The Shattered Dark

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McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has ...

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Overview

McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war between the fae.

With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.

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Praise for The Shadow Reader novels

“A fresh take on the fae, packed with suspense, surprises, and real moral dilemmas. Sexy and fun, this is a must for anyone who likes their fae modern, their stakes high, and their property damage extensive.”—Seanan McGuire, national bestselling author of the October Daye novels

“Combines top-notch writing and world-building with characters you’ll adore...and the star-crossed lovers may just break your heart. If you enjoy fae urban fantasy, then don't miss this splendid debut. Loved it. Can’t wait for the next book.”—Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Endgame

“Fantastically fun urban fantasy. One of the best debuts of the year…[it] checked off all my urban fantasy wish-list boxes and I can’t wait to read the sequel.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

“A gutsy heroine and plenty of fae lore.”—Library Journal

“Fun and fast paced.”—Fantasy Café

“Fantastic…filled with action and suspense. I was constantly on the edge of my seat.”—Urban Fantasy Investigations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937007812
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: A Shadow Reader Novel Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 407,664
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Williams graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and history. She worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. Now she’s back in Texas, writing full-time, raising twin boys, and squeezing in time to play geeky board and card games like Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Runebound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Great read!

    Loved this second book as much as the first. Sorry to reach the end! Looking forward to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

    Boring

    Just as dry and boring as the first book. Still struggling to get through it. Too many other writers of the fae world have generated more excitement and action in their books. Throw this in your bag to read when you just need to pass the time. Hope this writer's next book has more life in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    As the second book in the trilogy, we spend more time getting to

    As the second book in the trilogy, we spend more time getting to know the main characters better and getting acquainted with new characters. The previous King has been killed, the war has ended, and everyone is trying to rebuild. But not everyone is trying to build the same thing. Remnants are attempting to rebuild the old court/government while the rebels are trying to keep the new government secure. Although things are slightly easier after the war, it is definitely not as easy as the rebels had hoped. And McKenzie's human best friend Paige is kidnapped by enemies. Kyol and Aren both have feelings for McKenzie. Many twists are provided, but not all problems are solved. We dive deeper into the fae world and I wonder if McKenzie will ever leave it. Another cliff hanger ending to this book, but the emotional involvement is strong and I'm anxious to read the last book. :)

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    If you like reading fantasies with a kick-ass heroine and non-st

    If you like reading fantasies with a kick-ass heroine and non-stop action... this series is for you!                                                                      






    The Shattered Dark picks up where The Shattered Reader left off. There had seemed to be some resolution at the end of The Shattered Read but that doesn't last long as, in the 1st chapter of The Shattered Dark, the action spikes and never stops thru-out this whole book. 




    There's still a love triangle but McKenzie seems to be set if not focused on Aren and not Kyol thru much of this entry in the series. 




    Be warned that there's a slight cliff-hanger ending in this entry. I'm grateful that the final book in this trilogy is already available as I'd hate to have to wait to find out what happens next!




    If you like reading fantasies with a kick-ass heroine and non-stop action... this series is for you!




    4 Stars!

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

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    Great! A fresh take on fae, a refreshing writing style that wou

    Great!

    A fresh take on fae, a refreshing writing style that would keep you reading, intriguing story, packed with actions, suspense, twists and turns, what more can you ask for?

    A fun and sexy read- a must to have! Urban fantasy at its best :D

    Highly Recommended! and would look for more books from this author :)

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    What an end ! In this second installment of The Shadow Reader t

    What an end !

    In this second installment of The Shadow Reader trilogy, the plot seems slower than in the first book. At first, not a lot happens to advance the characters or the story. Don't get me wrong, there are things goings on, like small action scenes, or dialogues enriching our knowledge of the universe. It's just that I wondered where Sandy Williams was going. But at some point everything clarified and the second half of the books was fast-paced. Once again, Sandy Williams was a master at lingering doubts. And what an end !

    In the first book, I was a bit frustrated with the lack of informations about the faes. Here the author really make up for. A big part of the story happens in the Realm and they are lot of occasions to fill in the gaps. We get the chance to learn things about magic or the fae government and I was really happy about it.

    The characters, too, keeps getting deeper. McKenzie finally realizes that she is capable of a lot of things and has the right to be kept in the loop. She finds herself once again in the middle of the fae problems and, even if she wants to leave a normal life more than anything, she is willing to help her friend and is brave through and through. Naito is not often there but it was really interesting to see how he deals with the traumatic events of book one. Lena has a change of attitude and is almost likeable. At least I started to feel for her. It's not an easy position and she struggles to take the right decisions. Kyol is still his mysterious self. It's not always easy to know what he's really feeling and I was a bit frustrated by it. Aren has evolved a lot, from reckless rebel to responsible sword master. We get to learn more about him and his past, and those surprising informations made me see him differently and love him even more.

    I also loved the realistic approach that Sandy Williams has of the romance. It's not always sunshine and rainbows and everything is always very believable. Even if McKenzie has a lot of feelings for Aren, she doesn't want to rush things and make the same mistakes she made by the past. Besides, Aren and her know each other since only a month and are still in the beginning of their relationship. It's a period when you get to know each other, trust each other and need time to build something. But between Paige's disappearance and their mutual obligations, time is something lacking. And when their respective pasts come in theit way, things get harder. It's difficult to forget 10 years of Kyol (even if McKenzie knows what she wants) or Aren surprising past. As for what they experience in the last pages, let's just say I didn't see it coming at all. Even if it left me heartbroken, I find that very well imagined and I can't wait to see how they will handle everything this all.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    I really wanted to read this second novel since the end of the f

    I really wanted to read this second novel since the end of the first one. This series is really interesting and dynamic. McKenzie is a unique character that we can only love to follow. Poor Kenzie, something is always happening to her and she doesn’t expect that at all. Each new problem turns her life upside down a little more.

