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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 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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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 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.

30 review for The Shattered Dark

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

    Still love these books today as much as I did in 2014 if not a little more!!! ******************** Oh My!!!! I simply can't explain what it is about these books that is so stunning, so captivating but I can tell you that I absolutely love Sandy Williams' way of writing!! Although I have to say that this book did start off a little slow after finishing off the first book, however, it only took a short time for it to begin to affect me in the same manner as the first... I adore the characters, each and Still love these books today as much as I did in 2014 if not a little more!!! ******************** Oh My!!!! I simply can't explain what it is about these books that is so stunning, so captivating but I can tell you that I absolutely love Sandy Williams' way of writing!! Although I have to say that this book did start off a little slow after finishing off the first book, however, it only took a short time for it to begin to affect me in the same manner as the first... I adore the characters, each and every one of them, I love that I'm not sure who to trust or what to feel... especially in the romantic department... I'm torn for Naito, I want him to find something that may or may not exist and I want the same for Lena... What do I want for McKenzie? What do I want for Aren or Kyol????? I'm so torn and I love the way I feel!!! I am still saying what I said in the first review, the last time I read a Fae novel that captivated me in this way was the Fever series... again, I'm not comparing the two, just saying how this series makes me feel.... I fricken love these books!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Buzoianu

    Posted at Bibliophile Mystery I finished it an hour ago, and I can't do anything but stare blankly... Oh Sandy! Why did you do this to me? I'll die until the ARC for the final book is available! And I promise I'll haunt you just to know the ending! One thing is solidly clear: you're an amazing author! I'll convince everyone I can to read your books! The story, the writing style, the feelings you get while reading, they're all incredible! Oh Aren! *cries* UPDATE (later, same day) The Shadow Read Posted at Bibliophile Mystery I finished it an hour ago, and I can't do anything but stare blankly... Oh Sandy! Why did you do this to me? I'll die until the ARC for the final book is available! And I promise I'll haunt you just to know the ending! One thing is solidly clear: you're an amazing author! I'll convince everyone I can to read your books! The story, the writing style, the feelings you get while reading, they're all incredible! Oh Aren! *cries* UPDATE (later, same day) The Shadow Reader was the first Urban Fantasy I’ve read this year; in fact, it really was my first 2012 book. You should have seen me then, just after the New Year’s, carrying my Kindle everywhere I went, not sleeping, eating or doing anything else until it was over. No, if I remember this correctly, I think I had these great ideas for the review when I was seven pages away from finishing the book, and I left it to write them down. Crazy, isn’t it? I was so in love with the world-building and the characters, the story, everything that I practically begged for an ARC of the second book – it didn’t even have a name back then. And I got it! If there’s a book more engaging, action packed, more heartbreaking – in a single word, AMAZING – than The Shadow Reader, that’s its sequel, The Shattered Dark. Yes, I must admit, Sandy did it for me twice this year, and I’m certain I won’t read a better Urban Fantasy story soon. If I want to keep my sanity, that is. I missed the characters a lot, especially Aren; I’ve had a soft spot for him from the beginning. But all of them are changed, more mature, more on the edge, and in more danger than before. You’d think there’s nothing dangerous than being a rebel in the Realm, trying to overthrow the King, and achieving this goal should bring some peace, but it’s never like this, not in real life and not in The Shattered Dark. The real hard work comes after that, in trying to convince the rest of the fey that they only want what’s best for the Realm and they fought for the right cause. A different kind of war is starting, and nobody knows who will win this time. “I’ve missed you. I’ve been wanting to see you, too, just not like . . .” He stops, clenches his jaw, then continues. “Not here. Not like this.” "He almost sounds pained. I scan him, searching for injuries. He looks okay, but he looks different. He’s not the same Aren who held me captive. That Aren was cavalier and sly, always ready with one of his infuriating half grins. This Aren is tense. Stressed-out. I want to help him, but I don’t know how." Even if Aren is changed, one thing remains the same: he still tries to win McKenzie over in every way he can. And she’s very hard to convince, because she doesn’t want to make the same mistakes again. After loving Kyol for ten years, waiting for and accepting anything from him, she wants her relationship with Aren to be different, she wants them to know each other better and take things slowly. "Aren pulls me gently toward him. “You told me you wanted time. I’ve given it to you, and I’ll give you as long as you need, McKenzie. I love you.” He tucks a lock of my hair behind my ear. “You’re worth waiting a decade for.” "…but this is London. There’s so much history here. And never mind that this is the homeland of Shakespeare and Jane Austen, King’s Cross Station is somewhere around here. I want to see Platform ¾. I swear, one of these days, I’m going to have a fae fissure me here for a vacation. “You’re alive in this city,” Aren says. […] You’re more mesmerized by this place than by any place I’ve seen you in the Realm.” “That’s because no one’s trying to kill me here,” I say. No one’s trying to kill me here yet. I’m surprised Aren doesn’t point that out, but he just smiles as he watches me, and my stomach does a little flip. It’s as if seeing me here like this makes him happy, and just for a moment, I let myself think about what it would be like to walk down this street with Aren without any worries about the remnants or Paige. That’s what we need, time to be together without all the pressures of the war." Unfortunately, time is one thing they don’t have, because the war is not over, her best friend, Paige, was kidnapped by King Atroth’s remaining minions, who are determined to win back the Palace, and there’s a part of Aren’s past that makes her decisions even more difficult to make. “If I could undo my past for you, McKenzie, I would. But I don’t have that power. No fae does.” “Anything else you want to confess?” That gets under his skin. The silver in his eyes seems to sharpen, and he takes a step forward, pressing his body against mine so that I have to move back. “The complete truth, McKenzie, is I’d do anything for you, but you ask for nothing. You won’t confide in me. You won’t rely on me. You’re so preoccupied trying to decide if you can trust your feelings that you won’t consider giving in to them.” And if you read the quotes above, you already know why I love Aren so much, why I’m in his team even if he did do bad things sometime in the past. It’s because he’s…well, Aren. He’s unique, one of the best ALPHA’s I’ve ever met. He’s all strong, and bad-ass, and reckless, but he also has a soft, loving side, that he’s not trying to hide, unlike someone else. Aren is the brightest diamond of this story, the perfect book boyfriend, you can’t help but love him and wish the best happily ever after for him. "Aren has a reputation for crazy plans that work." “I’m not a mistake, McKenzie,” he says softly" "Nothing matters but him and us and this, the way he makes me feel like I’m everything to him. Sometime in the last month, he’s become everything to me." One character I didn’t think I could start to care about after finishing The Shadow Reader is Lena. She’s way better in this book; in fact, she grew on me a lot. Her attitude is changed, you can feel the huge burden she’s carrying on her shoulders, a lot of lives are in her hands, but she’s strong, and she’s making the right decisions. I couldn’t have imagined that she’ll start seeing McKenzie as a friend, and she also shows a protective side. “I’ll kill you if you hurt Aren,” she says without turning." "She’s confiding in me? What am I supposed to do with that? Never mind that I suck at girl talk, she’s Lena." And I finally got to Kyol. GOD I wish I could be more objective when it comes to him, but I just can’t be. I wasn’t his biggest fan from the start, even if I know he’s the real hero, that he’s the one who makes the greatest sacrifices, sometimes he almost breaks my heart – and now there’s a big BUT coming – but, I can’t get these two words out of my head: “How convenient!” I’m anxiously waiting for your opinion regarding his actions, because in my book, he still says “I’m sorry.” too often. I wish I could see him differently, I know some of you will, and I even feel a little bit guilty for not giving him more of my thoughts. I’m going to finish now, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you, and I’ve saved some quotes….WOW! You’ll just have to read the book yourself to find them. I know I should say something about Sandy, but I don’t know what, there are no words to describe how magnificent she is! Her writing is flawless, the world-building is incredible, and her story is original, action packed, with strong built characters. When you’d think there’s nothing new and unique you could read in the Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance genre, try McKenzie’s story. I guarantee you’ll love it! I just wish for her faery tale to have a happy ending. "…if I have to fight for him now, I will." Happy reading!

