The Shadow Reigns

Witch-Hunter, Book 2
Narrated by: Jonathan Ip
Series: Witch-Hunter Series, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second part of the Witch-Hunter series.  

The world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch's revolution. The witch-hunters are scattered, but still strong. The race is now on to gather allies and win the war. New enemies will arise; loyalties will be pushed to the limit. And an important question will be answered: Can a witch-hunter who practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted? 

It is said "love conquers all", but this twisted love must stay secret, locked away with the past.

©2013 K.S. Marsden (P)2018 K.S. Marsden

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Book 2 Is even better than Book 1!

The Shadow Reigns pulled me in even quicker than The Shadow Rises. Maybe it was because I already felt like I knew the characters but this book few by! The narrator does an excellent job distinguishing the characters and making you feel invested in the story. I highly recommend this series and I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series!

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Regrouping, strategising, some banter and utter turmoil

Love that the same narrator tells the second book. Lovely portray of the accents, can’t judge the accuracy one bit, can only tell that it’s nice hearing a British voice telling a story located in Britain. All the different voices and accents make this story a joy to listen to. It’s a breeze to follow the dialogues. This book was a bit weird at the beginning for me. For a while it felt like it would be an entire book about re-organizing the society after the devastating events from book 1. Of course, picking up where book 1 ends means it needed to have a start of some regrouping and strategising unless the story would’ve jumped in time but I prefer this over a jump. But after that much needed regrouping, that I needed to adjust to shall we say, the story continues. The new formed group was hilarious at times, the banter adding lots of humor and sometimes the group brought some depth to the story as well. Which was a nice addition because, as I said, for me, after the action in the end of book 1, the first part of this book felt kinda plain. The group was given a very important but somewhat boring task and I’ll admit that I didn’t like the book as much as the first one due to the regrouping and strategising. Those things just aren’t my favorite so I got scared it would be lots of that. Also, the first one wasn’t as dark as this one, there was still a search and some mystery going on and a bit of romance in the background so it takes some adjusting to the darkness. This one is more preparing for the fight and the fight itself. The doomed vibe of it all is captures very well. Storywise, I think the author did a great job of continuing the story. I just loved the few lighter bits in book 1, they made a nice addition to an otherwise evenly dark storyline, so I guess that’s why this one needed to grow on me. Apparently I love me some light parts in my dark stories lol. But anyway, it’s captivating for sure after some chapters where the characters needed to scrape themselves together. It is more devastating than book 1. There is definitely a war going on and it’s not a pretty one. I do wonder how the story will develop from here on out. The ending leaves you wondering just how it can possibly end well. So it might have started out a bit less for me personally but I did love this book as well and can’t wait for the sequel!

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The shadows grow

The first book was an auctioned packed adventure and this one just continued the action from there. Hunter has to learn so much with so little information and try to figure out how to fight the shadow witch with everything destroyed and most of modern technology obliterated. The shadow witch and he are still struggling with their feelings and their desires along with what they think is right. Hunter took an emotional and physical beating in this book. I wanted to give him a hug so many times. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and an looking forward to what’s next for these characters. I received this at my request and am leaving an honest review of my own choice.

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As the plot thickens

This is the second book in the trilogy. This book picks up right where book one ended. Hunter has discovered a Shadow Witch and is determined to take her out. Hunter and the gang run into a few twists along the way. The storyline just got very interesting. Can't wait for the third to be released on audio.

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Loved it!

Oh Hunter...I love that man. I listened to this series and man it was so good!! It ended too soon!! The battle continues on this book and man you are in for a surprise I think. Ha! I’m very excited and eager for the third book! I hope it comes to audio! Great series!! I recommend listening to the audio. It’s quite fascinating with the accent. #Swoon. I love it.

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Which hunters

Hunter and his friends continue to fight the Shadow Witch. There was a lot of time spent at the manor, towards the end there was much more action, and many tragedies left me sad. I really enjoy this series and ready for the next book.

