About the author: Moira Katson is an indie author living in the oft-frigid wastes of the American midwest. As a transplant, she is learning to love hot dish, fried food on a stick, ice fishing, and the hilarious faces her friends make when she posts about winter temperatures. Her less geeky interests include running, STRONG coffee, and cooking; her more geeky interests include gaming, voracious reading, and, of course, writing science fiction and fantasy novels!
From the dust cover: It has been only two generations since Arthur Warden seized the throne of Heddred from the Conradines, and now the crown rests on the head of Garad, sickly and weak. Shadows gather: legacies of the centuries-long rivalries for power, old betrayals, the endless plots of the courtiers, and the murmur of rebellion in the southern provinces… Catwin, plucked from her life at the edge of the Kingdom, is thrust abruptly into the world of the Court when she is chosen by the Duke of Voltur to be a Shadow—spy, shield, and blade—to his niece, the Lady Miriel DeVere. The Duke’s ruthlessness is legendary, and he will stop at nothing to become the power behind the throne, using Miriel as a pawn to catch Garad’s heart. But the Duke’s carefully-laid plans are only a piece of the intrigue of the court, and greater forces than Catwin can imagine are massed against her, determined to eliminate Miriel and impose a new order of their own. If Catwin and Miriel are to survive, they must learn quickly who to trust, and when to turn their skills against the very people who have trained them…
My Ebook Review: this is a medieval fantasy tale that does a great job of building a story that keeps the pages turning. The story builds relatively slowly with the introduction of the main characters, their various attributes, flaws, histories and choices. As the pace of the story builds, the layers of the plot become apparent and the intrigue plays out like a complex chess game.
The story is essential told from the perspective of Catwin and therefore we see the world and understand the choices through the eyes of the growing child. The characterizations are relatable and one can feel empathy and enmity towards the players in the game and sometimes a little of both.
Overall the plot is very well developed and the story keeps going at a high enough pace with a few good surprises along the way making this a delightful book to read and enjoy.
The Ebook is free to download on http://www.amazon.com/Shadowborn-Light-Shadow-Volume-1/dp/1484094670/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368771104&sr=8-2&keywords=shadowborn