- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ace (Oct. 30 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937007812
- ISBN-13: 978-1937007812
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2 x 17 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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The Shattered Dark Mass Market Paperback – Oct 30 2012
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Praise for The Shadow Reader novels
“A fresh take on the fae, packed with suspense, surprises, and real moral dilemmas. Sexy and fun, this is a must for anyone who likes their fae modern, their stakes high, and their property damage extensive.”—Seanan McGuire, national bestselling author of the October Daye novels
“Combines top-notch writing and world-building with characters you’ll adore...and the star-crossed lovers may just break your heart. If you enjoy fae urban fantasy, then don't miss this splendid debut. Loved it. Can’t wait for the next book.”—Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Endgame
“Fantastically fun urban fantasy. One of the best debuts of the year…[it] checked off all my urban fantasy wish-list boxes and I can’t wait to read the sequel.”—All Things Urban Fantasy
“A gutsy heroine and plenty of fae lore.”—Library Journal
“Fun and fast paced.”—Fantasy Café
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About the Author
Sandy Williams graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and history. She worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. Now she’s back in Texas, writing full-time, raising twin boys, and squeezing in time to play geeky board and card games like Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Runebound.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of The Shattered Dark. It was so addictive that I forfeited sleep to keep reading ‘just one more chapter’ and finished it in two days. I became more involved with the McKenzie, Aren and Kyol as their story continues and I was pulled into the Fae world that Ms Williams so vividly depicts. I am emotionally exhausted – it was heart-breaking, moving, powerful, inspiring, compelling, witty and unpredictable.
The plot was action-packed, with unexpected twists, painful betrayals, sizzling passion and strong, believable characters. Ms Williams has woven her magic again and I can’t wait to read the next book!
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McKenzie is a great character who has given up so much and done everything she can for what she believes. She believed that the Court Fae were doing the right thing and she believed it. Kyol was the King's swordsmen and she believed he knew what was happening and he was behind the right side. She's lost so much from this gift. She lost her parents and all friends except for Paige. She tried to get her degree but something always stood in her way. Aren has really just swept her off her feet. She's tried to take things slow and she wanted to make sure if they were together it was the right thing.
Aren and Kyol are both great characters but completely different. Aren was the rebel leader and was known as the face of the False Blood trying to take over the thrown. He wanted to put Sethan on the thrown but with his passing, he's supporting and helping Lena. Kyol was Atroth, the King's swordsmen, until he found out some of the terrible things that he had done. He ended up killing Atroth and he's there to support Lena. Both of them love and care about McKenzie. Kyol put his duty and tried to do what he thought was right by not being with McKenzie in the ten years they were together. He does love her but he should have stepped forward before. Aren has done everything he can to show McKenzie that he loves her and wants to be with her. He makes sure that she knows and everyone else knows that she's the one he wants. But Aren has some things from his past that he's not proud of and McKenzie learns of them.
I'm about to re-read the final book - The Sharpest Blade.
McKenzie in this book was still the same feisty heroine that she was in the first one. She is now in a relationship with Aren (this is not a spoiler- it is in the blurb). The relationship is completely adorable! He really is the guy for her. Strong, loyal, and most importantly able to put up with McKenzie. She is not difficult, but she definitely has some relationship issues. Which is understandable, she did wait 10 years for a guy. This is a relationship in which I can totally get behind- they really are cute together.
The action in this one seems ramped up a step. I love the politics of it all, and enjoyed watching Lena grow as a queen. Lorn, a shady character to begin with adds an extra sense of huh to the book. I feel completely bad for Kyol through out the entire book. Until the end- then I was just mouth open did that really just happen.
I pretty much loved this book that is until the end. Talk about a gamechanger event. Talk about a serious what the heck? moment. Followed by a really did that just happen? Then I remembered that I get to start the next book right away and so I stopped freaking out. Calmly went to bed and thought, McKenzie I will get caught up with you in the morning.
The author spent too much time revisiting every single event and idea from the first book that by the time we actual got to a new or continued storyline I was more than half way done with book. I skipped a lot of paragraphs because it was just mind babble. Honestly, we could have just continued the first book. It would have caused for a stronger cliffhanger.
At least we learned more about Aren in this book. Nothing good though. We also still don't have a clear antagonist but Lena and Mckenzie might be close to figuring it out. Will I stick around to find out who it really is? TBD.
I feel bad for Aren though. I feel even worse for Kyol. Paige's character annoys me and I'm not sure why she is even at the forfront of the novel. Plus I now realize how uninteresting Mckenzie is. She has zero skills except for shadow reading which isn't that impressive as it used to be. She can't draw, fight, or figure out her love life. She has no fire. I rather the author follow Aren pov than Mckenzie at this point... Mckenzie is a pretty weak main character if you ask me. I don't get the book cover either. She has yet to wield a sword correctly.
2 1/2 stars
The boom finished up with a super crazy twist that sets things up for a really painful third book. This author is really reinvigorating the love triangle idea by taking it in new directions. However I will say the very last scene selection was fairly anticlimactic.
Overall, a fast and enthralling read and I will be snatching up the next in series.