All is not lost for readers though, who wish to avail themselves of Book 2 of the series. By joining Scattergood's fan base of "Shadow Stalkers" my understanding is you will be able to receive the second book in the series for free. Considering she currently has the first book for free also, that's a pretty good deal. I think the authors efforts to build a fan base and involve her readers, in her activities, is something to be applauded and should be considered by other Indie Authors. Kudos to her!
Shadow Stalker is a young adult/fantasy novel that follows the adventures of Auren, who discovers at eighteen that she is much more special than she ever thought she was. Raised by the strict and seemingly stern foster-father Kado, she is unaware of who she really is until her world falls apart and the forces of the Galvadi Empire invade the islands of the Coalition. Thrown into turmoil by Kado's revelations, as to her true nature and on the run from the Galvadi Emperor the story follows Auren's journey of discovery and understanding of herself. There is plenty of action for those that seek it, but there are equally some interesting and thoughtful questions raised in the story as to the nature of family, love, and relationships, in general.
For a Young Adult novel, I really enjoyed this book. As with all novels where the author has created a brand new world in which to place his/her characters, there is some time needed, as a reader, to understand and integrate themselves into the concepts and names of that new world. Once that has been done, however, it is all plain sailing and a very well told, easy to read, story.
Scattergood's writing style is simple and straightforward and her characters very believable. I particularly enjoyed the, at times, testy interactions between Auren and Kado. I was more often than not seeing it from Kado's perspective, although the book is clearly written from Auren's perspective.
I would highly recommend this read to young and older readers alike, especially if fantasy adventure is your favoured genre. I happily give this book a very solid five-star rating. It's not my favorite genre, but within that genre I felt is was a winner. Definitely give this book a look.
You can check all of Renee Scattergood's work here: http://amzn.to/1TUiTzD