Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)
Romance. Magic. Lies.For fans of elves, shapeshifters and elemental control.Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn't know what he is.Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.

Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1) Details

TitleCloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 18th, 2017
PublisherOftomes Publishing
ISBN-139781999706869
Rating
GenreFantasy, Glbt, Young Adult

Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1) Review

  • Ben Alderson
    January 1, 1970
    I AM WRITING A BOOK.THIS IS MY BABY!!!!!!!!!I am so so excited about this announcement. I am aiming to have it out early 2018, if not even EARLIER! I will have a better estimate on release date mid 2017! PLEASE COME SHOW THIS SOME LOVE, ADD IT TO YOUR PAGES AND GET EXCITED! Beauty and the Beast inspired fantasy with Dragons (well... something similar to dragons... and OHMYGOSH just you wait and see), Gay Romance and Elemental Control! ARHHH
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    Quoting Ben's not-official description "Beauty and the Beast inspired fantasy with Dragons, Gay Romance and Elemental Control"...Shut up and take my money.I'm so sold. I need this.
  • Rachel Carter
    January 1, 1970
    Elves, shifters, and elemental magic, oh my! Ben's debut gives fans of the Shannara Chronicles something new to fangirl (and boy :D) over in young adult fantasy.Okay, so I have to say First Year fans will love this one -I sent countless messages to Ben as I was reading saying things like: "OMG Priscilla's twin!" "Nyah is LIFE (Ella fans will love her)" "Your princeling is waaay nicer than mine (because Darren haters/those who love Ian will like Ben's book more;P)" >> Clearly Ben and I like Elves, shifters, and elemental magic, oh my! Ben's debut gives fans of the Shannara Chronicles something new to fangirl (and boy :D) over in young adult fantasy.Okay, so I have to say First Year fans will love this one -I sent countless messages to Ben as I was reading saying things like: "OMG Priscilla's twin!" "Nyah is LIFE (Ella fans will love her)" "Your princeling is waaay nicer than mine (because Darren haters/those who love Ian will like Ben's book more;P)" >> Clearly Ben and I like the same stuff because his book takes place largely in a castle with a hot prince who trains Zac in fighting (and who doesn't like fight/training scenes and duels!) and then there is the sassy bff and the protagonist who is NOT PERFECT and WORKING ON LEARNING HIS POWER/FIGHTING SKILLS. Seriously, I appreciate a flawed protagonist and Zacriah is that for me! But mostly what I enjoyed about this book? The way the protagonist's homosexuality was handled -Zac already knew he was gay at the start, he didn't struggle with anything relating to his homosexuality in this book, the story just flowed naturally and we could have a main character that was openly gay from page one and have it not be a big deal or huge plot point, just a natural element that went along with the rest of the fantasy storyline. Well done.I'm not going to drop spoilers or quotes in here because I was reading an ARC and it's not release time yet so I don't want to ruin the book for the rest of you guys, but you should definitely check this one out!
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  • Gabrielle (Little fox in plaid)
    January 1, 1970
    Beauty and the Beast inspired? Gay romance? DRAGONS?*is here for this*
  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    RETELLINGS??????DRAGONS??????GAY ROMANCE???????ELEMENTAL MAGIC?????????I NEED IT NOW THESE ARE LITERALLY MY FOUR FAVOURITE THINGS EVER
  • Christine Spoors
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't been reading much fantasy recently, but Cloaked in Shadow has definitely reminded me why I love the YA fantasy genre so much. This is Alderson's first book and I absolutely love the world he created.I really liked the main character Zacriah, it's always interesting to read from a male POV in YA fantasy as it's not something we see as often. He is such a likeable character and I liked that he is flawed, and remains so throughout the book. He is gay, and I won't say who he becomes involv I haven't been reading much fantasy recently, but Cloaked in Shadow has definitely reminded me why I love the YA fantasy genre so much. This is Alderson's first book and I absolutely love the world he created.I really liked the main character Zacriah, it's always interesting to read from a male POV in YA fantasy as it's not something we see as often. He is such a likeable character and I liked that he is flawed, and remains so throughout the book. He is gay, and I won't say who he becomes involved with, but I couldn't help but love the two of them. At the start I wasn't sure if it was going to be a case of insta-love, but their relationship grows so organically (does that even make sense?), I loved reading about them. It's always amazing to read a book where sexuality isn't a source of discrimination.In this world some of the elves are shifters who can take an animal form. Zacriah doesn't know what he is, as he certainly isn't a shifter, and I always love stories where the main character finds things out as the reader does. I loved the world of elves and shifters than Alderson created. Most of the story is set in the one city of Thessolina but by the end we start to see more of the world, which has me so excited for future books!The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was how often we got fighting and training scenes. I do like to read about training in fantasy novels, but I get to a point where I lose track of all the limbs and start to gloss over the fights. This was only really in the first half of the book though, and just comes down to personal taste. It was great to see Zacriah grow stronger and learn more about his powers throughout.Ben is one of my closest friends and he kindly sent me an early copy of his book to read, but that doesn't change the fact that I loved it. I'm not the kind of person to lie if I hated a book, so TRUST ME when I say that fans of YA fantasy will adore this book. I can't wait for the next one!!
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  • Seventh Crow
    January 1, 1970
    Gay elves are yay elves, y'all.I'm SO PUMPED.
