Sunday, March 28, 2010

Shadowglass by Erica Hayes

Book Summery:
For Ice, a compulsive fairy thief, life is a wild party of mayhem, fae trickery and magical confidence scams. She's never cared about rules or warnings, so when she filches a demon's beguiling magic mirror, she can't resist taking a peek. Malicious enchantment strikes, and Ice can no longer tell a lie. If she can't undo the spell, she'll have to turn respectable. Two words: no way.

It sounds simple, especially when Indigo, a frosty metalfae thief, agrees to help her, as he too has fallen foul of the mirror's mischief. But when the mirror's victims start turning up dead, it seems someone doesn't want Ice or Indigo cured. As they draw closer to answers — and to each other — Indigo remains stubbornly silent about the nature of his enchantment. Is he the killer's target? Or does he harbor a more chilling secret?

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My Review:
I highly anticipated Shadowglass after reading Hayes' debut novel Shadowfae and prequel (short story) Hellcursed. Unfortunately, Shadowglass didn't quite live up to it's precedent counterparts. I have read many stories of faeries and fae, but I honestly had a difficult time with this one. The main character, Ice, was a bit too naive and trite for me. She would decidedly make horrible decisions and then be upset about their outcome. I found it a bit irritating and honestly repetitive to read. Another vexing component is that narratively, Ice would think intelligently with proper grammar and complete thoughts, but then speak poorly in broken sentences and incomplete thoughts. It was like reading about 2 different characters altogether. I also found the flow of Shadowglass a bit too choppy for my liking. Shadowfae had a smooth flow with good direction, plot-wise. I found the narrative in Shadowglass a bit tedious at times, which made for slow reading. Overall, I enjoyed the world Hayes has created. I was happy to see Kane back in this second installment and continue to look forward to the next book in the series. I am hoping that this was just a minor setback in the series. For more information and to download the prequel to the series Hellcursed, check out the author's website.

Cover Art Commentary:
I think the biggest draw of this book is its beautiful cover. The books look gorgeous next to each other.

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  1. Ah, a shame that it didn't quite do as well a the first. :(

  2. I was looking forward to this one since Shadowfae was a good read but I had issues with Jade. Um, I'll still read this one eventually. ;)

  3. @TJ
    I agree!

    I preferred Jade to Ice, but you may think differently. I can't wait to read your thoughts on this one!