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The Shattered Dark (A Shadow Reader Novel) by [Williams, Sandy]
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McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1055 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (30 October 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin US
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EXO25Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I loved the first book in this series, and was apprehensive that the author may not have been able to maintain the very high calibre in the sequel, The Shattered Dark. My concerns were unfounded - in fact, I think I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, maybe even more.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of The Shattered Dark. It was so addictive that I forfeited sleep to keep reading ‘just one more chapter’ and finished it in two days. I became more involved with the McKenzie, Aren and Kyol as their story continues and I was pulled into the Fae world that Ms Williams so vividly depicts. I am emotionally exhausted – it was heart-breaking, moving, powerful, inspiring, compelling, witty and unpredictable.

The plot was action-packed, with unexpected twists, painful betrayals, sizzling passion and strong, believable characters. Ms Williams has woven her magic again and I can’t wait to read the next book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recap packed Sequel 6 November 2012
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After I finished this book I can't help but be disappointed.. sigh. When I finished the first book a couple of weeks ago I was so excited. But its follow up was a serious let down.

The author spent too much time revisiting every single event and idea from the first book that by the time we actual got to a new or continued storyline I was more than half way done with book. I skipped a lot of paragraphs because it was just mind babble. Honestly, we could have just continued the first book. It would have caused for a stronger cliffhanger.

At least we learned more about Aren in this book. Nothing good though. We also still don't have a clear antagonist but Lena and Mckenzie might be close to figuring it out. Will I stick around to find out who it really is? TBD.

I feel bad for Aren though. I feel even worse for Kyol. Paige's character annoys me and I'm not sure why she is even at the forfront of the novel. Plus I now realize how uninteresting Mckenzie is. She has zero skills except for shadow reading which isn't that impressive as it used to be. She can't draw, fight, or figure out her love life. She has no fire. I rather the author follow Aren pov than Mckenzie at this point... Mckenzie is a pretty weak main character if you ask me. I don't get the book cover either. She has yet to wield a sword correctly.

2 1/2 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting. 3 January 2014
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I went into The Shattered Dark with some trepidation because I read various reviews that all mentioned the same thing…their dislike of the ending/cliffhanger.

The beginning started a bit slow. The story takes places two weeks after the events of the previous book; the rebels had successfully over thrown the previous fae King Atroth and secured the thrown for Lena. However, that doesn’t mean they have won. The rebels has to constantly keep watch for remnants attack on the Silver Palace and the high nobles still has to vote/agree on whether to make Lena the Queen.

Williams blew me away with her debut The Shadow Reader in 2011, and it was among my favorite books the year it came out. While I enjoyed The Shattered Dark, it was missing some of the sparks and excitement that I found in the first book. It pains me to say that The Shattered Dark suffered from second book syndrome; the story/plot didn’t really go anywhere and there was no characters development. I love McKenzie, and while she’s only human she does whatever it takes to survive. There were times when she step up in the story, and didn’t let sword wielding remnants or even the police deter her from escaping or inflicting serious bodily damage to the other person…but most of the time she was a damsel in distress that needed a lot of rescuing. She’s been with the rebels for awhile now; I’m a surprised no one thought to teach her some self-defense or to use a sword. I really wanted her to use a sword (like the one she keeps holding on the book covers). Well, she did use it but not correctly and Aren did give her a dagger but I don’t remember her using it. Another thing that bothered me was her repetitive internal thoughts. She kept thinking the same thing over and over the entire book; like her feelings for Aren and Kyol, wanting a normal life/job, and the guilt of leaving Paige behind at Bedfont house (mental asylum) in the past…basically she had a lot of regrets.

The story eventually picked up at end with more action but one that I have to admit was out of the blue. The majority of the book there wasn’t a lot happening and then in the last few chapters remnants invades the Silver palace through a Sidhe Tol, but readers aren’t given any answers as to why or who (I doubt it is Caelar idea)? Then there’s that cliffhanger ending everyone was talking about. My initial reaction was ‘that sucks’; I wasn’t shocked at all. I love Aren and for the ending to happen as it did really stinks for him; as for Kyol not so much love there anymore…not because of what he did at the end but because he was passive in his affection for Mckenzie (or lack of; also I don’t even know if it is appropriate to say this is a love triangle) at the end of book one and this entire book; for him to say he loves McKenzie and did what he did was crap. If you love someone; you don’t ignore them or give them the cold shoulder. Ever.

