Shadowspell by Jenna Black
Jenna Black
St. Martin's Griffin
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  CMy
Sometimes people place fear in others, when really they should fear themselves. Dana Hathaway has finally got some order to her life and can now come and go from her hideout fairly easily without too much hassle, but when the Erlking and his posse come to town, all of that changes. Her father fears that the Erlking was sent by the Courts to eliminate Dana and has more or less set her on lockdown unless she necessarily has to leave, taking at least two bodyguards with her. When the Erlking saves Dana from the clutches of her dear, evil aunt Grace and her hiree, she begins to wonder if he isn't out to hurt her after all, but when he tricks Ethan, Dana's sort of boyfriend, into attacking him and then takes him as his slave, Dana is without a doubt confused. She has no idea what he wants from her, but she knows that she must get Ethan back, but what Dana doesn't realize is how dangerous it can be to bargain with the Erlking.

The second installment in the Fairewalker series, Shadowspell, was an enjoying read and had me guessing as to what was come throughout the entire novel. Although I enjoyed reading Shadowspell, I probably would have enjoyed the story more if the setting was not located all around the same area throughout the entire novel; it made for less intrigue because the main character did not really go anywhere besides her safehouse and a little around town. I was captivated by the overall appeal of the new main character, the Erlking, which the author, Jenna Black, added to the story; scenes that included him always kept my attention and made the plotline much more interesting. Surprised by how much Dana had grown as a person overall, I was overjoyed to see that she had definitely matured. The author did well with creating interesting details and adding surprises through-out, which really helped the flow of the story. The second novel in the riveting Fairewalker Series, Shadowspell, was just as satisfying as the first and leaves off at a perfect place for a promising continuation in the third.

There was a small amount of inappropriate language as well as sexuality and sexual references and suggestions.

Reviewer Age:17

Reviewer City, State and Country: Upper Strasburg, PA USA

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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  MDG
After it's discovered that Dana is a Faeriewalker, one who can bring magic into the human world and human technology into the Faerie world, she is the target of both assasins and abductors. Her father, an important Fae politician, keeps her under lock and key, and she can't go anywhere without a bodyguard. Naturally, however, Dana still manages to get into trouble, which culminates when she meets the Erlking and his Huntsmen. The Erlking, whose pleasure in life is to hunt mortals and Faeries, wants Dana's powers and will do anything to get them. Will Dana be able to outwit the Erlking, or is she just another pawn in this game of politics and court intrigue?

I was so excited to get my hands on Shadowspell because I absolutely adored its predecessor, Glimmerglass. I'm not a big fan of fantasy, but this series is really good. Dana, the main character, is only part Faerie, so she acts like a normal human teenager and thinks like my friends and I do. Regardless of her human characteristics, she is still a very strong and courageous character, and even when she gets herself into sticky situations, she is still willing to figure out how to save the day. A lot of the mayhem involves a new character, the Erlking. I really liked the parts with him because he is evil but actually seems pretty nice sometimes. It is an interesting dichotomy. All in all, I really enjoyed Shadowspell and I think all fans of fantasy will agree. I'm also excited to see what happens to Dana in the next book, Sirensong.

Reviewer Age:19

Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States


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