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Review: The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams

Title: The Shattered Dark

Author: Sandy Williams

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: McKenzie Lewis (Book 2)

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 1937007812 (Penguin/Ace)

ISBN-13: 978-1937007812 (Penguin/Ace)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war between the fae.

With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.

Quick & Dirty: This action-packed/fast paced sequel to The Shadow Reader has McKenzie working on her friendships and not so much her love life.

Opening Sentence: I have fifteen minutes to grab what I need from an apartment I lived in seven years.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

McKenzie Lewis has made her choice in life and in love. Ever since the overthrow of the fae King, McKenzie has moved to Las Vegas and is trying to live like a normal human being again. Unfortunately for McKenzie, she can’t live a normal life. She has discovered that her friend Paige has been kidnapped by the enemy, once again dragging her into a war that is brewing with the fae.

Finding out that her friend Paige is just the beginning of her problems. McKenzie is once again sought out by the enemy to be captured or killed. Following clues that force McKenzie to jump between the earth and fae Realms, McKenzie begins to realize she doesn’t know everything about the people around her. The discovery of a potential deadly weapon could change the face of the war and everything the rebels in the first book fought for could be lost.

The Shattered Dark continues McKenzie’s first person foray into the hidden fae Realm. The world that Sandy Williams has created for the land hopping fae continues to amaze. I really enjoy the interaction with the fae and humans and how they are both affected differently by what lands they are in, even if most humans can’t see the fae anyways.

The tone of The Shattered Dark is different than The Shadow Reader. The first book really played off the tension between McKenzie and Aren and the whole love triangle thing. While the love triangle is downplayed only to the extent of McKenzie not wanting to hurt the others feelings, she doesn’t get much quality time with her man. Finding Paige, ending the war and discovering friendships she never thought she had are what keep this novel going.

Overall, I wasn’t as sucked into the story of The Shattered Dark as I was with the first novel. I really enjoyed the tension that was there. I did enjoy this novel in a different way and the emotional ending really blew me away and has me on edge for a next novel in this series.

Notable Scene:

My gaze goes back to the scaffolding. It’s shaking and teetering, just barely holding out. Is there a way I can help there?

I push away from the wall, moving toward it, thinking I might be able to draw some fae away from it, when something in my peripheral vision catches my attention. A remnant stands far off to my right, focusing on the fight at the scaffold, too. He’s gathering a ball of fire in his hand.

Dread traps my air in my lungs. He’s going to throw it at the scaffold. The scaffold won’t hold up. It’ll fall. It’ll crush Kyol and the other rebels and open up a huge gap in the wall. The remnants will be able to pour in. “

“Kyol!” I scream, but even if he could hear me, he can’t fissure. He wouldn’t make it to the remnant in time.

The fire in the fae’s hand turns blue.

My decision is already made. I’m already running, sprinting away from the palace. I have to get there in time. If I don’t, Kyol is dead, half the rebels and remnants out here are dead, and the eastern wall will be in ruins.

I’m running as fast as I ever have before, but I won’t reach the fae. I can only do one thing. If I fail, we’re all dead. If I succeed…

McKenzie Lewis Series:

1. The Shadow Reader

2. The Shattered Dark

FTC Advisory: Penguin/Ace provided me with a copy of The Shattered Dark. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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