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A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair, Book 2) (edition 2012)

by Allison Pang

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Title:A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair, Book 2)
Authors:Allison Pang
Info:Pocket Books (2012), Editie: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 400 pagina's
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Rating:****1/2
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Absolutly positivly loved it! Every single darn part, character, plot...just loved it. ( )
  AuthorRaeZRyans | May 24, 2014 |
See my review of this book, and many more, at Tales from the Great East Road.

(Spoilers for book one.)

Abby is still adjusting to her new life as a Touchstone – someone who can help the OtherFolk cross between our world and the world of Faery – and though she is getting the hang of it, it’s not easy. Especially when Moria, the Protectorate, leaves for the Faery Court. With Abby left in charge things go from bad to worse when a spell on Abby backfires and causes the Queen of Faery seals the doors between the two worlds closed. Now OtherFolk on Earth are fading, and Faery is preparing for war with Hell. All Abby can do is travel to the CrossRoads and attempt to override the Queen’s magic, and prey she is strong enough for it to work.

This book continues the dynamic politics and magic system set up in the first book, exploring Abby’s role as a Touchstone and the relationship between Earth, Faery, and Hell. Abby herself is a great urban fantasy character, strong and brave without becoming a stereotype; she admits her fears and doubts but doesn’t let them stop her, and is willing to sacrificing herself to save Faery. However, Abby fails to live up to this when it comes to her first love interest, the incubus Brystion. He turns up half way through the book and does nothing but act self absorbed and arrogant, with no respect for what Abby wants. Sadly Abby never calls him out on his actions, only ever half-heartedly telling him to back off then giving in to him. In book one, Brystion was the classic sweet but tormented and misunderstood hero, but in A Sliver of Shadow has become the other urban fantasy cliche; the self involved jerk who can’t understand the word “no”. This change is hugely disappointing. Also, the descriptions of Faery were very interesting, but few and far between and felt like they could have been much more extensive. This was a missed opportunity, and very disappointing seeing as most of the book is set in Faery.

What saved the book though, other than Abby herself, was the elf prince Talivar and the unexpected cliffhanger ending. Talivar, the second love interest, was much more preferable than Brystion – in fact, he seemed to fill the void of positive male love interest left by Brystion. Talivar is sweet, understanding, charming, and funny; a much more favourable character in general and a better match for Abby. The cliffhanger was a complete surprise, leaving you wanting to read the sequel now, and may be a complete game changer for this series. Let’s cross our fingers and hope for the best in book three.

3.5 stars ( )
  Great_East_Road | Sep 25, 2013 |
4.5

Reseña de Fantasía Mágica


AVISO DE SPOILERS DEL LIBRO ANTERIOR

Si esperaban algo similar al libro anterior sigan esperando, porque la segunda parte de esta ¿saga? ¿trilogía? es muy diferente de lo que vimos ya.
Pasaron 6 meses desde el final de A Brush of Darkness y Abby ya está físicamente recuperada... y con nueva cicatriz. Moira se fue (si, de nuevo) dejándola a cargo de su bebé, así que ahora además de TouchStone, Abby es niñera con la ayuda de Talivar (que sigue viviendo con ella y siendo su guardaespaldas) y la "ayuda" de Phineas, que afortunadamente sigue igual de incorregible, y de quien se ve bastante más participación con más comentarios ácidos y mucha más perversión... y a quien imagino con una voz similar a la de Benedict Cumberbatch.

La aparente calma obviamente no va a durar. En Faerie se está llevando a cabo el juicio a Maurice, el reino Faerie está a punto de entrar en guerra con los Demonios y sumado al detalle de que la Reina Faerie se ha vuelto un poquito bastante loca, Moira tiene suficientes razones que la retienen en el Otro Mundo.
Es por eso que aparece una nueva elfo -muy desagradable- para ocupar el cargo de Protectorado en el mundo humano (aunque nadie sabe nada sobre eso), y está más que decidida a convertirse en TouchStone de Abby cueste lo que cueste... incluso si eso involucra un hechizo dudoso que hace que todos los Otros tengan convulsiones como Abby y pierdan el conocimiento indefinidamente. ¿El pequeño daño colateral? La Reina Faerie decide cerrar las Puertas entre los mundos, y todos quedan atrapados en donde sea que estén, sin importar si tienen un TouchStone para mantenerlos con vida o no.
¡Oops!

