Book Review ★ Whispering Shadows – The Navarre Chronicles ★ Sydney Hawthorn

The Navarre Chronicles Review Whispering Shadows by Author Sydney Hawthorn

Awakening Shadows Sydney Hawthorn

Whispering Shadows ★ The Navarre Chronicles Book Two

Whispering Shadows 
The Navarre Chronicles Book 2
by Sydney Hawthorn
Published June 2021
Lilac Daggers Press LLC

About Whispering Shadows The Navarre Chronicles Book two Synopsis

★ Synopsis ★

A Runaway. A Lost Prince. A Survivor. A demon king whispering in shadows. And a Queen fighting to fit her crown.

In the months since her birthday, Joseline and the Kynire cadre are well on their way to Raenya, her power and patience—both with herself and her growing magical abilities—increasing more each day. Forgotten allies surface in the most unpredictable ways, and secrets kept for years under the façade of protection unfold truths about Quinn’s past that could strengthen their chances of surviving the looming war. And put an even greater target on their backs. But Joseline and Quinn refuse to weaken, pushing onward despite the odds.

After escaping Narcio Island, Evalyn’s newfound freedom warrants an even greater threat—a chance meeting with Erza Stormwood, heir apparent to one of the violent and forgotten witch covens in the North. But as their bond grows, Eva realizes even the ancient witches are struggling against the darkness. Evalyn is the last person Erza expects to form a friendship with, the last person she needs to be worrying about. Yet their alliance might just be another piece in the shadowed puzzle.

Still, Aeron’s return threatens the horizon. And when the demon king threatens one of the very reasons for her persistence, Joseline’s looming hesitations are shattered. But hope remains. And with it, the will to overcome even the greatest fears of losing what Joseline loves most. 

Review Book Two The Navarre Chronicles Whispering Shadows

★ Review ★

minor spoilers

Whispering Shadows is the second installment in Sydney Hawthorn’s The Navarre Chronicles and it is just as good, if not better than, Awakening Shadows. I imagine Hawthorn’s work area looking a lot like the Charlie Day meme from Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Also, the theme from the Legend of Zelda is playing.

Whispering Shadows picks up right where Awakening Shadows ends. Our dear Evalyn has managed to get off Narcio Island. I love Evalyn, in fact, there isn’t a character I don’t like. Each and every one of them is unique and interesting. The growth that they have all gone through over the course of two books has truly been amazing to read.

Some of them are barely the same character at the end of book two than at the start of book one.

All of the puzzle pieces in this intricate tale are falling into place, while the puzzle is simultaneously getting bigger. Revelations and plot twists are taking us on a wild ride spanning centuries. Our dear Evalyn finds herself in the company of Witches and most, if not all of the mystery surrounding her tragic past is revealed as she opens up to her new friends.

Review Book Two The Navarre Chronicles Whispering Shadows

Ezra and her Elites are a great addition, opening up the world Hawthorn has created beyond Mortal, Fae & Demon.

Speaking of Demons, Aeron’s shadows are hard at work spreading darkness through Navarre and the Witch Coven’s are not immune. With word of darkness spreading through the coven, Maya and Jensen leave Quinn & company to investigate. Brining the Witches & Evalyn into the fold.

Whispering Shadows follows the same format as Awakening Shadows. Each chapter from a different character’s viewpoint. We don’t hear much from Maya in Whispering Shadows. Our boy Jenson on the other hand has a lot going on. We knew that he is Demi-Fae, but after an encounter with one of the Witches, Jenson learns that he is the descendant of a very powerful Healer.

There are a lot of “blocked memories/power” type tropes happening in Navarre. Or so it seems, & normally this would bother me. How can you have ten characters with six of them having blocked, sleeping or dormant powers? Powers popping up left right and center, discovered right when they are needed. But it works in Hawthorn’s story. Hawthorn doesn’t just give her character’s powers because it’s easy or convenient for the plot.

& none of them just know how to use their powers. They have to work at it & practice. They fail and they try again.

One thing I really love about Hawthorn’s tale is all the little things tieing it together. Seemingly tiny insignificant details mean something. Clues to both the history and future of her characters. Even though we are reading just a small fraction, a snapshot of time, her story takes place over centuries.

Review Book Two The Navarre Chronicles Whispering Shadows

And for Goddess Sake – I want to know more about those centuries.

The first Demon Wars, the Second Demon Wars. What the Fae have been hiding all these years. The Goddess & The Twelve.

Aeron & his children.

Our OG Squad also makes some new friends on their journey to Raenya. One of which just happens to be Quinn’s aunt and acquaintance of Fallon. More puzzle pieces click into place when Fallon removes the blocks he had put on Quinn as a child. Confirming Quinn’s royal heritage and unlocking his true magical potential. Joseline continues to spend her time training her little heart.

Joseline, our little Chosen One, our Goddess. She is no longer the naive girl leaving the confines of her palace for the first time. She is growing stronger and more powerful by the day, but so are her weaknesses. Joseline basically has a power hissy fit anytime someone so much as lays a finger on Quinn. Will either one of them make it to the end of Hawthorn’s tale alive?

The ending of Whispering Shadows is just the beginning of the story…

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Whispering Shadows Rating

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the navarre chronicles quotes

★ Quotes ★

The dark, soulless eyes of the shadowy nightmare met Eva’s the same moment her mothers did.

When you choose to accept it doesn’t make it the truth. It was true to begin with.

Death, it seemed, followed her everywhere, a dark horror she couldn’t escape from.

The demons anguished cry slowly faded, the darkness dimming until all that remained was a thin fog shimmering with pale, golden light.

Her hands glowed lilac, a thin layer prickling his skin; cool like a kiss of hushed wind spreading through his bones.

There was no light in his eyes, the blue-green iris rimmed with black, the darkness threatening to spill onto his pale skin.

Awakening Shadows Synopsis About the book by Sydney Hawthorn

Awakening Shadows ★ The Navarre Chronicles Book One

Awakening Shadows by Sydney Hawthorn Book One The Navarre Chronicles

A Princess. A Warrior. A Slave. A kingdom falling to ruin. And a Queen meant to save them all.

Navarre has been at peace for three hundred years, the prophecies of the promised princess no more than a whispered memory of the past. Sheltered from the world around her, naïve Princess Joseline is no stranger to the responsibility and isolation of being heir. But when an attack on her eighteenth birthday reveals the looming return of the legendary demon king, shattering every protective boundary around her, Joseline is thrown full force into the long-forgotten prophecy and the role she plays in his demise.

Saved from Aeron’s clutches by a secret organization of warriors trained to protect her, Joseline is forced to choose between her curiosity to understand their motives and her duty to her people’s safety. Swept into the impending war threatening her country, Joseline must learn at all costs not only to fight, but to control the ancient magical power awakening within her.

Her life and the lives of her people depend on it.

Buy Sydney Hawthorn Books Purchase Awakening Shadows

Buy Whispering Shadows The Navarre Chronicles

★ Links ★

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