[Blog Tour] Rise of the Shadow (The Conjurers#1) by Brian Anderson

Today, I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Tour for The Conjurers: Rise of the Shadow by Brian Anderson, hosted by MTMC tours. This Middle Grade Fantasy is the first in The Conjurers series published by Crown Books for Young Readers.

Title: Rise of the Shadow
Series: The Conjurers #1

Author: Brian Anderson
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Purchase a copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Blackwell’s
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Siblings Emma and Alex tumble into a secret world where magic is real and skilled illusionists can perform actual tricks–for better or worse.

After their parents vanished, Alex and Emma are sent to live with strict Uncle Mordo. Only Emma’s pet rabbit, Pimawa, keeps them company. But when flying skeletons called Rag-o-Rocs storm their once-quiet home, the kids escape just in time with Pimawa leading the way.

The rabbit takes the siblings to the Conjurian, a land where magic exists and Pimawa can talk. But the Conjurian is in trouble. Magic has been disappearing, and the Shadow Conjurer, the most mysterious sorcerer of all, is on the hunt for the Eye of Dedi, an object so powerful it could destroy the Conjurian and human worlds. The battle to control all magic has begun. There’s only one problem: Alex and Emma don’t have any!

Masterful storytelling and dozens of captivating illustrations fill author-illustrator Brian Anderson’s world with charm and intrigue. Fall under the spell of the Conjurers.


Rise of the Shadow is a middle grade fantasy novel that delivers the story well with action packed scenes and a touch of magic. The protagonists are well crafted and have distinct personalities—Emma is a dreamer and Alex, a cynic. With easy readability and lively illustrations, I’m transported into this world, filled with the nostalgia of the books I read when I was young. I enjoyed how the characters and the plot were in sync while we went on a rollercoaster of adventures and thrills. It was a good read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Enter the international giveaway on my instagram page: @bookkru

Next tour stop @jemofabook on 12th July

About Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson is the creator of the syndicated comic strip “Dog eat Doug”, which enjoys an international fan base both on and offline. He is an optioned screenwriter and the author of several children’s books, including “Nighty Night, Sleepy Sleeps” and “Monster Chefs”. He is currently working on the upcoming YA series, “The Conjurers” with Crown Publishing.

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