Shadowspell by Jenna Black | Book Review #38

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On top of spending most of her time in a bunker-like safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erkling and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erkling have long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. 

A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her–and rare Faeriewalker powers–dead. The smoldering, sexy Erkling’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

**Trigger warning: Attempted Rape**

I didn’t expect to be swept up in this story so quickly. I opened the first page to this book, and I was just immersed in the characters, the setting, everything. It was crazy. …In both how fast I read the book, and how the story evolved.

Right off the bat I was drawn into this world. There’s a glimpse of the Dana from book one in the beginning, but quickly Dana has to grow up and realize what is really happening. And soon a new Dana emerges. She’s a tough, mean, angry, I-won’t-take-this-shit kinda girl and I really appreciate that. If Dana was a big baby in this book I would’ve put it down immediately. Dana’s relationship with her mom also clears up a smidgen. Which is great. It brings them that much closer.

New characters are introduced! Im actually really happy about that because I wasn’t too sure what was going to happen in Shadowspell. The new characters though: one came as a surprise, and the other not really. They’re both introduced quickly. More one so than the other. Thats okay though! All in due time.

One of the new characters; the one the story is practically wrapped around but not really…, is my favourite character in this story?? Like, I didn’t expect that to happen at all. But he’s my favourite in this book. The only one with a seemingly level head. He’s sneaky, and does things that are in his best interest. Yes, he’s mostly an asshole.. but he’s a gorgeous one. Don’t judge. I really like him.

One thing that still bothers me is that there’s still the fact of that love triangle that has carried on into Shadowspell. Even though that is kind of snuffed out.

New things arise in Shadowspell and there are new reveals about some characters that is somewhat surprising.

I really like where the Faeriewalker trilogy is going. I cant wait for book 3!!

*Please Note: there is an Attempted Rape scene in Shadowspell and it is quite detailed.

Here is Shadowspell on GoodReads, if you’d like to check out more about it.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Adele

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