Author: Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
Book Name: The Shadow Revolution
Series: Crown & Key
Rating: Really Good
Blurb: They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.
After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane–but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.
Review: Loved this! It was a really cool, fun, inventive book with lots of incredibly interesting and spunky characters. Kind of a newer concept for me, but it really worked.
This was yet another book that was mostly focused on a male main character, but was a bit more balanced as we got to see perspectives from several of the characters, not just the one. The magic system in this was different than what I’ve seen in other books, with the idea that there are different types of practitioners and how they access magic along with those that are more alchemists rather than just magic users. How those differences were blended worked really well together.
I got a huge kick out of Kate’s snarky attitude and Simon’s rather debonair persona played together nicely with that. Each of the other supporting characters were really unique. I would have loved to have had Penny in more of the story.
While this does have a touch of the Steampunk vibe, we didn’t see an overwhelming amount of it, but it was well balanced. Some of what we did see were really awesome concepts, but a few pushed the boundaries of believability because of the practical application of the apparent technology of the time didn’t seem to fit. Even then, it works well because they are amazing anyway.
I’m hoping like crazy that the next book in the series is as good as this one.