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The Shattered Dark [Format Kindle]

Sandy Williams
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“A fresh take on the fae, packed with suspense, surprises, and real moral dilemmas. Sexy and fun, this is a must for anyone who likes their fae modern, their stakes high, and their property damage extensive.”—Seanan McGuire, national bestselling author of the October Daye novels

“Combines top-notch writing and world-building with characters you’ll adore...and the star-crossed lovers may just break your heart. If you enjoy fae urban fantasy, then don't miss this splendid debut. Loved it. Can’t wait for the next book.”—Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Endgame

“Fantastically fun urban fantasy. One of the best debuts of the year…[it] checked off all my urban fantasy wish-list boxes and I can’t wait to read the sequel.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

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McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war between the fae.

With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.

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Lorsque j'ai découvert le tome 1, j'ai été emballé par l'univers et les personnages. L'auteur avait réussi à rendre le monde crédible et attractif pour ses lecteurs. L'intrigue était bien tenue, et comportait un bon équilibre d’évènements plus ou moins "positifs" et "négatifs". Par conséquent, j'attendais un peu l'auteur au tournant avec ce second tome. J'avais beaucoup d'attentes et c'est alors difficile pour un auteur de réussir à tenir le défi.

Pour l'histoire : le roi est tombé, et les rebelles tentent maintenant d'instauré la nouvelle monarchie. Mais cela ne va pas sans heurts, et ils se retrouvent maintenant dans la position qui était la leur il y a peu. Ils sont harcelé par ceux qui étaient favorables à l'ancien régime et refuse de reconnaître Lena comme une monarque potentielle.
McKenzie de son côté rêve de retrouver une vie normale, et espère obtenir un job à Las Vegas. Mais en même temps, elle ne peut abandonner les faes. Outre le fait qu'elle tienne à un certain nombre d'entre eux et qu'elle aimerait que leur monde soit en paix, elle est amoureuse d'Aren. Mais cela fait si peu de temps qu'ils se connaissent, et encore plus qu'ils soient du même côté, qu'elle a un peu peur de ses sentiments. Elle aimerait passé plus de temps avec lui, mais c'est l'une des personnes de confiance de Lena, par conséquent ils ont peu de temps ensemble.
Mais le pire est encore à venir : Paige, la meilleure amie de McKenzie, une humaine, a été enlevée par les faes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 faery fantasy 15 décembre 2013
Par sand
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Tome 2 des aventures de mackenzie, toujours plongée dans la rébellion des Fae. Le roi est mort, reste à aider Lena à prendre sa place. Entre Kyol et Aren, son coeur balance toujours. Très bon livre, original, où la romance n'est qu'une toile de fond.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a lot happens to advance the story or characters, but the ending is killer! 2 novembre 2012
Par AJ - Publié sur
McKenzie Lewis, a human with the highly sought after ability to track fae, is back and once again embroiled in the fae civil war. In THE SHATTERED DARK, there's not quite as much story development, but be prepared for non-stop action, intrigue, and a few bombshells that will leave you dying for book three.

While THE SHADOW READER was one of my best reads in 2011, unfortunately, THE SHATTERED DARK does fall into the trap that so many sequels do: not a lot happens to advance the story or characters. There are countless escape scenes after escape scenes that all tended to blur together. I also was let down by the complete standstill with the romance. The upheaval in THE SHADOW READER was so deliciously devastating that I was dying to see the fallout from McKenzie's choices, but it wasn't really there in THE SHATTERED DARK. McKenzie agonized internally about her past decisions without really making any new ones.

On the upside, the ending of THE SHATTERED DARK was excellent. All the big developments I'd been hoping for finally happened and they were absolutely worth waiting for. I'm right back to the dying-to-know-what-happens-next phase that the first book left me in. So while the majority of this book felt like it was stalling for time, the ending saved it. There are no details about the third McKenzie Lewis book, but look for it to hit stores in 2013.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Recap packed Sequel 5 novembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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After I finished this book I can't help but be disappointed.. sigh. When I finished the first book a couple of weeks ago I was so excited. But its follow up was a serious let down.

The author spent too much time revisiting every single event and idea from the first book that by the time we actual got to a new or continued storyline I was more than half way done with book. I skipped a lot of paragraphs because it was just mind babble. Honestly, we could have just continued the first book. It would have caused for a stronger cliffhanger.

At least we learned more about Aren in this book. Nothing good though. We also still don't have a clear antagonist but Lena and Mckenzie might be close to figuring it out. Will I stick around to find out who it really is? TBD.

I feel bad for Aren though. I feel even worse for Kyol. Paige's character annoys me and I'm not sure why she is even at the forfront of the novel. Plus I now realize how uninteresting Mckenzie is. She has zero skills except for shadow reading which isn't that impressive as it used to be. She can't draw, fight, or figure out her love life. She has no fire. I rather the author follow Aren pov than Mckenzie at this point... Mckenzie is a pretty weak main character if you ask me. I don't get the book cover either. She has yet to wield a sword correctly.