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witches victorious

After the shadow witch destroys the modern world the witch hunters are left to try to pick up the peices. Hunter and his squad set out to hunt down and destroy the woman he loves. Great characters and lots of plot twists. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Well written and Evolving Characters

Enjoyed the 1st installment and was very happy with the 2nd. Very well written story with very good characters. Kudos to Ip for a great narration. “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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The Shadow Reigns

I loved the first book and the second does not disappoint. I liked the fact that you can't tell who the good guys are unlike book one.

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Great Followup

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine. This is the second book in the series Witch Hunter. It is not a standalone book and has a cliffhanger ending. The author does provide a summary of the events in book 1 at beginning of this book. Here, Hunter and his crew are recovering from their last battle with the Shadow Witch. Things did not go well for them so they must formulate a plan where they might have the upperhand in their next meeting. In the meantime, Hunter is exploring his new found powers. This is a great follow-up to the first book. It is much darker and a bit slower paced than the first book. But, that does not mean that there aren't heart wrentching moments which steal your breath away. Most of this book focuses on the witch hunters with the addition of some new characters - the Shadow Witch [Sophie] is not at the forefront here. I absolutely adore Hunter's mother and her droll sarcastic comments and she does not disappoint. The narrator is perfect. I absolutely love his speaking voice, which is very easy on the ears.

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  • JEYCEE
  • 10-15-18

Book 2

This second book in the witch Hunter series continues with the rest of the story from Book 1. . I think I like book one better than this one, but still a good a good read up to the end.

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  • Helen
  • 07-21-19

great book

The world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch's revolution. Can a witch-hunter who practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted? can't wait for book 3

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  • Deedra
  • 01-10-19

The Shadow Reigns

This was a really good follow up to The Shadwo Witch.There is so much packed into the 4 hours,you really need to keep up! Jonathan Ip was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Thomas
  • 11-05-18

An excellent sequel

Set in the direct aftermath of the events in "The Shadow Rises" this books chronicles the war continued war between the witch hunters and witches who are emboldened by the return of the shadow witch. An entertaining story which continues to build on the world we are introduced to in book 1. I was given this book free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • J Smith
  • 10-16-18

A great modern day Witch hunt!

Absolutely loved the first book and was so glad to get into the second! Really, really enjoyed the continuation of the story in which is now set in an almost apocalyptic England. James, again does a fantastic job with his narration, having given all the characters great accents and personalities! Again, simply great and can’t wait for the next installement! This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Liz Moriarty
  • 10-21-19

Obsessed with Hunter and Sophie realising they are not so different

I cant believe how dark this book got, in fact I needed to recover from the harsh reality that Hunter and Sophie are well and truly at war, no prisoners left to take... They are both pawns in the end, but will they finally see it ? Love the narrator voice. Perfect match for the mood of the book... Thank you.

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  • Lotty
  • 10-18-19

Intriguing

The great narration really suits Hunter the main witch hunter. This is an intriguing tale of forbidden love between 2 very strong characters on opposite sides of the war. It is very interesting that the witch hunter develops magic which normally defines a witch and other people's attitude towards him using magic. WOW what an ending! I really look forward to seeing what happens to Hunter next.

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  • Sally Goddard
  • 09-21-19

The war

K S Marsden writes in a way that quickly endears you to the many characters on both sides and you soon feel for them and mourn them as the war progresses. Johnathan Ip gives life to the characters and is easy on the ears to listen to. A short middle book with twists and questions you want answered, it keeps you intrigued and the final book I look forward too. The book doesn't get five stars as it is such a short book.

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  • Ian
  • 10-14-20

Book 2

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review Where to start, this 2nd installment is just as good as the 1st, pleanty of depth and great detail. the characters are still thoroughly believable. its definitely got everything youd want in a good sequel and more. The narration is faultless, perfectly apt. Jonathan brings this fantastic book to life. I'd definitely recommend this book.