Siege of Shadows

A YA novel by Sarah Raughley.

Sarah Raughley

There's nowhere to hide. 

Not when you're an Effigy. No matter where they go, Maia and the other Effigies can't escape the eyes of the press — especially not after failing to capture Saul, whose power to control the monstrous Phantoms has left the world in a state of panic. It's been two months since Saul's disappearance, and there's still no sign of him, leaving the public to wonder whether the Sect — and the Effigies — are capable of protecting anyone. 

When Saul suddenly surfaces in the middle of the Sahara desert, the Sect sends Maia and her friends out after him. But instead of Saul, they discover a dying soldier engineered with Effigy-like abilities. Even worse, there may be more soldiers like him out there, and it looks like the Effigies are their prime targets. 

Yet the looming danger of Saul and this mysterious new army doesn't overshadow Maia's fear of the Sect, who ordered the death of the previous Fire Effigy, Natalya. With enemies on all sides and the world turning against them, the Effigies have to put their trust in each other — easier said than done when secrets threaten to tear them apart. (From Simon & Schuster)

From the book:

"I need to throw up," I said.

Not the kind of words that inspired confidence before a secret mission. Still true, though.

Our helicopter's electromagnetic armor protected us from the phantoms outside, but I could still hear them thrashing in the sky, screeching through the violent Saharan winds that battered the metal. Between the howls and my motion sickness, my stomach was lurching. "No, really, I feel nauseous."

"Oh, so it wasn't just me, then?" On the opposite bench, Lake laughed nervously as she finished strapping on her parachute with the help of the agent assigned to monitor us. "It's actually kind of funny, but my lungs seem to be having a hard time, um, inhaling." Lake pulled at the maroon fatigues she wore under the vest, the same as mine, then turned to the agent. "Are you sure this parachute vest thingy is supposed to be on this tight?"

From Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley©2017. Published by Simon & Schuster.