A Realm of Shadows (Kings and Sorcerers--Book 5) - Morgan Rice

A Realm of Shadows (Kings and Sorcerers--Book 5)

By Morgan Rice

  • Release Date: 2015-11-13
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 180 Ratings


“An action packed fantasy sure to please fans of Morgan Rice’s previous novels, along with fans of works such as The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini…. Fans of Young Adult Fiction will devour this latest work by Rice and beg for more.” 
--The Wanderer, A Literary Journal (regarding Rise of the Dragons) 

The #1 Bestselling series! 

A REALM OF SHADOWS is book #5 in Morgan Rice’s bestselling epic fantasy series KINGS AND SORCERERS (which begins with RISE OF THE DRAGONS)! 

In A REALM OF SHADOWS, Kyra finds herself in the midst of a burning capital, attacked by a host of dragons, clinging for life. With her beloved homeland destroyed, The Flames down and the trolls pouring in, Kyra must urgently quest to Marda to retrieve the magic weapon before it is too late—even if it takes her into the very heart of darkness.

Duncan finds himself trapped, with the others, in the burning capital, and he uses all his wits to find his men, attempt escape, and rally his forces to regroup and attack Pandesia. Across the kingdom, Merk sails with King Tarnis’ daughter through the Bay of Death as they abandon the Tower of Kos and sail for the warrior isle of Knossos. Pursued by Vesuvius and his army of trolls, crossing the world’s most treacherous waters, they know they have little chance to reach the isle, and even less chance of escape.

Dierdre and Marco survive the tidal wave that destroyed Ur only to find their beloved city under water. With everyone they knew and loved lost and dead, they must pick up the pieces and journey to the one person they know who is left alive: Kyra. Alec, meanwhile sails back for Escalon with the people of The Lost Isles, holding the precious sword that might just change everything. But none expect to encounter a land destroyed, a land that is now teeming with dragons.

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, A REALM OF SHADOWS is a sweeping saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, destiny, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders. 

Book #6 in KINGS AND SORCERERS will be published soon. 

“If you thought that there was no reason left for living after the end of the Sorcerer’s Ring series, you were wrong. Morgan Rice has come up with what promises to be another brilliant series, immersing us in a fantasy of trolls and dragons, of valor, honor, courage, magic and faith in your destiny. Morgan has managed again to produce a strong set of characters that make us cheer for them on every page.…Recommended for the permanent library of all readers that love a well-written fantasy.” 
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Rise of the Dragons)


  • Inconsistent

    By fantasyenthusiast
    Many times I’ve had problems keeping my line of thought parallel to the books and I’m finally realizing why. The inconsistency is astonishing. In the ending of the last book, Vesuvius captures Kyle, yet in the beginning of this book Kyle is on the battlefield and survives by using a shield and bodies of others? The consistency is horrible.
  • Anybody left out there?

    By John Frosted
    The problem with the world building here is that there is no support structure behind the invaders of the land. On one side we have the trolls, which alt least can munch on the victims. Question is what did the live on before they came south. The southern army is normal people, but what are they living on, now that the land and cities have been decimated? For a army of one million, a support staff 10:1 is needed, and its just not there. Besides that, both generals have a nasty habit of pushing their troops off cliffs and generally using them as shark bait. They are not used well, and their lives are wasted. Who would support that? Our hero’s continue to have cliff hangers every chapter. It’s getting old..
  • Story as a whole and characters are good but needs more!

    By Tryingtopieceittogether
    Story changes in a few places. Kyle captured in one book but wakes up on battlefield in the next. The description of every single characters feelings is the same. All of them pushing beyond their past for the honor of death. All of them embrace death in at least two or three chapters. The story has great potential but like others have stated it badly needs editing. There doesn't need to be a crazy adventure and struggle NOT to die at the end of every chapter. After just now noticing Kyle not capture due to mistake in writing I almost lost all interest in finishing.
  • Good story

    By JRyan28
    Enjoying the story itself, but the syntax, word choice, and timeline errors really detract from the readability. These issues have grown steadily worse with each book. Kyle was captured but then he wasn't, one of the primary antagonists is repeatedly in multiple locations at the same time, like the capital city Andros, and the tower of kos on the devils finger. I'm going to keep reading, I'm invested in the story itself, but the timeline errors alone are annoying, I can be forgiving on the translation errors, but please keep your story straight.
  • Realms

    By Curious78?
    In the first book of the series it said trolls are scared of water that is how the flames keep them on their own land in marda. Now in this book it has them jumping on a ship chasing merk after they extinguished the flames. If they are willing to sail now and brave the seas why didnt they just sail around the flames in the first place?
  • Not great

    By Too Late Marlene
    The author obviously never read or had the book edited. The story line has significant issues and inconsistencies.... On the bright side. Doesn't take long to read.
  • Wait....

    By StupidNicknameThingUgh7
    Maybe I read it wrong, but it seems she literally changed part of the story in this book. Maybe I'm mistaken, but in the last book, Kyle was captured....now he isn't captured....in one of the book Kyra threw both halves of her staff and they impaled in the eyes of a squid and she fell over a waterfall. Her next chapter, she had her staff....I just don't know. I don't even know why I have faith that the next book will be better. Morgan you're better than this. Stop disappointing your fans.
  • Editing

    By Jvalpmed
    Some of this book is derivative, all of it needs to be edited. Mr. Rice, please use a thesaurus. Someone's heart slams or is slamming every chapter.
  • Great I love it

    By Burtboy45
    Keep it up love the book wish they were longer though
  • I fell for it AGAIN!

    By Sthflachk
    These books have no substance. No depth. Nothing. Just characters running from one crisis to another. Never spending more than one chapter at a time on any given character or happening. So sorry I bought this book and hope I can control myself when the next one comes out instead of giving in to the hope you would actually care about your characters AND readers. You are better than this drivel M Rice. You should be ashamed of what you have done to what could have been a great book.