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Lost in Shadow
Lost in Shadow employs a narrative style that makes Limbo look like a Hideo Kojima joint. With such a dearth of narrative, the developers seem keen instead on hooking you with this notion of shadow trickery; and for a time, it works exceptionally well. You learn quickly that the foreground, at least in the early goings, is simply a means to an end. The objects in the real world are only useful to you in the context of the shadows they cast.
Traversal of the world requires these shadows to be manipulated via adjustments to the scenery and light, which you do by using the Wii remote to identify and select adjustable sections. When you start to get a handle on how to manipulate the world and get around, it's one of those great "a-ha! Sadly, that moment passes, and brilliance never comes to fruition. While the game's method of shadow puppetry intrigues at the outset, malaise begins to set in after several hours of repetitive gameplay--and then gets piled on after even more hours of that seemingly endless repetition.
The best platformers find a way to ramp up the difficulty slowly, methodically, with a key understanding of what the player has experienced early on, and building upon those experiences. Lost in Shadow more or less does the same thing again, and again, and again, for hours on end with only periodic bouts of difficulty peppered in at random moments. The level designs start out interestingly enough, but fail to evolve into anything more than a shadowy riff on the same sorts of platforming gimmicks you've seen done a billion times before.
The game toys with some variety, offering up shadow corridors, which twist physics in some interesting ways, and light gates, which turn your shadow into a glowing, three-dimensional being that can navigate the foreground for a limited time--but little is done with these concepts outside of the same repetitive gimmicks over and over again. True cleverness simply seems to elude Lost in Shadow, and its few brushes with it come so late in the game that some people will have likely given up before they get anywhere near these moments.
Light gates let you venture out into the three-dimensional realm for short periods. There is simply no sense of pace to Lost in Shadow. Most of the game is relatively breezy, with true difficulty only appearing at random intervals. I got stuck on maybe a handful of puzzles over the course of the game's storyline.
Those moments of perplexity often came out of nowhere, and were usually followed up by more of the same rote action I'd been enduring for hours prior. Only bouts of haphazard combat are thrown in to try and break up the action. Combat, however, is not this game's strong suit. Your shadow can only attack in short bursts, and there's no block mechanic to speak of, meaning you're forced to stab-and-run a whole bunch until something is dead.
Not difficult, since the enemies rarely put up much of a fight, but the clumsy-feeling controls, coupled with a miserable checkpoint system, lead to a lot irritating, accidental death, followed up by annoying rehashing of lengthy level sections. Before eventually submitting to tedium, Lost in Shadow is an easy game to like. Go for it guys, you wouldn't regret reading it. View 1 comment. Dec 28, Daria rated it it was amazing Shelves: r2r , favorites , augustshifter-challenge. Because of a accident Emily a sweet young woman that I think is a alcoholic smiles , and she sees dead people.
Her and a friend goes to Scotland on vacation, and will set a chain of events in motion. Colin a proud warrior that died by the hands of his own brother, swallowing more than one betrayal he will be forced to relive his death each anniversary. Colin is a shadow walker — he good and fights evil. He is floored when he meets Emily has no one should be able to see him or any walker, not only does she see him, Emily maybe the curse breaker.
Both Colin and Emily will be in each others company, both will have to overcome and deal with their past before time runs out. What a tale to tell, a story with a bit of history and magic, a bit of mystery and excitement. Sex a few scenes that will have you fanning your face, and a love that will be felt through the pages. This wonderful story had me saying aw I look forward to the rest of the books.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review Lovers of Paranormal. I was excited to read this because the blurb sounded like it would be a good story, and for the most part it is. There are no subtle transitions between scenes you know, like there is an obviou I was given this book in exchange for an honest review Lovers of Paranormal. There are no subtle transitions between scenes you know, like there is an obvious separations in a chapter so that way you know you are now reading a different scene?
