The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams (Kindle Edition) – Read February 3, 2012
Cost: $7.99 (As of This Post)
Official Description: (This is book 1 of the McKenzie Lewis series)
A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae King, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. She’s in love with Kyol, the King’s sword-master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
Quote: “He glances down at me, and a bolt of blue lightning skitters from his jaw to his temple before disappearing into his dark hair. Another bolt zigzags across the hand he rests on his sword’s hilt. They’re chaos lusters, visual reminders that the fae don’t belong in this world, and they’re beautiful, mesmerizing. With his quiet, strong confidence, he’s mesmerizing.”
My Take: I quite enjoyed this book, mostly, it was very entertaining, though the beginning was a tiny bit confusing. We start out pretty much in the thick of things, there’s no half a book explaining how we got to the conflict, it’s just WHAM, and McKenzie’s running for her life and being kidnapped by Aren, and she’s obviously smitten with Kyol. This does involve fae, but it’s not the same as all the other fae stories, there’s no summer or winter courts, it’s a slightly more modern fae world and of course humanity is seemingly destroy the fae. Also, it’s cool how we learn about this world as we go along, and there’s not a lot of dull scenes. The world building and the pacing were done fantastically!
McKenzie’s not a weakling, she’s a tough chick, though she doesn’t have training in protecting herself, she’s very determined to do whatever it is she believes is the right thing to do and she’ll bleed to get it done, and not whine about it. That’s what I like about McKenzie, she’s not a whiner, so many heroines cry and whine ALL the time and this one doesn’t (refreshing). However, McKenzie’s interests are fickle, slightly, she does try really hard not to be. We, the reader, don’t have all the time she spent with Kyol, so it’s hard at first to understand the awe that McKenzie has for him, though Aren is the attractive rogue that we all get Stockholm Syndrome for. The romance aspect was a little stretched in this story, and it felt very young adult, I don’t think this is considered YA, but it sure does have that feel to it.
It’s definitely worth picking up though, and I can’t wait till number 2 comes out (at the end of October 2012).