2 1/2 stars
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 NO NO NO!!!!! 17 avril 2013
Par jev - Publié sur
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Ms. Williams...What were you thinking?? The first book was amazing. The follow up needs to be as good if not better. McKenzie is a 26 year old woman, and yet acts like a child .The fact that 2 men love her just baffles me. I feel like i'm stuck in a crappy YA book where only kissing is allowed, and sex is forbidden. So glad i got this 1 from the library and not wasted my hard earned money. Don't know if i will waste my time on the 3rd one. But since this new Author only puts out 1 book a year, l'll have plenty of time to think about it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Every bit as good as the debut 30 octobre 2012
Par A Book Obsession.. - Publié sur
Now that the malicious king of the fae is out of the picture and the Rebels have taken over the palace, McKenzie had hoped to finally be able to get back to her normal human life. But she should have known better as the king's remaining loyal fae have brought them to civil war, and the Rebels need McKenzie's shadow reading skills more than ever. Those skills give her the ability to track the fae's moments, an incredibly rare and coveted gift, at least by the fae that is. McKenzie used to wish she could give it all up and just be a normal girl, but that may have changed now that the Rebel Aren has caught her heart. Together, they are sucked further into the war, with the fate of the Realm seeming to rest on their shoulders. One wrong move and everything they worked so hard to gain could come crumbling down in an instant bringing death and destruction to everyone she

In this genre, most books seem to either have a high focus on the action and the emotional aspects being a much smaller backdrop, or the reverse with the emotion being in the forefront and the action taking a back seat. Then there are some books where things are a little more balanced, but things aren't quite pulled off well enough to keep the reader sucked in consistently. The Shattered Dark is one of those books that strives for balance, but where many books fail, it succeeded. In between bouts of heart pounding action the emotional aspects of the book left me staggering. Despite my grumblings about being put through an emotional ringer, these are the types of books that leave a lasting impression, and The Shattered Dark is no exception.

While reading The Shattered Dark, I found myself in position that I am rarely in, as I cannot seem to decide between the two men in McKenzie's life. Typically I choose a guy early on, and barring him finding a way to royally screw up, I don't change my mind. However, in this case, I just can't seem to pick between the two and it has me rather torn, even if McKenzie seems to have largely made up her mind. Granted, I don't think her decision is as cut and dry as she thinks it is due to some of the circumstances that happen in this book, but only time will tell. That being said, I am much more impressed with the McKenzie in this book rather than the one we met at the beginning of the first book. She has come so incredibly far in her maturity, it's astounding. She no longer blindly follows, but takes the time to seriously weigh her decisions before she makes them. Of course, she still has that fierce loyalty that endeared me to her, but this time she's aligned herself for the right reasons making that loyalty even stronger as she thoroughly proved in The Shattered Dark.

I have to admit that while the large part of this book was solid five star material, the beginning was rather rocky, just keeping me from giving it that perfect rating. It's just that things were rather chaotic as the story was branching out in several different directions before I had a real handle on anything. However, after a few chapters, and once the opening plot threads were settled in and everything became more clear, I was thoroughly hooked. While the ending wasn't really a cliffhanger, it still left things in a place that I am desperate to see what happens next as there are so many possibilities now it's amazing. Every bit as good as the debut, The Shattered Dark is an impressive read that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. Trust me, run, do not walk to your nearest bookstore and snatch this puppy up. You won't regret it.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sadly, a big disappointment! 26 novembre 2012
Par BookFever - Publié sur
Wow. I never thought I would say this, but The Shattered Dark was the most disappointing read for me this year.
I want to start of by saying that I eagerly awaited this book, and I recommended Shadow Reader, the first book in the series, to basically everyone that was looking for a good fantasy read.
Although the love triangle involving Aren and Kyol became a bit tedious at times, I loved Sandy Williams' story about fae and their shadow reader McKenzie, and I wanted to see how the story continued.
The Shattered Dark takes off right where the first book left off, and the driving force behind the plot was Paige's abduction by the former court fae, now called "remnants." Paige was McKenzie's best friend, and that was about all I remembered about her from the first book. Thus, I didn't know enough about Paige to actually care for her character, so the story never quite managed to draw me in.
I felt no urgency to save Paige, and McKenzie's journey hops from one boring scene to another, introducing subplots that honestly couldn't hold my interest at all. I seriously contemplated not finishing this book, but then pushed myself to get to the "heart-wrenching" ending that other reviewers kept mentioning.
According to my e-reader, The Shattered Dark was roughly 300 pages, and the last 5 pages were the only interesting pages in the book. I was so exhausted by the time I made it to the ending, that I honestly just didn't care.
While reading, I found myself liking McKenzie less and less as the heroine, and her 14-day relationship with Aren just didn't resonate with me. It seemed more like a teenage infatuation, and I kept thinking that Kyol would probably be better off without her, which is not how I felt after finishing the first book.
The Shattered Dark focuses mainly on McKenzie and Aren, leaving Kyol only a few scenes here and there.
Depending on which team you're on, you may or may not like that aspect of the book.
To be honest, the author should have skipped this book altogether and jumped right into the third one, but somehow I doubt that I'll pick up any further installments.
No disrespect to the author, but this was a big disappointment for me.
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