New friends. Old enemies. Who can you trust? Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, this is the second book in a compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance. Now, Wynter Moorehawke finds herself alone for the first time in her life, caught up in confusing formalities and politics very different to life back at court. It seems that every tyrant or bully who has ever threatened the kingdom is sending delegates to meet with the Rebel Prince, and Wynter is increasingly nervous of Alberon's intentions. Razi and her beloved Christopher soon make an appearance, but where friends go old enemies soon follow, and Wynter finds herself confronted with the infamous Loups-Garous. It is to Christopher's adopted people, the nomadic Merron, who she must now turn for sanctuary. But the Merron have sided with Shirken, the woman who has made it her life's work to wipe their race from the face of the earth. What is behind the conspiracy, and is Alberon at the centre of it all?
'This is a book to be read, reread and treasured. The Crowded Shadows more than fulfils the promise of The Poison Throne, and the completed trilogy is likely to stand with the best of this genre...' - Inis Magazine
This powerful, page-turning sequel to 2009's The Poison Throne follows Wynter Moorehawke as she struggles to find Alberon, the so-called Rebel Prince, and discover the true nature of the rift between him and his father, King Jonathon of the Southlands. Wynter surmounts innumerable dangers with a little help from her friends: Razi, the king's other son, and Christopher Garron, with whom she's falling in love. Hiding their true identities from royal forces and outlaws, attempting to evade the dreaded Loup-Garou slavers, the trio find love, passion, death, and betrayal along their path. Hints of an alliance between Alberon and the fanatical ruler of a neighboring land add a dark note. Compelling and complex, romantic and suspenseful, populated by memorable characters and intricately detailed, this impressive middle volume will leave readers demanding the conclusion.