Not in this book. Also some inconsistencies, an example being when Emily and Colin were trapped after the cave-in, the area they're in is described as being pitch black, but at one point Emily hands a bottle of water and chia seeds to Colin who takes them. If it's pitch black, how in the world can he see what she's offering? Another glaring problem is that it's sometimes hard to figure out which character is actually speaking.
It irritated me that Emily who has decided to take a break from men after the last debacle with her ex almost ended her life , was all "I'm falling in love with him", after knowing him for exactly 2 or 3 days. No girlfriend, you're not in love, you just wanna know what he's got going on under that kilt. And Colin? At least he seemed a bit more realistic in that he didn't want to get close to anyone, especially a woman, after his fiance from eleventy thousand years ago betrayed him.
An okay book that could be better with proper editing. View all 4 comments. Jan 22, Cheryl Duval rated it really liked it Shelves: read-for-review. I really enjoyed this book and I am having a hard time with the fact that there are so many negative reviews. When I read a book for review I don't focus on the technical issues unless they are bad enough to distract from the story. I think the author did a wonderful job.
We move back and forth between the 's and modern times. I think the way it changes between times is very easy to follow. I love the main characters Emily and Colin and I think their back stories were wonderful. There is enough action, adventure, drama, mystery and romance to keep anyone interested in this story. Ignore all of the negative reviews and give this book the chance that it deserves. I liked the book very much and highly recommend it. Dec 31, Allyson rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-review.
Lost in Shadow Review
I received this book for free for my honest review of it thru lovers of paranormal. I loved the sound of the book when I read what it was about that's what sucked me in to want to read it. Ok so Emily sees supernatural things like ghost and she sees a ghost while on holiday with her bestfriend. We find out his name is Colin and is a Scot from The author maybe new and her first series of books ever and doing it all on get own but I loved this book!
I don't care about everyone else had writt I received this book for free for my honest review of it thru lovers of paranormal. I don't care about everyone else had written about this book and I hope it doesn't make you not read it because you will be missing out on this book with an awesome world the Author puts you in. Thanks again for letting me read and review! Jul 04, JoRead rated it liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy. Lost is Shadows starts as I'd like my next vacation to start, set in Scotland along my best friend fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, which by the way, it's the same for me too.
Our heroine Emily is a strong, independent American woman who happened to survive a very traumatic accident at the hands of her ex-cheating boyfriend. This has made her wary of loving again. And what better way to overcome the betrayal and hurt than to travel to the place she's dreamed of since she was a child. Once in Lost is Shadows starts as I'd like my next vacation to start, set in Scotland along my best friend fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, which by the way, it's the same for me too.
Once in Scotland, Emily realizes something strange is going on around her but thinks it's just a consequence of the dreaded accident. Later, during a guided visit to one of her beloved castles, she strays from the group and finds herself alone, only to face danger and ends up helping an injured "man" that was being attacked other men.
Before she could help him anymore, all of the men disappeared leaving her confused and somewhat scared. What does a normal girl do? She doesn't think herself crazy and is resolute to figure out what really happened, even though everything she's finding out points to that man not being alive at all.
So she continues her quest, exposing herself and friend to more danger, in a different country, where she knows no one. Luckily, she makes a friend in Inspector Monroe, who had an agenda of his own and is only helping and humoring Emily with her stories because he's trying to solve an unsolved murder case and is willing to believe anything in order to have justice served. Emily continues her quest until she finds him, and this time she ends up saving him from a sure death.
Now, this man, Colin, is no simple man, he is part of a legion of warriors called Shadow Walkers, sworn to protect humanity from the Day Walkers, that is, the bad guys. What Emily doesn't know is that by saving Colin, she set the clock in motion and they will have to work together in order to break a course that affects them both. And if they don't, they will have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives, for however long that may be. As strong and independent Emily is portrayed, it was not enough to save her from the silliness that sometimes was so out of character in the story line.
