Book Review: Silence and Shadow by Nicole Adamz and Brooke Chastain

The second installment of the Iron Lotus Series, Silence and Shadow, will be available November 23 – go ahead and set a reminder on your calendar, because you don’t want to miss it!

Silence & Shadow is a YA novella suitable for all ages and anyone who is:

✓ Looking to explore a new world

✓ Craves a sweet sibling relationship

✓ Hungry to read but crunched on time

If you liked Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, then you will ♥love♥ this exciting twist on the classic tale!

After reading the first novella of the series, A Queen’s Throne, see my review here, I was beyond ready for book two. Each book centers around one of the Meili sisters, with Silence and Shadow centered on Shiyan. I quickly fell in love with Shiyan, inspired by Alcott’s Beth, and her good nature and loving heart.

Shiyan has never looked past the present, but begins dreaming of a future after falling for the kind-hearted Dr. Bakari at Qi Infirmary where she works. However, will she be able to fulfill her dreams of the future? Her quiet demeanor makes her an easy target for an evil plotter against the Meili family, and Shiyan faces a great battle in which she struggles to survive.

If you enjoy books that lead to tears, then you will enjoy this book – I cried for a majority of this novella. The ending was expected, but still it broke my heart. I’m still reeling, and have a major book hangover – signs of a good book, in my humble opinion.

Christian undertones and themes of God’s will, family bonds, responsibility to family, forgiveness, and purpose all create a thought provoking story. The evil plotter, introduced in book one, becomes even more loathsome, and I find myself struggling with wanting to see a redemption arc while also wanting to see them suffer greatly for the pain they cause.

Overall, Adamz and Chastain have created a wonderful world that I can’t wait to continue to immerse myself in – I give this book 5/5 stars, and I anxiously await book three.

Link to purchase A Queen’s Throne is here.

Link to purchase Silence and Shadow is here.

I received a free copy of this book, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Published by Kayla E. Green

Kayla E. Green is a school librarian, speculative fiction author, and poet. When she isn’t writing, reading, or going on adventures with her husband, she loves singing loudly and off-key to KLove Radio, snuggling her dogs, and pretending she’s a unicorn. Her award-winning YA fantasy novella, Aivan: The One Truth, and her inspirational poetry collection, Metamorphosis, are now available through book retailers. Kayla also has stories and poems featured in various anthologies. Follow The Unicorn Writer's blog for book reviews, author interviews, writing advice, and more bookish fun!

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