Written by Jenna Black
Published January, 2011 by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Faeries, Fantasy
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On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm.
A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?
I had heard Shadowspell was better than its predecessor, Glimmerglass. Like so many times before, my opinion seems to go against the majority. Shadowspell was just the same (if not worse) than the first and I found myself struggling to get through the stupidity of the lead character, Dana. The second half of the book was better – if not entirely ridiculous at the same time!
I like to thing that the Faeriewalker series suffers from ‘Hush, Hush’ syndrome. The books are like a train-wreck, and you’re uncomfortable watching but somehow you just can’t look away. I’ll advise you now – don’t read these books unless you know 100% you’re going to love them or you’ll be sucked in like me and so many other readers. While I don’t particularly enjoy my reading experiences with the Faeriewalker series, the gorgeous covers and ridiculous scenarios make me want to find out what’s going to happen next.
Another thing Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and the Faeriewalker series have in common is a completley ridiculous ‘heroine’. I say that lightly because Dana is in NO WAY the dictionary definition of the term. She’s stupid and unable to make correct decisions. I wanted to hit myself over the back of the head so many times with my copy of the book. I thought after Glimmerglass she’d somehow ‘wisen up’, but alas, it wasn’t to be. Dana is even more stupid (if that’s possible) this time around.
A big talking point in reviews for this book is the ‘agreement’ made between the Erlking and Dana. Oh, lord. I won’t go into it because it will spoil a whole lot – but let’s just say I stared open mouthed at the pages. What on Earth? Totally wasn’t expecting these books to take a turn in that direction, but whatever.
As much as I can rant about these books -there is (also like Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick) something that keeps me reading them. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, or maybe I just want to see where this train wreck finally settles… but Sirensong is coming out soon and somehow the synopsis (heh) is sparking my interest. Though my expectations for Dana’s intelligence aren’t getting any higher, I think I’ll pick it up only to see where this story goes.
The handful of redeeming characters (Kimber, Keane and Finn) sadly took a turn for the worst in this one, too – especially Keane, who *gasp* may have feelings for Dana! I don’t know what’s so damned irresistable about her, but that’s another point of anger I won’t go into. The climaxes of the ‘battles’ and ‘major problems’ also prove to be lackluster and quite laughable. I swear the villains have no crafty plots to think about.
I’m giving this book a 3 star based on a few factors: pretty cover, fast-paced last few chapters (though irksome in some ways) and even though dwindling in respect: Kimber, Keane and Finn. This book was seriously in the red zone for a 2-star rating for quite some time.
Recommended to: I don’t feel right recommending these books to anyone. Instead I’ll issue you a warning: DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE COVERS!