Shadows of Angels by L. G. Rollins (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop for Shadows of Angels by L. G. Rollins! Check out about the book, my review, and enter the giveaway below...

Shadows of AngelsShadows of Angels
(Zaad Stone #1)
by L. G. Rollins
YA, Adult Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
December 8th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
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After the forest dwellers destroy her home and kill her father, Aerbrin sets off on a journey to find the truth about her people, her kingdom, and the mysterious Zaad stone that contains a power she never imagined. Magic and mystery join forces in this intriguing fantasy world. Full of shifting alliances and twists you won’t see coming, it’s a can’t-miss read.

My Review

SHADOWS OF ANGELS is the first book in a new dark fantasy series. There were multiple points of view, from the orphan who is unaware of who she really is and what she holds, to a young king who looks like a lion, to a fickle young woman, a brave knight and rebel, to other companions with their own roles to play. Like any great fantasy, this book sets up the series for the future struggle of good versus evil. Good being the rightful king and those with the Zaad Stones and evil being the usurper currently ruling along with the demons and dark creatures who destroy and kill all that they can. It was an engrossing story with lots of physical and mental fighting that tested these characters.

I liked that the author let the characters show their flaws and make mistakes, even falter at times. She also let them fight and succeed. Good stories are made of characters who evolve, grow, and change into something stronger and better. I was disappointed in spots, but the disappointment came from wanting these characters to not give up, to believe in themselves, and to succeed. 

The plot had a lot going on. The story felt driven and engaging from beginning to end. There was definitely a darkness and grit to the story with plenty of death and violence, as well as some torture. It was not pretty or necessarily enjoyable. At the same time, it allowed the characters to really struggle and fight, contrasting the good things and happy moments.

I'm curious where the story will head next. I can see some budding romances and I'm curious how those will work out. Romance definitely is not the focal point of the story, but I appreciate that it looks like if there is any it will be built upon friendship and individuals having shared experiences and goals that bind them together.

I'd recommend this one to those who enjoy dark fantasy and series, such as The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

Content: Quite a bit of violence, but otherwise clean.

Source: I would like to thank Cedar Fort for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.


"Stay calm, her father’s words echoed in her head. When you find yourself in danger, above all, stay calm. Aerbrin took a deep, steady breath and leaned down, reaching for her bow. one of the Forest Dwellers charged. It collided with her and knocked her to the floor. Raising a knotted fist, he bashed her head.

Sparks exploded across her vision. She tried to raise an arm, tried to call out. Her body wouldn’t respond. The Forest Dwellers grunted again. The creature above her raised its fist again. She looked up. This was the end, she knew. When these monsters attacked, they killed everything. Animals, plants, and particularly humans. No one survived.

Closing her eyes, Aerbrin forced her body to relax. This time, there was no pain."

About the Author


L.G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time. She may, or may not, have a Zaad Stone. To learn more about L. G. Rollins and her books visit

Shadows of Angels is L. G. Rollins’ first novel and the beginning of the Zaad Stone trilogy.


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