The Shadow Reader
The Shadow Reader
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Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.
A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. For just as long, she's been in love with Kyol, the king's sword-master--and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.
Any hope for a normal life is shattered when she's captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has to decide once and for all whom to trust--and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
I first discovered Sandy Williams' books through the Kennedy Rain series. When I discovered she had written more series, I was thrilled! And this series did not disappoint. The first book begins the story of McKenzie - a shadow reader - who can read shadows left behind by fae who portal to new locations. She can use these shadows to identify the location at the other end of the portal. McKenzie has been using her talent for years to help the fae King track rebel forces attempting to overthrow his reign. Unbeknownst to McKenzie, she has become a dangerous enemy of the rebels who decide to kidnap and kill her. Aren, one of the heads of fae rebel forces, decides to possibly spare her life as he shows her the truth behind the rebellion.
This book is a page-turner and very well written. McKenzie has the spirit of a fighter we all hope we would be in her situation. Aren is an intriguing character and I could not wait to see what he would do next. I highly recommend this book and the entire Shadow series. I have not been able to stop thinking about this one.
I LOVED this book! Sandy builds a world that is new and interesting with characters I really cared about.