  3. 5 out of 5

    mrsj

    Dear Sandy, BUT... I don't understand. Isn't it settled nicely in book 1? Isn't it? It was interesting, with the mysteries.. with the twists.. with the betrayals and etc. BUT THIS? I am devastated. That chapter you wrote? And the whole change of event? Obviously , I don't take this very well. I mean... She.. He... And he... Then... they... So, now what??? We are to wait for book 3? For answers? For solution to that icky problem you wrote?? I hope you don't use death of a certain character to get out of it. Very Dear Sandy, BUT... I don't understand. Isn't it settled nicely in book 1? Isn't it? It was interesting, with the mysteries.. with the twists.. with the betrayals and etc. BUT THIS? I am devastated. That chapter you wrote? And the whole change of event? Obviously , I don't take this very well. I mean... She.. He... And he... Then... they... So, now what??? We are to wait for book 3? For answers? For solution to that icky problem you wrote?? I hope you don't use death of a certain character to get out of it. Very heartbroken, MrsJ

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    "If I could undo my past for you, McKenzie, I would. But I don't have that power. No fae does." Original reaction moments after finishing : %[email protected]%&"*@%#$#!!! Mother effin son of a basket weaver!!! My heart can't take this turn of events! Review to come later after I've calmed down somewhat. Hours later : Hmmm...I might have overreacted a tad. Actual review : It pains me to have to throw out another 3.5 star review this week because I really want to commit to a solid 4 star review, but there' "If I could undo my past for you, McKenzie, I would. But I don't have that power. No fae does." Original reaction moments after finishing : %[email protected]%&"*@%#$#!!! Mother effin son of a basket weaver!!! My heart can't take this turn of events! Review to come later after I've calmed down somewhat. Hours later : Hmmm...I might have overreacted a tad. Actual review : It pains me to have to throw out another 3.5 star review this week because I really want to commit to a solid 4 star review, but there's no getting around what happened and how much I did not want this development. I honestly thought that the one major issue was nixed in book 1 and I was stupidly optimistic on that front. Did this aggravating development sour me to the series? No. Not at all. Do I wish I could reach through the internet and shake Ms. Sandy Williams for what she did? Yes. Sorry, but it's true. When I put aside my feelings about 'the incident,' I can look at The Shattered Dark with a little less frustration. In general, I was happy with my reading experience. Sure, I was a little lost at first over what was going on, but I blame that more on me reading so many books in such a short amount of time that I can't seem to keep much world and/or character building straight in my own head. This series has a lot of characters, so it took me a minute to try and remember who was who. This is one of the only cases in book history where I actually appreciated a little bit of recap. As I was reading, I realized that I need to make a return to fae-based fantasy and urban fantasy. There's something fascinating about the fae kind which draws me into their lore and magic. Shifters, vamps, etc. all tend to be fairly one-note, but the realm of the fae lends itself to so many possibilities. Case in point : McKenzie Lewis is a human who reads the shadow portals left behind from the fae. She maps out in her own mind what she sees, which makes her a valuable asset as a tracker for both sides of the factions at war with each other. Imagine a book of world-jumping, element-bending, ass-kicking, and magical healing. This is what we're dealing with. It's a lot of fun. Sometimes it's just plain amusing. Ah, those silly fae and their ignorance of all things human. When I'm able to focus again, I'm staring at my cut restraints. "They were Velcro." "What?" Kyol asks. "Velcro." Strong Velcro, but the dagger wasn't needed. And for those of us who like the guy-candy...there's a whole lotta lotta that. Aren is still my number 1, but dammit, Kyol was tugging at the heartstrings this time around as well. Talk about complicating matters. I wanted to just sit there and swoon over Aren. Period. But no...Kyol is looking attractive in his own right after I got to witness some lovely flashback scenes with him in them. I swear, I'm having Dorian and Kiyo flashbacks because of the opposite faction thing and I'm not entirely sure I like this because it means I won't ever know if anyone is trustworthy until the very end. My heart was doing gymnastic flips the entire time. I love feeling like this but also hate it too. "I want to deserve you." And of course, I couldn't close out this review without mentioning the one thing which had me ridiculously excited when I was writing my review for book 1 : the kimki! Sosch, the cute hybrid ferret/cat/whatever creature was back! I love this mischievous little furball. The books are worth a read just to see what this little scamp is up to. He's quite the active wanderer! Sosch lets out a sound that's a cross between a chirp and a squeak, then uses my outstretched arm as a springboard to my shoulders. He looks at me and does some weird, crinkly thing with his nose. Even though this second book took a directional turn that I wasn't completely happy with, I'm still sold on the series and look forward to book 3. There's something about Williams' writing that is easy to read, and the mix of action/adventure and sexual chemistry rivals the style of my favorite author Richelle Mead, which means it can't be all bad. Right? "This lightning" - she holds up her hand, waits for a chaos luster to strike across it - "I bet it makes kissing a fae explosive. By the way, I totally get why you never let me shake Kyol or Aren's hands."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    ✅ Romance ✅ Good love triangle ✅ Faes/magic ✅ War and action ✅ Great love interest Wow... that ending was not that unexpected when I think about it now, but it still took me completely by surprise... Oh my, the love triangle in this series is good. Mixed feelings, love, lust, regrets, everything is there and it is not an easy choice for McKenzie. There is less banter between McKenzie and Aren in this book, their relationship suffers from the war, McKenzie wants to take things slowly and they have to ✅ Romance ✅ Good love triangle ✅ Faes/magic ✅ War and action ✅ Great love interest Wow... that ending was not that unexpected when I think about it now, but it still took me completely by surprise... Oh my, the love triangle in this series is good. Mixed feelings, love, lust, regrets, everything is there and it is not an easy choice for McKenzie. There is less banter between McKenzie and Aren in this book, their relationship suffers from the war, McKenzie wants to take things slowly and they have to face many obstacles. Not to worry though, Aren still tries to win her over any way he can. “How can you be so sure of the way you feel about me?” “You’re human,” Aren says. “You’re the weakest person I know.” The warm, fluttery sensations in my stomach disappear. “Geez, thanks.” He laughs and takes my hands in his before I turn away. “And that makes you the strongest. The most courageous. When I found you on your campus, you fought me. You didn’t give in even though you knew you were outmatched. I was halfway in love with you before we reached Germany.” Kyol is still there, I was not his biggest fan from the start, but I must admit that he is a big help for Lena and her rebels. He is also often the one to make the big heartbreaking sacrifices, but I still can't really say that I appreciate him. He still tries to put McKenzie in a cocoon to protect her from everything and he apologizes to her way too much, he should not need to if he listened more to her and respected more her choices from the start. The story picks up right after The Shadow Reader ends, but we can still see a difference in the characters. Some of them are more mature, all of them are on the edge. The fight at the palace may be over, but the war is clearly not. The real challenge starts now, the rebels, now in command have to convince the other Fae that they want and are what's best for the realm. There is action in every chapter. Non-stop. This book has you at the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end. The Shadow Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  6. 4 out of 5

