Shadowspell: A Faeriewalker Novel

Shadowspell: A Faeriewalker Novel

by Jenna Black


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On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana's in trouble, since it's common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking's got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312575946
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Faeriewalker Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 414,622
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jenna Black graduated from Duke University with degrees in anthropology and French. A full time writer of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

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chapter one

Going on a date with a bodyguard hanging over your shoulder sucks.

Okay, technically, it wasn't really a date. At least, that's what I kept telling myself. Ethan was just a friend. A totally hot, sexy friend who made my hormones do a happy dance, but still just a friend. And if I knew what was good for me, I'd keep it that way.

After a couple of nasty betrayals that had hurt me more than I cared to admit, Ethan had risked his life to save mine, and I'd agreed to wipe our slate clean. The problem was, it isn't that easy to rebuild broken trust, especially when I still had so many reasons not to fully trust him.

For three weeks after he saved my life, I tried to keep my distance, but it didn't seem to discourage him. He called, e-mailed, and IM'ed me about a billion times asking me to go out with him, and I finally gave in. He'd wanted dinner and a movie. That seemed way too date-like to me, so I bargained him down to just the movie.

As I sat in the darkened theater beside him, I realized my bargaining skills could use some work. Dinner would have been safer than the movie. I tried to be subtle as I checked over my shoulder to see how closely Finn, my bodyguard, was watching me.

To my relief, I saw that he'd done me the courtesy of sitting three rows back—far enough away to give me the illusion of privacy, but close enough that he could come to my rescue if I needed it.

I wasn't surprised to see I had Finn's full attention, despite the distraction of the movie. He was a Knight of Faerie, and he took his job very, very seriously. Which was a good thing, because both the Queens of Faerie wanted me dead.

I turned to face front again. Ethan held out the bag of popcorn, and I took a handful, getting salt and melted butter all over my fingers.

"Napkin?" I asked, holding out my other hand.

"Sorry," he said, but the corner of his mouth was lifted in his trademark grin. "Forgot to get napkins."

I gave him my best dirty look, not buying the innocent expression he was giving me. Maybe he'd get a kick out of watching me lick my fingers, but I wasn't about to give him the satisfaction. I'd have gone to the lobby to get my own napkins, only I'd have to crawl over three people to get to the aisle. Besides, the movie had already started. Not that I was paying any attention to it. With a grunt of resignation, I grabbed another handful of popcorn and sank a little lower into my seat.

Somehow, Ethan's arm had found its way around my shoulders. I tried to shrug it off—though a part of me would rather have leaned into him.

"This isn't a date, remember?" I hissed at him, trying to sound annoyed instead of breathless. I'd been very clear about that when we'd talked on the phone, and Ethan had agreed to my terms. Of course, just because he'd agreed to them didn't mean he planned to abide by them.

Even in the dark of the theater, Ethan's smile was devastating. "I remember. But you never said I couldn't flirt with you."

"Shh!" said someone from the row behind us before I had a chance to retort.

I fumed a bit as Ethan's arm settled more comfortably around my shoulders. It would be a lot easier to resist him if he weren't so . . . irresistible. He was hot even for a Fae, with long blond hair and gorgeous teal blue eyes. The slight bump on his nose that suggested it had once been broken kept him from looking too perfect—and made him even more sexy.

I reminded myself that there was only so much he could get away with, with Finn back there watching us like a hawk. A bodyguard with a heaping side dish of chaperone. Ethan was incredibly cocky, but he'd always shown a healthy respect for the Knight.

I munched on the popcorn and tried to pay attention to the movie. Ethan didn't help the situation when he started idly stroking my shoulder with his fingers. I felt like I should tell him to quit it, but I liked the way his caress gave me little goose bumps. He leaned closer to me, and I smelled a hint of spicy aftershave blending with the popcorn and butter. Before I knew it, my head was resting against his shoulder.

If I was trying to get across the "not a date" message, I was doing a crappy job of it.

I'd lost my appetite for popcorn entirely, and didn't protest when Ethan set the bag down on the floor. I couldn't quite get myself to wipe my greasy fingers on my jeans, but licking them seemed too . . . tacky. Besides, I'd already decided not to give Ethan the satisfaction.

