Author: Jenna Black
Release Date: January 4th, 2011
*If you have not read Glimmerglass this may contain spoilers*
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?
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I absolutely loved Glimmerglass, so when Shadowspell showed up on my doorstep I was so giddy! I liked the cover of the first book, but love the cover of this one. It is even prettier in person and I love the glow around the stag.
Enough about the cover though, onto the book itself. We pick up right where we left off with Dana. She has been moved to a pretty secure location underground, which is making her become a little stir crazy. Who wouldn’t be though? Stuck underground all day with no windows and no visitors except bodyguards and you parents? I know I would go crazy! She is still getting her self defense lessons from Keane, who I have still not figured out all the way yet. I do like having his sarcastic remarks to cut the tension at times. For all his broodiness, the guy is funny. I know there is still more to meet the eye with this one and I can only hope we get to see more of him in upcoming books.
Speaking of the boys in Dana’s life, for all of his faults, I still really like Ethan. I know, but I still think he really is good deep down and cares for Dana. I think if I were in her situation I would be having some of the same inner dialogue debates that she does. Ethan has a way of getting under your skin and staying there no matter how many times you try and kick him out. I am nervous for what kind of future the two of them can have together, but whatever it is I am rooting for Ethan.
Onto the last questionable guy in Dana’s life, The Erlking. I am not really sure what to make of him. I know he is supposed to be the ultimate bad guy, but I am really having a hard time seeing him that way. All evidence points to him being corrupt, but I am going to hold out hope that there is something there with him that we are not seeing. Or maybe I am just a sucker for the bad guy who knows, only the future books in the series will be able to tell about that one. I am also wondering if the source of his demise was hinted at in this book. If that is how this should end, no one can be sure of that except Jenna at this point and I am sure she is not telling. All interesting ideas and theories for me to play around with, but I will have to wait for future books to see how it ultimately plays out.
Dana has quite a few guys running around in her life doesn’t she? There are many moments where she lets them a little closer than I thought she would, but I am not complaining. Those Fae boys are a little hard to resist, so I can’t blame Dana for having a little fun while she can.
Shadowspell focuses on the relationships in Dana’s life, not just the guys, but with her friends and family as well. The action did take a little bit of a back seat because of this, but it felt important to build those characters persona’s and establish relationships between the characters.
Overall, this book is a fantastic second installment to this intriguing series. I have loved watching Dana try and navigate her way though this strange world. That is one of the aspects I adore most about this series, Dana is seeing the world of Faerie through new eyes and therefore the reader is as well. It gives the story a unique perspective and keeps you guessing what is going to happen next right alongside Dana. Shadowspell has answered some of my questions, but opened a whole can of new ones. Therefore I am eagerly awaiting the next book, Sirensong, which comes out July 5th, 2011.
FTC: I received this book from the publisher.