A Sliver Of Shadow by Allison Pang (Abby Sinclair #2)

A Sliver Of Shadow by Allison Pang (2)Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Just when her new life as a TouchStone – a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds – seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away…let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed.

The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faerie is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding eleven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.

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If Abby thought losing Moira for a huge block of time was hard, well then doing it again AND taking care of her half angel infant son is going to be worse. At least this time she has help in the form of Moira’s brother Taliver. With Moira stuck in Faerie another soon shows up to take her place. With long buried secrets about to break free, if Abby doesn’t find out how to unite a kingdom, and fast, everything she holds dear will be taken away. Forever.

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A Sliver Of Shadow. Where do I begin? All I really want to do is shout from the rooftops how much I truly adore this series and grumble about having to wait for new ones! The first book in the series, A Brush Of Darkness, introduced me to the genre of Urban Fantasy. The best part though is this series gives Urban Fantasy fans what they want while still giving romance fans what they want as well. Think of it as a quirky hybrid where both genres unite seamlessly.

The last book ended with our heroine, Abby, alone once more. Moira being called back to Faerie to face a trial for her past Touchstone and lover. Seems his reach extends much further than anyone thought because he sends an imposter to take Moira’s place as Protectorate which results in a backfiring spell and the doors in between worlds being shut down by the Queen herself. Because the Queen…? She’s C-R-A-Z-Y. Full on…delusional…cuckoo crazy.

Taliver, who has been living with Abby taking care of his nephew with her is forced to become the new Protectorate in order to maintain some type of calm over everyone once the doors shut down. Which really, isn’t saying much because even though he is royalty he is also severely flawed which makes him an outcast among his people. Apparently the Faerie people value only the most perfect within their race…everyone else is..lower. This also makes Abby lower in their eyes. Not only is she a mortal but she also suffers from seizures as a result from a car wreck.

I found Taliver to be a great addition to the already extensive list of secondary characters. He is a warrior, commands a presence, and even though he is flawed still stands his ground. I found his gentleness with Abby to be “awww” worthy and his patience well wrote. He is definitely a throw back type character being as old as he is. He uses old terms and phrases that date him immensely but coupled with Abby’s upbeat funky attitude, it just works.

Since Brystion left Abby at the end of the last book, I wasn’t surprised when he made an early appearance and then a more commanding one later in the book. The sensual incubus can’t seem to stand to see Abby with Taliver and he makes every attempt to make her choose between them. Ahh the love triangle. I do love those.

Pang has this ability to write with flawless continuation. It seems to just float onto the page. This results in me never feeling like I’m getting bored. Never wanting to skip to the next big scene. I want to read IT ALL. The characters help out a lot in that. Each one vibrant in their own way. My favorite, of course, is Phin…the unicorn. He never ceases making me snort and laugh at his insatiable panty hoarding, quirky attitude and completely snarky dialogue.

Abby is a great heroine. She is strong despite limitations. Her attitude is upbeat and sunny while delivering some of the most hilarious lines. Especially when talking to Phin of course. For the duration of the book she is being pulled in several different directions. Loyalty to friends and then to family and making sacrifices regardless of the outcome for her. Her selflessness is inspiring really.

I enjoyed the continuation of the ongoing story ARC. It’s in-depth and I recommend you not read this one unless you’ve also read A Brush Of Darkness. The new family aspect was unexpected and I had to do some quick mental thinking with Abby and Taliver…heh. Whew. This one ends with yet another cliffhanger that left me cursing. Good news though, fans won’t have to wait an entire year for the next book! This makes me a very happy reader! The next book should be out this fall.

I give A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang 5 stars!

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