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Published: February 28, 2012Publisher: Pocket BooksPages: 384Received: for honest review for part of blog tourADULT CONTENT
Just when her new life as a TouchStone — a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds — seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away…let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed.
The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faerie is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.
This second book in the series tops the first in so many ways. It picks up about half a year after the ending for the first book, but if you haven't read A Brush of Darkness not to worry as the author does an amazing job of filling in the bits and pieces from the previous story.
I felt like Abby is a much stronger character in this book. She puts all of her knowledge to good use throughout the book to come up with amazing solutions to the problems that she and her peers face both in the human world and in Faery. Abby faces so many challenges in this story from learning who her father truly is (it's pretty intriguing), facing the Faery Queen (who seems slightly mad), dealing with her control of the Dreaming and as always trying to keep that pesky unicorn, Phin, out of her underwear drawer.
She also faces a love triangle of epic proportions - Talivar (the elven prince known as the Crippled Prince) versus Brystion (her ex lover, who happens to be a daemon). I have to say that I will be rooting for Talivar in this series. Brystion may be darkly sexy and make Abby shake in the knees just from a touch, but Talivar seems to understand her better than anyone.
So much to say about this book, but so many things could spoil all the excitement! I highly suggest you get reading this series if you haven't picked up a copy yet. If nothing else, you must meet Phin the obnoxious, snarky, underwear loving miniature unicorn.
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GIVEAWAY INFOAllison is hosting a giveaway during this tour for 10 signed copies of A Sliver of Shadow - all you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter entry form below! Giveaway is TOUR WIDE and open to US ONLY.
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About the author:
A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.
Phin's Twitter Page (seriously need to check this out)