Rise of the Shadows

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
360 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2016
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Author Biography

Bonnie Clark lives in West Virginia with her husband and five children. She worked at a comic shop as a young adult, attending Japanese Anime conventions where she participated in cosplays, art shows, and sold merchandise. She has a passion for writing, achieving her dreams, and helping others achieve theirs. She loves gardening, nature, animals, and has dreamed about firefoxes since her early teens. She also loves getting back to basics by learning self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness skills. She graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a degree in Information Systems and currently works as a Cyber Security professional. To learn more, visit her website at www.evarance.com. EVARANCE - RISE OF THE SHADOWS is her debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

After Rachel, the main character in Evarance: Rise of the Shadows by Bonnie M. Clark, finds a beautiful bracelet that once belonged to her aunt, she travels to the world of Calim when she sleeps. It is a magical world in which firefoxes talk, and you can meet horses made out of mist or water. But all is not well in this dream world: a darkness is spreading, and for some reason evil as well as good creatures believe that Rachel is connected to that darkness. When Rachel wakes up in the real world, she leaves the world of Calim ... but one day, she does not seem to be able to leave her dreams behind. Her brother and her sister also have weird dreams - are they connected? And will they make a connection between their dreams and their sister falling into a coma?

Evarance: Rise of the Shadows by Bonnie M. Clark is a very enjoyable read, not only for young adults, but for all people who love believable fantasy worlds. This is a world in which dreams and being awake are combined in a fascinating way, and while there are quite a few important characters, it is very easy to know who's who. I was glad that the last few lines of Evarance: Rise of the Shadows by Bonnie M. Clark give you hope that there will be more happening in future books. After all, one or the other question remains unanswered, and after the journey with those characters, you'd definitely want to return to another journey with them.

Lit Amri

In Evarance (Rise of the Shadows) by Bonnie M. Clark, 12-year-old Rachel finds a mysterious bracelet that belonged to her missing aunt, a little fire charm that shimmers in the sunlight, as if it is burning. Little does she know that it would change her world, particularly her dream world, which is initially a beautiful place filled with mysterious, wonderful creatures. However, it’s soon engulfed by darkness known as Shadai, which is rapidly expanding and traps her in dreams that turn into nightmares.

The intricate world-building of Calim and its storyline, with ethereal beings both good and bad, is richly developed so that even with the closing of the last chapter, it lives on in readers’ minds. Rachel meets the friendly and protective fire foxes, building a strong bond between them. As her older brother Chris and sister Evalyn appear in Calim as well, they meet more fascinating, yet also dangerous beings such as the dragons, the wolf-like kobolds, and the shadow wolves. There are even ‘dreamers’ known as the Echoes.

The interesting concept has solid ingenuity and the prose is clear cut and flawless. The ending is nicely wrapped with a hint that will keep readers intrigued about what will happen next. This is an engaging fantasy read from start to finish and is an unexpected gem. It does make me think more about my dreams and their meanings. Any YA readers who love a substantial plot will be satisfied with Evarance and will want to follow this series as Rachel’s adventures in Calim continue.

Cee-Jay Aurinko

Evarance: Rise of the Shadows is a young adult fantasy novel by Bonnie M. Clark and the first book in the Evarance series. Time is running out for Rachel. She has only two weeks to return to Earth or the elementals will have no choice but to kill her. Through dreaming, she used to travel to Calim via something known as the Evarance. She used to return to Earth every time she woke up. Unfortunately, she’s not waking up anymore. She’s trapped in Calim and every moment she stays there the darkness threatens to engulf all of Calim. To Rachel’s surprise, she isn’t the only one who knows about Calim – her brother and sister have been there as well. They are Rachel’s only hope of returning to her own world. That is if they can find her in time.

Meeting the fire foxes along with Rachel was fun. Of course, meeting the shadow wolves was a different story. Fire foxes and shadow wolves aren’t the only creatures readers will get to meet. Calim is a world full of elementals which include aquamares, horses made purely out of water, and Luminaries, creatures born out of the element of light. Calim is home to dragons as well, which was an added bonus. The story revolves primarily around Rachel, but her siblings, Chris and Evalyn, get enough room in the novel to grow as characters in their quest to find Rachel. In a book where different characters and species set about achieving their own goals, the reader will be impressed and mystified by the author’s shining talent for connecting the dots in just the right places.