Mini Book Review: Shadowspell

Shadowspell CoverBook: Shadowspell by Jenna Black

Published January 2011 by St. Martin’s Press|224 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Fairiewalker #2

Genre: YA Paranormal- Fairies

You can find Shadowspell on goodreads & Jenna Black on twitter & her website

Goodreads Summary: 

On top of spending most of her time in a bunker-like 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 have 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?

What I Thought:

I was pleasantly surprised with Shadowspell, but I definitely liked it a lot more than Glimmerglass.  I thought that the addition of the Erlking was interesting and his backstory was also interesting, but it also fits with the story really well. I’m really curious to see what role the Erlking will play in the next book and how a certain deal he and Dana made will play out. Still, I find that deal particularly interesting because of an ability of his and how it’ll work because of Dana being a Fairiewalker.

I’m not sure how I feel about Dana in this book.  I think I’m feeling pretty neutral about her, and I feel pretty neutral about a lot of the other characters.  I get why Dana has a lot of issues but the only character who is really standing out right now is the Erlking.  I think his interest in her to be really interesting.

I really like the world that Black has created.  There’s so much going on in this world and there’s so much there!  It’s definitely a good second book and it really adds to the series.  Dana learns more about her abilities as a Fairiewalker, and she’s clearly not just any Fairiewalker.  That, combined with everything else going on, makes me feel like there’s a lot more going on than what we’re seeing.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked Shadowspell and I can’t wait to read the next book!  To be honest, I’m not completely sure why I liked this one so much, but it was a really enjoyable read.  Shadowspell gets 4 stars.

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