ARC Review: The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams

ARC Review:The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams
Book 2 in McKenzie Lewis series
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Book provided by NetGalley and Penguin books

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

AH’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B+

The Shattered Dark was one of my most anticipated releases of 2012. I loved The Shadow Reader and I could not get enough of author Sandy Williams’ world of the fae. Oh, and with heroes like Aren and Kyol, what more could I ask? The Shattered Dark picks up right after the events of the first book. The fae realm is in turmoil; a group of dissenters calling themselves The Remnants are not happy with the new ruler. There is a lot of political intrigue and jostling for power in this book.

I had difficulty with the first half of the novel. Perhaps it was because some time had passed since I read the first book, or maybe because the pacing was a little slow at first. There seemed to be so many characters and several story lines to keep track of.

A little niggling annoyance I had with the book was that the love triangle should have been resolved. It was, for the most part, and I agreed with the choice even though I missed the other character terribly. BUT – and I am sorry for shouting – the love triangle has a little monkey wrench thrown into it. Why, oh, why?

The book clicked for me during the second half. Suddenly, I was at the edge of my seat and I had difficulty putting the book down. Now, THIS was the book I was expecting. There were battle scenes, complete with fae against fae, fae against human, swashbuckling swordfights, hand to hand combat, really scary stuff. These scenes were extremely well done.

What draws me to this series is the fascinating take on the fae and the fae realm. The world feels complete with its complex issues and political maneuvering. I liked how the characters were able to travel between the human and the fae realms through fissures and gates.
Overall, I liked The Shattered Dark. I’m curious to see where the author takes this series in the next book.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ .5

Series Reading Order:

  1. The Shadow Reader
  2. The Shattered Dark

Don’t forget to read The Five Things I Can’t Write Without Sandy Williams’ guest post.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Books for a review copy of this book.

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