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.
But any hope of 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.
"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, New York Times bestselling author
"Combines top-notch writing and world-building with characters you'll adore...and the star-crossed lovers may just break your heart."
--Ann Aguirre, USA Today bestselling author
In talented newcomer Williams's fantasy debut, 26-year-old Houston college student McKenzie Lewis finds her studies interrupted yet again when war escalates in Faerie and its king demands she use her mystic gift for tracking the rebels through the magical fissures they use to travel between lands and worlds. Kidnapped by the rebels, McKenzie is torn between their arguments and her loyalty to the faerie king as well as between her illicit romance with the king's swordmaster, Kyol, and the feelings stirred by the handsome rebel leader Aren. Williams portrays a realistically shaded faerie realm in economic and magical turmoil compounded by human technology and the atrocities committed by both sides in a brutal civil war. The only hiccup is an angst-filled love triangle that distracts from the action and narrowly avoids a descent into pure soap opera.
Well written caught my interest and held it throughout.
The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
I usually don’t get into Science Fiction but this book is one of those exceptions and I hope she doesn’t disappoint me on the next
Can’t Believe This Was Free!
I loved this book! I couldn’t believe it wasn’t ended on a cliff hanger where I’d have to purchase the next 3 books! Thank you for that! I loved the relationships and the story was very easy to follow along. Fissures were a great tweak to a fae story!