    AH

    Slow start, becomes action-packed midway. 3.5 stars. The Shattered Dark was one of my most anticipated releases of 2012. I loved The Shadow Reader and I could not get enough of author Sandy Williams’ world of the fae. Oh, and with heroes like Aren and Kyol, what more could I ask? The Shattered Dark picks up right after the events of the first book. The fae realm is in turmoil; a group of dissenters calling themselves The Remnants are not happy with the new ruler. There is a lot of political intr Slow start, becomes action-packed midway. 3.5 stars. The Shattered Dark was one of my most anticipated releases of 2012. I loved The Shadow Reader and I could not get enough of author Sandy Williams’ world of the fae. Oh, and with heroes like Aren and Kyol, what more could I ask? The Shattered Dark picks up right after the events of the first book. The fae realm is in turmoil; a group of dissenters calling themselves The Remnants are not happy with the new ruler. There is a lot of political intrigue and jostling for power in this book. I had difficulty with the first half of the novel. Perhaps it was because some time had passed since I read the first book, or maybe because the pacing was a little slow at first. There seemed to be so many characters and several story lines to keep track of. A little niggling annoyance I had with the book was that the love triangle should have been resolved. It was, for the most part, and I agreed with the choice even though I missed the other character terribly. BUT – and I am sorry for shouting – the love triangle has a little monkey wrench thrown into it. Why, oh, why? The book clicked for me during the second half. Suddenly, I was at the edge of my seat and I had difficulty putting the book down. Now, THIS was the book I was expecting. There were battle scenes, complete with fae against fae, fae against human, swashbuckling sword fights, hand to hand combat, really scary stuff. These scenes were extremely well done. What draws me to this series is the fascinating take on the fae and the fae realm. The world feels complete with its complex issues and political maneuvering. I liked how the characters were able to travel between the human and the fae realms through fissures and gates. Overall, I liked The Shattered Dark. I’m curious to see where the author takes this series in the next book. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Books for a review copy of this book. Review posted on Badass Book Reviews. Check out Sandy Williams' Halloween guest post on The Five Things I Can't Write Without on Badass Book Reviews.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Renee Sweet

