Shadow of Night by Kelley Armstrong – Book Review

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I’ve been waiting for this book to be released and picked it up as soon as I saw it appear on the shelf at work!

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong is the sequel to Sea of Shadows, which is about twin sisters who have to flee after their village is decimated and find themselves on a journey, with an attractive warrior and a criminal, to figure out what is behind the supernatural attack. I loved the first book, Sea of Shadows, and would rate it with 4/5 stars, and the second book turned out to be even better.

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Empire of Night was yet another epic adventure, bringing in new otherwordly beasts that were easy to picture with Armstrong’s description. The twins, Ashyn and Moria, travel to new parts of their realm, allowing the reader to experience more of their world. I enjoy that Kelley Armstrong doesn’t just leave the rest of the series to be told from the capital, but keeps the sense of adventure going.

Yes, there is romance mixed into this fantasy series, but it is very well done. I’ve found some fantasy and dystopian YA authors don’t create a great balance between the plot of the book and the romance the main character experiences. It can sometimes feel a bit ridiculous that these characters are in life threatening situations, and instead of thinking about saving themselves they just dream of their ‘true’ love.  Is anyone with me when I say there was way too much lovey dovey poetry in the sequel to Matched by Ally Condie?

I appreciate that Armstrong wrote both Ashyn and Moria intelligently, not pining after guys who hurt them or guys who aren’t interested in them. The love stories in this book also don’t overwhelm the rest of the plot, they didn’t make me roll my eyes or want to put the book down because of some outrageous decision a character makes due to love ( I once threw a book onto the floor at how mad I became at the main female character’s romantic choices).

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How I felt reading Crossed by Ally Condie and Deny by Sara B. Larson because of
the stupid romantic choices of the main characters

This book was very enjoyable, with intelligent and strong female characters. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the final installment in this series, and will be checking out more of Kelley Armstrong’s other books.

Rating: 4.25/5

For Fans Of: Graceling, Fire, or Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore; Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas; and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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