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The King's Shadow

Written by Philip Womack

Part of the Darkening Path Series

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LoveReading View on The King's Shadow

Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing siblings. It’s a journey that demands the greatest courage as nothing in the Land of the Broken King is exactly as it should be. In particular, it is hard to know who to trust. The result is a thrilling, fantasy adventure in which myriad possibilities are thrown up as Simon and Flora do all they can to find Johnny and Anna while also ensuring they can return to their own world. In this sequel to the highly praised The Broken King , Philip Wormack continues to entrance his readers. Julia Eccleshare

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The King's Shadow Synopsis

The King’s Shadow, the second book in The Darkening Path trilogy, is a thrilling fantasy adventure that references ancient Greek mythology with a dash of Victorian gothic.

'You are the chosen ones from the other land who will come to seek their siblings and with the hunting horn and the sunsword tear the king’s shadow and overthrow the Broken King.’


Simon and Flora have reached the land of the Broken King in search of their siblings. But here, nothing is quite what it seems. Who can Simon and Flora trust? What does Pike, their mysterious companion, stand to gain? As rumours of war and revolution swirl around them, and as the sinister Knight of the Swan dogs their every move, the pair must confront their terrifying final task.

And if they can free their siblings, will they then be able to open the way between the worlds, and return home?

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The King's Shadow Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first book in this series, The Broken King.

  • Benjy Randall, age 10 - 'A very good book, read if you like adventures stories with lots of magic.' Read full review >
  • Robert White, age 10 - 'I loved this book; I could never put it down. A five star read! The Broken King is a mighty action packed book filled with magical creatures of all kinds.' Read full review >
  • Emily Passmore, age 13 - 'Imaginative, interesting and just amazing, this book is a definite for anyone who has a love of fantasy. Just trust me, read it!' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'This was an exhilarating, dark adventure which kept me hooked from the first page to the last word. The creatures were terrifying and amazing. Fantastic!' Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 10 - 'A fast-paced tale of danger, magic and adventure...I was gripped from the very first page and I can't wait to read book two in the Darkening Path series. I highly recommend this book.' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'FANTASTICALLY written fantasy adventure, from the day it arrived it didn't leave my hands.  It will capture your imagination from the very first page. I can’t wait for book two to be published.' Read full review >
  • Daisy Theobald, age 11 - 'I extremely enjoyed this book, it is one of my favourite books that I have ever read. It gripped me from page one.' Read full review >

The King's Shadow Press Reviews

Praise for The Broken King

magical story full of powerful images and unexpected consequences Julia Eccleshare

superbly written and totally gripping Literary Review

the next JK Rowling Daily Mail

Like Alan Garner, Philip Womack takes ancient fairytales about searching for a child kidnapped by dark magic, and turns it into a haunting adventure exploring love,
courage, fear and friendship. Written with sensitivity, intelligence and conviction, it’s the kind of classic story readers can’t get enough of.   – Amanda Craig 

Mesmorising fantasy . . . this page-turner of a novel grips throughout and will have the reader keen to read the rest of the trilogy.  – Parents in Touch

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ISBN: 9781909991125
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Troika Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781909991125
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Author: Philip Womack
Publisher: Troika Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Philip Womack

Philip Womack was born in Chichester in the middle of a thunderstorm in 1981.He was educated at Lancing, and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Classics and English. He lives in London. He is currently a Contributing Editor at Literary Review and writes for  The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, among other papers; he is also a Fellow at First Story, currently being Writer in Residence at St Augustine's in Kilburn. He has led workshops on Greek Tragedy and How to Write Children's Fiction for the How To: Academy. Read a Q&A with the author here.  

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