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- Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 28mm | 249g
- Publication date: 1 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: California
- ISBN 10: 0312575947
- ISBN 13: 9780312575946
- Sales rank: 34,608
On top of spending most of her time in a bunker-like safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the devastatingly handsome Erlking and his followers known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite, immortal powers, and striking good looks the Erlking has been long been the nightmare of Faerie, the Fae realm. A fragile treaty, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the only thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. He can only hunt there with a Faerie Queen's permission. Which means Dana's in trouble, since it's common knowledge that the Faerie Queens want her, and her rare Faeriewalker powers, dead. The smouldering and sexy Erlking's got his sights set on Dana, but does he seek to kill her, or is there something else he has in mind?
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Jenna Black graduated from Duke University with degrees in anthropology and French. A full time writer of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Visit her online at www.jennablack.com.
By Amanda 21 Nov 2011
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
First off, I'd like to say that I didn't like this as much as I loved the first. I can't exactly tell you why, I guess it's just because I liked the plot better in the first book? I did like this one, though. I really liked it. It seemed like not a lot happened. I really liked Black's add in of the Erkling, it really added a lot in. I was wondering what would happen without her aunt Grace around, though she did appear in this one, just not a lot.
I was hoping to get more Ethan, and I got it. I really like Ethan, but at times I really want her to be with Keane. I like Keane. I also liked Dana a bit more in the sequel than I did in the first book. She's grown up a bit in a short period of time and she was a little less whiny in this one than I thought she was in the first book.
Overall, I can't wait to read the third book. I'll most likely be picking it up as soon as I can from the library. Jenna is a great writer and I want to pick up another one of her series soon. This is definitely a book you want to pick up if you like fae. It's very unique.
By TeensReadToo 07 Apr 2011
Did you absolutely love GLIMMERGLASS like I did? Were you anxiously awaiting the sequel? Well, the sequel has arrived, and like GLIMMERGLASS, SHADOWSPELL does not disappoint.
SHADOWSPELL introduces the reader to a new complication in Dana Hathaway's life, the Erlking. The Erlking is the leader of the Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt is a gang of sorts, held together by the Erlking's power. Both Avalon and Faerie fear him, but a secret pact between the Queens of Faerie and the Erlking prevent him from killing randomly.
Dana is in more danger than ever with the arrival of the Erlking. Dana's father realizes that Dana's Faeriewalker powers could make the Erlking invincible. So, Dana is whisked away to a safe house in the mountains. Her location is kept secret even from her friends Ethan and Kimber.
As the story unfolds, on a fateful day out chaperoned by both Finn and her father, Dana and Kimber find themselves at a tea shop. Ethan appears, trying to get Dana to talk to him after Kimber's birthday party. But the Erlking has other plans and strategically plays Ethan, landing Ethan in the Wild Hunt.
Dana is determined to free Ethan from the Erlking's pact, but it may cost her more than she realizes. No one has ever been released from the Wild Hunt, and Dana learns she has a brother that got sucked into the Hunt, as well.
I totally hate to be left dangling at the end of a story! Nothing is resolved with the Erlking, and Dana has much to consider as time goes by! SHADOWSPELL started out a little slowly for me, but as soon as the Erlking makes his appearance, there is no stopping the pace of the story. Ms. Black knows exactly what she is doing as she builds the story to the crescendo with Dana's meeting with the Erlking. She keeps her aim true by focusing the story solidly on Dana and her actions. There are plenty of other exciting characters in the story, but Dana is the star, and Ms. Black doesn't lose sight of that.
When you get to the final page, you will just have to wait until July 2011 for book three of the series, SIRENSONG. I have no doubt it will be just as amazing!
By CSY 03 Feb 2011
The way Jenna Black weaved her story is very capturing. I was reading the book and refused to let it down until I finished reading it. And when I finally did, I couldn't believe that I finished another book!! I mean, please quickly release the new book~~ I need to know what happened!!