Review: Shadowspell

Shadowspell is the second book in the Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black. It was released in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats on January 4, 2011. It is published by St. Martin’s Griffin and the print edition is 304 pages. You can buy a copy online at, Barnes & Noble or other bookseller or in stores.

Description from Goodreads:

On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm.

A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead.

The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?

The Wild Hunt has come to Avalon. Led by Arawn the Erlking, the arrival of the Hunt has struck fear in Avalon’s citizens, both mortal and Fae. Dubbed “The Nightmare of Faerie” Arawn and his hunters, while no longer possessing the power to simply hunt at will, are always looking for someone foolish enough to instigate an attack so that they can give chase.

Dana Hathaway, already in hiding from the Queens of Faerie and any assassins they might send, is doing her best to stay as far away from the Wild Hunt as possible. Having witnessed their arrival in Avalon the last thing she wants is to meet this immortal Faerie. There are already enough people who wish her harm, she certainly doesn’t need to add to that list, and especially someone as dangerous as the Erlking.

Ever since her arrival in Avalon Dana’s luck has run out. Even heavily guarded and kept hidden underground with only limited ventures into town, she manages to run into the Erlking, and on more than one occasion.

Although seemingly coincidental, it quickly becomes apparent that Arawn is very interested in Dana, but his intentions aren’t clear. Have the Queens of Faerie hired him to eliminate her as their biggest threat? Did her Aunt Grace play any role in his arrival? Or does he want to use Dana for his own purposes – for her Faeriewalker abilities that will allow him to gain back his power and assassinate the Queens?

One thing is for certain, as long as the Hunt is in Avalon Dana, and everyone she cares about, is not safe.


Shadowspell is the second book in the captivating Faeriewalker series. It continues a few weeks after the events in Glimmerglass in which Dana discovered that she had the rare ability to cross between the mortal world and the world of Faerie, bringing technology into Faerie and magic out. Her father has been protecting her to the best of his ability by keeping her hidden underground and monitored around the clock by bodyguards.

With only limited contact with her friend Kimber, even less with her “not” boyfriend Ethan and her defense trainer Keane, Dana is at her wits end. But that all changes with the arrival of the Erlking.

This second installment in the series surpasses the first book by leaps and bounds. The first few chapters re-introduce the reader to this series, giving the lay of the land, but once that’s done, it just takes off.

The adventure in this book is tense and exciting, and Dana continues to be feisty, daring and courageous. Once again she has to be self-reliant in order to face her enemies, choose her battles and fight to protect those she cares about.

Written in the first person from Dana’s perspective, the story has a nice and easy flow, only interrupted by Dana’s wonderfully sarcastic thoughts and comments and by a few tantalizing scenes.

There are a number of stories in this genre that talk of the Erlking and the Wild Hunt, but author Jenna Black gives us a completely different angle on this theme and this character. While Arawn possesses all the nightmare qualities that can be expected of someone who lives for the chase and kill, he has a very enticing and alluring side to his personality, which leads to a rather intense encounter.

Although this is a sequel, readers will not get lost if they haven’t read the first book. However reading the first book is recommended to get a better understanding of the characters.

Even though this doesn’t end with readers hanging off the side of a cliff (maybe just approaching a precipice) there is so much more story to tell and questions that fans of this series will definitely want answered.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

At first it was hard for me to decide which book I loved more. If you asked me after the first third of the book I would have said Glimmerglass but that completely turned around for me at that point.

I didn’t think it was possible to actually like the Erlking, but I think he is now my second favorite character in this series. (Dana’s still my favorite.) It may be because a lot of the focus was on him and his interactions with Dana, but he still rocked. For a Faerie he was one bad*** biker dude.

There was a lot less Keane in this book, who I did miss, but he still made his presence known. And after reading the short prequel story Remedial Magic I couldn’t stop chuckling every time Kimber was mentioned.

There were a few well-written sensual scenes and a couple very H-O-T scenes in this book. Perhaps not completely appropriate for the younger members of the YA audience, so I will not include a quote here.

So, my second favorite passage from this book was when Dana was discussing Keane:

He’d told me once that if I didn’t want to bash his face in during our sparring sessions, then he wasn’t doing his job. He was doing his job just fine.

Sirensong, book 3 in the series is currently scheduled for release this year and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.


If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, Glimmerglass, check out my review here.

To read the first chapter of Shadowspell online click here.

To download (or read online) chapters one and two in pdf format from the author’s website, click here.

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