A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
Series: Abby Sinclair (# 2)
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
Page Count: 400 pages
Source: ebook provided by Bewitching Book Tours
WAR IS HELL. AND WAR WITH HELL IS NO FUN EITHER.
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 Faery 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.
Review: Amazing, extraordinary, out of this world! Sliver of Shadow is an amazing follow-up to A Brush of Darkness, the first in the Abby Sinclair series!
I first fell in love with Abby and her friends in the A Brush of Darkness. I loved the spunkiness, uniqueness and sassiness of her, as well as the sexiness of her incubus lover, Brystion. When we begin this latest installment, Brystion has some competition of the very unexpected and elvish kind. This, however, is not the most dire of issues – the fact that the CrossRoads and the Doors which allow the OtherFolk to travel easily between different worlds, has been shut down by the Faery Queen who, as it happens, has gone completely mad.
It comes down to Abby, who has the power to save the OtherFolk, hopefully without losing her own life. Full of surprises and endless twists and turns, this story hooked me and never let me go from beginning to end. A Sliver of Shadow tosses Abby and the reader into the thick of the immortal world in which Faeres, Daemons and all things from Fairy Tales are alive and on the brink of war – a war that will destroy all of life as it is known – for everyone. Readers will be shocked at revelations that occur (I know I was!), discoveries made and a love triangle that will leave the heart pounding. Not only is this installment action packed and full of excellent paranormal writing, but the heat and chemistry between Abby and her two suitors is heady and hot.
I love Allison Pang’s style of writing. Not only has she become one of my favorite paranormal writers, but she has an amazing way of weaving a story that includes humor, suspense, romance and surprising twists – not to mention her writing is simply beautiful at times. It is not many who can turn a panty-loving, rear-end poking, perverted “pet” unicorn into a character easily endeared by a reader. I do have to admit that the ending had me ready to scream and sob – it did not turn out like I had planned or hoped, lol. However, it does make for the perfect segue into the next book in the series (ok, I also read the expert for the next book that appears at the end of A Sliver of Shadow and I still wanted to cry, lol). Yes, this is a book and a series that I become emotionally involved within.
Needless to say, I cannot wait for the next installment in this series to release and I HIGHLY recommend both A Sliver of Shadow and A Brush of Darkness to anyone looking for an amazing paranormal read. I do want to mention that though A Sliver of Shadow is the second book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone, as it has it’s own storyline and there are mentions of bits and pieces from the first book that will cover any questions that may arise.
To end things, A Sliver of Shadow is paranormal perfection!
Favorite Quote (though there are many!): Something hot blurred my vision, scorching down the side of my face. Her gaze become curious as she captured it, turning her fingers to peer at the crystalline softness of my tears.