The King's Shadow by K.M. shea - Book Review

Published 20 Apr 2023
by Anca Antoci

Title: The King's Shadow
Author: K.M. Shea
Released: 13.01.2023
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4.39 (read)
Our review:
3.50 (read)

 If you've been following me for some time, you know I'm a binge reader. So, of course, I was going to do the same with this trilogy. That's my weakness!

I just finished reading "The King's Shadow," the second book in the "Gate of Myth and Power" series by K.M. Shea. After reading the first book, I was really hoping that Chloe and Noctus would finally get together in this one. Spoiler alert! Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I'm convinced they are end game, but it's a slow slow slow... slow burn.

Don't get me wrong, the storytelling is still really entertaining. If it wasn't, I would have added this book to my Did Not Finish pile. But I have to admit, not much happens in the first three-quarters of the book. I was hoping for more action, so I gave it a 3.5 star rating. I'm not going to lie, this book was a bit of a let down.

That being said, Chloe and Noctus do spend a lot of time getting reacquainted, and it's nice to see them growing closer again. And thankfully, Chloe isn't trapped in cat form for most of the book this time around.

At this point, my favorite character is still French-Fry the griffin, and I really want to find out more about his backstory. Even though this installment was a bit underwhelming, I'm still curious enough to read the next book in the series.

There are still so many questions without answers. Who is the tracker and what's his problem with Chloe? Why is Chloe fighting so hard not to see behind the Paragon's glamour? And what's the deal with Ms. Booker? I have a suspicion that she might be a villain in disguise or have a secret connection to Chloe since Chloe was adopted and doesn't know her real parents.

Now, let's talk about the slow burn romance. Spoiler alert: they almost kiss. I really hope that K.M. Shea dials up the heat for book three because there's so much build-up tension, and it would be a shame if it led to nothing.

Overall, "The King's Shadow" was a bit underwhelming, but it's still a fun read. If you enjoyed the first book, then I'd say give this one a try. Just don't expect too much in terms of action or romance.

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