Shadow of the Lions: A Novel by Christopher Swann

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Read Shadow of the Lions: A Novel Online Free - How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? It has been almost ten years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias's breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance.

Years later, after hitting the fast lane in New York as a successful novelist--then falling twice as hard--Matthias is stuck, a failure as a writer, a boyfriend, a person. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together. But once on campus, Matthias gets swiftly drawn into the past, and is driven to find out what happened to Fritz. He partners with a curmudgeonly local retired cop and tries to solve the case, dealing with campus politics, the shocking death of a student, Fritz's complicated and powerful Washington, D.C., family, and his own place in the privileged world of Blackburne.

In the spirit of film noir, what follows is a tale full of unexpected turns. Shadow of the Lions is a gripping literary thriller, but also a moving coming-of-age story that is as much about the mystery as it is about the redemption of a broken friendship and a lost soul.

Title : Shadow of the Lions: A Novel
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ISBN : 1616205008
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

Dramatic and suspenseful, set in the elite world of a prestigious boy's private school. When Matthias is first brought to the school as a young teen, he feels abandoned by his parents. Through the next four years he will become acclimated, make a very good friend, and be accepted into college. In...

Cheri rated it ★★★★☆

October 26, 2017

”The two lions crouched on top of their pedestals, frozen in preparation to leap. One was snarling, its stone teeth menacing in the late-afternoon shadows, while the other stared out with disdain at the broad sweep of empty soybean fields that lay just across the state highway, a disdain made al...

Victoria rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2018

You know when you try to do too many things at once and end up somewhat unfocused? This is that book for me. Is this a mystery? A tale of adolescence? A story of salvation? A crazy caper? Yes to all of the above. For every yang in this book I found a corresponding yin. The story was quite good, bu...

Wilhelmina rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2017

I probably bumped this book up a half a star because I have a few personal reasons that I loved it so much. First, the author based much of the description of the boarding school in this book on a school that is dear to my heart - Woodberry Forest School. My son attended this school with the auth...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

Thank you to Algonquin for the advance copy of this title for review - all opinions are my own. SHADOW OF THE LIONS is a breath of fresh air in the suspense genre - it is supremely intelligent and definitely lives up to its description as a literary thriller. The prestigious boarding school setti...

Rhiannon rated it ★★★★★

February 03, 2018

Read my review on p 34 of the August issue of Perimeter North Lifestyle magazine: or check it out on my blog: Two massive concrete lions have guarded the front entrance to Virginia’s Blackburne School for more than a...

Erin rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 02, 2018

I listened to the audiobook version but let me tell you I think if I'd been reading a physical copy I would have thrown it across the room. I cannot remember a book ever giving me such mental whiplash and I mean that in not a good way. At the 50% mark I was CERTAIN this was going to be my first 5...

Elizabeth rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 14, 2017

DNFed at 47%. I listened to the audiobook which is well narrated by James Anderson Foster. Every year when the air gets chilly and the leaves start to fall I find myself in the mood for a campus novel. This one is set at elite Blackburne, a boys boarding school, with two main timelines, one when t...

Jen rated it ★★★★★

April 11, 2017

Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann The lions sit on either side of the gate to Blackburne School, a boarding school with "fierce traditions" and a fervent belief in its honor code. A code that Matthias has violated. The prologue has Matthias jogging in place in front of the lions, overcome...

Christopher rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

Some early reviews and blurbs: "Swann’s deft mastery of language and his sense for academia come through the novel strongly. Shadow of the Lions is believable, tense, and rich. Blackburne’s insular community is the perfect stage for this literary thriller, which earns positive comparisons to Dead...

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