To be more exact, the beginning of the story was fun. It was entertaining and although for moments it sounded a little too YA I was still ok with it because it keep me going and turning the pages. But as we are submerged into the worlds of the Walkers, I got lost into what was going on. It was like I was reading another story. They needed to break a course, but for several days it was never mentioned.
They just lived leisurely, like there was no one trying to kill them, like there was no war going on, and like they had all the time in the world. Not only that but it went from I like them together to whoa! After the blissful days where there seemed to be nothing else but happy clouds in their midst, the book kind of picked up again. Which makes me think perhaps this book was aimed to a different audience when first laid out but then changed tracks and more steamy content was added at a later point to target a wider crowd.
Also, and please let me know if you do get it, but I don't think it is clearly explained how the course can be broken. I waited for that through the end but I never really got it. All in all, I really liked the premise of the book and the overall plot. I only wish it had a smoother transition from page to page and I didn't have to keep wondering how much better the story would have worked if I din't have that feeling that it was two different stories put together.
Emily can see beyond the normal human realm into the realm of Light and Shadow. She is visiting Scotland when she sees him engaged in battle and tries to help him. By doing so, she has been involved intricately in his life; she has one week to break his curse of being a Shadow Walker.
The consequences are too grim to be contemplated. Emily was riding in a car with her then boyfriend, Charlie, as he sexted another woman. Charlie lost control of his vehicle, crashed, trapping Emily the car, under water. She was dead for about 10 minutes before being revived. Charlie walked away from the accident virtually unscathed, further adding to her bitterness. Emily and her best friend, Kat, are touring Edinburgh when Emily hears the words, Beware the Day Walker…he comes for you. They are both invisible to humans, unless they want to be seen.
What does this mean for the fight overall? She creates a world of pirates, high intrigue, ancient gods, overly curious and protective policeman, evil immortals, kind and wondrous immortals, almost saintly mortals, and hope. Of course, there is also steamy passion. Luhrs understands that it is extremely important to incorporate scenes of passion into the context of the story and not to include such scenes simply for the sake of a sex scene. She is a master of plotting; her characters are divine — they almost created holograms of themselves, and walked off the page before me.
This is a must read. It is important to read this book before any others that may come out in the series. This book will provide important background information about the characters that will help if you intend to become an avid reader. Feb 09, Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviews-for-authors-publishers. Not because I had read many books about it, but because it seemed in pop culture there were no really new, unique takes on it.
Pretty much every story sounded the same. That was until I read Lost in Shadow, of course. Colin is now one of my new favourite love interests, not only because of that Scottish accent [Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Colin is now one of my new favourite love interests, not only because of that Scottish accent I seem so attracted to, but because he actually has a believable backstory for becoming a Shadow Walker.
But what I loved about Lost in Shadow is that Emily is allowed to grow out of this two dimensional role and becomes a strong heroine in her own right. In fact, the romance in this novel actually contributed to both the plot and the character development. It was a refreshing change. I saw the ending coming a mile away, but I guess every once in a while you have to have endings like the one in Lost in Shadow, right? Emily Laurens isn't like everyone else.
She can see ghosts, spirits, and other supernatural creatures. Emily's ex Charlie caused an accident that left Emily with thses strange abilities.
Review: ‘Lost in Shadow’ a great game that loses its steam – The Mercury News
Emily has always been fascinated by foreign accents from a young age. Baron Colin Campbell has know much tragedy, betrayal, broken heart, Emily Laurens isn't like everyone else. Baron Colin Campbell has know much tragedy, betrayal, broken heart, and vengeance. Colin is also a Shadow Walker cursed forever unless he finds his mate. Colin cannot believe that Emily can see him and Day Walkers as well. Emily barely fights because she knows the truth from Terya.
Terya is the mother of gods and goddess and she's choosing to fight against Dayne. Dayne seeks to end all life including ending the existences of Shadow Walkers for all time. Thorne tries to keep the balance going for human and walkers for life. Your answers await you in Lost in Shadow. I've read alot of books with ghostly elements. Yet I find that this book used in such away that leaves all other books on ghosts in the dust. I thought the author did an excellent job of creating this lore. The lore provides is unique and well thought out. I will definitely be looking for this author's work in the future.