Así que ahora el problema es volver a abrir los CrossRoads y para eso hace falta una llave mítica que, como no podía ser de otro modo, nadie sabe dónde está.
Pero ésto es sólo el comienzo. La ubicación de dicha llave es tan obvia que se cae de madura a penas la nombran por primera vez y afortunadamente aparece muy rápido, contrario a otras historias que la estarían buscando hasta pasada la mitad del libro. Gracias Allison Pang por no pensar que somos idiotas y alargar lo obvio innecesariamente. Si hay algo que demuestra esta autora (y por lo que la aprecio cada día más) es que no le gustan los clichés.
Sin embargo hay una vuelta de tuerca que vuelve el argumento más interesante y a partir del cual una enorme cantidad de información será revelada. Y con eso, además de la posibilidad de viajar entre los mundos, comienzan los verdaderos problemas.

Abby está más tranquila con su lenguaje de marinero, y demuestra que además de ser una gran protagonista, es ingeniosa y tiene muchos recursos. Y si no los tiene, busca hasta que encuentra.
Es muy noble, realmente, y enormemente desinteresada. 

Ahora el personaje masculino protagonista es Talivar, el Príncipe Tullido despreciado por los de su clase por sus cicatrices y sus fallas físicas adquiridas.
Brystion durante una buena parte del libro no es más que una referencia o un recuerdo involuntario. Debo decir que eso me alegró bastante en su momento. No porque Ion no me guste (aunque tampoco era santo demonio de mi devoción) sino para que el libro no caiga en el consabido y gastado triángulo ¿amoroso?. Si veremos a Brystion más adelante... y la forma de encarar este "conflicto" (la misma Abby menciona varias veces que no hay tiempo para estas cosas) es bastante inusual y muy cómica.
Lo curioso es que durante aproximadamente la mitad del libro, Talivar me simpatizó más y durante la segunda mitad cayó un poco de mi gracia, siendo Brystion el que más me gustaba. Hacia el final sin embargo se equilibró.

En este segundo tomo ocurren muchísimas más cosas que en el primero. Muchísimas.
También hay menos humor a partir de que encuentran la llave, pero no por eso la historia es menos atrapante. Están los personajes de siempre y hay algunos nuevos muy interesantes, como es el caso de Jimmy y su super olfato, o Kitsune, a quien sospecho que la autora la puede haber imaginado un poco como a Yuuko... en versión "azorrada". O al menos esa es la imagen que me proyectó a mí.
Hay una gran cantidad de referencias a El Señor de los Anillos y a ciertos temas de la cultura japonesa... y una sorpresiva y muy cómica referencia a Crepúsculo.

El final es excelente. Excelente.
Y si, ya estoy leyendo la continuación. ( )
  outlanders22 | Sep 21, 2013 |
Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Reviewer: Heather

It’s not very often that a story has the ability to make you laugh, and then make you cry. For me, this is typically the foundation for an entertaining story. With A Sliver of Shadow, the second book in the Abby Sinclair series, I would have to agree. I absolutely loved, loved, loved Phin the mini unicorn, and I loved how all the characters interacted with each other. Everyone flowed even during conflict, and even during the fascinating and hilarious love triangle between the ex-boyfriend incubus and faerie prince who is her bodyguard!

This story brings action, romance, sex, mystery, intrigue, and I could go on (and on) forever. What struck my heart chords was the sacrifice that Abby Sinclair gives, and gives, and gives right up to the very end of the story.

Join Abby and her collective band of friends (and lovers!) as they try to restore the virtue of the throne in the land of the faeries. Turn each page as the story unfolds before your eyes and be transported right into the flow of the words.

Due to the sexual nature, and language, I would suggest this book for adult audiences that love supernatural fantasy stories. While there is love and romance found within the pages, this story has so much more to offer. I look forward to reading the rest of the novels, and have found another great author to add to my MUST-READ list.
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  momgamerwriter | Jul 17, 2013 |
UGH cliffhanger! My emotions are going crazy. I cannot put into words what I want. I am torn between Ion and Taliver. I am totally team Ion but I want Taliver to get his happy ending. ( )
  Tinkerbell4726 | Nov 2, 2012 |
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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 Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven 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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Abby ventures to the CrossRoads, but nothing in the 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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