Title: Shadow City
Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis
Series: A Horngate Witches Book #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release date: January 2012
WOULD YOU SURVIVE IF A GOD CHOSE YOU FOR SPECIAL SERVICE?
The world is falling apart. The magical apocalypse has come. Now is the time to guard the covenstead against both raiders and refugees. But Max has been stolen by a powerful demi-god who is determined to force her to find a way to use a magical power she never knew she had—even if it kills her. Meanwhile, back in Horngate, a Fury is birthing. When the creature breaks free of the fragile bonds that enclose her, her rage will scour the covenstead from the earth.
Max finds herself in the Shadow City, a place of mysteries and magic, where she must battle for her freedom or become a slave to creatures of dreadful greed and power. Back in Horngate, Alexander must swallow his anger and pride if he hopes to defeat the Fury, a creature that no one has ever successfully fought before.
In the end, it will be courage, friendship, faith and loyalty that win the day. Or else so one will live to see tomorrow.
Shadow City is the third book in the Horngate Witches series, starting were the second book left off. What initially drew me into this series was the excellent world-building, not to mention such rough-edge, angst filled characters. The first two books immediately landed on my keeper shelf. This third book departed a little from the series, inviting new characters and a new dimension to the world-building.
I’m a huge fan of Max and Alexander, so I was a little disappointed they spent the majority of the book apart. Despite that, each character was so fascinating, they captured my attention and kept me glued to the pages. I had to know what happened next! The fight scenes were pure, innovative Max and brought back what I loved so much in the first two books. Sadly, the romance, when mentioned at all, was so fleeting that I was disappointed. The ending left a few surprise twists that will keep me anxiously waiting for the next book to see what trouble finds them next and how they will manage to survive. Shadow City is next to the other two books in the series, nestled on my keeper shelf.
I would recommend reading this series in order to get the greatest impact. There are a lot of characters to keep straight and a number of underlining plot strings that might be missed if read as a standalone.
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