Friday, April 5, 2013

Sandy Williams - The Shattered Dark

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.

Comment: This is the second book in the Shadow Reader trilogy/series? and I have it for a couple of months or so but now could read it and so it was the last book of march.

This book starts right after the other one finished, more or less, and we get to see the changes the group of rebels is doing to help Lena being queen. It's all about the right conversations and tactics in the conference room but there's also the dealing with the rebels outside the Rebel Army and those who don't seem to accept the possibility of a female leader. Our heroine Mackenzie is happy for she has Aren but when she finds out her best friend Paige is gone she asks the fae help to look for her and once again, gets herself in a lot of risky moves until the shattered end.

Mackenzie is one of those heroines that just doesn't know the meaning of the word careful. I mean, why should someone think and plan if the path to troubles and life threats is right around the corner? It borders on ridiculous how someone human, with the expected frailties and without much fighting experience, can get until the end of the book without serious injuries and when she does get out of luck, she is saved of course. But it doesn't look like she was that concerned...I guess is a sore point with me, because despite these stories being more on the fantasy side than the paranormal one, Mackenzie is human and she seems quite reckless at times. I think a bit more balance in her attitudes wouldn't be a bad thing...
Still, it was a thrilling voyage because things happened really fast, I don't recall a boring time in the book, or a resting chapter..there was always something happening, it almost looked like we couldn't breathe! In a way, it's god because it does captivate the reader, but it also made for a fast read that could become stressful at times. Once again, the key word here would be balance.
One of the things that put me off when I was going to start the fist book was the love triangle, something I tend to dislike immensely in my books, but I was quite happy to see it was being worked on and that book ended with things solved, or in a very satisfying, more resolute way. Now, in this book things get tricky again. Not because of feelings, but something had to happen and now the situation is...complicated. I guess the author will solve it in the next book, I have no idea how, but I'm sure it means some heartbreak until it's done. I get why, it intensifies the drama, gives a bit more power to the story, but it's a bit annoying too...when we thought things were close to finished...I sure hopes this doesn't get a simple "oh it's done" because the way things ended in this book, I was close to yell at the author what was she thinking...
The book had several new things happening in terms of plot related issues, which means things happened here and there to make the reader think what it might mean to the development of the story. I'm very curious to know what role those new findings can mean to the positive solution our favorite characters need to make things right. It's quite addictive to think about it.
So, in the end a fast paced story, new and fun things and annoying dramatic others, I really wish the author can write fast so I can finally know how this all ends!

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