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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Broken

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

posted by 1418670 on January 5, 2013

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    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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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    If you loved the first two books of the Horngate Witches series

    If you loved the first two books of the Horngate Witches series you’re not going to get any sleep with this one because it’s so hard to put down! Shadow City is very action packed and leaves you on the edge of your seat; nothing about the book is slow. The magical apocalypse is vividly described and Max’s role in the apocalypse has been carefully laid out by author Francis. She must help Scooter, an unusual character whom the reader will come to know well. It’s all BAM this happened (gasp), then BAM that happened (double gasp). The reader will read from two vantage points: Max’s and what is going on at Horngate.

    As for the character development, relationships grow further and some new ones are introduced. Who doesn’t like to meet a few new characters and welcome back other character the reader has known for the past two books? No one stays in the same place… everyone moves forward with their life. By the end of the book you want to know more about the new characters-such as their back story and how they’ll fit into future books. The end of the book has more plot twists, so by the last chapter you’ll say “WHY IS IT ENDING? NOOOOO!!”

    3.5/5

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    great fun and a wild read.

    This book is the 3rd in the series and it would really keep you in the loop if you read the first ones since this story can get a bit intense
    Max, the main character, was tricked by a college friend who was actually a witch and through bodily torture, has become a protector against any who threaten this witch. In this book the bizarre community of Horngate which has survived the swelling of magic in the world, and disintegration by angels, is facing what is referred to as the fury of a woman scorned, represented by a real Fury. None of these books lacks excitement and if you can get through some of the confusing parts the story line is fun and a wild ride.

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