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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 shortage...
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.
posted by AnnaNanner on January 30, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Watched her closely but fell asleep in the warm afternoon sun. (Its anything but warm here!)
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