Author: Tricia Sullivan
Received a paperback for honest review
Rating: ✪✪✪ .5
Thai martial arts, international crime, celebrity and mythical creatures combine in this masterful new tale of two people facing incredible dangers, from award-winning author Tricia Sullivan.
Nothing she’s faced in the cage will prepare her...
Jade is a young mixed martial arts fighter. When she’s in the cage she dominates her opponents—but in real life she’s out of control.
After she has a confrontation with a Hollywood martial arts star that threatens her gym’s reputation, Jade’s coach sends her to a training camp in Thailand for an attitude adjustment. Hoping to discover herself, she instead uncovers a shocking conspiracy. In a world just beyond our own, a man is stealing the souls of children to try and live forever.
Shadowboxer was an interesting read. It is a YA fantasy but when I started reading it , I found it hard to think where the fantasy might come in and how. I have to admit I did find it hard to get into Shadowboxer to start with as the book revolves around Thai martial arts but when the fantasy element was introduced and the story started to entwine between reality and fantasy I really started to enjoy it.
As I have mentioned Shadowboxer revolves around Thai martial arts, Thai legend and reincarnation and the Immortal Forest, an in-between world full of legends including Kala Sriha. I really enjoyed learning about this and exploring the beliefs of other cultures.
Tricia Sullivan is great at intertwining all the characters and how they linked to each other. Shadowboxer goes between two female protagonists, Jade & Mya each very different from each other, but each on a journey of self discovery. Jade was an interesting strong character and she went on a journey that I loved following. She started as a girl who was super tough and looked like nothing would phrase her but in the end I loved her showing her softer side and the sacrifice she was willing to make. Mya is a little girl with abilities that were frightening and amazing for such a young girl, she was scared and was manipulated but she grow as a character into a person beyond the years of a child.
Overall I really ended up enjoying Shadowboxer it was really intriguing and I loved seeing the characters journey. Even though I struggled with it at the start I'm glad I stuck with it.