    12/10/12 re-reading the final version! So excited! ------------------------------------------------------------ I had an opportunity to read an early copy of THE SHATTERED DARK and let me tell you, people: it is a page-turner. What a fantastic follow-up to THE SHADOW READER! I could not put it down. It's super action-packed and McKenzie is put through the emotional wringer all over again. And the ending? ROCKS. Definitely a favorite read of 2012 so far. I can't wait for book 3. If you enjoyed THE SH 12/10/12 re-reading the final version! So excited! ------------------------------------------------------------ I had an opportunity to read an early copy of THE SHATTERED DARK and let me tell you, people: it is a page-turner. What a fantastic follow-up to THE SHADOW READER! I could not put it down. It's super action-packed and McKenzie is put through the emotional wringer all over again. And the ending? ROCKS. Definitely a favorite read of 2012 so far. I can't wait for book 3. If you enjoyed THE SHADOW READER, you'll love THE SHATTERED DARK.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    2,5 stars (grudginly given) My thoughts after finishing this book: I'm so, so, mad that i could throw this book out my window... So after an amazing first book, one has this! Let me start by saying that i hate love triangles. I do, i really do. The only way i can put up with them, is because once they're resolved, that's it there isn't more pointless emotional drama. NO more back and forth...the characters confess their everlasting love, blá, blá, which permits a reader to focus on the story. Which l 2,5 stars (grudginly given) My thoughts after finishing this book: I'm so, so, mad that i could throw this book out my window... So after an amazing first book, one has this! Let me start by saying that i hate love triangles. I do, i really do. The only way i can put up with them, is because once they're resolved, that's it there isn't more pointless emotional drama. NO more back and forth...the characters confess their everlasting love, blá, blá, which permits a reader to focus on the story. Which luckily will be interesting enough to grab my interest. That didn't happen with this one, because the story most of the times was boring. The first book was great, because of the focus it had on relationships. Mainly Aren and Mckenzie, lets face it. But there was also Naito and Kelia who kept things interesting.( i miss her) The story was interesting, and the action kept me turning the pages as fast as i could. I could even tolerate the love triangle, because it did sound feasible. But this one? On one side i understand the reason for the slow pacing. The fey palace has been taken by the rebelds, who know find themselves at the position of having to legitimate their claim (Lena's) to the throne. Fae (Aren mostly) are fissuring back and forth, leaving almost no time for romance... So the first part of the story is very focused on fey politics. Its well described, but after a while, i'm sorry, but it becamed boring...the only times where my interest was piqued was when Aren would make an appearance. To finish this up _ i really, don't even feel like writing a review to this book _ i could probably read almost anything, if the author hadn't finished the book, the way she did. I haven't forgotten what Aren and Mckenzie were like in "Shadow Reader". I haven't forgotten what he tells her in the end of that book: “If I were a good man,” he says, “I’d acknowledge that Taltrayn is an honorable fae, that he loves you and would take care of you. I’d step down and let you have the man you’ve always wanted, but, McKenzie, I’m not as good as Taltrayn. I never will be, and I can’t step down. I’ll fight for the chance to be with you.” When to this, one adds all the things that Mckenzie and Aren say to one another in this book...when one sees what they meant to one another, than the ending of this one, is illogical as hell. (view spoiler)[Because there's no way in hell, that Aren would give up of Mckenzie. Not even for the life-bond.. (hide spoiler)] And the thing is, i may read fantasy, but i want it to be logically driven. I understand why this was written the way it was ...the thing is, this cliffhanger soap-opera (i'm really trying not to use profanity in this) disaster has had the effect of leaving without the slighest wish of reading the third one. Which i will only buy after thoroughly reading comments with lots of spoilers, because if (view spoiler)[Aren and Mckenzie don't end up together, i'm calling this series done, and i will do my best to forget about this second novel. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    *SPOILERS!!!!!!!!* When I first started this novel I was all like.... Yes, freaking ecstatic; like a five year old on their birthday. I was practically drooling on myself to get this book. I was counting down the months, weeks, and then days of this books release. In the first few chapters, I was loving it; eating it up like I eat chocolate when its that time of the month. And the beginning was great. It was action packed and quickly paced just like the last one. But this novel also helped me rea *SPOILERS!!!!!!!!* When I first started this novel I was all like.... Yes, freaking ecstatic; like a five year old on their birthday. I was practically drooling on myself to get this book. I was counting down the months, weeks, and then days of this books release. In the first few chapters, I was loving it; eating it up like I eat chocolate when its that time of the month. And the beginning was great. It was action packed and quickly paced just like the last one. But this novel also helped me realize something very important. I hate Mckenzie. She has to be one of the most annoying, shallow, and naive human beings when it comes to relationships. How could she honestly think Kyol is over her? They spent 10 years together! I repeat, 10 years!!! Most people don't even stay married that long these days. If you were with him for that long, then there is obviously something you really like about the guy, and it's certainly not his penis, seeing that you've never seen it. And if your willing to wait that long, then what's a few more weeks of waiting while everything in the realm calms down? The guy has practically spilled his guts for you time and time again. I hate how she can get past Aren's problems so easily. They've only known each other 1 month! And during most that month, she was Aren's prisoner. Yes, that's really attractive. I'm not even going there with the whole Stockholm Syndrome. But it seems like she's forgotten that Kyol killed and betrayed his best friend because of her . If that's not love then I don't know what is. I know that Mckenzie said that Kyol could be overbearing and aurthoritative, but maybe that's because he was trying to save your ass all the time! Maybe it's all the hormones raging through her body from being a 26 year old virgin. I mean, really? You either have to be extremely ugly, hate yourself, or be a total masochist to have been a virgin that long. And it's not like she couldn't get any either. She just wasn't trying hard enough. I've seen teenagers go to greater extremes to lose their virginity. For some of us, it becomes our main goal in life during puberty to lose the big V. Having your virginity in this time of day is almost equivalent to wearing the scarlet letter. And I just find it hard to believe that after having years of this...(My mental representation of Kyol) ..in front of her for years, she hasn't tried a few covert tactics to get him in the sheets. Once again, I just don't like McKenzie. So when she tells Aren that she loves him and wants to be with him forever, I was like.... You stupid bitch. What the hell? And then when the going gets tough, what does Aren do? He ditches, like the bastard he is. He said that he would fight for their relationship and for her no matter what. Well, I don't think that's fighting Aren; I think that's giving up before the game even begins. So seeing how things ended, I'm practically compelled to read the next novel. So many secrets to be unveiled and mysteries still to be solved; it makes it pretty hard to ignore this series. And I'm desperately hoping that McKenzie opens her eyes and see's who's always been there for her. *cough* Kyol *cough* *cough*. But besides Mckenzie's horrible taste in men, and her annoying danger happy character, this book was okay. And I use that term lightly. Oh, and Sandy Williams, I hope you do not intend on killing off a certain character to rectify what was done at the end of this novel. It would just be too cruel, and I would honestly have to stop reading this series. Anyway, I'm grudgingly giving this book 2.5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    With the defeat of King Atroth, McKenzie's stuck in the middle of the Fae war. Sides have been switched and it's hard to always tell who can be trusted. Then McKenzie's best friend, Paige, turns up missing and has been taken by the remnants, who are fae that are still loyal to the King. McKenzie has to rescue her even though she has a feeling it might not be easy. I felt like there was nonstop fighting in this book! Every time McKenzie needed to go somewhere, there was always battles and she was With the defeat of King Atroth, McKenzie's stuck in the middle of the Fae war. Sides have been switched and it's hard to always tell who can be trusted. Then McKenzie's best friend, Paige, turns up missing and has been taken by the remnants, who are fae that are still loyal to the King. McKenzie has to rescue her even though she has a feeling it might not be easy. I felt like there was nonstop fighting in this book! Every time McKenzie needed to go somewhere, there was always battles and she was always on the run. On top of that, Aren and McKenzie never got any alone time and when they would finally get together, they were interrupted! What was up with that? It was sooo frustrating! I still really like McKenzie and I liked that she was sticking up for herself more even though she spent a lot of time trying to help everyone. I was so happy when she was finally coming to term with her feelings. Aren was great as always. I really warmed up to him even more and I loved how he was always watching out for McKenzie. He really made me laugh when he was helping her in the bath! My heart still goes out for Kyol. He really put on a brave face most of the time but you could just tell how he really felt. It was nice getting to know some of the characters more in depth or...just more. It's a little confusing with all the rebel fae, the court fae and the remnant fae but at least a few stuck out. Trev was one I find really interesting and I really like Naito. I can't help but hope things will work out for him. What happened and what will happen with Paige is really intriguing but I'm not really happy with how her and McKenzie's relationship is being affected. Lorn is another one that's being set up to be disappointing but I'm not really buying it. And then comes the WTH moment.... really? really? Why did it have to go there? I had accepted the way things were and then SW had to go and screw with us! Well, I did some checking around and it appears this series will be a trilogy and SW did say that she wants McKenzie to have a HEA so here's what I think will happen: (view spoiler)[I think Hison is the betrayer not Lorn. I think McKenzie will figure this out and help Lorn and he will help out McKenzie with some way to break the bond. But I feel that McKenzie is going to have to fight the bond and fight for Aren. I'm hoping somehow Kyol will be okay in all this..maybe him and Lena?? And of course, Sosch is somehow involved. An extra bonus is some way for Kaito and Kelia to work out. (hide spoiler)] The working title of the next book is The Shackled Night and unfortunately it won't be out till January 2014. Favorite quotes: ♥ “You told me you wanted time. I’ve given it to you, and I’ll give you as long as you need, McKenzie. I love you.” He tucks a lock of my hair behind my ear. “You’re worth waiting a decade for.” ♥ “I love you. Sidhe, I know I have no right to tell you this, but I do. I always will.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Nooooooooooooooooo! :( 3.5 stars, rounded up begrudgingly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steph Sinclair

