Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Shadow's Voice by Natalie Johanson is a beautiful read for fantasy lovers. Roselyn Ula has had a very rough past and she thinks running away from it is the only form of redemption left for her. But one never runs away from one’s self. Destiny puts her on the path of a messenger who beckons her to complete his mission for the King. Now, she must travel to the castle to save the king from an enemy who will stop at nothing to see him overthrown. Is Rose ready to open her soul, connect with her shadow magic, and face the challenges that await her? Shadow's Voice is a tale of magic, but most importantly, it’s a story of redemption won through heroism and unrelenting courage.
Natalie Johanson has an arresting writing gift and her prose will surely seduce lovers of beautiful words. I loved the descriptive style and the images the writing conjures up, making readers see things very clearly. The narrative voice comes across with strength and unwavering conviction. The plot is well imagined and executed with a lot of style; it moves very fast, with enough to make the reader curious about what happens next. I loved the characters. Yes, they are compelling and fully fledged. Rose is one that readers will root for. She comes flawed with her past and torn between seeking redemption and offering her services for the welfare of her people. The conflict that rages within her is the catalyst that propels the story forward. Shadow's Voice is an impassioned page-turner that fantasy fans can’t put down. Its satisfactory ending could be the promise of another beautiful story in the making.