Review: Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner

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Title: Shadowlark
Series: Skylark #2
Author: Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Publication Date: Oct 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5
Synopsis from Goodreads
Lark Ainsley escapes the Iron Wood, only to find herself captured and imprisoned in a hidden underground city.
Powerful magic protects the city of Lethe, stopping the inhabitants from transforming into Empty Ones, monsters who hunger for human flesh.
But this magic comes at a terrible price, and the city lives in fear of their leader Prometheus and his gang of Eagles.
Lark is desperate to save the city from Prometheus’s tyrannical grip, and find her brother, before it’s too late.
Shadowlark is about a girl called Lark Ainsley. She has escaped her home town (with the power to strip others of their magic) to find her brother. But they are caught and trapped in the underground city of Lethe and Lethe has a secret that Lark must uncover.
Lark Ainsley run away from her hometown to find her brother and is in the wilderness. However, in the wilderness there are evil beings called shadows and they are hunting her. She gets caught and is then brought to the city of Lethe but she cannot escape.
My favourite part of the book was when the battle occurs. There are a lot of twists and turns to the plot, although there are also many revelations. The action is described very well and doesn’t get lost in technical terminology (by using words specific to a sport e.g. a parry in fencing) so you know what is happening.
My favourite character was Lark because she has the power to strip others of their magic and use it. She also was an outsider and people think of her in the wrong way. This made me empathise with her because people think that I don’t have any fun and that I just revise all the time. I disliked the fact that the author kept on using the same or similar phrases to describe the shadows. I also disliked the lack of different places.The only setting was the city of Lethe for most of the book.
If I were to change anything in the book I would change Oren’s personality. Oren was Larks friend and he is a shadow. He can change into a ruthless monster if there is not enough magic in the air. He was very cold hearted and distant throughout the book. He didn’t change and was not very fundamental to the storyline despite his regular appearance.
I would read a book by the author again because she has a good imagination and it was different to any other books I have read that involve magic. She was creative with her choice of characters and didn’t choose common names such as Tom. I liked this because it made her writing more memorable than others. I would recommend this book to people who like a story with magic and who have a good imagination. This book would also be good for people who like Harry Potter because she has good names and different magic. An intriguing storyline was woven into the book just like J.K Rowling and she captured the magic in the story. The readers of this book also like a bit of treachery and action. I think Shadowlark is best suited for Year Seven and up because some of the words used in the book would be hard for a year six to understand.
Shadowlark includes romance and the occasional bad word however, this shouldn’t be much of an issue for the target audience. Additionally, it didn’t bore me or seem like the author was just trying to fill pages. On a scale of one to five I would give it a 3. It didn’t blow me away but it did have originality and a lot of themes woven into the plot, such as betrayal, romance and tragedy.

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