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The Shadow Reigns

Witch-Hunter, Book 2
Narrated by: Jonathan Ip
Series: Witch-Hunter Series, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
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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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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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Nice continuation

The beginning of this book gives a quick synopsis of the previous book, which is fine, but the way it was written left a lot to be desired. After this point, the story picks up to a more enjoyable pace, but still wasn't as strong as the first book. I wasn't as connected to Hunter and the other characters, though the plot was still good.

The narration itself wasn't the best either as it had a few points where you could hear things moving in the recording studio and the actor's loud breaths were not edited out in some spots.

Overall, if you enjoyed the first book in the series, you very well might enjoy this one though if you just finished listening to the first book I would advise you skip the first chapter.

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Just Fantastic!

I absolutely love this series, but I wish there wasn't such a long wait between books. This book/audiobook is so good, but heart-breaking. too. A slower pace gave me the chance to feel like I really knew everyone. I was a bit surprised at the end. I don't want to give anything away, but not everyone I had really come to love survives.

After the rise of the shadow witch Sophie, the world is plunged into darkness, technology destroyed, and the witch hunters scattered. Hunter and his remaining allies struggle to gather the survivors to mount a defence and prepare for a counterstrike. The witches have gone silent, but there is no truce. Merely the calm before the next storm.

This book is a little darker than the first one, and the feeling of desperation is palpable as it seems the witch hunters have no chance of winning, or perhaps even surviving. But, they have Hunter, and he has powers he is just coming into and still has much to learn. Can there be any hope for peace between witches and hunters? The line blurs between oppressed and oppressors, heroes and villains. It is easy to see why the witches feel justified in their attacks, but equally hard to fault the hunters who strive to protect common people and their homes.

The narration is fantastic!. I love Mr. Ip's accent. His delivery is even and so smooth, just a pleasure to listen to.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A dark tale of lovers turning mortal enemies...

The second book in the Witch-Hunter series is dfinitely better and definitely darker than the first one, and it makes you want more... I rated the story in the first one at 3.5 stars, this installment is somewhere between 4.5 and 4.9:)

Hunter and Sophie are now on two opposing sides of the war - both equally powerful, though Hunter is still to learn everything about what he is capable of doing and acting on instinct rather than knowledge. One thing is certain - it's either life or death for them, no compromise possible at all...

That's the basic idea behind the plot - but the book goes so much deeper. What I like about this dark tale is that somewhere underlying the story is a vital question: can injustice and cruelty be fought with reciprocating injustice and cruelty? Can violence and vengeance rectify centuries of witch-hunting? When I was listening I kept thinking of all the wars in human history, of how cruelty breeds cruelty and hatred only brings more hatred, and how, when the wheel of Fortune turns, victims become oppressors... The story woven by K. S. Marsden brilliantly shows that mechanism, the mechanism that results from the in-bred dark side of the human nature, the human need for revenge and the human hunger for power...

Why then did I stop myself from giving the book a 5-star rating? Well, it's almost perfect, but I still found the pace of the book uneven. There are short passages that slow you down a bit - they have their purpose; they allow you to understand the characters better, they serve as a kind of respite between action scenes, but some of them are a bit too long. On the other hand, they add the feeling of reality to the tale of war - every war is 90% waiting and only 10% fighting, still, I'd like for those parts to be less of them and shorter. That's the only fault of the book I can pinpoint for you.

The narration by Mr Ip is very good, as with the first book. I can only repeat what I already wrote about him once before: he is great at male voices, doesn't try to overdo female voices and his interpretation adds emotions when necessary and makes the listening a very relaxing experience.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Nice continuation.

I really enjoyed the first book and this one picks right up where the last one left off. I do have to say I enjoyed the first book best, this one takes a dark turn which I usually enjoy but wasn’t expecting in this case. I don’t want to ruin anything for those who haven’t listened yet but I was not always amused with the direction specifically in regards to certain characters. I will of course finish out the series as I must know what happens next. I can take my lumps but was not expecting it is all. Well played. Well played. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The witch hunters are on the ropes

The second book begins with the witch hunters and the world in general attempting to recover from the massive destructive blow the shadow witch dealt in the first book. Let’s just say it isn’t going well. Their ranks decimated, their sanctuaries destroyed. Their support network decimated. Their tech advantage eliminated. They are forced to fight a battle that it doesn’t look like they can win. Their only hope is a 7th gen witch hunter whose powers are still in their infancy and which none alive fully understand. A great dark and gritty tale of supernatural battles. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • TU
  • 11-05-18

good book 2

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. I thought the narration was well done and the story is just as engaging. I would definitely say this series is worth your time.

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Who's the good guys?

For me the series has highlighted how difficult it can be to identify who is in the right, who is the good guys, it beautifully illustrates that history is written by the victors. While the good guys seem obvious at the beginning of book 1 the further into book 2 I got the less obvious it is.

Both sides do things that are morally questionable and both sides believe passionately that their cause is the right one. As the reader probably supposed to side with the Witch Hunters and yet at times this is difficult to do.

Book 2 has me desperately wanting book 3, to know what will happen next, and to hopefully find out who the good guys are.

This book to be on an emotional journey, a journey that had me conflicted because I want Hunter and Sophie to win and they're on opposite sides.

The narration is well done, the character voices are clear and distinct. The pace and tone of the narration matched that changed pace of this book.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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An enjoyable read

My fourth read/listen from author K.S. Marsden was well-written and entertaining. Narrator Jonathon Ip’s British accent made for enjoyable listening. I'll be reading more by her in the future. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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