Ethan solved my dilemma by reaching over, taking my hand, and guiding it to his mouth. I was clueless enough that I had no idea what he was about to do until his mouth closed over my index finger. I made a sound somewhere between a gasp and a squeak.

My brain told my hand to jerk away from Ethan's mouth. My hand didn't listen.

Ethan sucked gently on my finger, his soft, hot tongue licking up the butter and salt. My mouth had gone dry, and I had trouble getting any air into my lungs. I'd have thought having a guy I wasn't even dating put my finger in his mouth would feel gross. Shows how little I knew.

Ethan finished with my index finger and moved on to my third finger. I felt like I was about to spontaneously combust. My face felt flushed, almost feverish, and my heart beat from somewhere around my throat. My conviction that this shouldn't feel good was rapidly disappearing.

The nasty, suspicious part of my brain that said I could never trust Ethan again after he'd tried a roofie-like spell on me once before went on high alert, searching for signs that my reaction was caused by magic rather than my own desires. But though my skin prickled with sensation, it was a toe-curling prickle of pleasure, not the electric-shock prickle of magic.

Ethan let go of my hand, and I found myself turning my head toward him, hoping he would kiss me. His lips were shiny from the butter, and I knew I would practically drown in the taste of them. Lips parted, he leaned in to me.

But before his lips could touch mine, a piece of popcorn bounced off the tip of his nose. We both turned to look behind us.

I hadn't noticed Finn buying popcorn—somehow, that seemed like an odd thing for a Fae Knight to do—but he was holding up another kernel in warning and giving us a stern look. I guess he hadn't been able to see what Ethan was doing before the almost-kiss, or we'd probably be buried in popcorn by now.

My cheeks heated in a blush, but Ethan just laughed softly and leaned back in his seat. I don't suppose the popcorn missiles could have stopped him from kissing me if he really wanted to, but they did kind of spoil the mood.

Just as well, I reminded myself. I'd let Ethan overrule my common sense before, and I'd been burned for it. He claimed he was genuinely into me, but I still had trouble believing it. A guy like him had no trouble attracting girls way prettier—and more willing to put out—than me. It didn't make sense for him to want to date me of all people. Unless he had ulterior motives.

Once upon a time, I'd thought of myself as a relatively ordinary girl, though my alcoholic mom had made it impossible for me to be as ordinary as I would have liked. I'd gotten fed up with her drinking and run away from home, coming to Avalon—the only place where Faerie and the mortal world intersect—to meet my Fae father. That was when I'd discovered I was a Faeriewalker—a rare individual who could travel freely between Faerie and the mortal world, with the added "perk" of being able to bring magic into the mortal world and technology into Faerie. The last Faeriewalker before me had died like seventy-five years ago, and I'd found myself the helpless rope in a game of political tug of war. With Ethan and his father on one end of that rope.

So it was a good thing Finn was acting as chaperone as well as bodyguard. The last thing I needed was to fall for Ethan, no matter how tempting he was. Not when I couldn't be sure what he really wanted from me.

I spent the rest of the movie fending off Ethan's subtle advances. His eyes sparkled with humor as I glared at him, and I realized it had become a game to him. What could he get away with? What could he do that Finn wouldn't see? I might have been offended by his refusal to take no for an answer, if I weren't so aware of the mixed signals I was sending him. Yeah, I fended him off—but he couldn't help but notice that it always seemed to take me a while to get around to it.

"You're being a jerk," I told him at one point as I grabbed his wrist and moved his hand off my thigh. My upper thigh. My voice was a little too breathy to be convincing, and I'd let his hand move way higher than I'd intended to.

His arm—which remained steadfastly around my shoulders—gave me a squeeze. "I'm being a perfect gentleman," he whispered in my ear. "I'm not going to do anything you don't want me to."

Yeah, well, that was sort of the problem. I wanted things I had absolutely no right to want. Or at least that weren't sensible for me to want. And everything I let him get away with gave him that much more reason to take another shot at it every time I shut him down.

By the end of the movie, I was so turned on it was a minor miracle I hadn't started tearing my clothes off in public. If Finn hadn't been back there, I'd have had to rely on my own willpower, and who knows what stupid things I'd have done. I had a feeling I was in way over my head with Ethan, but I didn't know what to do about it.

