This review was written by Melissa Barker-Simpson and originally posted on Writing Room 101.
Review of Shadow Stalker: Shadows’ Betrayal (Episode 3)
The main focus of this episode is discovery. We get to spend more time with Auren and Kado and the bond between them grows stronger. Emotionally, for Auren, it’s a rollercoaster ride. Kado finally opens up to her, sharing the prophecy in a series of disturbing visions. At first she is horrified by the monster she is destined to become, and determined to do everything in her power to prevent it. It explains Kado’s recent behaviour and his fierce determination to prepare her for an unknown future.
As a guardian, Kado’s main priority is Auren’s safety. But with the Council of Elders plotting against him, his loyalties are tested to the limit. When he discovers the Elders want to take Auren into custody, to prevent her from leaving the Dark Isles, he decides to leave the village.
Reminiscent of their earlier trips to the Serpent Isles, Kado uses the opportunity to continue Auren’s training. This, for me, is the heart of the episode. Auren is tested at every turn. She faces carnivorous plants, truths about her past and discovers the dangers of entering the shadow world.
The relationship between Auren and Kado is one of my favourite elements of the series and Renee handles the conflicts beautifully. It is clear Auren is out of her element and must trust Kado with her life. When the storm hits, all her training his called upon and, this time, even Kado might not be able to help.
It was an explosive ending to an action packed episode. We learn more about the characters, and the events which influenced them. Auren is really coming into her own and her endurance is one of the things I love about her.
The revelations in Shadows’ Betrayal are well-timed, adding to the mystery and thrill of this incredible journey. I can’t wait for the next episode.