Thursday, January 12, 2012

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

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.


You won't read one complaint from me. 

The world building, the characters, the political controversy and complications between McKenzie's relationships were all wonderfully constructed and wildly entertaining.

Details such as the traveling between fissures and the appearance of chaos lusters were easy to imagine with Williams' vivid descriptions. I was also very impressed with how perfectly she explains McKenzie's past with the court and sword-master Kyol without lengthy descriptions that slowed down the story's pace. And I wasn't left feeling like there were parts of the story that I was missing. 

The developing love triangle eventually takes up the majority of the story. It's equal measures exciting and heartbreaking. Court fae or rebel warrior. Kaesha or nalkin-shom. Both men can hold their own and I believe that most readers will have a difficult time deciding which man should continue on to play the larger role in McKenzie's life. 

Overall, it's an amazing start to a series that has definitely earned all of the gushing fans and 5 star reviews. The sequel can't come soon enough.


Sandy Williams graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and history. She worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. Now, she's back in Texas, writing full time and moonlighting as a librarian. Visit her on the web at


Beth D. said...

I also five stared this one. I loved it! Can't wait for the next one.

Beth ^_^

Katie Dalton said...

WOW! Sounds like a great read! I am LOVING this cover. Can't wait to check it out, thanks for sharing this today. :)

Julie said...

This is an amazing book. Everything about it is awesome. :)

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