Shadow Reader, Book 3
Synopsis: Torn between two worlds.
Torn between two lives.
McKenzie Lewis’s ability to read the shadows has put her—and …those she loves—in harm’s way again and again. The violence must end, but will the cost of peace be more devastating than anyone ever imagined?
After ten years of turmoil, the life McKenzie has always longed for may finally be within her grasp. No one is swinging a sword at her head or asking her to track the fae, and she finally has a regular—albeit boring—job. But when a ruthless enemy strikes against her friends, McKenzie abandons her attempt at normalcy and rushes back to the Realm.
With the fae she loves and the fae she’s tied to pulling her in different directions, McKenzie must uncover the truth behind the war and accept the painful sacrifices that must be made to end it. Armed with dangerous secrets and with powerful allies at her side, her actions will either rip the Realm apart—or save it.
Review: I was waiting for the release of this book since the end of the second volume. It must be said that many things happened there and we could only wait to see what would happen now. Then adding to that, this third volume closes the trilogy of the adventures of McKenzie. We can therefore only be curious to see what the author had in store for us in this last volume.
Our young heroine can finally lead a normal life in her world as she had always wanted, except that it is now no longer her desire, and it is difficult for her to get used to this routine so tasteless. Moreover, her link to Kyol is quite complicated to bear by its multiple consequences. In fact, she can feel his emotions, what he is doing at all times and has feelings that she hoped to forget. Of course, it is the same for him and it is even more difficult because while he can happen to control himself, it’s not the case for McKenzie. But if only it was just that, but Aren constantly avoids her and does not understand that she loves him and not the man with whom she is bounded to. But letting him accept this fact seems impossible with such an unfailing determination. Thing that irritates our heroine at the highest point! Personal life aside, the fae realm is upside down since Lena tries to become queen. Nothing seems easy and everyone seems to want to kill her or usurp her place. Many nobles refuse to approve her and rebels stand with a « king » that everyone is trying to discover the identity. Yet it was a real surprise when I learned who he really is.
I was completely blown away by this story! It’s awesome, fantastic, exciting, and just amazing. Yes, to this point! When I think that I was anxious to read it because I was a little scared to see how it was going to be in this last novel… What a mistake, I completely and undeniably loved the story from beginning to end. It therefore took me a few hours to finish it. This is an explosive mixture of action, conspiracies, magic and excitement! Oh yes, and full of emotions! I did not cry, no, but my little heart has struggled many times. McKenzie will face a lot of things and I admit that I am really impressed by her will and determination. Whether her moments with Kyol or Aren , the whole is always filled with intense emotions that mark us. Sandy Williams perfectly manages to make us feel a range of emotions in a short time, either joy or sadness. But my heart has been broken more than once at the thought of what McKenzie was going to endure. She has a lot of courage throughout the novel and despite her pain, she will have to make decisions that could change her life forever, and yet she can not always do what she wants, but rather what is important to do.
To conclude, I must say that if you do not know the series, you really miss something and I can only advise you to read it. This is one of the best trilogies I have ever read and I know it is sometimes difficult to have so much in three volumes. But the world that Sandy Williams has created as her ideas are completely unique and we take a great pleasure in discovering everything. McKenzie has evolved tremendously through each volume to become a great woman as well as the two men in her life. I would never have imagined how her world would change but everything is beautifully done. It’s definitely a must read!