I'm so happy to be on the tour for THE LAST SHADOW WARRIOR by Sam Subity. Check out the book and stick around for my review. This tour is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours!
Sam Subity loves writing stories that explore the magic and wonder of being a kid and is thrilled to share his writing with readers everywhere—both the young in age and the young at heart. When he’s not writing, you might find him running the trails of northern California where the endless, winding miles past fog and ocean inspire stories of adventure and mystery. Or he might be mowing his lawn. Because that’s what adults sometimes have to do. But in either case, Sam Subity is very likely imagining himself fighting mythical creatures or at the prow of a dragon, ship feeling the wind and sea spray on his face alongside his own Viking queen and their two Vikelets. His greatest hope is that in reading his books, you too may be transported to another place where, for a little while, you can exchange the ordinary for the extraordinary.
Author Links:Website: https://www.samsubity.com
The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Published by Scholastic
Publishing Date: May 4, 2021
Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She's spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known as Grendels - the ancient foe of the Aesir - just like her mother did before she died. But there's just one, small problem: No one has seen a Grendel in centuries, and the Viking Council wants to disband the Aesir . . . forever.
When her father is injured in an attack that leaves him in a coma, Abby is forced to take refuge at Vale Hall, a mysterious school in Minnesota where nothing is quite as it seems. She soon discovers the tables have turned and a Grendel is hunting her, but when she tries to alert the Viking Council, they accuse her of making up stories for attention . . . just like her mother did.
Desperate to protect her father and clear her mother's name, Abby goes on a dangerous quest to discover the truth--a journey that brings her face-to-face with some unlikely foes, including a Ping-Pong-playing sea monster with a wicked backhand, and a dark Valkyrie with a fondness for bingo. Abby quickly realizes that someone at the school is trying to stop her progress and destroy the Aesir for good. And only she can unravel the sinister plot before it's too late.
This book is a fast-paced and action-packed story reminiscent of Harry Potter. We have a tragic accident, three friends from different sides of the tracks that band together to fight evil. We have a sketchy professor and secrets galore. When I heard this was Viking-themed, I had to jump aboard and I wasn't disappointed.
Abby is a fierce and level-headed young girl who wants nothing more than to find a way to help her father after a brutal attack. He's been poisoned and she sets out to find the cure before he succumbs to endless sleep forever. Fighting bullies, and vague riddles that seem to spin her in circles, she fights foes left and right while wondering if the rumors about a Grendal are true or what she can do to stop it.
I hope the next book delves further into the Viking world as we only do get glimpses of it here and there. There were several loose ends that left me baffled but I have a feeling they'll be tied up nicely in the next book!