Thursday, October 25, 2012

Shadow City by (Horngate Witches #3) Diana Pharaoh Francis

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.
This is the third in the series. You really have to have read the second book to really get this one. Mostly because several threads that were left open are finished in this book. So, at least read #2 and #3 in order. Yes, I'm reading in order. Aren't you proud? ;)

In this book we alternate between 2 worlds. One where Max is fighting unusual magical beings in a world full of shadow. This is the main thread that was left open in the first book. The second world we are with her beloved Alexander and their new threat, an awakening fury. This problem is also connected to the last book, but no thread was left open. We just are discovering this problem now. I have to say that I really enjoyed the way the worlds flipped from one chapter to another. You were never left with a dull moment. When one winds down, the other picks up. So, for those who hate lulls, might really enjoy this one. Of course everyone comes together in the end but in ways I didn't expect. There is also a lot of character growth for more than our main heroine, Max. Some of the secondary characters grow quite a bit as well.

I want to quickly mention the different magical dogs presented in this book. They were so much fun and those of you who like intelligent puppy dogs will enjoy this one. Hey, they are large puppies (okay, deadly puppies...) but you know that they got to me and had me enjoying this tale (tail! *snort*) all the more. :)

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed my time within the two worlds. It was so much fun and quite a bit of action. I recommend this book to those that really enjoy an adventurous UF book.
I received this book from Pocket Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Books in order:


  1. I think I need to try this series now! Why don't I have more time? it's horrible. I'm so proud of you, in order? It's always so difficult, mainly when you were a perfect example for me lol.

  2. Hmm, I like the way you make this book sound! I like a good fantasy magic book. And you know what, I like magic animal in the book. Like a dog that gives advice or sarcastic comments. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I love magical animals too. :) Oh I think you might like this one. It's romance light but still has it in there.

  3. Sounds like a good series to try. A magic dog is always a bonus in a book series.

  4. I would read this for the magical dogs alone:) Any books that feature puppies is a winner in my mind! I also love stories where the characters grow by leaps and bounds as their journey progresses, so I'm thinking this might be a good series for me! I'll be sure to start with book one:)

  5. I think a certain person needs book 1..and that would be me ;)

  6. I love magical dogs! I have been spending a lot of time with Oberon as of late so I need a new fix of pooches!

  7. Oh, this sounds like a series I need to check out! Magical dogs sound awesome!

  8. Hmm, do think I need these. I believe the first is on the want list already, but I'll have to make sure. :) Thank you!

  9. WHOA! There is a witch series that I am not aware of---how did this happen? I mean seriously how did it happen. I am going to have my Team Witch Captain title taken away :)

  10. This series is on my wishlist, time to get it to the buy next list!


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