    Okay, I'm really excited for this book, but another sword on the cover? I mean, McKenzie didn't wield a sword in book one. Is she actually going to use one this time around?! Okay, I'm really excited for this book, but another sword on the cover? I mean, McKenzie didn't wield a sword in book one. Is she actually going to use one this time around?!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks Does this ever happen to you while you’re reading: You are reading along and think to yourself that not a whole lot of advancement is happening to the story until you get to the end and while looking back on the book you realize that actually a whole hell of a lot happened? That is what happened to me when I read The Shattered Dark, the second book in Sandy Williams’ McKenzie Lewis series. This book is a typical book two meaning it just trudges along not Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks Does this ever happen to you while you’re reading: You are reading along and think to yourself that not a whole lot of advancement is happening to the story until you get to the end and while looking back on the book you realize that actually a whole hell of a lot happened? That is what happened to me when I read The Shattered Dark, the second book in Sandy Williams’ McKenzie Lewis series. This book is a typical book two meaning it just trudges along not solving anything really (because why would it – we want the series to continue past this after all) just tugging you along for the ride…but WHAT a ride! I know that this all doesn’t make such sense so let’s see if I can make things a little clearer for you all. The story starts off with a bang! A great action sequence that sucks you in right away. McKenzie is back on Earth, in her apartment, gathering a few of her favorite things before going off to her new place. Of course, things don’t go smoothly and the action scene ensues. During this scene, McKenzie also notices that her only human friend, Paige, is missing. We continue on with the ‘where’s Paige?’ plot line but also a whole bunch of others. Lena is trying to convince the nobles in the Realm that she is a good choice as ruler, Aren and Kyol are working hard in their new positions, there is an interesting scientific development that is threatening to affect the fae and there are more fights and more battles mixed in too. When I got to the 85% mark, I was wondering where things were really going. I assumed things were being sort of explained and prepping for book three and that would basically be what the book was meant to do…until McKenzie looks out and sees blood on the floor. Then holy jumpin’! It’s action action action action OMG and oh no and heart breaking then…Shut. Up. I’m telling you, it’s not the sort of ending that makes you want to throw the book across a room but it is the sort of ending that leaves you thinking about all the ramifications that what happened will lead to. It will have your jaw hitting the floor and you having to pick it back up in about thirty minutes after things finally sink it. It’s the sort of ending that makes you curse the fact that book three isn’t due until January 2014! I really enjoyed McKenzie in this one. I like how she grew from book one. She is feeling more comfortable with herself and with her role…even if she’s sort of making up her role as she goes along. She’s taken on some responsibility that she really doesn’t need to but that speaks of her heart and of her loyalties. She wants what is right; not only for herself but also for the fae she has come to call her friends. And she is really looking forward to being able to go back to her ‘normal’ life. We don’t get to see much of Kyol in this book but when he does appear on the page, it’s hard to forget. He is just so… *sigh* I wanted to give him a big hug through the whole book! He’s not all mopey or anything, just… *sigh* Aren is just as yummy as in the first book. There is a bit of a love triangle in book one and I can’t say it goes away in book two but there was a ‘decision’ made at the end of the previous book so it’s not really a focus in this book. I have no idea who I want McKenzie to end up with more – Aren or Kyol. I like them both and feel she would be great with either. Sometimes I may lean a bit towards Kyol and other times if may lean a bit more towards Aren. If someone asked me who I’m rooting for I would have no idea who to say. What I do know is that Aren is a strong character and, even though we did learn quite a bit about his past (and some of these things were doozies), I still like him. I don’t focus on his character ‘back then’ – I think about how he is now and how he has shown his loyalty to McKenzie and to his cause. As I said, McKenzie and Aren’s / Kyol’s relationship is not a ‘main focus’ this time around but I did not feel disappointed because there is still quite a bit of romantic tension and sweet Aren/McKenzie scenes. And maybe even a Kyol/McKenzie scene or two also ;) Yeah…all that to say I have no clue who I like more for McKenzie so don’t ask…lol Lena got quite a bit of page time and I like where her character went in this book and where it seems to be going. I am very curious to see how Sandy writes her in the next and final book. There is a bit of repetition here and there but not enough to really bother. And, as I said, the pace varies from good to ‘hold-on-to-your-seats’. I can’t say that I once felt the book was slow. Overall The Shattered Dark was a great continuation to the series. The world continues to fascinate me and the characters continue to draw me in. I feel if you liked book one then this book will make you quite happy. And that ending! I cannot wait to see what Sandy has planned with that. 4.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Originally posted at www.Addicted2Heroines.com Special thanks to ACE for providing a review copy! Sandy Williams has done it again. The Shattered Dark is an action-packed tale filled with love, betrayal, rebellion and heartache. It is an intense, well-written book that will have you shouting for more when you read the final page. After reading this book, the upcoming third book in this series has become my "most anticipated book" of 2013. The Shattered Dark begins with the kidnapping of McKenzie's Originally posted at www.Addicted2Heroines.com Special thanks to ACE for providing a review copy! Sandy Williams has done it again. The Shattered Dark is an action-packed tale filled with love, betrayal, rebellion and heartache. It is an intense, well-written book that will have you shouting for more when you read the final page. After reading this book, the upcoming third book in this series has become my "most anticipated book" of 2013. The Shattered Dark begins with the kidnapping of McKenzie's best friend, Paige. McKenzie immediately begins the search for Paige and is convinced that the fae are responsible. At the same time, a battle is waging between the "rebels" (Aren and Lena's group) and the "remnants" (those still loyal to the recently deposed king). McKenzie is in the middle of this war because of her shadow reading abilities, and she is trying to take her relationship slow with Aren, even though in her heart, she seems to want nothing more than time with the sexy fae. That's just like him, shrugging off the fact that people want to kill him, but I hate that he's a target. I might be trying to take our relationship slow, but losing him would devastate me. Without rehashing the plot, I can say that there are various plot lines that Williams weaves together effortlessly. One thing I want to touch on are the relationships in this book. There are many relationship focal points, and some of the relationships are not what we thought they were after the first book in this series. The main relationship centers around Aren and McKenzie, although Kyol is present and plays an extremely important role in this book. After The Shadow Reader, I think it's safe to say that Kyol's judgment does not always ring true. There is a scene in The Shattered Dark where his judgment of former Court fae leads to major problems. The other obvious relationship in this book has developed into one of my favorite fictional couples. Aren and McKenzie grow more as a couple, especially on McKenzie's side of things. However, all is not smooth sailing, and the readers are faced with shocking ending in regards to these two. Although Mackenzie spends a great deal of this book coming to terms with Aren's past, it is obvious what her feelings are by the end. Aren pulls me gently toward him. "You told me you wanted time. I've given it to you, and I'll give you as long as you need, McKenzie. I love you." He tucks a lock of my hair behind my my ear. "You're worth waiting a decade for." Another significant plot point is McKenzie's struggle with her life as a shadow reader versus her desire to lead a normal human life. At this point, I think it would be difficult for McKenzie to extract herself from the fae realm. She has been in too deep for too long. However, I think that she does need to find a balance between the two worlds so that she can grow a bit as a person. I think that the character that shows the most development in The Shattered Dark is Aren. Kyol isn't in this book quite as much as the last one, and McKenzie is still deciding what she really wants in her life. We learn a lot more about Aren and his past, and how he's been spending all of his time making up for past sins. Aren had a difficult past, without a lot of direction. We see why he followed Thrain, what he did when he realized what type of fae Thrain was, and we see the man Aren is trying to become. We see that Aren has a very strong sense of honor, as much or more so than Kyol. The ending of this book left my head spinning. Decisions are made for McKenzie that she has absolutely no control over. The ending broke my heart. McKenzie sacrificed her well-being for her friends, and is rewarded with something that is a game changer, and something that she really doesn't want. It will be interesting to see how this twist in the story is handled moving forward. Sandy Williams writes a brilliant story that I couldn't put down. If you are a fan of fae, PNR, and expertly written fantasy worlds, you need to read this series now. I'll be counting down the days until the next book in this series is released. A million chaos clusters somersault in my stomach, and when he kisses me this time, I'm undone. Nothing matters but him and us and this, the way he makes me feel like I'm everything to him.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Sardothien

    Ehh DNF on 77% it's not that this book is bad or anything I just lost interest in reading it xD Ehh DNF on 77% it's not that this book is bad or anything I just lost interest in reading it xD

  16. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    Almost the entire book would be a spoiler, so I'll just say that I liked it quite a bit. The ending is a shocker, so I'm looking forward to finishing the trilogy. Almost the entire book would be a spoiler, so I'll just say that I liked it quite a bit. The ending is a shocker, so I'm looking forward to finishing the trilogy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christen (GoldiloxReads)

    The Shattered Dark is urban fantasy gold - nonstop action, complex world building, and an absorbing romance. I adored the first book in this series. In fact, I read it in two nights staying up until four in the morning. Reading this sequel wasn't much different. I read it in one day, finishing at 2 A.M. with a sigh. Sandy Williams really knows how to suck me in to her stories and I was completely emerged in McKenzie's world while reading. In The Shadow Reader, Williams set the pace for her serie The Shattered Dark is urban fantasy gold - nonstop action, complex world building, and an absorbing romance. I adored the first book in this series. In fact, I read it in two nights staying up until four in the morning. Reading this sequel wasn't much different. I read it in one day, finishing at 2 A.M. with a sigh. Sandy Williams really knows how to suck me in to her stories and I was completely emerged in McKenzie's world while reading. In The Shadow Reader, Williams set the pace for her series with an energetic plot that never faltered. I worried that book two would not be able to keep up with that pace, but as it turns out I had nothing to worry about. The fast pace continues in The Shattered Dark, starting off right away with run-for-your-life action, which in this series means sword fights and fae and appearing out of nowhere through fissures. There is plenty of action in this book, with our heroine alternating between daring to join the battle and being ushered off to safety. The rebels have defeated the previous king and won the castle, but now the real war has begun. The fae world is in an uproar and everyone is choosing sides between the rebels, including Aren, Lena, Naito and the others that McKenzie works with, the high nobles who oppose the rebels choice of Lena to supplant the king, and the 'remnants', the term the rebels use for those who still support the previous king's Court and are battling with the rebels. These battles provide for much of the story's action and travel from McKenzie's home town, to the Fae realm, to London, and back again. Amidst all the fighting we have McKenzie and Aren. In the previous book much of the draw was the love triangle between these two and Kyol, the sword master for the previous king and McKenzie's long-term love interest. We watched as their relationship dissolved and McKenzie and Aren's began to heat up. Williams did a terrific job of writing a love triangle that wasn't at all annoying. I was completely lost in what would happen next. In this book we see how McKenzie and Aren's relationship evolves and struggles during the war. All they both want to do is spend some time together and get to know each other more, but the war and everything going on doesn't allow this to happen. "I'm not a mistake, McKenzie,"he says softly, stopping beside me. His voice is soothing, reassuring. My chest tightens, and a warm, tingling sensation rushes through me. That scares me. I've told myself to take this relationship slowly, but my heart refuses to listen. I'm growing too attached to him too quickly. I shouldn't be on the brink of falling in love with someone I know so little about. I shouldn't want to believe every word he says. That's what happened with Kyol. I loved him so blindly and so completely, I put my life on hold. I never questioned anything he told me, and I regret that so much. Aren remains one of my favorite men in urban fantasy, with his messy curls, lazy smile, and intense feelings for McKenzie. He says some of the most swoon-worthy things I've ever read. Aren pulls me gently toward him. "You told me you wanted time. I've given it to you, and I'll give you as long as you need, McKenzie. I love you." He tucks a lock of my hair behind my ear. "You're worth waiting a decade for." My one complaint about this book was the lack of time McKenzie and Aren were able to spend together romantically. But this is urban fantasy, not paranormal romance, and one of the things I love about this genre is how the romantic relationships move at a realistic pace and keep things interesting between the main couple. That is certainly the case with McKenzie and Aren. The Shattered Dark was everything I wanted in this sequel. This remains one of my favorite series and after the bomb shell ending I am on the edge of my seat for book three. I highly recommend this book and this series! “Nothing matters but him and us and this, the way he makes me feel like I’m everything to him. Sometime in the last month, he’s become everything to me.” Recommended for fans of: urban fantasy, stories with Fae, sexy and brave heroes, action-packed plots, and smart heroines.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4 *Review* The Shattered Dark is the highly anticipated sequel to 2011's The Shadow Reader. The book is filled with action, suspense, betrayal by the most unexpected source, and decisions that are made without Kenzie's consent, as well as the the ole reliable three way love triangle that just won’t go away no matter how hard you wish it to. McKenzie Lewis is a rare breed of human who has been gifted with the ability to see the Fae as well as track their shadows (moveme *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4 *Review* The Shattered Dark is the highly anticipated sequel to 2011's The Shadow Reader. The book is filled with action, suspense, betrayal by the most unexpected source, and decisions that are made without Kenzie's consent, as well as the the ole reliable three way love triangle that just won’t go away no matter how hard you wish it to. McKenzie Lewis is a rare breed of human who has been gifted with the ability to see the Fae as well as track their shadows (movements) anywhere they go. She worked for the King of Fae for 10 years tracing the locations of wanted Fae and in return, she became something of a legend to the Fae and a target for the rebellion. The Shattered Dark begins 2 weeks after the fall of the dreaded King of the Fae by the rebel Fae lead by Lena. Kenzie is ready to settle down and find a well-paying job where she can finally retire as a Shadow Reader (nalkin shom) and maybe spend some much needed quality time with Aren. Aren, on the other hand, has been extremely busy chasing down a group of Fae known as the Remnants. The Remnants are Fae who remain loyal to the former King and are causing constant problems for Lena’s tenure as would be Queen of the Fae. Once again, Kenzie is at the center of the attention when her best friend Paige goes missing, and is presumed to have been taken by the Remnants. But, for what purpose? William’s does a flashback to the time when Kenzie and Paige first met and you shouldn’t be surprised by how much the two have in common or how far Kenzie went to keep Paige out of the loop and away from the Fae. We also learn more about Aren’s past and his relationship with someone Kenzie really hates since he dragged her into Faery kicking and screaming when she was 16 years old. Kenzie is still torn over her emotions towards Aren in that she doesn’t want to just rush into a committed relationship especially after knowing Aren for less than a month. She spent the previous 10 years being frustrated by Kyol’s lack of proof that he actually loved her and with Aren constantly away, her heart is being pulled apart at the seams. In the end, Kenzie will be betrayed, have her heart broken into tiny pieces by the decisions of the men who love her, and finds that she really needs a break from all the Fae nonsense that has taken 10 years of her life away from her and made her a target for any Fae with an agenda. Once again, I am hesitant to label Kenzie as a kick ass heroine. She continually loses her weapons, and gets knocked out, and beaten up at the drop of the hat. At this point, the story slowly loses points in my ratings because I really am tired of having her fall all over herself in order to impress Aren or Kyol with her ability to protect herself when in reality she can’t. In conclusion, I will say that the ending of this book is a game changer for both the series and the main characters and we can only sit back and wait to see where Williams takes her series and her characters in the third installment of this series next year. ARC received from publisher via Netgalley 09/10/2012 *Expected publication: October 30th 2012 by Ace/Penguin Group USA

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melliane

    Mon avis en Français My English review I really wanted to read this second novel since the end of the first one. This series is really interesting and dynamic. McKenzie is a unique character that we can only love to follow. Poor Kenzie, something is always happening to her and she doesn’t expect that at all. Each new problem turns her life upside down a little more. The first volume was a surprise for me and I have to say that this one is as good as the previous. Mckenzie finds herself once again Mon avis en Français My English review I really wanted to read this second novel since the end of the first one. This series is really interesting and dynamic. McKenzie is a unique character that we can only love to follow. Poor Kenzie, something is always happening to her and she doesn’t expect that at all. Each new problem turns her life upside down a little more. The first volume was a surprise for me and I have to say that this one is as good as the previous. Mckenzie finds herself once again in the middle of the fae problems, especially since the rebels try their best to keep the castle. But in addition to this, they try to convince everyone that Lena may be a good queen for them, something more complicated than expected. McKenzie thinks she can now live like a normal person, or at least without too many problems but everything changes when Paige, her best friend is kidnapped by their enemies. Our heroine is however determined to do everything to find her before it is too late. But her own safety is not the most essential thing when she has an idea in mind and she therefore has to face the consequences. Our young heroine will also have to deal with her relationship with Aren and Kyol, something that is not easy even if she knows what she wants. We also learn much more about Aren and his past, which have made him the man he is with many other information that are sometimes very surprising. This new novel is full of wonderful ideas, Sandy Williams has incorporated many things we did not expect at all and I think it's always nice to be surprised throughout the story. What about the end? I must say that I did not see it coming and It was heartbreaking to understand what was happening. It was well imagined and I found myself wondering how McKenzie would be able to handle this all now. How not want more? It's impossible! Our heroine is courageous and brave throughout the novel, doing everything she can to help the people she loves. But many persons around her aren’t what they seem to be, and she will learn all that by herself. We discover the truth with her about some characters while we ask ourselves many more questions about others. I wonder how Sandy Williams will be able to finish this trilogy, the end is so close now and I'm sure it will bring many more surprises. I really want to know more about Aren, McKenzie and Kyol and I can’t wait to read the end of their story. A new very good book that I recommend!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenese

