Shadows and Light (Tir Alainn Series #2)

Shadows and Light (Tir Alainn Series #2)

by Anne Bishop
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Shadows and Light (Tir Alainn Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
I bought this book. Shadows and Light brings readers back to a world of witches, magic and fae, and a growing evil that threatens them all. By this book in the series readers know that the witches are really the descendants of the House of Gaian and that when a witch dies, slaughtered by the evil minions of jealousy and twisted magic, the tether to the magical fae land of Tir Alainn is broken and that part of the fae realm is lost. This book strays from following the witch Ari as a primary character and instead travels with Aiden, The Bard, and Lyrra, The Muse, both exiled from the fae by Dianna and Lucian's rage, as they try to convince the rest of the fae to save the witches to save their world. This volume also introduces new characters; Brianna and Liam, half siblings struggle to deal with each other as well as the evil creeping into their land; Ashke and Padrick, fae, and human world baron and baroness as well; and a collection of humans, fae, witches and other who are finding themselves forced to choose sides. Each character is compelling and interesting and likely could carry the story on their own. Combined it leads to an epic, large scale feel as readers form a solid picture of Bishop's world. Most interesting is Morag, the Gather, Death's Mistress, the one fae with the power of life and death which sets her apart even from the other fae. It also puts her in the position of being the only one who can stop the rotten core of the Black Coats' evil. This volume also introduces the western fae, who never forgot their roots like Lucian and Dianna have and whole towns where fae and witch are synonymous with neighbor and friend. Lyrra and Aiden are trying to make the adjustment from the eastern fae and their exile, to the western fae, who are guarded not because of the Bard and Muse's intent but because of the reputation of the eastern fae. They set out on a search for the mysterious Hunter. He may be the only one with enough command and power to counter the damage Dianna and Lucian are doing that threatens to split the fae into their own civil war. Again Bishop spins a fantastic world, rife with beauty, humor and danger, and populated by fleshy characters struggling to do what's right. The heroism aspect in this volume is its only potential flaw. Despite the glory of Bishop's world there is a very clear cut line between good and evil and characters fall on one side or the other, though some don't realize the full extent of their actions. The Tir Alainn trilogy remains one of my all-time favorite reads and has, several years after its release, stood up to repeated reads and still delivered a highly enjoyable reading experience.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A great second book, still full of action and excitement.
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purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a trilogy. The first book is Pillars of the World. This book continues where the first one left off, The Bard and Muse are doing there best to convince the Fae that the witches need to be protected and The Black Coats need to be stopped. Ari and Neall have settled into married life at there new home. But The Black Coats are continuing their mission, of destroying women and witches a like in the East, making moves also in the West. New allies are introduced, including the Fae that could change everything for the better.
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Ravenshorn More than 1 year ago
The story is very well written and descriptive. I can imagine the characters and the places were they live and work and play and the places of pure enjoyment along with the music and the terror the witches face in this story and how selfish the Fae really are. This book will keep you hanging until you get the next one. Enjoy!!
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