Book Review: Shadowborn by Jocelyn Adams

Published September 28, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis: Why me?

That’s the question Lila Gray asks every time yet another bad guy tries to destroy the earth, and she learns she’s the only one who can stop it. Once again, something’s on the prowl, leaving hundreds of comatose, soulless victims in its wake.

Couldn’t the deadliest assassins of the Otherworld go after someone else instead of the brand new Queen of the Seelie? One who still hasn’t adapted to her new role.

Lila would ask Liam Kane, King of the Unseelie, for advice, but something’s off with him, too. He’s holding back. In some way. About some thing. In fact, he refuses to tell her what’s going on.

The truth holds Lila back from the greatness of her role—the people she was born to lead—the man who she desperately loves—and the solution to the latest war raging around her.

To find the answers, she’ll need to fight through her own darkness and embark on a journey through her psyche.

If she doesn’t succeed, the Shadowborn will claim not only her world, but her soul.

The Good: Jocelyn Adams does it again with the second book of the Lila Gray series. Shadowborn delivers on so many levels that will leave readers reeling from the emotional peaks and valleys each character faces. Lila Gray, the reluctant queen of the Seelie court, is forced to battle a foe that will be anything but easy to defeat. At her side is Nix, the captain of her guard, who wants more from Lila than her leadership. Liam Kane, king of the Unseelie, is all that stands in Nix’s way, but Liam’s hiding something deep and dark from Lila, something she may not forgive him for. On top of her battling her own court and her heart, Lila must face an evil that is not of this world.

Readers don’t have to read The Glass Man to get into book two, which says a lot about how well Adams planned and plotted this novel. The emotional ups and downs will tear at your gut and may be tear-inducing. (Yes, I started crying at one very memorable scene.)

Shadowborn is a mystery, a romance, and a thrilling ride that will leave you wanting more.

The Bad: That I have to wait for The Rise of the Magi.

Recommendation: Everyone who loves a great love story, a great mystery, and great writing should pick this up. Just be prepared to cry!

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