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Thorn, an outlaw's son, wasn't supposed to be a slave. He's been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they're headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.
Lilith Shadow wasn't supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?

Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky. Book 1 of a three book series.

Advance Praise:
"If you are pining for that thrill you felt when you first discovered Harry Potter, let me recommend SHADOW MAGIC. Here is a fantasy world you will lose yourself in--with Six Great Families of magic, the nicest princess of darkness you've ever met, a peasant boy with skills to rival Robin Hood, and a supporting cast of zombies, paladins, ghost puppies, executioners, minstrels, murderers, and a giant hero bat. I defy you not to love this story."--Rick Riordan
"Zestful, dynamic and addictive, SHADOW MAGIC is storytelling at its most exuberant. Joshua Khan sweeps you up on the very first page and never lets you go. Close shaves, high adventure, wild fantasy, and giant bats--this book has it all. I haven't had this much fun in ages. Sit back and enjoy the ride!" --Jonathan Stroud

"Great, in-depth, unusual world-building coupled with funny, down-to-earth writing. Just call me Joshua Khan's number one fan."-Sarah Rees Brennan

"There's plenty of magic to be found in SHADOW MAGIC--necromancy, giant bats, ghosts!--but the real enchantment is the spell it weaves around the reader. I'd battle a whole army of the dead just to get to spend more time in Castle Gloom and the world Joshua Khan has created."--Rachel Hawkins

"An executioner's apprentice, an embattled queen of shadows, and a royal hostage join forces toward a common goal-survival in a treacherous world of monsters and magic. SHADOW MAGIC is like the best of haunted house adventures-a dark and twisty thrill ride with just the right amount of creepy humor."--Cinda Williams Chima
*"Working together but never losing sight of their individual objectives, Thorn and Lily uncover surprising truths about their families. Despite the gloomy setting, this book vibrates with hope. Short chapters filled with action, appealing characters, and cliff-hanger endings make this fantasy the kind of book readers will find hard to put down. Recommended for all middle grade collections." --School Library Journal (starred review)

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on April 12, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 1484732723
ISBN-13: 9781484732724
17 Book Reviews
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  • snicker9
    snicker9Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm33 stars
    Once Lilith Shadow was an ordinary House Shadow princess with no prospects for life. But then when her family is murdered, she becomes the last member of House Shadow, and becomes the ruler. For a little girl this is a daunting role. And the fact that her region is weak and surrounded by possible enemies makes things no easier. Not to mention the fact that she is still being forced into a marriage to the horrible prince from the kingdom of light. If only her father had taught her magic as well as her brother, then she would be able to save her realm. As it is, Lilith must break the rules, and learn the magic of the undead-even if she is a girl. Thorn is the son of an outlaw and he has been captured in slavery. When Tyburn, an executioner for House Shadow, buys him from his master, he is forced to make the decision to stay with Tyburn-for a whole year and one day. But all he wants is to be free. When Thorn arrives at House Shadow he meets Lilith. Will two people who come from different worlds be able to work together to reach their dreams? Much of this book is about the art of nethermancy, so if that makes you uncomfortable this is not the book for you. It was a book filled with adventure and dark magic. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars, not because it wasn't written well or hair-raising(it certainly was), but because it wasn't my style or preference.
    • yaya35223
      yaya35223Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm44 stars
      Shadow magic was a really cool book! This book has a ton of action and adventure! I loved the characters and their personalities! I would recommend this book to someone who loves cool creatures and lots of adventure.
      • strawberry1234
        strawberry1234Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm55 stars
        This was an awesome book. I would recommend this book to anyone. Read this book it is a really good book to read in summer
        • jsmyth
          jsmythSaturday, July 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm33 stars
          An amazing fast read. Magical,dark,&well written. Thorn, an outlaw's son, wasn't supposed to be a slave. He's been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they're headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire. Lilith Shadow wasn't supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her? Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky. "A beautiful story of epicness ,thrilling plot twist, and makes you feel all the feels".
          • sr05885
            sr05885Monday, June 27, 2016 at 11:56 am55 stars
            This book was Amazing!!I just loved all the characters especially Lilith or her nickname Lily! The book was like a fantasy slash mystery story.I totally recommend this book!!
            • sushi321
              sushi321Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 6:15 am55 stars
              This book was amazing!! I loved all the characters and how they acted. It was a fantasy/mystery novel. It kept you reading till the very end and was a shocker. I recommend it for everyone!!
              • aub112705
                aub112705Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:24 pm44 stars
                Its about a boy named Thorn who is a slave! He gets wipped by his master and has a secret that he is keeping he didn't run away from home he did a crime. Stick with Thorn and find out how this awesome book ends!
                • catface173
                  catface173Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:03 am
                  I was expecting maybe a story about an emo girl who had identity issues, but she was really great. I laughed out lout a quite a few times and read the book in a few days.
                  • waterlily1255
                    waterlily1255Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 3:47 am33 stars
                    By just looking at the cover it is a must read for all. Dig deep and there's more then just Shadow Magic. There's love and having to depend on others. It is a great book.
                    • inventor60
                      inventor60Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                      Thorn- not a slave, Lilith- not a ruler. These two characters brought together by death, inspired to break the many rulers that had been set forth.

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