Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

Hi people, it's Yaz here and today I'm reviewing Sandy Williams debut book, a fun, action packed, emotionally charged adventure.  I was intrigued when I saw the blurb for this on Goodreads and bought and read it the same day - any book that grips me so much that I stay up half the night reading is a keeper for me.

Goodreads blurb

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.

My Review

McKenzie is a human woman with a talent that makes her invaluable to the fae. Not only does she have the second sight which enables her to see through Fae glamour, she is a Shadow Reader, which means that when a fae teleports, she can map where that fae has traveled to. 

King Atroth recruited her when she was barely sixteen and ten years later she is still called upon.  Determined to lead a normal life,  which is not possible when Fae are popping in unexpectedly wherever she goes,  and it's affecting her life, her family thinks she's crazy, her school is running out of patience with her, and her crush on Kyol Taltrayn, the King’s sword-master, is going nowhere.  But when McKenzie is abducted everything she thought she knew is turned upside down and she doesn't know who to trust.

Mckenzie unlike most urban fantasy heroines isn't strong, brave or amazingly powerful, she's just a normal girl who happens to have a talent for tracking.  She relies on her wits to help her escape rather that her powers and manages to keep her head when all around everyone is losing theirs.  

I'm not normally fond of love triangles but this was so well done and the characters so real that it didn't bother me at all, I found both Kyol and Aren intriguing and the romance was built gradually that it felt natural, though I do admit the end felt a bit 50s love scene.  Apart from a few minor niggles which are barely worth mentioning as I was having too much fun reading, I found The Shadow Reader a enjoyable book and look forward to reading more from this author.


  1. Excellent review now I have yet another book for my tbr list.

  2. Claire, you can never have too many books. ;)