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Review: A Shadow Crown by Melissa Blair

A Shadow Crown is one of those sequels which just gets you even more excited for the future. Blair delivers some truly emotional scenes in this introspective sequel. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


To the kingdom, Keera is the king’s Blade, his most feared and trusted spy and assassin. But in the shadows, she works with Prince Killian and his Shadow—the dark, brooding Fae, Riven, who sets her blood on fire. Together, they plot to topple the crown that sits upon the king’s head.

A secret can only survive as long as its conspirators, and when nothing is as it seems, all are in danger. Keera swore she would never open her heart again after a loss she barely survived. But she will soon find she has more to lose than she ever imagined . . .


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: alcoholism, depression, self-harm, addiction

A Shadow Crown is a sequel committed to character development. I loved being able to witness Keera navigate loyalty and trust. Not only does she have her own reservations, but she has to figure out these new alliances. A Shadow Crown pokes at Keera’s past and how she deals with and explores her mistakes. The ways she has been forced to compromise to survive. It is a surprisingly tender sequel with unexpected friendships and truly charming moments.

Keera has to figure out her own powers and while this may not be an extremely action packed quest, it ended up being an element that I loved. The past can cause memories and grief, but it can also cause joy and discovery. Seeing her navigate these new abilities and also wonder where they, and she, came from resonated with me. Throughout Blair also explores this idea of protection. Of allowing people to make their own decisions, while also wanting to protect them.

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A Shadow Crown cements my love for this Halfling Saga and I cannot wait for the sequel. In many ways, this is a book about sacrifice and atonement. About trying to figure out what we are willing to give up for the greater good or for one person. What we would do to fix our mistakes when we can. If you enjoyed A Broken Blade and love Keera’s character, this is a must read. Find A Shadow Crown on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, & Blackwells.


What is your favorite multi-book series? i.e. more than 3 books so far or projected!

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