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Shadow City by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Friday, November 9, 2012
Shadow City (Horngate Witches, #3)

The world is falling apart. The magical apocalypse has come. Now is the time to guard the covenstead against both raiders and refugees. But Max has been stolen by a powerful demi-god who is determined to force her to find a way to use a magical power she never knew she had—even if it kills her. Meanwhile, back in Horngate, a Fury is birthing. When the creature breaks free of the fragile bonds that enclose her, her rage will scour the covenstead from the earth. Max finds herself in the Shadow City, a place of mysteries and magic, where she must battle for her freedom or become a slave to creatures of dreadful greed and power. Back in Horngate, Alexander must swallow his anger and pride if he hopes to defeat the Fury, a creature that no one has ever successfully fought before.

In the end, it will be courage, friendship, faith and loyalty that win the day. Or else so one will live to see tomorrow.

Goodreads Summary

If you loved the first two books of the Horngate Witches series you’re not going to get any sleep with this one because it’s so hard to put down! Shadow City is very action packed and leaves you on the edge of your seat; nothing about the book is slow. The magical apocalypse is vividly described and Max’s role in the apocalypse has been carefully laid out by author Francis.  She must help Scooter, an unusual character whom the reader will come to know well.  It’s all BAM this happened (gasp), then BAM that happened (double gasp).  The reader will read from two vantage points: Max’s and what is going on at Horngate.

As for the character development, relationships grow further and some new ones are introduced.  Who doesn’t like to meet a few new characters and welcome back other character the reader has known for the past two books?  No one stays in the same place… everyone moves forward with their life. By the end of the book you want to know more about the new characters-such as their back story and how they’ll fit into future books. The end of the book has more plot twists, so by the last chapter you’ll say “WHY IS IT ENDING? NOOOOO!!”


*Reviewed by Rachel*

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