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Shadow City by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Monday, March 4, 2013

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

All of these reviews on Goodreads and Amazon are spot on concerning this book. 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 action-packed and leaves the reader on edge; nothing about this book is slow. Everything is fast-paced, which is great… no dwelling on the same thing throughout half the book. It’s all BAM this happened (gasp), then BAM that happened (double gasp). The plotline is a continuation from the first few books, but the reader will become engrossed quickly despite this. 

As for the character development, relationships grow and develop further and some new ones are introduced. No one stays in the same place… everyone moves forward with their life. It is easy to fall back in love with characters that the reader knew from the first two books and become acquainted with ones that are introduced in this latest installation.  By the end of the book you will want to know more about the new characters such as their back story and how they’ll be featured in future books. The end of the book has more plot twists, so by the last chapter you’ll say “WHY IS IT ENDING? NOOOOO!!”  Overall, this book is recommended to adult readers.

5/5 stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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  1. fakesteph said...:

    I love when books in a series you already love, rock your world!

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    Ohhh! I need to get me some of this series!

  1. This is the first that I am hearing of this series, but I plan to change that. It sounds great. And obviously it is if so many people love it.