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The Shadow Reader: Shadow Reader, Book 1 | [Sandy Williams]

The Shadow Reader: Shadow Reader, Book 1

A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis, can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae king, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands....
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Publisher's Summary

A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis, can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae king, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword master - but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

©2011 Sandy Williams (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Featuring a gutsy heroine and plenty of fay lore, this urban fantasy debut should appeal to fans of Seanan McGuire's October Daye novels." (Library Journal)

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    Niki Rogers North Carolina 07-21-12
    Niki Rogers North Carolina 07-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Incredible new series"

    I enjoyed this new author and new series so very much. The story was fresh and interesting and kept me intrigued from the beginning. I really can't wait for the next book in the series. So audible. Get going. She has already written the Next book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-01-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A YA Fae story that I actually loved.."

    4.5 stars for this one. I normally don't care for Fae stories but this was different and enjoyable. MacKenzie was a really likable heroine. I haven't listened to Amy Rubinate before but she did a great job narrating this book. She made the heroine really enjoyable.

    MacKenzie Lewis is a college student who doubles as a fae tracker for the Fae King. MacKenzie can Shadow Reader, a human GPS who can pinpoint the geographic location of any fae that fissures/teleports in front of her. The King has employed her for years to locate rebel fae who have been trying to cause an uprising in the kingdom.
    After 10 years, MacKenzie was ready to retire as the King's shadow reader as she will try to just leave in the human realm. After 10 years of being in love with the King's Sword man Kyol, she is ready to try and meet human males and maybe meet someone who will help her get over Kyol. The king forbade fae to date humans, and so even though Kyol was in love with MacKenzie, he told her there will be no future for them as a couple.

    On her last final exam, the rebel fae found MacKenzie and kidnapped her. Their leader Aren was convinced that he could get MacKenzie to work for their side if he could show tell her the rebel's side of the story. Plus, he has the gift of persuasion so he could charm her to "like" him enough to get him to do their bidding.

    Aren shares with her truths the King and Kyol never shared with her in 10 years. He made his attraction to her clear and he insisted she learned Fae so she could hear the conversations the King and his council were having since they knew she didn't har Fae.

    Slowly, MacKenzie and Aren started liking each other. Then Aren and the King's guards found her. MacKenzie was now in the position of making an informed decision. Does she continue working for the King and continue with Kyol as things were, OR does she switch allegiance to the rebels and see where this thing with Aren would go?
    Plus, her life was at stake if she joined the losing side...which side was right in the war and which guy was right for her?

    This book was action packed, angsty and a fresh perspective on the Fae. I liked all 3 main characters. I don't mind triangles, but these two guys are really good choices. Both men were warriors, loyal to their loved ones and to their respective cause. Poor Mackenzie, she had to make a choice. Great writing, great plot and I look forward to jumping into book 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana San Francisco, CA, United States 08-01-12
    Dana San Francisco, CA, United States 08-01-12
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    "Compelling, thrilling and suspenseful!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shadow Reader the most enjoyable?

    Amy Rubinate's narration was spot on! I am sometimes distracted by female narrator's interpretation of male voices. But Amy handles the numerous and varied voices effortlessly. Her subtle changes in tone and personality are exactly right and kept me fully rapt in the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow Reader?

    There were so many! The story was very fast-paced and suspenseful. McKenzie's struggle with "who to love" was compelling, but didn't take away from the fact that she's a strong, smart woman.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to some of Amy's other books and this is my favorite to date.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Strong heart, strong mind, strong body - McKenzie has it all!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to hear more!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Murrieta, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Heather Murrieta, CA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a book lover! I read, review, listen to, and hoard books :) I run a book blog, Book Savvy Babe, and am also a mom to 2 young boys.

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    "excellent word building, great read"
    Where does The Shadow Reader rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the world-building, and the audio was very good too. I would rate this in my top 5 favorite audiobooks


    What other book might you compare The Shadow Reader to and why?

    It's Urban Fantasy, so I would compare it to The Anna Strong Chronicles, The Becoming. Also, the Kate Daniels series- Magic Burns. The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Dead Witch Walking.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I really liked Aren


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not an extreme reaction, no


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    EJ 01-31-14
    EJ 01-31-14
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    "Huh?"
    What disappointed you about The Shadow Reader?

    The main character acts like a hormone addled teenager when she is supposed to be in her mid-20s. Being unable to control ones own libido is should not be a plot point.


    What was most disappointing about Sandy Williams’s story?

    The main character


    What three words best describe Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    Best she could do considering the story.


    What character would you cut from The Shadow Reader?

    I would give the main character a little maturity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tcaxel 01-01-14
    tcaxel 01-01-14
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    "struggled to finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I didn't like the main character in the story. She was all over the place.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure yet


    What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    she did alright at her character changes


    Any additional comments?

    Not one of my better random picks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 11-22-12
    Marjorie 11-22-12 Member Since 2012

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "SO GOOD!"
    What did you love best about The Shadow Reader?

    The story, the conflict McKenzie faces, the love triangle, the kick butt action scenes. I loved it all!


    Any additional comments?

    Aren and McKenzie are smokin! Every moment they share together sparks.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia Ashdown, AR, United States 05-04-12
    Alicia Ashdown, AR, United States 05-04-12
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    "Character filled exciting if predictable story"
    If you could sum up The Shadow Reader in three words, what would they be?

    A Good Story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters


    What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was just a decent story


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I got the book it made a long drive better!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 05-25-12
    Sarah 05-25-12

    et cetera, et cetera, etc.

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    "Breathtakingly horrible"
    Would you try another book from Sandy Williams and/or Amy Rubinate?

    No.


    Has The Shadow Reader turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I generally like this genre.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

    I don't know. The book was so mind-numbingly awful that I can't give an objective review of her narration. I didn't HATE her. So that's something.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The best part was when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    This read like something written by a thirteen-year-old. At its best, the prose was cliche. The rest of the time I was cringing. I had no affinity with any of the characters. The protagonist was obnoxious, unrealistically oblivious, and not the least bit interesting. I found myself wondering how she had managed to live into her twenties with absolutely no survival instinct whatsoever.
    The fact that she was extremely obstinate wouldn't normally bother me if I couldn't tell that it was merely the author's lazy attempt to artificially insert conflict into the narrative.

    Epic fail.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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