After entering a few dozen Goodreads giveaways, and several blog contests, I finally won one!

Thanks to Jennifer M. Eaton for hosting the giveaway, and of course Jocelyn Adams for writing and giving away a copy of her book, Rise of the Magi.

This is book two, Shadowborn, which I am reviewing in my usual brief fashion. You ought to do everything you can to reward authors for giving away books, right? Because free books!



3 star

Someone has summoned the Shadowborn, assassins that begin a hunt by ripping out an army of souls from their victims. And after they’re done, they’re coming after Lila Gray, reluctant Queen of the Seelie.

Her personal life isn’t any less complicated–her love, Liam Kane, Unseelie King, is holding something back. And it can’t be a good secret, considering how much their two kingdoms hate each other–which makes the task Lila’s mother gave her, to reunite the kingdoms, seem impossible.

Even if she can defeat the shadow assassins–and how do you kill the incorporeal?–she’s left with the problem of which of her enemies summoned them.

The romance develops nicely, though all involved make some incredibly poor decisions–the kind that create conflict for the book, but you can’t see how anyone would think they’re a good idea. Lila can waver a little annoyingly at times, but shows a steel backbone at the right moments. This book has enough problems solved to make me hopeful for the third and final book to have a happy ending, though I’m sure Lila will have to work pretty hard for it.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

4 responses »

  1. annamaries22 says:

    Free books! Who doesn’t love free books to read.

  2. Marcia says:

    Sounds interesting. Did you like Book 1?

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