24 May 2011

Title: Shadowspell (Faeriewalker #2)
Author: Jenna Black
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 295 Pages (January 4th 2011)
From: the Publisher, Thank You!

Synopsis: On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has 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 her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

Review: 4 Stars - Shadowspell, book two in the Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black was a thrilling read, to say the least. Its action packed with huge twists and turns you won’t see coming. Glimmerglass was a great first book, but Jenna did an amazing job with this sequel.

Picking up, just about where we left off in Glimmerglass – Dana’s dad has moved her deep underground, within the maze of tunnels under the city. It’s safe; it’s more than secure – especially with her bodyguard Finn – and, well boring. No one can know where she is because, well the trouble she finds herself in from the first book. With only visits from her father, Finn and Finn’s son Keane, Dana wants nothing more than to be out and about with her friends and to lead as normal of a life as possible. However, when your part Fae and living in the one place in the world where Fae and humans live together and people are after you, it’s not that simple.

Dana has grown some; she’s still the same girl from the first book, though I did find myself yelling at her internally over a couple of things that I thought she should have known better with. Sadly, she has to learn the hard way with a few things, but I guess you could say that it’s the crazy life of a Faeriewalker.

And then there’s Ethan who has some things that he needs to make up for and Dana struggles to figure out just what to do about their friendship/relationship. For me, Ethan as a character, I go back and forth on. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? I’m still trying to figure him out. And I can’t forget to mention Keane. As I said in my review from Glimmerglass, I totally love this character! I wish there was more of him in the books. He’s dark and brooding and still pretty mysterious and I can’t wait to see more of him in future books.

With additional trouble that neither Dana, her family nor the residents or visitors of Avalon need is The Erlking and his Wild Hunt. He was and wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I thought I’d have a hard time liking him as a character because of the fact that he hunts and kills Fae and all, but there’s just something about him that got under my skin and lingered there until well after reading. He’s dark and scary, but there’s just so much more about him. In the end his relationship with Dana was a shocker. And no, I won’t tell you anything that happens, so don’t worry… but wow, I didn’t see that coming at all!

All in all, what more can I say than, I’m a fan of this series. With some HUGE, crazy events that happen in Dana’s life, some that are major life changers, Jenna has written a sequel that was fast, thrilling and will leave you ready to find out just where she’s going to take her characters next. I highly recommend this series, you won’t be disappointed.

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