We walked out of the theater hand-in-hand. I'm sure Ethan would have walked me home if he could, but I was currently living in a secret underground safe house in the heart of the mountain on which the city of Avalon is built. You could count on one hand the number of people who knew where it was, and Ethan wasn't on the list.

He raised my hand to his lips and kissed my knuckles as we stood under the protection of the marquee. A gentle rain was falling, the cobblestone streets shining from the reflected glow of the street lamps.

Ethan let go of my hand, and I immediately missed the warmth of his touch as he helped me into my raincoat. He looked over my head, presumably at Finn, who was hovering behind me.

"Will you flatten me if I kiss her good night?"

"Probably," Finn said drily. He wasn't much of a talker.

I could have called Finn off just then. He wasn't my dad, and "chaperone" wasn't really in his job description. I don't think he much liked Ethan, but I was pretty sure he liked me, and a kiss good night was relatively innocent. But I'd let Ethan get away with more than I should already, and it was time to put my foot down.

"This isn't a date," I told him for the millionth time. "You don't get to kiss me good night even if Finn wouldn't flatten you."

Ethan flashed me a rueful, if somewhat skeptical, smile. "Right," he said. "I keep forgetting. Not a date. Got it." He reached out and pulled up the hood of my coat. His finger "accidentally" stroked the side of my face as he pulled away. I couldn't suppress my shiver of pleasure.

"Maybe we can fix that next time," he suggested. "Wanna be my date for Kimber's party?"

Ethan's sister, Kimber, was my best friend. Her birthday party was on Friday night, and I was looking forward to it more than I could say.

"Nice try, Romeo," I said, though I doubted I sounded as sophisticated as I was trying to. "Kimber gets to be the center of attention at her party, not you."

Ethan rolled his eyes. "Obviously, you've never been to a Leigh family party before. But I get the point. Just save me a dance, okay?" He gave me another grin. "Friends are allowed to dance with each other, aren't they?"

Internally, I groaned. I had a feeling dancing with him would entail another battle of wills—angel me, vs. devil me.

"Sure," I said. "As long as you keep your hands to yourself."

He raised one eyebrow, and I remembered how badly I'd enforced that rule tonight. I think I blushed again, but I met his challenging gaze as boldly as I could.

Mischief twinkling in his eyes, he winked at me, tweaked my nose like I was a little kid, then headed out into the rain, not seeming to care that he had neither a coat nor an umbrella. I watched, unable to turn away, until he'd rounded the corner at the end of the block.