    The first volume was a surprise for me and I have to say that this one is as good as the previous. Mckenzie finds herself once again in the middle of the fae problems, especially since the rebels try their best to keep the castle. But in addition to this, they try to convince everyone that Lena may be a good queen for them, something more complicated than expected. McKenzie thinks she can now live like a normal person, or at least without too many problems but everything changes when Paige, her best friend is kidnapped by their enemies. Our heroine is however determined to do everything to find her before it is too late. But her own safety is not the most essential thing when she has an idea in mind and she therefore has to face the consequences. Our young heroine will also have to deal with her relationship with Aren and Kyol, something that is not easy even if she knows what she wants. We also learn much more about Aren and his past, which have made him the man he is with many other information that are sometimes very surprising.

    This new novel is full of wonderful ideas, Sandy Williams has incorporated many things we did not expect at all and I think it's always nice to be surprised throughout the story. What about the end? I must say that I did not see it coming and It was heartbreaking to understand what was happening. It was well imagined and I found myself wondering how McKenzie would be able to handle this all now. How not want more? It's impossible! Our heroine is courageous and brave throughout the novel, doing everything she can to help the people she loves. But many persons around her aren’t what they seem to be, and she will learn all that by herself. We discover the truth with her about some characters while we ask ourselves many more questions about others. I wonder how Sandy Williams will be able to finish this trilogy, the end is so close now and I'm sure it will bring many more surprises. I really want to know more about Aren, McKenzie and Kyol and I can’t wait to read the end of their story. A new very good book that I recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    A spectacular sequel containing such imaginative vision and scop

    A spectacular sequel containing such imaginative vision and scope!

    Having read and loved book 1 of the McKenziw Lewis Series {The Shadow Reader}, i was extremely eager to delve into book 2 and plunge back into a wonderful world of Fae and fantasy. Exceeding all expecations and even more exciting than the first installment, this is a series that continues to get better and better as i was truly mesmirized by the unforgettable characters and the enthralling world in which they dwelt!

    I am so impressed by such an increadible author, whose original concepts and creativity is awe-inspiring and facinating. Anyone who loves this genre should not hesitate to seek out this spellbinding story, as it is a compelling read that is hard to put down.

    Another 5* novel!

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    I love the world created by Sandy Williams in this series. McKen

    I love the world created by Sandy Williams in this series. McKenzie grew in a lot of ways in this installment, demanding to be part of the decision making process rather than just a chess piece in the Fae war. Her relationship with Aren was frustrating at times, but not surprisingly since it's book 2 and we can't have happily ever after yet. The ending. . . grrr. . . it was heartbreaking and frustrating. I can't wait for book 3 in December!

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    Did you read the first book like I told you to readers? If you d

    Did you read the first book like I told you to readers? If you didn't, then shoo. I don't approve of spoilers and this will definitely have a few.




    For those who took my advice, take a seat and kick back. Last time we left the series, we had our still frustrated Mckenzie diving into her feelings for the hot rebel Aren, (who unlike Kyol, is not afraid to tell a girl he cares) and the palace coup just completed. Be aware readers, Edarratae flies around in this sequel to The Shadow reader and there are several twists you just won't expect. As a sequel to the first, I give this +3 stars, despite the fact that Lena is queen and Kelia is dead.





    If you were expecting a light and fluffy everybody loves each other now and we should all make peace kind of book...Sorry. From the first page, the action is packed in and just like Mckenzie you won't get a break. You'd think her and Aren would get a few minutes to kiss and relax, but clearly Sandy Williams did not get that memo. Right away, Mckenzie has 15 minutes to pack as remnants could show up any minute.




    Right so the last book had rebels, but the rebels kicked ass, took names and now we have remnants, who are all those official court fae upset that their king got killed. Add in the fact that Paige (the upset bestie) is missing, Aren is working his little fae tale off keeping Lena and co safe, and Mckenzie is having to try to save and help everybody at once, this book will not put you to sleep.




    The biggest twist lies waiting for you at the end of the book. And by twist, I mean something besides the plotting, blood shedding and other small twists you come across in this book.




    Personally this book and the series has become a favorite for me. It's not just a good author taking the Fae and Human stereotypes we've come to know over hundreds of years of myths and giving them a delightful breath of air. It's the honest feel of the fact that Mckenzie can't seem to catch a break.




    To me, a truly good fantasy book shouldn't just skim the alternate worlds it presents to us, but should give us an honest view of how the regular human stuck in that world is doing. And not only do we the readers get a feel, we get the adrenaline rushes, the honest confusion and the sense that just when we thought we had a handle, we were no where close to the surface of the problems Mckenzie faces.




    So, again delightful readers, just assume I ordered you to go get this book and read it. Because I can't wait until the sequel comes out December 31st. Just for you though, I'll give you a sneak peek ahead of time. Something I missed out on these two reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Cant wait

    Loved the second book as much as the first! Cannot wait for the third!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    You'll be waiting on the 3rd book

    This was a good book, but not as good as the first. There were more things left open and hanging at the end of this book. My rating is based on being left hanging like that with no resolution. That being said, I gave as high a rating as I did because I checked William's website and saw there will be another book. I would have given a much lower rating because I don't like being left hanging (I read a series where an author ends w/holes & leaves you hanging because she wants you to come up with your own ending, I wouldn't have bothered with the series if I'd known she was going to do that). Since there's going to be a 3rd I'm holding out hope that we'll get some closure, and that hope is what gives this book the rating I gave it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    I really enjoyed it

    Alot of action but not enough romance..poor mackenzie is still a virgin after the second book. She only been kissed. I mean come on..i love the three way love affair but can she please get some action in book three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Loved

    Fantastic trilogy

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