Friday, August 10, 2018

Book Review: Shadowspell by Jenna Black

Author: Jenna Black
Series: Faeriewalker (Book 2)
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (January 4, 2011)

Description: 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?

My Thoughts: This is the middle book in the Glimmerglass trilogy. Dana has discovered that coming to stay with her fae father in Avalon to get away from the responsibilities of caring for her alcoholic mother is not the positive change she was hoping for. Discovering that she is a rare faeriewalker and that both queen of Faerie want her dead doesn't make her life easier.

Dana is currently going stir-crazy in the secret underground bunker that is her safe house. However, so many people want her dead that it is the only safe place for her to be. Adding to those who want her dead is the Erlking who leads the Wild Hunt. Because of a pact with the faerie queens, he can't hunt indiscrimately but that doesn't stop him from instilling terror.

The Erlking wants something from Dana and captures Ethan to be a part of his Wild Hunt. Dana tries to outwit the Erlking to get Ethan back but seventeen years of life experience doesn't stand up very well to the over two thousand years the Erlking has. Dana makes a deal which frees Ethan from the Hunt but it still leaves him as the Erlking's minion and it leaves Dana needing to fulfill her deal with the Erlking even though she learns what the Erlking didn't tell her about the deal.

I like the world building in this series. I like Dana who is a strong, smart, independent character even when she is out of depth dealing with the ancient fae. Fans of contemporary fantasy will enjoy this series.

Favorite Quote:
I made a sound between a laugh and a snort. "Way to be tactful and supportive. With friends like you, my enemies can just sit back and enjoy the show."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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