Dec 29, Maria Dodd rated it really liked it. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, Lovers of Paranormal. I loved the concept of this book. The history behind the characters was covered well. The characters drew me in and and I wanted to know more about them. The two main characters were well-written and were surrounded by a good 'supporting cast'.
I liked that fact that we got to know Emily and her friend separately from any interaction with Colin. I also liked the scenes of Colin in the past before Emily stumbled upon him I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, Lovers of Paranormal. I also liked the scenes of Colin in the past before Emily stumbled upon him. This gave us a bit of perspective of the individual characters. I found the American terminology in some places didn't quite fit in but was easily overlooked.
The major draw back for me is that this book is very similar to one of my favourite series of books - the Dark Hunters. I spent the first part of the book mentally trying NOT to see the many similarities. The immortal warrior finally finding his soul mate and changing the course of his curse is one of many. Had I not already read 22 or so books in that series I would have enjoyed this book even more.
I hope that this series continues to include the current main characters as I would like to see how Emily develops and their family grows. A really good read. Jul 03, Suzanne rated it liked it Shelves: read2review. I enjoyed the story and will continue on to the next book but I found it a little rushed and unrealistic since Emily was so against starting a new relationship eft I was given this book in exchange for an honest review Lovers of Paranormal.
I enjoyed the story and will continue on to the next book but I found it a little rushed and unrealistic since Emily was so against starting a new relationship efter the last horrible one she experienced but then feels she's in love with Colin after 2 or 3 days. The story was also tough to follow at times when the point of view jumped around without warning or page breaks.
I had to go back a few times to figure out if I missed something and determine who was talking now. I did enjoy the action and adventure and the concept of the Shadow Walkers and the Day Walkers. They are immortal ghosts who use natural energy to fight and heal themselves. Day Walkers, serving under the evil god Dayne, want to enslave the human race so they can use their energy to take over the world while Shadow Walkers, who serve the less evil god Thorne, stop them and protect people.
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When I read the synopsis of this I kept thinking; how would the author create a relationship between a ghost and a person? My imagination got away from me and I imagined creative love scenes with pantomime. Vampires and werewolves are the bread and butter of this genre but I was happily surprised with a ghostly twist. I could tell the author was deep in this world and excited to share because there were scenes that over-shared rather than letting the story unfold while peppering in the important informational bits.
Jul 23, Keep Calm Novel On rated it liked it. Colin the Shadow Walker was born in the 's and currently is living in modern day Scotland. We sadly discover how he was betrayed so long ago. Emily visits Scotland hoping to leave her hurt behind. And of course how can one resist a man with an accent. She also discovers a skill she did not know she possessed--her ability to interact with the dead.
At times the author gives the reader too much information and the story in my opinion feels rushed. It is an interesting love story between a Shadow Walker and a modern day woman. When I started reading this book, I thought that it would all be set in and that I would hate it.
I actually really enjoyed this story. By the end of the first chapter I was hooked. I managed to read it in one sitting. However I was slightly disappointed with the ending of the book, but I do still feel that I have to read the next book in the series. I do love books on the supernatural, but I don' When I started reading this book, I thought that it would all be set in and that I would hate it. I do love books on the supernatural, but I don't read too many ghost stories.
I am glad that I decided to give this one a try. I was given a copy of this eBook for my honest review. Dec 30, Denise rated it liked it Shelves: book-challenge. The story line has a good premise. I had a tough time following who was doing what and where it was taking place. The characters were pretty good. However, the characteristics of each were sometimes in question.
The Scots had an American feel at times. The settings were magnificent. I loved how the author brought it to life. I plan on reading more in this series, if not to just follow the characters. Jan 02, Sylvia rated it really liked it Shelves: owned , kindle-freebies-complimentary , paranormal.