Spellswords, Wardens, Traders, Scholars, Diplomats – the five departments of the Royal Institute of Magic an apprentice must master to become a full member.
Ben Greenwood has no idea what to expect when he begins his apprenticeship, but he quickly realises his family history is going to make life difficult. On his very first day, a Shadowseeker – a mysterious and dangerous dark elf – surfaces, and Ben suspects the dark elves might be trying to capture him again in an effort to flush out his parents.
When Ben renews his own search for his parents, he soon discovers they are closing in on a piece of Queen Elizabeth’s legendary armour – the only weapon strong enough to defeat the dark elf king once and for all – but it is guarded by something even more deadly than a Shadowseeker.
A race against time ensues, with Ben desperate to warn his parents they’re walking into a death-trap, while somehow completing the first level of his apprenticeship and securing his place at the Royal Institute of Magic.
I loved the first book in the Royal Institute of Magic series –Elizabeth’s Legacy– and jumped right into The Shadowseeker. While not as good as the 1st book, I still heartily enjoyed it.
Ben & Charlie are on their way to be apprentices at the Royal Institute of Magic. Only first… there’s a test nobody warned them about. And the classes aren’t necessarily classes, but studying on their own – which was an interesting twist. They have 50 days to complete the steps to go from a level one apprentice to a level two or they’re out. And they’re not sure they’re gonna make it.
After all, not only do they have to deal with all the steps, but they are once again on the trail of Ben’s parents. Our elven enemy is back and if he gains what he’s after, the Greenwood legacy might end right there and then.
The book was good, no doubt about it, but it was weaker than the first one. Still worth reading/listening to and I look forward to when the third book comes out in audio so I can listen to it.
Once again a superb performance by Peter Kenny. He does a superb job with the voices and the cadence.
Story Rating: 4 stars
Narration Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 stars