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Shadowspell: A Faeriewalker Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
monsterofbooks More than 1 year ago
If I haven't made myself clear with "The Top 3 Books of 2010" and "Glimmerglass Review 5/5", then I don't know how to express my love for Jenna Black's Faeriewalker series. This is already the second book in the series and I'm still feeling the love and joy I had for the first one. The only sad thing to tell everyone is I was not able to get a actual paperback copy of the book from the store or amazon. The store hasn't had it in for a week and I'm to impatient to wait and I didn't want to spend extra money, for shipping, from amazon Canada. So in the end, in dire desperation, I used the kindle. I only use the kindle in extreme needs as I enjoy reading paperback/hardbacks more. In the end I was able to complete Shadowspells in less then a day and I'm already sadden by the fact that the next book doesn't come out till July 2011. Shadowspell picks up right where Glimmerglass ended. We're given good background info on what happened in the previous novel and reunited with our favorite characters: Dana, Ethan (the playboy), Kimber, Finnm Keane, Mom and Dad. New characters such as Connor, The Hunt and The Erlking appear. I must admit admit Dana got a tad bit rebellious in this novel. A part of me wants to yell at her and complain, saying that if she just listened then none of the bad stuff would of happened. And since she didn't listen that this should be a life's lesson for her. But in the end she is a teenager and I would have done the same thing. Ethan's playboy attitude becomes problematic in Shaowspell and with all that occur in the book it will certainly test his ability to be non-player in the third book. Ok this is not really a spoiler but I'm seriously wondering: Will Dana and Keane ever hook up? Or will they just fighting with each other? It was nice to see a bit of Keane's soft side and more to his character in this novel but I'm seriously wondering if will ever see more Dana/Keane. My favorite character, who made me swoon, was the Erlking. I definitely can't wait to see how his character further develops in the third story. In the previous novel I had troubles picturing Avalon, luckily in Shadowspell that wasn't the case. I really, honestly, can't find anything wrong with this book. I know a book is never perfect, but I can't find one single thing that bother me. I thought the plot was well crafted and gave the perfect twist. I only figured there was something more to the Erlking's deal when he mention what he wanted. I was surprised that Dana didn't question further before making the sacrifice. But now that, that's happened it will give more drama to the third book. I think the Erlking like's Dana. I really think he does. He may be tricky and like everyone else in Avalon uses Dana for her powers. But he always got more planned then he lets on. He plays his cards right. And everything he does in return protects Dana. Though I could be totally wrong about this. Overall Shadowspell was FANTASTIC, MESMERIZING, A PAGE TURNER & will have the readers on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next.
cindylb More than 1 year ago
Good book
FantasyLvr More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this second book in the Faeriewalker series. The story is well written and the edition of the Erkling made this book a little sexy. I still find the main character, Dana, as whiney as I did in the first book. I have to keep reminding myself that she is a teenager so some whining is expected. I love the Erkling's character; dangerous and attractive. The other characters have some growing to do. I thought Ethan should be a little more mature, too. Hopefully in the 3rd book we see more of the Erkling and the character development of the main characters grow. Also, I wish to learn more about the Fae. I find there are few explanations for things and I guess I was wanting more about this other half of Dana's heritage. I wish she would ask more questions or do research on her own about the Fae. For example, she knows that the last Faeriewalker existed X amount of years ago, but she has made no attempt to find out more about that person, how they died, how old did they live until...ect. Overall, this is a good second book in this series and I look forward to reading the third.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Jenna Black and I loved the story which will keep you entertained for hours.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sixteen year old hybrid Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway understands what it is like to be the First Daughter on a date as she goes out with Ethan who saved her life from Aunt Grace while Finn the Fae bodyguard chaperones them. On the bright side, she has finally gotten her alcoholic acrimonious human mother and her mysterious Fae father in the same realm (see Glimmerglass). However, far from a happy ever after in the crossroads of Avalon where humans and their technology work closely with Fae and their magic, Dana has major problems besides dating. Erlking leader of the psychopathological Wild Hunt and his horde have returned to Avalon where his pact with the faerie Queen limits who he can kill. Since the Faerie Queen proclaimed Dana must die as she does not want the teen to develop her rare Faeriewalker skills, everyone expects the immortal homicidal predator Erlking will kill the newcomer; everyone except Dana who believes he has a worse fate than death planned for her. Shadowspell is an excellent young adult teen fantasy starring a strong caring heroine who risks more than her life for those she cherishes. Fast-paced yet amusing as Dana fumbles her way into understanding the rules of magic and dating Fae, readers of all ages will appreciate this engaging entry with a great late personal twist. Harriet Klausner
