Monday, November 12, 2012

Review: The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis #1) by Sandy Williams

Title: The Shadow Reader
Series: McKenzie Lewis #1
Author: Sandy Williams
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Rating: 4 Stars

Book Blurb

There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.

Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.

A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.

But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.


I hadn't read an Adult UF in a while and I'm glad I started up again with this one. It has great characters in intricate worlds with their politics and wars and their own beliefs. 

The romance was believable and well done, even though it did get incredibly frustrating at times. I really dislike when the MC can't make up her mind, but it was written in such a way that I could understand why she was so undecided. Didn't mean I still wasn't frustrated though.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the MC, she may not know how to actually fight but man is she resourceful and damn determined and almost loyal to a fault. 

I really admired  how she never once stopped trying to escape. She knew in her mind who the bad guys were and where her loyalties lay and she never once gave up no matter how many times she failed. And she wasn't completely naive either. She was suspicious and cautious when they started trying to change her mind. 

This was a fast paced, action filled ride with enough sexual tension to keep you reading the whole way through.

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