s advice Find the right word, put it down She has a skill for choosing words that deftly avoid passive verb problems, skillfully weaving her impressive world building and unique system of magic and power.It s a visual writing style you can see the action.I enjoy the subtle and not so subtle message of all life being important, and there being hope for everyone, no matter how tainted If you re interested in this book, do check it out All pertinent purchase info can be found here at Goodreads, or at my blog in the original post

  10. Alis Alis says:

    What I liked There were plenty of plot twist and turns in the book to keep the reader guessing I m also really enjoying the was negative emotions manifest the demons and strengthen them, watching Ariel learn to control her emotions as her journey continues I also enjoyed our new character, Twitchet who is a talking cat I found Twitchet to be an entertaining character throughout the times he was present There s still a large focus on the metaphysical aspect where positive thinking and cleari What I liked There were plenty of plot twist and turns in the book to keep the reader guessing I m also really enjoying the was negative emotions manifest the demons and strengthen them, watching Ariel learn to control her emotions as her journey continues I also enjoyed our new character, Twitchet who is a talking cat I found Twitchet to be an entertaining character throughout the times he was present There s still a large focus on the metaphysical aspect where positive thinking and clearing ones mind wins out against all the negative emotions The writing is really nice and has some vivid moments where I can see the scenery in my mind about where these characters are.What I didn t like Sometimes there was too much focus on the Radiance which brought me out of what I was reading, as well as some inconsistencies and errors that were easily noticeable to me It s not as smooth as I was hoping for it to be, especially where the ending is concerned because I felt it ended rather abruptly so it could lead into book three.Overall Review Stalking Shadows is a good follow up to Lethal Inheritance, and doesn t suffer too much from the fact that it s a sequel book to what was a really good first book While it does have some flaws within itself overall its gotof the same messages to teach inside as well as a new interesting character Twitchet who I adore and found quite entertaining Recommend I do If you ve read the first then you should read the second to see what happens next

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