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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Shadow’s Past is a work of fiction in the fantasy subgenre and was penned by author Natalie Johanson. Intended for both the young adult and adult reading audiences to enjoy, this book is a sequel to Shadow’s Voice and continues the adventures of Rose Trewin. After her encounters with espionage and dangerous missions and the drastic transformation of her magic into something new and unknown, Rose is back to rise up against a new foe: the Earthmover. She still doesn’t fully understand her new powers and wants to face the realities of her past even less, but if she doesn’t use her unique gifts against the terror of this new enemy, then nobody else will.
Author Natalie Johanson delivers a stellar sequel with plenty of excitement, conflict, and inner turmoil as we meet Rose Trewin once again for a new adventure. One of the things that I think Johanson captures especially well in her work is Rose’s trauma and inner battle, which informs her choices – for good or ill – during the story and makes the novel wonderfully unpredictable. The realism in the central protagonist makes readers invest deeply in her transformation and search for peace and strength as the world becomes more and more dangerous around her. Add to this the sharp dialogue, vivid worldbuilding, and atmospheric, cinematic prose style, and this results in a very engrossing fantasy novel that ticks every box a fan could wish for. Overall, I would highly recommend Shadow’s Past and the series in general to readers everywhere.