Review – Cloaked in shadows by Ben Alderson

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July 13, 2018 by ceresbooksworld


Cloaked in shadows by Ben Alderson

Book one in The Dragori series

Publisher: OfTomes Publishing

Publication date: December 18th, 2017

Source: Paperback

Rating: 5 hearts




Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war looming on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent power to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.


I love fantasy and I love almost all books published by OfTomes, when I discovered that Ben Alderson was releasing a fantastic novel with elves I couldn’t resist. It took me a little while to open it, mainly because life is going on and I have many books to read, like many others people. When I started Cloaked in shadows, it was immediately addictive, I couldn’t let go, the characters are endearing, Zacriah hides a secret but he is not the only one and frankly I was eager to discover everything. The main characters are endearing, be it Zacriah, Nyah or Hadrian, I love them all.

Zacriah is the main character, he is an elf but he does not know him transformed like some of his comrades invited by the king to the castle. On the other hand, he knows how to use the magic of the air, and he must in no case be discovered. I loved every moment he’s with Hadrian, their relationship is slowly building and they are so adorable together, they protect each other and fight at the same time.

I also enjoyed seeing Zacriah and Nyah, and I look forward to reading the second volume, which I will pick up at the YALC in July.

The world is very detailed, the characters are original, the fact that the main characters are homosexual is very good and in a Fantasy moreover, it makes me very happy.

This first book is a little gem that you can’t stop reading and loving.

Quick word: A Fantasy with elves that is very addictive.


J’adore la fantasy et j’aime quasiment tous les livres publiés par OfTomes, lorsque j’ai découvert que Ben Alderson sortait un roman fantastique avec des elfes je n’ai pas résisté. J’ai mis un peu de temps à l’ouvrir, principalement parce que la vie suit son cours et que j’ai beaucoup de livres à lire, comme beaucoup. Lorsque j’ai commencé Cloaked in shadows, ça a tout de suite été addictif, je ne pouvais plus le lâcher, les personnages sont attachants, Zacriah cache un secret mais il n’est pas le seul et franchement j’avais hâte de tout découvrir. Les personnages principaux sont attachants, que ce soit Zacriah, Nyah ou Hadrian, je les aime tous.

Zacriah est le personnage principal, c’est un elfe mais il lui ne sait pas se transformé comme certains de ses camarades invités par le roi au château. Par contre, il sait utiliser la magie de l’air, et il ne doit en aucun cas être découvert. J’ai aimé tous les moments où il est avec Hadrian, leur relation amoureuse se construit lentement et ils sont tellement adorables ensemble, ils se protègent et se chamaillent en même temps.

J’ai aussi aimé voir Zacriah et Nyah, et j’ai hâte de lire le second tome, que je récupérerais au YALC en juillet.

Le monde est très détaillé, les personnages sont originaux, le fait que les personnages principaux soient homosexuels est très bien et dans une Fantasy en plus, ça me fait très plaisir.

Ce premier tome est un petit bijou qui ne se lâche pas.

En bref : Une Fantasy avec des elfes qui est très addictive.

About the author

“Ben Alderson is the book vlogger you want to know from across the pond. This 22-year-old UK native is steadily making a name for himself with not only his YouTube book vlog, but also his Instagram account …where he is followed by thousands who can’t get enough of his artsy shots of books.”
– Teen Vogue.

Side from running his very own micro-publishing company, Oftomes, you can find Ben in the nearest Starbucks with a book in hand.
Not only in love with books, but also dogs, HP sauce and RnB music!


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