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Shadow City (Horngate Witches Series #3)

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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    Heartache, blood, gore, action, and snark...Cool UF!

    An apocalypse has begun on Earth. Divine and Uncanny magic permeates the earth altering humans and plants into deadly creatures. Horngate has become a haven for those Max and Alexander helped escape the magical storm. They need to prepare for the impact of food shortages, secure potential breaches in their territory, and eliminate dangerous magical outcroppings. Alexander and the Shadowblades discover a growing mass. A Fury is about to be born, and she will annihilate Horngate and half the state. Alexander needs to assume a role he refuses to accept. His sense of grief and loss cripple him. It will take some heavy verbal slaps to snap him out of it. Meanwhile, Max is trying to fulfill her obligation to Scooter. He needs her help in retrieving a few of his body parts from those who stole them from him. The beings she must fight have ruled for a thousand years. They are powerful and she could die. Max taps into a hidden ability, makes new friends, and prepares to win a major battle or die trying. In my opinion, this series is a blend of Sara Creasy’s Scarabaeus world along with Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniel Series, and maybe Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. The first book, Bitter Nights, seemed narrowly focused on Max, her internal workings, motivations, and issues. The second book, Crimson Wind, enriched this world with the cataclysmic eruption of magic, deadly plants, and carnivorous creatures. The world expanded a little more, the characters endeared themselves with their complexity and charm, and the sexual tension between Alexander and Max continued. Shadow City continues those threads and adds texture to the plot and characters. What I like is that Diana Pharaoh Francis does not seem to hold back. The characters are ruthless when necessary. If a person’s family member has no chance of being rescued then that member is left behind. Good guys that we come to know and care about die. The only characters that seem to have immunity to death are Max, Giselle, and Alexander, and I wouldn’t bet on two of those characters surviving until the end of the series. There’s a pleasant unpredictability that I appreciate as a reader. My one major criticism is that there is some repetition, i.e., I’m aware that Shadowblades and Sunspears need to consume 20,000 to 30,000 calories a day to maintain their strength. Overall, I’m invested in this series. I like the Max’s snark, the darkness and light within the characters, and watching the world die and rebirth as something other. I like the dark tones interspersed humor and creative world-building. I love the action and fight scenes. I love knowing that the female prime is emotionally stronger than the male prime. There’s love, betrayal, hate, bitterness, camaraderie, loyalties won, character growth, sexual tension,inner strength, despair, community, family, and the will to survive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Don't pass this one up!

    I won't waste your time repeating what has already been said in regards to plot. I will simply say if you want a book that is well crafted, has incredible world building, intense action and deeply conflicted, complex characters that leave you in tears; leave you breathless and feeling as if you are with your best friends, THEN BUY THIS BOOK!
    You will love it. I did.
    Diana Pharaoh Francis keeps getting better and better as a writer. From her first series she has captured me with her writing and attention to creating characters that are flawed, conflicted and yet likable. She knows how to draw a reader into her worlds, how to dole out the tension, and how to arc the story so that when you finish it, is as if you were there with her characters and you sit back in your chair in satisfied exhaustion and say, "Whew!". And then you ask, "When is the next one out?"
    I don't know why she is not on the bestselling lists by now but she should be. Maybe this one is the one that will catapult her. LOVED IT! You won't be sorry you bought this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    I WANT TO JOIN TAP THIS

    Foxshade walks in."can i join?"she mews."i need a clan.".the black she-cat with orange eyes sits and waits.she looks at the other cats."i will be a warrior."she mutters to herself.sha waits for some cat to approach her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Deathsong

    May I join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    TAKE A SURVEY

    @ 'tv time' first result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Shineflower

    I saw the ad. Can I join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Stoneshadow

    I dont think anyone is joining this clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Tigerfoot

    Thanks. (Brb)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Hgf

    Gfhu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    TO Sageleaf ONLY

    Startung IceCreeperClan will tell you when i find a camp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    ^.\ /.^

    A pair of eyes watch from the shadows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Shyfox and Ginger

    Were leaving too. We will be at appoligize third result if you despratley need us. And yes two ps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Broken

    Watched her closely but fell asleep in the warm afternoon sun. (Its anything but warm here!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Tigerjay

    Alonepaw!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Hunter

    I'm not going to attack...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Hunter

    He grabs Snowpaw and takes her to yard res one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Tawnypelts family

    No u have my prayer . Im so sorry . How old are u ? I feel so bad for u . Where do u live . Im feel horrible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    WinterBird

    Snuggles near HonorBlaze

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    To Sageleaf

    "Um I know I'm still with Ghostpaw, I never said we weren't... I can't kill the Evil Within. No one can. Besides Karma and Moonscar are my friends. They might leave if WolfClan fights them." ~Jaypaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Starclan

    Sage will be scare and honey flow free. Snow will be stained for the blaze of honor. Apple will fall from the stars l

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