It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…
Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…
Jenna Black creates a very interesting and unique Faery world. Here, Avalon exists as a city in England which is a combined city of mortals and Fae, much like Vatican city.Everyone knows about Faery and Avalon seems more like Disneyland where everyone wants to go once and visit. As I said, pretty new and unique and honestly I found it quite funny!
Dana is a rare half-breed with a human mother and an old Faery father whom she has never seen in her life. Her mother is a ralcoholic and Dana grows up having to take care of her mother instead of being just a child that enjoys childhood. One day, she decides to leave her mother to live with her father in Avalon.
Half-breeds are rare and apparently they are powerful ( Dana has no clue about this) so everyone tries to take advantage of her once she entered Avalon. She’s kidnapped and then her journey begins – who to trust?
I had to remind me a few times that Dana is 16 and still a teenager although she wants to be so very mature – she obviously is not. I’m used to much stronger characters in YA fiction that I was a bit annoyed by her immature behavior sometimes, but then I reminded myself that she’s 16 and has a right to be like this.
She meets two possible love interests ( what would be a story like this without love?) Ethan and Kean. I couldn’t figure Ethan out to be honest. He’s trying to help her, to protect her and she’s immediately totally swoon over him. We don’t have “love at first sight, finding the soul mate in the first two pages” but the romance they develop was quite lacking. Ethan is very hard to figure out, which is good and just makes him more interesting.
In summary, the plot is interesting and has a great potential, the main character Dana missed some deepness and development. But overall, a fun and nice read and I will definitely read the next book!!
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 high hopes when starting Shadowspell. I really liked the premise of the storyline and I wanted to see where the story goes. I wasn’t disappointed!! I found myself turning pages and pages to see what happens.
I also loved Dana much more than in the first book, I found her truly brave and a strong person the one we saw glimpses in the first book. She has to tiptoe around in Avalon since everyone wants a piece of her. And not everyone wants a nice piece of her..some people simply want to see her dead. Yet, she’s not running away screaming, she has backbone enough to try and fight!
There are some twists and turns I truly didn’t expect which made the book even more enthralling. I found myself sometimes takes a deep breath not having a single idea how that could turn out good in the end!
Well, this is what a good story needs, don’t you think?
I truly liked Ethan now so much more and I might have judged him wrong in the last book .
As I said in my Glimmerglass Review I thought that the story has great potential and Shadowspell didn’t disappoint me here. I really enjoyed reading this sequel and found it funny and intriguing. Also, I see now much more in Dana and I’m excited to read the next novel!!