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick & Dirty: This second installment takes place in a unique world with fascinating and complex characters. Political machinations, intrigue and romance provide readers an exciting story.Opening Sentence: Going on a date with a bodyguard hanging over your shoulder sucks.The Review:The story of Dana Hathaway¿s bewitching journey continues in Shadowspell, but the stakes have gotten much higher with the debut of a new villain, The Erlking. The Erlking, leader of the Wild Hunt, has descended upon Avalon. The murderous Hunt terrifies mortals and Fae alike because The Erlking can¿t be killed. Known as ¿the nightmare of the Fae realm,¿ it¿s difficult to fathom a way to defeat The Erlking and his Huntsmen. Unfortunately for Dana, The Erlking crosses her path and sets his sights upon her. Dana already has to worry about the Queens of Faerie wanting her dead, now she has to deal with the deadly Erlking who wants her Faeriewalker powers, and something much more sacred¿Shadowspell surprised me in many ways. While I enjoyed Glimmerglass and thought that it was a good read, this second installment raises the bar. The second installment in the Faeriewalker series is captivating. This well crafted story continues with the unique world introduced in Glimmerglass. Ms. Black does an excellent job of layering enough complexity onto this story and its characters, and building enough tension, and suspense that you could choke on it.Dana continues to get under my skin. Generally, I can¿t enjoy a book when I have major issues with the protagonist. I warmed up to Dana a bit, but I still find her to be wildly immature and unreasonably reckless. I¿m waiting for her to be strong, assertive, independent, smart, and responsible without feeling as if she has to buck the system just to get her way or to prove a point.Much of the excitement in this book revolves around The Hunt. I can¿t give too much away because it¿s a crucial plot point, but suffice it to say that the concept is beautifully executed. It really sets the tone for the story that unfolds. The mythology is still developing, and a fair amount is revealed. We don¿t get much more by way of fey court politicking, but the stage has been set for the next installment. It¿s clear that Dana won¿t be able to escape either court unscathed.The romance is simply breathtaking. Ethan is still devilishly handsome and generally up to no good. He is constantly trying to entice Dana with his flirting and heavy petting. The Erlking is just an all around bad guy, not to be trifled with. He dominates, consumes and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. I love the addition of his character. The Erlking doesn¿t try to justify his evil. He¿s very raw, passionate and vicious because that¿s him. He knows that he can easily crush you, but he likes to toy with his prey. Doing the dance of death and extending his victims torture just a little bit longer, you¿ll beg for the sweet release from the fear that he instills in you. He thrives off of the Hunt, and you should hope that he never has to hunt you. I should also note that there is a taboo element with respect to The Erlking¿s desire for Dana. He¿s essentially a man and she¿s just an innocent teenage girl. I fear that I already know how this will end in the next book.Overall, Shadowspell is a novel that you will devour. This compelling and addictive story will have you flipping pages long into the night. I can¿t wait to read the next Faeriewalker book, Sirensong, which hit shelves on July 5, 2011. You don¿t want to miss this wonderful installment in the series.Notable Scene:The Erlking¿s eyes sparked with triumph, and he slid his huge hand up the back of my neck until he was cradling my head in his palm. He leaned down, and it took every ounce of my will not to break free of his grip and run for my life.His lips were surprisingly gentle when they touched mine, and I felt a moment of relief, thinking this chase brush of lips would do the trick. Then the magic spe
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with major drama. Boy drama. Girl drama. Family drama. So much so that I loved it! Dana is once again trying to help everyone out. Even at the cost of her being in danger and her getting in trouble she does anything she can do to help.What I like most is the strength that Dana has. I love seeing characters who fight till the very end. She did not give up when she was trapped at the safe house, she did not give up when her father threaten her. She did what she had to do to save the ones that she loves.The love interest in the book were good. We see Dana struggling with relationships and what she should do. Dana's heart is being pulled in all kinds of directions. Dana is very mature and is a character like no other. In the end she made a willing sacrifice to save the one she loves. Even if it cost her.Ms. Black left nothing out in this book. Everything is written perfectly and smoothly. The emotions flowed through this book so good I could not stopped turning pages. I felt everything and more. I can not wait to see what the next book will reveal.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After thoroughly enjoying Glimmerglass far more than a expected, I was eager to snatch up Shadowspell. I even dropped what I was doing on a Sunday afternoon and (after checking) rather to my local library to pick it up (and thankfully it was available). Sadly, I quickly found that Shadowspell was not nearly as good as its predecessor. Slow, seemingly without a real focus and, unfortunately, just didn't have any real big draw for me. I found myself bored for much of the novel and, frankly, wondered why I was so excited to pick it up in the first place (picky, I know).Shadowspell basically took everything I liked about Glimmerglass and threw it out the window. Instead, readers are treated to a romance-heavy, somewhat cliche plotline where Faeriewalker Dana finds herself the object of affection of a number of guys. While trying to deal with that, she's got to juggle a bodyguard while the Erlking and his minions bring the Wild Hunt to Avalon. Not only does the Erlking become interested in Dana, but both Faerie Queens, Seelie and Unseelie, want Dana dead.Virtually no politics are woven into this story. There's a sprinkling, I'll admit (compared to Glimmerglass), but it was completely overshadowed by the love triangle. It's not like I haven't read about enough love triangles in YA books. It has doesn't help that the story starts out in dulls-ville and takes a little too long to become interesting. In fact, I didn't get engaged in the story until about 100 pages in. It was just a little jarring after the edge-of-your-seat action that began the previous novel.Sad to say, but I think I'm done with this series.