  • Sinéad
    January 1, 1970
    I CANNOT WAIT.
  • Jo Painter
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I would just like to say a massive congratulations to Ben! 'Cloaked in Shadow' is being officially released on the 18th Dec, ( get your pre-orders in now, guys), but I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to read early and let me tell you, this will fill all the Elven voids in your life. Ben's ability to create a world of Elves where they are of all different races, shapes, sizes, personalities and strengths is what the fantasy genre is desperately in need of. Don't get me wrong, I l First of all, I would just like to say a massive congratulations to Ben! 'Cloaked in Shadow' is being officially released on the 18th Dec, ( get your pre-orders in now, guys), but I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to read early and let me tell you, this will fill all the Elven voids in your life. Ben's ability to create a world of Elves where they are of all different races, shapes, sizes, personalities and strengths is what the fantasy genre is desperately in need of. Don't get me wrong, I love a bit of Legolas, but what I loved the most about this book was the versatility amongst the characters - it made for a refreshing take on a classic and well loved fantasy race!As an artist I tend to be a very visual person and so I judge a book based on how it plays out in my head. If it plays out like a film, then we are onto a winner and this world that Ben has so carefully weaved together is bursting with vibrancy, colour and sass that soared through my imagination and tickled my creativity. It made it a joy to read and I so easily fell in love with the characters and the story because of it! The main overarching romance is enough to make you jealous, but if you're more of an action lover than you will love the adrenaline fuelled elemental magic, duels and all out scraps that ensue. Pick this one up and I promise, you won't be disappointed!
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  • BookishBoy
    January 1, 1970
    Beauty And The Beast retelling? check ✔Gay romance? check ✔Elemental magic? check ✔Dragons? check ✔There’s only one thing I can say...Gimme. Beauty And The Beast retelling? check ✔️Gay romance? check ✔️Elemental magic? check ✔️Dragons? check ✔️There’s only one thing I can say...Gimme.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    So thankful to be working on this gem with Ben, he has written such a wonderful story filled with so many unique characters that I can’t help but get attached to (Nyah is my baby, I can’t wait for you guys to meet her). This is an adventure story, a love story, an lgbtq+ story, a fantasy story, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT? More in-depth RTC when it’s released! Seriously, add this to your tbr immediately so we can all gush about Zac and Hadrian together.
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  • Naruto4Hokage(Jessica)
    January 1, 1970
    To put it lightly, I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS!!! So, January 2018...*starts counting down the days*
  • Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I AM LITERALLY SO DOWN FOR THIS I CANT WAIT TO READ A GIANT BOOK ABOUT DRAGONS AND GAY PEOPLE THIS IS GOING TO BE SO GOOD
  • Crazy4Books
    January 1, 1970
    Who else is freaking excited for this?
  • Danika
    January 1, 1970
    Ben's description of this book has everything I love ahhh
  • Nox
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, i want to read that so bad
  • Twinkle Toes
    January 1, 1970
    I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review.What a story! Alderson introduces us to the world of fae with nuanced characters and intriguing magick. Nyah is someone I WANT to be friends with for sure. And Prince Hadrian is totally swoonworthy. Exquisite prose, heart-wrenching stakes, and romance that is truly unforgettable. I am holding my breath for the next book!
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS IN LIFE! 2018 better get here fast!!!!!! Seriously this like my dream book!!!!
  • Demi
    January 1, 1970
    I HAVE BEEN WATCHING BEN ON YOUTUBE FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, SO I AM VERY EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE! JUST TAKE MY MONEY, TAKE IT!!!! SO SO SO EXCITED
  • Vignesh Kumar
    January 1, 1970
    A new book from BEN ALDERSON!!Gay Romance!!DRAGONS!!Shapeshifters!!Give me this book immediately!!!
  • Amylee (The Book Lagoon)
    January 1, 1970
    You had me at hello "Beauty and the Beast inspired fantasy with Dragons, Gay Romance and Elemental Control"
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    TAKE MY MONEY NOW
  • el
    January 1, 1970
    AJSJDHD THIS SOUNDS FAB
  • Kirsty Bonnick
    January 1, 1970
    So much suspense, shocking twists and sexual tension makes cloaked in shadow a must read for the YA book fans. Every chapter includes stunning imagery and characters which take you to far away lands and it feels as if you can see, touch and smell everything right there in front of you. A brilliant example of LGBT writing breaking the mold.
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  • JD
    January 1, 1970
    An Elf nicknamed "Zac". That's enough to DNR for me right there. Let's break down the synopsis now: the author puts "feeding his family" and avoiding a love interest into the same priority category. Seriously? Wtf is with the cover art? It looks like something that would belong to gay fantasy fanfic featuring an Elf that works part time as a go-go dancer in a gay club in Orlando. And I say that as a gay guy living in Orlando. YA- can't we demand better than this garbage?
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    This book will have you on the edge of your seat, staying up all night to finish and a few days recovering from the emotional rollercoaster you have been on! Such a great read with great characters, it’s a must read!! I love the relationship between the main characters and how they interact with each other, cannot wait for the next book in the series!
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  • Xena
    January 1, 1970
    October 2, 2017 The cover *heart eyes*!!!!! I can't wait to read this.
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