Chasing Shadows by Ashley Townsend


Chasing Shadows


Ashley Townsend


September 2014

Stand Alone/Series:

Rising Shadows #2


400 pages




Fantasy/Historic Fiction/Time-Travel

Why I read it:

Ashley sent me the book for an honest review, and I’m glad she did.


Would you choose to entwine your fate with a hero of the past, even if it meant altering the future?
The murder of an ancient king spurs Sarah Matthews to travel back in time, putting her life in jeopardy as she races against the clock to solve a thousand-year-old mystery and pick up the pieces of her star-crossed romance. Her return to Serimone reveals that the kingdom is in upheaval and that the elusive Cadius has sinister plans for the throne. Unable to right the empire alone, Sarah reunites with Will, the love she left behind and the man beneath the Shadow’s hood. As they work together amidst lavish balls and explore the secret depths of the castle, they discover that the conspiracy runs deeper than they ever imagined. And when a counterfeit Shadow claims the life of someone close to her after a personal threat from Cadius himself, Sarah discovers that the price of questioning the new regime is a life.
Guilt-ridden and alone, she discovers comfort in her newfound friendship with Damien, a charming Spaniard who joins Sarah in her personal crusade for justice. But as she draws closer to his dark past and to the faceless killer in their midst, she realizes that the severed threads of time and the mystery surrounding Serimone Castle are unraveling rapidly, weaving new tapestries of devastation.
In this thrilling and deceptive sequel to “Rising Shadows,” Sarah is forced into harm’s way countless times as she races to solve the puzzle before it is too late and Serimone becomes nothing more than a faded memory of the past. . . And before Sarah becomes a permanent fixture in history.


I was provided with the book from the author, Ashley, who’s incredibly sweet, for an honest review.
Oh my god.. This book kept me awake at night wondering what will happen next!
I absolutely adored the characters, even the bad ones. Yes, even the bad ones because they were written so perfectly that I could not help but be emphatic about them. Although I kinda wish some characters like Cadius and Karen had been in the scenes more. The whole concept of time travel was just intriguing and made me want to know more. The world of Serimone was just what I expected it to be like. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be clad with snow.
The character development was as much as it was needed. Sarah, the protagonist, however could’ve been more inconspicuous and not this brazen when she knew it would lead to destruction in her life. But don’t we all do things we regret later?
I however, found that the language they used was normal, as in not like something people would talk like in the earlier era. But somehow it didn’t bother me at all.
I lost myself in the world, and I understand how difficult it must have been for Sarah to choose one world.
The ENDING! God! I wish I knew what happened to Will and Sarah. I do not know if there’s another book after this, if there is, I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival.



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