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I loved the Erlking on how dark and mysterious he was. I loved the character building of Ethan and Keaen. I can't wait to read the next book.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shadowspell by Jenna BlackReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana¿s in trouble, since it¿s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her ¿ and her rare Faeriewalker powers ¿ dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking¿s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind? (Synopsis provided by good reads)This is the only book by this author I have read. I really books with the Fae in them, so I was eager to read this one. The first thing that I noticed, was that Dana is a very strong character. She keeps it together and can stand her ground, which is great, it¿s important for the YA world to have strong female characters when too often the genre is packed with Mary-sue and clingy whiny characters. Dana is a breath of fresh air!This book has it dark parts, but Dana deals with it all wonderfully, I don¿t know of many adult characters from other books that could deal with things half as good as she does. There is one scene of an attempted rape which can be hard for some people to read so that needs to be known so people can make a decision to read or not if they can¿t read scenes like that.This is such an intriguing book and I think the author does a great job in her writing, the dialogue was amazing and the character development was really good as well. This is not a typical YA novel, it¿s a lot more dark and similar to books you¿d find in the adult fantasy section of your local bookstore.I would recommend this book to anyone! It¿s such a great read and it reads fast, because you want to know what happens next. I am looking forward to more books by this author.Over all rating***** 5 out of 5 starsCover art:I love the cover art!Obtained:I won this book in a giveaway thank you so much Abigail!
Coranne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank you Jenna Black! Thank you for improving in this book. I wanted so badly to like the first book in the series (Glimmerglass) but honestly thought very negatively about it. Everything that I didn't like about the first book (an underdeveloped plot, unlikable characters, uninteresting storyline) got a whole (and I mean WHOLE lot better in her second installment. The introduction of the Elking provided a breath of fresh air into the storyline- with more drama and excitement for the reader. I will say, though, that the book took a PG-13 (or dare I say R?) turn in the last 1/6 of the book= I was pretty surprised by it. I kept wondering if I was reading a ya book or an adult fantasy story. This book is not for the feint of heart or for younger readers.I will absolutely be picking up the next volume in July! (You can read the first chapter here)
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasySHADOWSPELL is YA on the cusp of adulthood. The plotting is more like what you¿d expect in urban fantasy, the characters deal with issues more pressing then finding a date to prom (not that that can¿t be fun), and the romance significantly pushes the limit for what we usually find with YA.I said the romance is steamy, and boy is it. In addition to the two romantic interests introduced in GLIMMERGLASS (a bad boy Unseelie fae whose intentions are less then honorable & an angry Seelie fae anarchist who masters in mixed signals), SHADOWSPELL throws yet another criminally hot fey in to the mix: the leader of the Wild Hunt, the Erlking. The Erlking is bad. Hunt you down, impale-you-with-his-sword-and-dance-around-your-corpse bad. Well maybe. I woudn¿t be surprise if he played poker with kittens. He¿s the bad guy who makes no excuses for who he is. He¿s got this cocky, I¿m-evil-so-what attitude that I always seem to fall for. Like Dana, I know he¿s trouble, but also like Dana, I can¿t deny that there¿s something about him that doesn¿t completely add up. He may not be the complete scoundrel that everyone claims he is (the verdict is still out). I did have to get over my squeamishness regarding how old he is since he¿s pursuing this teenage girl (whatever the reasons). I know Fae don¿t age so everyone looks young, but still, it was uncomfortable at times.Once again I¿m impressed by Dana. She keeps her head in situations where people twice her age wouldn¿t have been half as smart. That¿s not to say she doesn¿t still act like a teenager, but she doesn¿t give her hormones full control of her body either (even when she really really wants too). She displays a maturity that I have been craving in YA lately. Overall, the Faeriewalker books have become one of my favorite YA faerie series largely because they reminds me a little of a YA version of Karen Marie Moning¿s Fever series. Seriously. Lots of hot Fae guys who all have ulterior motives where Dana is concerned and whose entire life gets flipped upside down when she discovers her unique abilities. The next Faeriewalker book is called SIRENSONG and will be published on July 5, 2011. It¿s going up on my Can¿t Wait For list immediately.Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex. Attempted rape. Scenes of semi graphic sensuality.