Monday, February 6, 2012
Book Review ~ Shadowcry
by Jenna Burtenshaw
published by Greenwillow
Summary: The Night of Souls--when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest--is only days away.
Albion is at war . . . and losing.
The wardens have descended, kidnapping innocent citizens for their army, but looking for one in particular.
And fifteen-year-old Kate Winters has just raised a blackbird from the dead.
As her home is torn apart by the wardens, Kate's discovery that she is one of the Skilled--the rare people who can cross the veil between life and death--makes her the most hunted person in all of Albion. Only she can unlock the secrets of "Wintercraft," the ancient book of dangerous knowledge. Captured and taken to the graveyard city of Fume--with its secret tunnels and underground villages, and where her own parents met their deaths ten years ago--Kate must harness her extraordinary powers to save herself, her country, and the two men she cares for most. And she'll make a pact with a murderer to do it.
Those who wish to see the dark, be ready to pay your price.
My Thoughts: I liked parts of this book better than I liked it as a whole. The last quarter really saved it.
There was too much time with the capture and transfer of Kate to Fume. It got rather boring when you already knew the outcome just from the summary.
The characters weren't very inspired. I never got the evil feel from Silas. He just seemed tired and I felt sorry for him even before Kate found out the whole story. I did like Kate and saw potential in her character. She was able to take charge and think for herself even in midst of all the strange things that were happening to her.
Da'Ru had the most potential to be the true evil that this story needed. I would rather of had her story throughout the book to add to the suspense and character building, than in some flashes in the last showdown.
Overall the ending saved this for me. I'm curious enough about Wintercraft and Kate's abilities to read the second book.