Born of Shadow by @SarahBensonBooks
Summary: On her seventeenth birthday, Kami receives a mysterious artifact and a ticket to visit her estranged grandparents in Egypt. When she arrives, no one is there to meet her. Alone and in an unfamiliar country, she discovers their disappearance is only part of a greater threat..
Whispers of strange creatures made of a shadowy substance can be heard among the nomads of the desert. A new queen has quietly come to power, given strength by a powerful evil unleashed when she opens an ancient jar. She won't stop until she finds the remains of Alexander the Great, convinced that his remains hold the secret to her becoming a god. Kami must rely on a band of misfit friends she makes along the way to save her grandparents and stop the queen. But does the handsome boy she just met have the answers, or is he part of the reason for her grandparents' disappearance?
Born of Shadow is the first book in the Shadow Wars Series.
Sample Comments from Readers:
"The dark mystery twists around the espionage, driven by desperation. Your narrative moves with building suspense and expertly crafted elaboration. When the dialogue surfaces at the conclusion, it only further accentuates the story. My page turns seemed rushed--I was completely enveloped by the action. Here's to staying lost in your story! Kudos!" By @natsaninja
"This story started off with a bang, and I'm already hooked. I could feel the tension and desperation, and guilt after the character had realized what she had done.
There was this one particular line that a I really liked, " Hot spasms of anger caught her heart."
I also loved the little historical references, such as Prometheus from greek mythology (after reading the whole Percy Jackson series, I'm a sucker for that stuff).
Brilliant writing :)" By @SourScribbles
A sneak peek into Born of Shadow: " "I swear that I saw some sort of thing moving around before my necklace started glowing."
She saw the flicker again - a dark shape, bigger, long and lean and slipping around them, like the body of an eel. It slipped in and out of her vision, but this time a chilling cold gripped her. Her skin prickled and she felt an overwhelming urge to run, to escape it. It was as if the blackness was enveloping her. If felt evil, like a twisted blend of fear and hatred. She heard a rumble, and then a high-pitched keening sound.
"I see it," Yasmin said quietly.
"Me too," said Haji.
"I think it's coming for us," Kami said. "
Weird Fact: In the book, there is a scene where Kami see's the back of a sawed off Toyota pickup truck that's being pulled by a donkey. It's a crazy thing to see people on it and that it can truly function but it exists, especially in South Africa and the people who cross the Zimbabwe border and across the Africa continent. These people travel crazy lengths with their contraptions much like they did before cars were invented. Living close to the border I have heard of this and seen it. It's quite a fun fact ^_^
A quote, which best describes, Born of Shadow in my opinion:
The one I chose relates specifically to the Characters of BOS and the hero/villian conundrum during the series.
"When walking through the 'valley of shadows' remember, a shadow is cast by Light." By Austin O'Malley
My personal opinion: