Title: Shadowspell (Faeriewalker #2)
Author: Jenna Black
Published: January 4th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
**Warning: If you haven't read Glimmerglass yet, stop reading NOW. The summary will be spoilery**
Summary: On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?
Thoughts: What a great sequel! While Glimmerglass sets up the setting and story, Shadowspell takes you futhur into their world. Now, not only are their political battles and homicidal Faerie Queens, there's also the Erlking and his hunt.
Shadowspell takes off a couple weeks after Glimmerglass ends. Dana and Ethan are still debating their relationship- whether their friends or more than friends- and Dana's dad is still extremely protective of her. Oh well, though she knows there are a handful of people who would rather see her dead than alive, things aren't so bad. That is, until the nightmare of Faerie enter Avalon. The Erlking and his Wild Hunt are in town and has everyone terrified. Luckily, he can't hurt anyone unless they attack him first. Even so, Dana's dad insists to up her security. At first, Dana is hesitant, but after an encounter with the Erlking, she starts to understand why.
Then, something unexpected happens and completely shakes Dana's world.
Wow, while I liked Glimmerglass, I loved Shadowspell. There's just so much going on, but it's not overwhelming either. Needless to say, there really isn't a dull moment in this book. It's filled with action, romance, Faerie intrigue, and mystery.
First off, lets talk about the boys. Shadowspell introduces a new character/threat. The Erlking, while scary, is somehow still so sexy. I don't know how to describe him. Even though I know he's bad news bears, I still can't help but feel drawn to him. It feels like there's more to him than meet's the eye. You'll see once you read the book. He's the original bad boy, and what girl doesn't secretly love bad boys?
Then, there's Keane. In Glimmerglass, I'll admit that I thought his character fell a little flat. Well, in Shadowspell, you'll get to see more of his personality. Though it's still not much more, it's still something. As I got to know him more in the story, I started liking his character more. He maybe an arrogant prick at times, but he has a good heart.
Last but not least, there's Ethan. This poor guy just can't seem to catch a break. I feel like he tries to do the right thing, but doesn't think things through. I liked his character in Glimmerglass (and would have loved him had he not done some incredibly inappropriate things), but I think I'm finally falling for him in Shadowspell. Keep in mind, I THINK I am. Who knows where the rest of the series will take him! For now, in my opinion, he's the most swoon-worthy guy. Deep down, he's a good guy and is clearly trying to win Dana over.
And now, let's talk about Dana. What I love about this book is how her character unfolds from typical human girl, to Faeriewalker, to possibly something more. She begins to realize things about herself that either no one or only a couple of people know. What I don't understand is why she doesn't tell her dad or Finn. Whether it's to protect them or protect herself, I can't help but feel a bit irritated by this. Maybe it's her naive human nature? Who knows. I hope, for her sake, she starts opening up to those who can help her. Otherwise, I don't think her story will end well.
Overall, Shadowspell is an action packed adventure thrill ride that will have you begging for more. I can't wait to read Sirensong and am extremely grateful I only have to wait till this summer. If it's anything like Shadowspell, I know it's going to be good!