Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: The Sharpest Blade (Shadow Reader #3)

Author Sandy Williams
Format e-book
Print Length 320 pages
Publisher Ace
Published December 31, 2013

Torn between two worlds.
Torn between two lives.

McKenzie Lewis’s ability to read the shadows has put her—and …those she loves—in harm’s way
again and again. The violence must end, but will the cost of peace be more devastating than anyone ever imagined?

After ten years of turmoil, the life McKenzie has always longed for may finally be within her grasp. No one is swinging a sword at her head or asking her to track the fae, and she finally has a regular—albeit boring—job. But when a ruthless enemy strikes against her friends, McKenzie abandons her attempt at normalcy and rushes back to the Realm.

With the fae she loves and the fae she’s tied to pulling her in different directions, McKenzie must uncover the truth behind the war and accept the painful sacrifices that must be made to end it. Armed with dangerous secrets and with powerful allies at her side, her actions will either rip the Realm apart—or save it.

My Opinion

This book begins as soon as the previous one ends. McKenzie’s life is completely changed due to an incident in the last book. Not only her life but all of her relationships as well. Due to Kyol’s actions, everything has changed. I can’t help but wonder if it needed to though.

Aren clearly had issues accepting the life bond between McKenzie and Kyol. I think he was right in giving her space. She of course hated it but the life bond means that her and Kyol will feel each other always. How weird would that be? I mean if your ex-boyfriend could feel every emotion you feel? Like every emotion- even those that you have with your sweetheart? I can see how it would weird someone out. Plus, in his world a life-bond is extremely special.

McKenzie felt off in this book, at times just acting whiney. She does figure out what is going on. She does help the realm. I just wasn’t feeling as attached to her as I did in the first two books. Mainly, I felt that she didn’t attempt to understand the two guys in her life- Aren or Kyol.

Kyol, oh how I wanted to cry for you. Everything you have does has been done out of your sense of honor. Yet, being honorable hasn’t really paid off for you. I can imagine how you must feel loving McKenzie and yet not being with her. I don’t know how you are handling the life bond, especially the emotional side of things.

The Sharpest Blade does wrap things up and brings to the close for us the story of the Shadow Reader. I just felt that there was something missing. Not really sure what it was, just know that it wasn’t there. I enjoyed the series and do recommend it.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “These books will be my first true swing.”

Other People

Lena- acting queen of the Fae
Paige- McKenzie’s bestie
Lorn- fae who looks after himself.

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