The Shadow Reader – I definitely plan to keep up with this one

The Shadow Reader McKenzie Lewis Sandy WilliamsSandy Williams creates and nice array of characters in this new series. We’re taken into the world of McKenzie Lewis, a college student trying to live a normal life and finally earn her degree.  Unfortunately, that is proving impossible due to her rare gift.  While human, she has the ability to see and track fae–otherworldly beings from the Realm.  Her gift has made her an asset for 10 years in a civil war between the species, while also alienating her from her family.

Kyol, a fae and sword master to the king, has been a close companion to her, protecting her while she helps them locate enemy rebels.  But that all changes when she ends up kidnapped by the enemy…or are they?

A great deal of the book is spent with McKenzie trying to escape from the rebels, however as she learns about their ways it appears that she may not have been playing for the right side.

I quite enjoyed this book for a first installment.  We’re introduced to two potential love-interests:  Kyol, her companion for the past 10 years, and Aren, leader of the rebels.  A lot of time is spent on this subject and normally I don’t enjoy love triangles, but I found myself okay with this one, especially because she does make a decision by the end.  Since this is only the first book I don’t think it’s over, but I am hopeful that there won’t be too much back and forth that plagues so many other series. I’d rather have more focus on plot, action, and interesting dialogue than to  have her indecisive for a million and one silly reasons.

The book is in first person present which has been a growing trend these days.  If you don’t read this style often it may be a bit of an adjustment, but I’ve grown used to it so it no longer bothers me.  I almost didn’t even notice.

I think it would have liked a bit more description of the Realm.  Some series are fantastic and immersing you in other worlds (Wayfinder, a duology I recently read with a similar style is a good example), but here I felt like it was more character focused.

There’s a good balance of action and downtime which is great for the pace and keeps the story from becoming too boring or too overbearing.  I just know I don’t envy McKenzie for all of the things that happen to her.

I definitely recommend this, but since the series is just beginning you may be like me and wish for it to have a few books under its belt first.  Ongoing series tend to have cliffhangers and those usually drive me nuts when I get invested enough in a series, but I just couldn’t resist picking this one up since so many seemed to be enjoying it.  Maybe you will too.

6 responses

  1. valerieohio

    Oooh! I am gonna have to check this one out! It sounds like it’s right up my alley. A war and a sexy love triangle.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    • Yep yep!! It’s the start of the series too so it’s not too much of a commitment for now.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:03 PM

  2. gwendalla

    This is the third time I’ve heard about this book so I think I’ll give it a shot. Usually I don’t like getting into a series until closer to the end because I gobble to whole thing up in days. I’m not a very patient person but you have me intrigued.

    December 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    • I’m similar to you, gwen. But I just couldn’t resist this time.

      December 23, 2011 at 5:26 PM

  3. I’ve got a Kindle App for my Android that this past week I’ve been using a lot… I go to download this book and discover they want friggin $7.99 for it! The past week I haven’t spent more then $3.99 for a download how come this book is that expensive?! It just seems like a rip off to charge that much… It sounds like a book I will enjoy but if they’re gonna charge me dead tree book prices I want the actual dead tree book in my hand. I know you’re just basically paying for the convenience of it but it still irritates me. Okay, I’m done. I feel better now.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    • Yeah that’s about right, Val :-/. I wish they did something where if you buy the paperback, you get a free e-copy or a huge discount or something. The production cost is next to nil, so what’s this price for?

      December 23, 2011 at 5:28 PM

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