Monday, May 18, 2015

The Shadow Revolution (Crown and Key #1)

The Shadow Revolution
Written by: Clay & Susan Griffith
Series: Crown & Key
Publication Date: Book 1
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
ISBN-10: 0345539508
ISBN-13: 978-0345539502
Genre: Steampunk | Fantasy

A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.

They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.

As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key, #1)The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith

The Shadow Revolutions delves deep into a dreary steampunk Victorian London where werewolves, demigods, monsters, magic and mayhem are running a mock. Simon Archer, spell-casting scribe, Kate Anstuther, Alchemist and genius, and Malcolm MacFarlane, monster hunter,have taken on the battle to defeat the evil that has infiltrated England.

The story holds a dark and sinister feel even while the rag tag team shuffles through the niceties of society.

Unlikely allies and even more unusual family dynamic is formed creating marvelous character interactions. Even though each character has made rash decision, the family like unit rallies together to fix the problem.

This was a story I could really dive into and not want to come up until I was done. Pack full of originality, The Shadow Revolution is a highly imaginative plot. I especially enjoyed the powerful roles of the ladies in this adventure. I found this to be a great adventure and would highly recommend this story to any steampunk fantasy fan.

I received this ARC copy of The Shadow Revolution from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication June 2, 2015.

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