• The Shadows of Doom

  • The Uncommoners, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Bell
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Anyone with a Hogwarts-shaped hole in their lives can't miss the second book in this fantasy series. Escape to Lundinor, the underground city that holds the world's greatest treasures...and its biggest threats.

"Part Tim Burton, part J.K. Rowling! A terrific series." (Soman Chainani, New York Times best-selling author of the School for Good and Evil series)

Ivy and her older brother, Seb, are back in Lundinor - the underground city where enchanted objects can do incredible things, if they're uncommon. But not everyone is thrilled at their arrival. Namely, Selena Grimes, the wicked ghoul who will stop at nothing to return her guild, the Dirge, to their former glory. When Ivy and Seb learn that Selena is after the Jar of Shadows, one of the five most powerful uncommon objects, they know it's up to them to find it first. 

But there's more than just Selena to worry about this trading season. Jack-in-the-Green, an escaped shape-shifting convict, haunts the city; Grivens, a troubling game where players often end up horribly injured - or worse - is on the rise; and foes disguised as friends lurk in the shadows. Ivy will have to figure out who they can trust - before they meet their uncommon ends.

Praise for the Uncommoners series: 

“It’s impossible not to hear the chimes of Harry Potter ringing through.” (The Telegraph)

“Slightly spooky atmosphere, well-paced action, and engaging mystery.” (Booklist)

“A return visit would be worth it.” (The Bulletin)

©2019 Listening Library (P)2019 Jennifer Bell

Critic Reviews

Winter 2016-17 Kids Indie Next List Pick

A 2016 Sainsbury Children's Book Award Nominee

“It’s impossible not to hear the chimes of Harry Potter ringing through.” (The Telegraph

"Inventive momentum and intrigue keep the pages turning." (Kirkus Reviews)

“Slightly spooky atmosphere, well-paced action, and engaging mystery.” (Booklist

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An uncommon tale

This is the second in the series. Both were excellent! I really enjoyed everything about both of these stories. I loved the inventiveness of the world Ms. Entwistle imagined. The narration was superb. I will look forward to a third book hopefully soon. Highly recommended!

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Boring story

the story was too long and slow. the book is aimed at young readers, but the length of the story is for older readers.

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Hard to follow

It’s clear that Jennifer Bell has created a fantasy world with the hopes of gaining traction like Harry Potter. The premise of the story and the world she has created is unique and fun and just different in a good way. That’s why I listened to a second book in the series. The narrator has a snoozy voice that makes it easy to space out and miss chunks of the book. I started this on a road trip and my mom felt the same way. The story left me feeling blah. Honestly I never write book reviews, but I was so disappointed and I tried so hard to get into this! Unfortunately since this is book two, you’re probably in too deep and will want to listen. I’m sorry I didn’t warn you sooner.

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