Book Reviews

Empire of Shadows by Sarah M. Cradit



Two dynasties clash for power. Only one empire can emerge.

In a time now legend, a sacred vow united the Farværdig and the Tuatha Dé Danann. One race born of fire, the other risen from nature. Together, they enjoyed centuries of peace and prosperity, under the protective blanket of this hallowed oath.

But when war came to the doorstep of the Tuatha, the Farværdig turned their backs. Expelled from their lands, those Tuatha who were not extinguished went into hiding, later re-emerging in secret as the Quinlans. The broken vow took its toll on the Farværdig, dividing the race into two factions: those willing to fall to heel of new restrictive laws, and rebels determined to restore the peaceful values of their kind.

In the midst of years of strife that follows, a Prophecy emerged, promising hope. Unite the races once more, and right the ancient wrong.

As the shadows of age and myth are exposed, the Deschanels find themselves deeply enmeshed in this war. Their bloodline and futures closely intertwined with both races, each member of the family must uncover their own vital role in fulfilling the Prophecy or risk decimation.

My Review: 

Empire of Shadows starts with Ana, Finn, and Aidrik’s long travel to Finn’s grandfather’s house. Finn has always been one of my favorite characters, so I don’t like the fact that Finn has to share Ana with Aidrik, although I realize the reasoning behind it. Meanwhile, Jacob is reluctant to learn about his past. He says to Amelia, “To know your family’s dark secrets is enough. I’m not sure I can handle more darkness from mine.” Amelia replies, “But it doesn’t have to be darkness. For all the bumps in the road my family has seen, it’s all been worth it. To be who we are” (72).  Jacob is another character that I really like. In fact, I relate more to the males than to the females in the Crimson and Clover Series. Back at  Ophélie, Nicholas, Mercy, and many other Deschanels are preparing for the Empyrean children’s arrival. Nicholas is his usual surly yet entertaining self. When a woman practically begs Nicolas to be her evigbond, he thinks, “the idea of spending thousands of years with one person sounded like the worst form of punishment. Waterboarding had nothing on evigbond” (131). Empire of Shadows is different than the rest of the series; more sensual and raw but it’s as intoxicating as the rest of the series, too. To completely understand Empire of Shadows, I recommend that readers start at the beginning of the series.


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One Comment

  1. A well written and thoughtful review. Thanks.

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