Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

From Goodreads:

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.

I really enjoyed the Griffith’s Vampire Empire Trilogy with Greyfriar and Adele, so was looking forward to this new trilogy and meeting some new characters. Simon and Nick are quite the magical team, but they soon get in over their heads. Nick is ready to cut and run, but Simon, disturbed by indications from a past love that he may not be living up to his potential, feels that he needs to do more, to be more. Reluctantly Nick stays with him as he teams up with Kate Anstruther in the fight to save her sister and the gruff and skeptical Malcolm, but werewolves really are the least of their problems.

The Griffiths are excellent at creating flawed but endearing characters who want to be more than they are and strive to become so. I liked their interpretation of Simon’s magical abilities as a scribe and also the strong female characters of Kate and Penny. I’m looking forward to the rest of this trilogy and can’t wait to see where they take us next! I would also recommend the Vampire Empire trilogy, I’m glad to have discovered this husband and wife team!

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