Sep 6, 2013
Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley's wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She's always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.
But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.
Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.
Lark never asked to be anyone's savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone's weapon. She might not have a choice.
This second installment gives enough back history while also jumping into action that I did not feel lost although I did not read the first book. It immediately becomes evident that Lark has been used and abused because of her rare abilities in the past. There is also the looming fear if the "shadows" who are fine during the day but when taken from light or magic they become monsters. Lark is fighting her own personal demons as she has lost many friends and trusts very few.
As she searches for her brother she encounters an old friend and is offered new alliances, but struggles with her own self control.
The story is interesting and action packed. There are so many personal battles inside the array of characters as well as action packed adventures they must face just survive the dishonesty and truth of how the world has come to be. I enjoyed this book a great deal because in truth there was no telling what could happen next nor whether it will be good or the end of it all.
Plenty of surprises and action.
I was provided a complementary copy to give an honest review.
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