    I feel as though I've been waiting for this book to come out F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Then I looked back at my Goodreads and I only read The Shadow Reader in January. Ooopss! Well...that's what happens to me when I read such a spectacular debut book/author and have to wait 9 months. I was so immersed in this book that a few nights after I finished, I dreamed about Fae and their problems with tech (technology). LOL! If you're not into Fae books, no worries, I really wasn't either. The Shadow Reader was rec I feel as though I've been waiting for this book to come out F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Then I looked back at my Goodreads and I only read The Shadow Reader in January. Ooopss! Well...that's what happens to me when I read such a spectacular debut book/author and have to wait 9 months. I was so immersed in this book that a few nights after I finished, I dreamed about Fae and their problems with tech (technology). LOL! If you're not into Fae books, no worries, I really wasn't either. The Shadow Reader was recommended to me by a good buddy of mine and Fae or not I love this series! The Fae in this series aren't creepy, they look like humans but are able to jump to different realms through fissures. Kind of reminds me of teleporting. Some have powers like healing or illusions, others are just normal. They are really interesting, none the less. The Shattered Dark started just as The Shadow Reader did, right into the action. The book takes place not long after the first book. McKenzie is now fighting for the other side. Lines have been drawn since the first book, she's chosen her alliances and must deal with her decisions. McKenzie is a strong heroine, she's a fighter and is NEVER afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right. She has been reading shadows (fissure shadows) for the Fae for over 10 years. She's a pro at this point. Oh yeah and she's a virgin (just figured I'd throw that in there). The first book had a love triangle kind of thing; this book didn't. If you read the first book, you know what happens. This book is just a continuation. She's dealing with Aren and Kyol. Aren is more the male focal point in this book, but it wasn't enough for me. There is a war they are fighting so obviously there wasn't a lot of time for L-O-V-E!!! "No, shhh." He lightly touches a finger to my lips. "Unless the remnants are going to attack the palace in the next hour, I don't want a report. You're always putting the Realm before yourself. It stops now." -Aren Paige has put a damper on their relationship too. On top of there being a war, Paige has gotten kidnapped. Not only that, but she's annoying, IMO! McKenzie is the type of heroine that will also bend over backwards to help anyone, her friend Paige is NOT SO!! Unfortunately the end REALLY pissed me off. I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers and there was a big one in this one. Ugh! My jaw was on the floor, saying "That's it! WTF?" Even with that being said, I can't wait to get my greedy fingers on book 3! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Limonessa

    No. No, no, no, noooooo. You can't leave me hanging like this without even a hint of a date - a year! - of when the next book's planned... Crap. This is one of those series I wish I'd picked up when completed. But anyway. The Shattered Dark started off way worse than I expected. It's kind of slow at the beginning and pretty boring too. By 20 % in I was pretty much convinced that it suffered from a serious case of middle book syndrome. Which it does, to a certain extent. The action takes ages to p No. No, no, no, noooooo. You can't leave me hanging like this without even a hint of a date - a year! - of when the next book's planned... Crap. This is one of those series I wish I'd picked up when completed. But anyway. The Shattered Dark started off way worse than I expected. It's kind of slow at the beginning and pretty boring too. By 20 % in I was pretty much convinced that it suffered from a serious case of middle book syndrome. Which it does, to a certain extent. The action takes ages to pick up and the plot is quite heavy on the politics. Furthermore, I kinda wanted to bash McKenzie's head in with her sketchbook. Woman, you're 26, a virgin for crying out loud, and you spend half of your time considering "should I give in to Aren or not? Can I afford to love him or not during a war?" I say you don't have the luxury to ask yourself that! Just tick off that item off your list already and do the deed!!! Another thing I expected from this book was to be bothered by the love triangle, but again I was wrong. There is virtually no love triangle, what with Kyol being practically absent from the plot. So, for haters of love triangles... it's not so bad, I've had much worse. By half book my expectation had turned into certainty: The Shattered Dark was well on the way to be a snooze fest. Again, wrong! The second part turns interesting, the action picks up and some interesting details are unveiled. I was pretty much engrossed in the story by the 75% mark. But that ending! That is mean. I spend the whole book panting for Aren and then you leave me with that?! A title, a release date, something better be announced soon. Lacking something if compared to the first installment and a bit disappointing as far as pacing is concerned but I won't say it's not worth the effort.

  22. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy See site review for similar titles 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 Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy See site review for similar titles 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. Sexual Content: Kissing

  23. 5 out of 5

    Boyanna

    hey people i find this on the Sandy Williams blog/website, it's an Excerpt from The Shattered Dark, it doesn't revile much, but it's better than nothing :) right? http://sandy-williams.com/2012/02/21/... hey people i find this on the Sandy Williams blog/website, it's an Excerpt from The Shattered Dark, it doesn't revile much, but it's better than nothing :) right? http://sandy-williams.com/2012/02/21/...

  24. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    This is such a fun, edge-of-your seat ride! Anyone who loves great urban fantasy will absolutely relish this series. In this second installment, the story stalls just a bit at times while the author tries to fill first-time readers in on all the backstory. This results in info-dumps for those who are already familiar with the story. There is also a huge cliff-hanger at the end (total manipulation to get readers to buy the third book.) Luckily the third book was already out when I read this or I This is such a fun, edge-of-your seat ride! Anyone who loves great urban fantasy will absolutely relish this series. In this second installment, the story stalls just a bit at times while the author tries to fill first-time readers in on all the backstory. This results in info-dumps for those who are already familiar with the story. There is also a huge cliff-hanger at the end (total manipulation to get readers to buy the third book.) Luckily the third book was already out when I read this or I would have been livid. As it stands, however, I could purchase the last in the trilogy immediately so that annoyance didn’t enrage me like it could have. BUT... if you aren’t willing to shell out eight bucks to finish it up, I wouldn’t suggest starting. Still, I would say it is totally worth it if you like non-stop fantasy action!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Didi

