The Shard by Jane Shand (Mini Review)

The Shard by Jane Shand

Format: eBook

Source: Sent to me by author

Publisher: Self Published

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication Date: 3rd November 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“Darkness is falling…Something is happening to the children of the land. Slowly they are being turned, their magic twisted by the dark energy spreading its tentacles across the country, until what’s left is only a Darkling abomination. Only those in possession of a special Gift are immune and can drain away the energy to heal the children – but only as and when the Gift chooses. Nalani has this Gift but considers it to be something of a curse. Believing it drove away her beloved father literally and her mother emotionally, she lives a lonely life doing what she can to help others. When the Gift suddenly demands that she journey to the mainland, the chance for escape, for a new life and purpose, beckons. And with both hands, she grabs for it.Except as she settles into her new life in the city of Karas, she soon discovers more questions than answers when she stumbles across a series of magical experiments on creatures rumoured to have created the energy unique to the city. When she learns that this could be responsible for the dark forces sweeping the land, she decides this time she will take her life into her own hands. With the help of those she encounters including a Darkling boy and Luca, a young man whose research seems to hold the key, Nalani sets out on a path that will forever change her life. But will she figure out all of the answers, including ones shadowed inside herself, before the darkness overpowers them all.With its young adult protagonist and themes of self-discovery, coming of age, and setting out on one’s own, this novel should appeal to adults and YA alike.”

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My Thoughts & Review

Let me start by thanking Jane for getting in touch and for sending me a copy of the eBook. This sounded so good and couldn’t wait to get started.

The Shard is a coming of age, fantasy that follows the main character Nalani who leaves her home island and travels to the mainland because she feels that is what her special gift is telling her she needs to do. She doesn’t know why but what she does know is that she really must go. 

For a debut novel this was very well written. Although a little slow to get going, the story does pick up. I found the pace really picked up in the second half of the book and this is where it started becoming interesting and I couldn’t wait to see how events would unfold. 

I enjoyed the variety of characters they were well crafted and really interesting. At the start I wasn’t a big fan of Nalani’s character but as the book progresses and her character grows and develops I ended up liking her much more.

I’ve not gone into the plot too much as it would definitely mean giving away too much. But I will say this was a good read and would definitely recommend.

My Rating


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