Shadowspell (Faeriewalker) (A Faeriewalker Novel) Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Dana is not one of those heroines. Dana's emotional maturity and recklessness steadily deteriorate throughout the novel. By the end, I was flipping through pages muttering 'oh, for godsake grow up'.
I suspect that this author is a lot happier writing bdsm novels than she is writing for teens.
Given the price, don't bother. Even if you liked the first one, this one will just have you gnashing you teething.
Shadowspell gets off to a great start and from chapter two never really lets up on the intensity. I feel so bad for Dana a lot of the time because she doesn't have many people she can count on, everyone seems to have their own objectives and uses for her. But she's a strong girl too and I love how Dana does everything she can for those she cares about, even if it means putting herself at bigger risk.
I really enjoyed the addition of the Erlking and the Wild Hunt to this book. I admit that before hand I wasn't certain I would because of the suggestion that he would be after Dana's heart rather than her life. But actually the role he plays in the book works extremely well and the tension level rose instantly just from the mention of his name. I love the mythology employed to this series and the mystery that surrounds it all. Because Dana knows very little about her heritage still, so learning alongside her works very well for me. There is plenty of intrigue and a lot of questions in need of answers.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Dana Hathaway, already in hiding from the Queens of Faerie and any assassins they might send, is doing her best to stay as far away from the Wild Hunt as possible. Having witnessed their arrival in Avalon the last thing she wants is to meet this immortal Faerie. There are already enough people who wish her harm, she certainly doesn't need to add to that list, and especially someone as dangerous as the Erlking.
Ever since her arrival in Avalon Dana's luck has run out. Even heavily guarded and kept hidden underground with only limited ventures into town, she manages to run into the Erlking, and on more than one occasion.
Although seemingly coincidental, it quickly becomes apparent that Arawn is very interested in Dana, but his intentions aren't clear. Have the Queens of Faerie hired him to eliminate her as their biggest threat? Did her Aunt Grace play any role in his arrival? Or does he want to use Dana for his own purposes - for her Faeriewalker abilities that will allow him to gain back his power and assassinate the Queens?
One thing is for certain, as long as the Hunt is in Avalon Dana, and everyone she cares about, is not safe.
Shadowspell is the second book in the captivating Faeriewalker series. It continues a few weeks after the events in Glimmerglass in which Dana discovered that she had the rare ability to cross between the mortal world and the world of Faerie, bringing technology into Faerie and magic out. Her father has been protecting her to the best of his ability by keeping her hidden underground and monitored around the clock by bodyguards.
With only limited contact with her friend Kimber, even less with her "not" boyfriend Ethan and her defense trainer Keane, Dana is at her wits end. But that all changes with the arrival of the Erlking.
This second installment in the series surpasses the first book by leaps and bounds. The first few chapters re-introduce the reader to this series, giving the lay of the land, but once that's done, it just takes off.
The adventure in this book is tense and exciting, and Dana continues to be feisty, daring and courageous. Once again she has to be self-reliant in order to face her enemies, choose her battles and fight to protect those she cares about.
Written in the first person from Dana's perspective, the story has a nice and easy flow, only interrupted by Dana's wonderfully sarcastic thoughts and comments and by a few tantalizing scenes.
There are a number of stories in this genre that talk of the Erlking and the Wild Hunt, but author Jenna Black gives us a completely different angle on this theme and this character. While Arawn possesses all the nightmare qualities that can be expected of someone who lives for the chase and kill, he has a very enticing and alluring side to his personality, which leads to a rather intense encounter.
Although this is a sequel, readers will not get lost if they haven't read the first book. However reading the first book is recommended to get a better understanding of the characters.
Even though this doesn't end with readers hanging off the side of a cliff (maybe just approaching a precipice) there is so much more story to tell and questions that fans of this series will definitely want answered in the next book in the series, Sirensong.
My only problem with the series is Dana's love interest Ethan. He seems to be interested in Dana more for his own personal gain than anything else. Plus, I did not find him that likeable based on his actions in the previous book and continued in this book. However, it is nice that the author has Dana recognize these flaws in Ethan rather than have her be unquestioningly besotted with him. I have to admit I prefer Keane and will be interested to see what happens between him and Dana in future books.
I appreciate the idea of the Erlking and the danger he presents as an antagonist but, for me, it just didn't flow as smoothly as I would've liked and it certainly wasn't as believable. For example, let's ponder for a moment--A larger than life, powerful beyond measure, evil being that can not be killed rides into town and word on the street is he's out to kill me--a teenaged girl with no real powers of my own. What do I do? Oh, I know. I sneak out of the house at night with some boy to go to a birthday party. Then she makes a long list of huge, life altering mistakes.
Now, this is YA book and there has been a lot of conflict between teens and their parents concerning the teenagers ability to make intelligent decisions. So, here we have a book that clearly defines this teenager as ignorant as she can get. Is this really a statement that needs to be made?
It was also very hard for me to really implant myself into this world because of the redundancy. In quite literally every chapter we are reminded in some form or fashion that Dana's mom is a drunk, she had to raise herself, she doesn't know her father all that well, she has feelings for Ethan but he's a player, the fae are inhumanly gorgeous... oh and she hates that they love tea. I do not enjoy being constantly reminded of the same minuscule details.
Moms who are thinking of buying this for your daughters, it's just a stupid book. Every female in the book is a villain of some sort (though without any real authority except homicidal impulses), bar the best-friend character who exists only to talk about boys and tea. The main character spends all of her time being controlled by or lusting after various men. If we were scoring via Bechdel Test here, I think it'd rate a flat zero. And that's when we hit the real crap:
A major plot point hinges on the virginity of the main character. There's not any assurance that this will be the last attempted rape in the series. As the plot's been set up, it's legitimately a quick fix to just make the main character have sex with someone - I assume the author meant to use this as some sort of verbal chastity belt, causing drama when she WANTS to have sex with someone, but in the meantime? Truly, the most effective line of attack for an enemy would be to rape Dana. In fact, given that the only other option is to go up against an immortal warrior, it would be both a logical and relatively easy choice. Ugh.
But I think what bothers me most is that after being pinned against a wall and nearly raped in front of her friend, Dana just blithely continues on. No one talks to her about it, she spends the rest of the book worrying about the idiot boyfriend, the entire thing gets forgotten. Because it doesn't have to do with boys, the author just doesn't bother to give Dana any sort of reaction. This is completely insane.
I don't know what the fix is here, either. If your kid reads this, she might think it's perfectly natural or even ideal for a woman to have no reaction to a violent sexual attack (or worse, she might think that it's UNnatural to be shaken to your core). For any woman who's spent month or years jumping out of her skin at small subconscious reminders, this is infuriating. And that's why I've ignored any redeeming quality in the writing (the dialog's vapid, but teen-appropriate) to give this a single star. Because after the virginity plot point and having seen how the author handles an attempted rape, I have absolutely no faith that things will improve.