    SERIOUSLY??? NO, SERIOUSLY???!!! I want to start this review in order, discussing a quick synopsis, how I felt and what happened. But I am PISSED. Yes, pissed to hell for what I've been left to ponder. On my own. For several months. PISSED. I knew there was supposed to be some sort of development that really irked people. I was anticipating it. I was in full expectation mode. Up until 94% I was coasting. Yes, there were lots of developments. tons! and I thought, maybe people were being ralled up o SERIOUSLY??? NO, SERIOUSLY???!!! I want to start this review in order, discussing a quick synopsis, how I felt and what happened. But I am PISSED. Yes, pissed to hell for what I've been left to ponder. On my own. For several months. PISSED. I knew there was supposed to be some sort of development that really irked people. I was anticipating it. I was in full expectation mode. Up until 94% I was coasting. Yes, there were lots of developments. tons! and I thought, maybe people were being ralled up over nothing. I WAS SO FREAKING WRONG! The so-called development, which I would like to refer to as a CRUSHING AND DEBILITATING STAB TO THE HEART, was so unexpected and problematic that I wanted to let out the most frightening, ear-piercing scream known to mankind. Luckily what stopped me were my kids sleeping soundly in their beds and friendly neighbors who would have called the police, ;). I am crushed. Please let there be a way! I have hope and pray things go differently in the next book. AGHHHH! But really, this was an awesome read filled with non-stop action and drama. I was never bored and always guessing what was going to happen. And it wasn't predictable. Lots of surprises! I loved Aren. OMG! he was exquisite. Everything Mac has ever wanted. He was feirce, kind, loving, supportive and most importantly, determined to fight for her at any cost. In the 1st book I was so torn between him and Kyol, but in this one, by the end I was all over Aren. LOVED HIM. The only criticism I will share is the duplication of phrases or lines of thought. It wasn't necessary to know something McKenzie feared over and over again. Like I said, PNR is an amazing genre when done right and this is definitely done right! Can't wait for the third book. There is hell to pay if it doesn't go as I hope!!!! No, just kidding! ;0.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Carson

    I love the cover! I can't wait for this book, so excited! Update: 4.5 Stars I loved this book, I really did. Rating it just shy of 5 stars is mainly because the first one set the bar so high. This installment was non stop action, and had me reading chapters before I even realized it. The main flaw I had with this book is even with the non stop action, I felt like not a lot was happening. We weren't moving on enough in the story for the pacing of the action. We would have all these fight scenes whi I love the cover! I can't wait for this book, so excited! Update: 4.5 Stars I loved this book, I really did. Rating it just shy of 5 stars is mainly because the first one set the bar so high. This installment was non stop action, and had me reading chapters before I even realized it. The main flaw I had with this book is even with the non stop action, I felt like not a lot was happening. We weren't moving on enough in the story for the pacing of the action. We would have all these fight scenes which were brilliant and enthralling but we didn't progress far into the storyline. I still think Sandy Williams is an amazing author and I look forward to tons more by her, and of course will be itching for the next installment. I love paranormal. I will pick up anything from ghosts to vampires. But if I had to rank them from my favorite to least to read I would have to say Fae are towards the latter.(Funny considering my favorite series of all time is revolving around Fae, but I'm talking in general here, there are always exceptions). That being said, I forget my rankings when I'm in the pages of these books. The characters are so vivid and real. My heart breaks right along with them, I'm fighting along with them, and I'm loving along with them. The world and story that Williams has created is so fresh. This series reminds me why Urban Fantasy will always be my #1 love. I will read anything, and often find new favorites, but when I read an amazing series like this one it brings back all the reasons for my loyalty.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    That ending was so heart-breaking. And I hated it. Every time I read the part where Aren is present, I just fall for him even more. *Sigh* I can't believe it but he's just so... so... Aren. lol OH MY GOD!!! Next year?! NEXT FREAKING YEAR?!?! That's too long! I can't be in agony for THAT long! I have, no - NEED to have this book sooner!!! Ooh! Another kickass cover! Love it! Hope the book's as good as the cover! :)) That ending was so heart-breaking. And I hated it. Every time I read the part where Aren is present, I just fall for him even more. *Sigh* I can't believe it but he's just so... so... Aren. lol OH MY GOD!!! Next year?! NEXT FREAKING YEAR?!?! That's too long! I can't be in agony for THAT long! I have, no - NEED to have this book sooner!!! Ooh! Another kickass cover! Love it! Hope the book's as good as the cover! :))

  28. 4 out of 5

    Simona Ithil

    I love this book, it was so good. I don't want to cry... but I love Aren so much, so pretty please McKenzie, pick him!!! I love this book, it was so good. I don't want to cry... but I love Aren so much, so pretty please McKenzie, pick him!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Rebecca ♥

    I enjoyed this just as much as the first book. The intense action and suspense was back, and the story was just as interesting. Trying to figure out who to trust, with Remnants and Vigilantes, and court fae, and now even more sighted humans thrown into the mix! But I was a little disappointed we only saw Aren a few times before about 40%, and then he appeared fairly consistently. I remain impressed by McKenzie. She was a great, strong lead in The Shadow Reader, and I loved how she didn't let her I enjoyed this just as much as the first book. The intense action and suspense was back, and the story was just as interesting. Trying to figure out who to trust, with Remnants and Vigilantes, and court fae, and now even more sighted humans thrown into the mix! But I was a little disappointed we only saw Aren a few times before about 40%, and then he appeared fairly consistently. I remain impressed by McKenzie. She was a great, strong lead in The Shadow Reader, and I loved how she didn't let her feelings get away from her, and made a decision in the first book as to which fae male she would commit to. And she stuck with her decision! She had no weak moments with Kyol, no lingering feelings, or betraying thoughts. She was completely dedicated to Aren, and you could see her falling in love with him more and more throughout the book. There were several times when he would do something, and she would think, "This is why I chose him instead of Kyol."❤️ Why can't more women be like this?! In every comparison, Aren always came out on top for McKenzie, constantly reaffirming her decision. But, that doesn't mean that life, or Kyol, are going to let her off easy. The ending was really sad and leaves us wondering the fate of McKenzie and Aren's relationship, and whether or not Kyol will suddenly come back into the picture. I hope not because I am sooo mad at him right now! Its not entirely his fault, but I wanna blame him anyway cuz it was totally not fair! I hope McKenzie will be able to remain true to Aren in book 3. Its a long time to wait until 2014!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nian

    I really struggled through this one, which was so disappointing because I absolutely adored The Shadow Reader and devoured it in two sittings. With The Shattered Dark I just wasn't feeling it at all. I picked it up to read only a dozen pages at least 10 times in the last few months. Now the I've finally powered through it, all I can say is....meh. Meh to McKenzie running around in circles, throwing herself into danger (literally) at every turn and learning absolutely nothing along the way. Meh to I really struggled through this one, which was so disappointing because I absolutely adored The Shadow Reader and devoured it in two sittings. With The Shattered Dark I just wasn't feeling it at all. I picked it up to read only a dozen pages at least 10 times in the last few months. Now the I've finally powered through it, all I can say is....meh. Meh to McKenzie running around in circles, throwing herself into danger (literally) at every turn and learning absolutely nothing along the way. Meh to the so called "political intrigue" which alternated between being painfully boring and stupidly obvious in turn. Meh to both Aren and Kyol who weren't present nearly enough to be swoonworthy and just managed to be convenient plugins for when McKenzie inevitably hurt herself again. Meh to the new characters Lee and Paige who are both just useless and have no redeeming qualities as people. The last twist was mildly interesting but I no longer feel invested in the characters so not sure if I will be bothered finishing the series which is a real shame.

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