To be clear; I didn’t hate The Shattered Dark but I didn’t love it either. I guess I had really high expectations for this book because I love the first one sooo much. I just pray that the next book is better and that Williams find a solution to the dilemma at the end of The Shattered Dark.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Book. Leaves Me Wanting Next Installment 28 February 2013
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The Shattered Dark was one of those books that I was putting off reading because I knew the characters would be put through so much (because it's the type of series that waits until the end for the characters to get their HEA's) and I honestly didn't know if I could take it. I will say that once started, it was almost impossible for me to put the book down. It was very fast paced and drew me right into the world again.

The Shattered Dark picks up just a couple of weeks after The Shadow Reader. The rebels have overthrown and killed the former Fae king and are now trying to convince the other court Fae's that they are right in their move to the throne. There's a lot of fighting going on in this book and it's hard to know who to trust and who is going to switch sides. Mckenzie has returned to her apartment to pick up some of her things, when she discovers that her friend Paige has been taken. Determined to get her back, Paige knows it will be difficult, but she's torn because she doesn't want to draw anyone away from the main fight seeing that the rebels need all the Fae help they can get.

As I said this was a very fast paced book. Mckenize continues to be a character that I really like. She's a human in a Fae world. She the weaker person in a world where beings can heal, summon fire, or creat illusion among many other things. Yet she's held her own quite successfully. Even when she's out numbered and out powered she still fights with everything she has. She's also not too rash. She thinks about the things she does. Her friend Paige has been taken, yet she doesn't just throw herself into the fray, she takes back-up and is as careful as she can be, but when needed she steps up. She's a great female character.

I'm not really a fan of love triangles. Sandy Williams really set up a different protocol for the love triangle with the first book and she continued to follow her pattern. Mckenzie had been in love with Kyol for ten years, being that Fae / human relationships are looked down upon by most Fae he never fully acknowledged his feelings for her. In the first book she meets Aren and she comes to find out that even though he was the rebel leader he still is a good man. She comes to see that in him and she falls for him. Aren and Mckenzie go through a lot in this book. They both need and want time to figure out their feelings fully, but neither of them get it with all the fighting going on, and in between the fighting the personal stuff gets complicated. It may be the first book where I really don't have a preference as to who Mckenzie should end up with. If she decided she didn't want either man, I would be ok with that too.

I'm glad there will be a third (and final?)book in the series. Williams ended the book with a solid ending, but there were still a few loose ends that can definitely be tied up with another book. I look forward to finding out where Mckenzie will be taken next.
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamechanger Ending 21 March 2016
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The Shattered Dark picks up pretty much right where The Shadow Reader leaves off. McKenzie heads back to her place for a few things and discovers that her best friend Paige is gone. As in someone has made a mess of her apartment gone. So of course she has to go after her.

McKenzie in this book was still the same feisty heroine that she was in the first one. She is now in a relationship with Aren (this is not a spoiler- it is in the blurb). The relationship is completely adorable! He really is the guy for her. Strong, loyal, and most importantly able to put up with McKenzie. She is not difficult, but she definitely has some relationship issues. Which is understandable, she did wait 10 years for a guy. This is a relationship in which I can totally get behind- they really are cute together.

The action in this one seems ramped up a step. I love the politics of it all, and enjoyed watching Lena grow as a queen. Lorn, a shady character to begin with adds an extra sense of huh to the book. I feel completely bad for Kyol through out the entire book. Until the end- then I was just mouth open did that really just happen.

I pretty much loved this book that is until the end. Talk about a gamechanger event. Talk about a serious what the heck? moment. Followed by a really did that just happen? Then I remembered that I get to start the next book right away and so I stopped freaking out. Calmly went to bed and thought, McKenzie I will get caught up with you in the morning.

4.0 out of 5 stars Tons of twists! 16 September 2015
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This is the first book I've read in a while with tons of plot twists I didn't see coming! Every scene was a new bound of suspense and a different challenge. It stated a bit slow for me- not in terms of action but in terms of stakes bc the MC has a friend kidnapped but it was a friend who wasn't developed much in the first book, so I didn't feel invested. However, the author used memories of the characters' odd and interesting first meeting to draw me in. Plus, she cleverly placed these semi flashbacks after the MC had been hurt in suspense scenes so it would draw out the tension.

The boom finished up with a super crazy twist that sets things up for a really painful third book. This author is really reinvigorating the love triangle idea by taking it in new directions. However I will say the very last scene selection was fairly anticlimactic.

Overall, a fast and enthralling read and I will be snatching up the next in series.