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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dancing with Shadows

I know it's been like a day since I finished Fragile Eternity, but I'm already done with Radiant Shadows.  Muwahahahahahaha!  Ha ha! Ha. Ha... okay I shall stop now.  Onto the review!

Synopsis:
Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.
Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

Review:  Wow.  That is seriously all I can think to say.  And possibly fantastic.  Amazing.  Utterly delectable.  I could go on.   I literally devoured this book in a day.  Less than a day.  Okay so like a couple hours tops.  I just could not put it down!  Radiant Shadows unlike the previous books had some serious hard core intrigue, deceit, darkness, and oh ya lots of fighting.  As the characters are thrown deeper and deeper into the Dark Court, you can't help but want to be consumed by the darkness as well.  If there was a fanclub for the Dark Court, believe me I'd be a member. 

I knew the moment I read about Devlin in Fragile Eternity that I was going to adore him.  He's stoic, seemingly emotionless, and carries out orders brutally.  He is Sorcha's Bloodied Hands, and yet he is not solely hers to command as the queen thinks.  He has secretly defied her wishes over the centuries, and sees that she has been corrupted by emotion.  He once spared Ani's life when ordered to kill her, and wants to stay out of her life.  When sent to the mortal world by orders of the Queen he just can't stay away.  Ani's unbridled passion, her fierceness, and protectiveness towards the ones she loves has him entranced as soon as he lays eyes on her. 

The assassin of the High Court is in for more than he bargained for.  Ani, half human half fey, is an anomaly herself.  She is able to feed off of the emotions of both faeries and humans just like the Dark Court.  Yet she has the strength, speed, and the skin hunger of the Hounds.  By feeding off of someone's emotions and skin she could kill them within seconds.  Ani is frightened of her powers and the fact that they seem to be increasing with time.  Afraid to get too close to anyone in case she hurts them, she focuses on trying to help save the Dark Court.  Even if that means subjecting herself to experiments on herself and  her blood. 

As Bananach grows stronger by the minute, Sorcha becomes more and more corrupted by her newfound mortal emotions and her protectiveness of Seth.  Faerie soon slips into decay as Sorcha refuses to stay connected.  Devlin and Ani find themselves in a race against time to stay out of Bananach's clutches and to knock some sense into Sorcha.  If they fail, then Faerie falls as well. 

I simply loved everything about this book.  The more pronounced bit of darkness, the fighting, Ani and the hounds, Devlin, Bananach's evil plans, more Devlin.  Oh and did I mention Devlin?  Hmm yes I believe I did.  And of course the whole love/hate thing going on between Niall and Iri.  Just gah!  Will they just admit that they love each other already?!  Dark, delectable, and dangerous!  That pretty much sums up this amazing novel! 

3 comments:

~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ said...

I agree!~ I love love love this book. And seriously you have to get Stopping time its on amazon ect

Ky said...

OMG! GRR! I cannot believe it is not on 4shared. com! >.< Darn it!

Sara said...

Awesome review! Haha your hilarious :D