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Glimmerglass, so when Shadowspell showed up on my doorstep I was so giddy! I liked the cover of the first book, but love the cover of this one. It is even prettier in person and I love the glow around the stag.Enough about the cover though, onto the book itself. We pick up right where we left off with Dana. She has been moved to a pretty secure location underground, which is making her become a little stir crazy. Who wouldn't be though? Stuck underground all day with no windows and no visitors except bodyguards and you parents? I know I would go crazy! She is still getting her self defense lessons from Keane, who I have still not figured out all the way yet. I do like having his sarcastic remarks to cut the tension at times. For all his broodiness, the guy is funny. I know there is still more to meet the eye with this one and I can only hope we get to see more of him in upcoming books.Speaking of the boys in Dana's life, for all of his faults, I still really like Ethan. I know, but I still think he really is good deep down and cares for Dana. I think if I were in her situation I would be having some of the same inner dialogue debates that she does. Ethan has a way of getting under your skin and staying there no matter how many times you try and kick him out. I am nervous for what kind of future the two of them can have together, but whatever it is I am rooting for Ethan.Onto the last questionable guy in Dana's life, The Erlking. I am not really sure what to make of him. I know he is supposed to be the ultimate bad guy, but I am really having a hard time seeing him that way. All evidence points to him being corrupt, but I am going to hold out hope that there is something there with him that we are not seeing. Or maybe I am just a sucker for the bad guy who knows, only the future books in the series will be able to tell about that one. I am also wondering if the source of his demise was hinted at in this book. If that is how this should end, no one can be sure of that except Jenna at this point and I am sure she is not telling. All interesting ideas and theories for me to play around with, but I will have to wait for future books to see how it ultimately plays out.Dana has quite a few guys running around in her life doesn't she? There are many moments where she lets them a little closer than I thought she would, but I am not complaining. Those Fae boys are a little hard to resist, so I can't blame Dana for having a little fun while she can.Shadowspell focuses on the relationships in Dana's life, not just the guys, but with her friends and family as well. The action did take a little bit of a back seat because of this, but it felt important to build those characters persona's and establish relationships between the characters.Overall, this book is a fantastic second installment to this intriguing series. I have loved watching Dana try and navigate her way though this strange world. That is one of the aspects I adore most about this series, Dana is seeing the world of Faerie through new eyes and therefore the reader is as well. It gives the story a unique perspective and keeps you guessing what is going to happen next right alongside Dana. Shadowspell has answered some of my questions, but opened a whole can of new ones. Therefore I am eagerly awaiting the next book, Sirensong, which comes out July 5th, 2011.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Glimmerglass" really stood out as a great YA book, in my opinion. I am more than happy to report that the follow up "Shadowspell" is at least VERY close to as good. In this volume, Dana is under lock and key, because her aunt is still at large. Then a new, maybe bigger, threat comes to town. The Erlking is a big, hulking, kind of hot immortal, who has a constant craving to commit murder. I must say I really enjoyed this character, I think there are a lot of layers to him and I like the twist he adds to the story. A lot of the other other relationships seem to change/and/or move forward here. Again, its almost hard to review "Shadowspell" because I don't want to give anything away. This is one of those books that flies by so quickly, you could reasonably read it in one sitting. I will say Dana gets herself into quite a bind that is certain to impact the future novels. I am very eager to read the next book.
SaTh0921 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's so sweet that Dana is saving Ethan! But not that she gave up her virginity for him. Very sweet when she gets him back though!!!!
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BookHounds More than 1 year ago
Shadowspell continues the story started in Glimmerglass and follows Dana as she gets deeper involved with the world of the fae. Her aunt Grace and both Queens want her dead while Ethan seems to be playing games with her. She now lives in a bunker like safe house deep inside the mountain where Finn is defending her full time and his son, Keane, is now giving her more lessons in self defense. Dana can only go out supervised by Finn and another body guard. The Erlking has now discovered Dana and wants her for his own, so he captures Ethan and makes him part of his Wild Hunt gang. I can't watch Lady Gaga's video Judas without thinking of this book. Of course, Dana is manipulated into a bad situation with the Erlking in order to return Ethan from his clutches, but in her headstrong way, Dana thinks she has all the angles of the deal figured out. She doesn't and finds out she might have possibly bargained away her life. I don't think the Erlking is truly evil since he is protected Dana and gives her excellent advice to help her protect herself and make better decisions. So now there is a love quadrangle (?) and there are quite a few developments that keep the plot moving (sorry, I am not going to spoil that for anyone). Now, I just can't wait for the next one in the series, Sirensong, where I hope that Dana develops her newly found powers.
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