The Shadow Watch Audiobook #tour with author S.A. Klopfenstein #Audiobook #Review


I’m delighted to welcome author S.A. Klopfenstein to!

The Shadow Watch by author S.A. Klopfenstein- Narrated by Stacey Krejci.

Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: S.A. Klopfenstein⎮2020

Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult

Series: The Watcher Epic, Book 1

Release date: Jan. 22, 2020

Synopsis: Winner of the 2017 Ink and Insights contest.

In a world where sorcerers are hunted to extinction…

One girl defies a cruel empire.

Slave girl Tori Burodai never wanted to be the Gallows Girl. She never wanted to be looked to as a savior or a revolutionary. But then again, she never knew she was one of the last living Watchers.

Long ago, the sacred order of sorcerers was a force for justice in the world. Now, their magic survives only in myth.

That is, until Tori reveals incredible magic power in a desperate attempt to save the boy she loves from a cruel fate.

This act of sorcerous rebellion changes Tori’s future forever. Her defiance sparks the makings of a magic revolution that promises to restore the world to its former glory, under the guidance of a new army of sorcerers, the Shadow Watch.

But the ruler of Tori’s world has his own dark plans for magic, and he will stop at nothing to end this revolution and bend the Watchers to his will.

Even if it means pitting brother against brother. Friend against friend. And Tori against the boy she loves.

All must choose. But no matter the choice. The world will never be the same. For there can be no magic without monsters.

If you love exhilarating worlds, epic revolutions, and morally complex characters, then you will instantly love this sweeping teen fantasy series that readers/listeners are comparing to Mistborn and Throne of Glass.


S.A. Klopfenstein grew up on a steady dose of Tolkien and Star Wars. As a child, he wrote his first story about a sleepwalking killer who was executed by lethal injection. He lives in the American West with his wife and their dog, Iorek Byrnison. He can be found exploring the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or daring the halls of the high school where he teaches English and mythology.



The Shadow Watch by author S.A. Klopfenstein is a story about Tori a young girl growing up in a cruel world, only to discover she has some hidden magical talents that are not only powerful but quite possibly dangerous, too. Turns out she’s one of the last living infamous watchers of whom everyone thinks are just a myth!
I loved listening to Tori’s adventure! The story flows along nicely, and the author’s world-building skills are great for the YA genre – well thought out and utterly intriguing. From what I can gather there is lots of scope for this to expand through to the next books in this series making this an ideal read for fantasy fans. For me- Sabaa Tahir and Robert Jordan spring to mind.
The characters are complex creatures who are really put through the wringer and I loved how the book ended… urging me to read more! Tori especially is fun to follow as her character develops, falls in love and finds her true magical ability.  It’s like a ‘from rags to riches’ story, only more like ‘from slavery to…’, well you’ll just have to listen to find out!
The rest of the characters (and monsters) are equally interesting. Not all of them are as good or evil as one would expect.  Darien is another one of my favourites and the Chancellor has some great tricks up his sleeve.  I can also see how even the secondary characters may come into their own in future stories and I look forward to continuing this series as this book has laid out a strong foundation for them all. Not sure how many are due out, (I’m assuming it’s a three book series) as the second book The Rage of Saints (The Watcher Epic Book 2) is already available, and The Darkling Queen (The Watcher Epic Book 3) is currently only available as a pre-order and due out in May in the UK.
Since this is an audiobook I mustn’t forget to mention the narrator, Stacey Krejci, of whom does a spectacular job with all the voices and really immersed me into the story – all twelve hours of it! Yes, you definitely get your money’s worth!
Overall I enjoyed my trip to this fun, fantasy world, which made for an entertaining and exciting listen. With great plot twists, multiple subplots, forbidden magic, love and war – this audiobook definitely had a lot to keep me interested, including some genuinely cool surprises!

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1 thought on “The Shadow Watch Audiobook #tour with author S.A. Klopfenstein #Audiobook #Review

  1. fuonlyknew – Voracious reader and love to do reviews. Will review yours! Love Doritos and chocolate. A fan of furry friends. I'm afraid of things that go bump in the night! I do reviews at request when time allows. Prefer print versions but also will do ebooks. If I can stand to let them go, I use some print review copies for giveaways.. Also like doing ARC reviews to promote authors and their books. I encourage authors to comment. My reviews are posted on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, Smashwords and Barnes&Noble.
    fuonlyknew says:

    Great review! And this sound right up my alley.

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