The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key #1 by Clay and Susan Griffith
Published 2015,Del Ray
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Seriously, thanks.
Like my first status update on Goodreads for this book said, I have two words to describe this book: "hell" and "yes." This book was a complete and utter fun-tastic bookgasm of action, adventure, and magic. Like steampunk? It's got a bit of that. How's about urban fantasy? That's in the mix. Love a little magic? Prepare for lots. Enjoy supernatural creatures, insane asylums, creepy ass experiments, alchemy, explosives and firearms, betrayals, redemptions, twists, turns, revelations, snarky male leads and kickass female ones, or a great supporting cast? Well, welcome to the world of Crown & Key, where the pace is fast, the women are fiesty, and witty repartee abounds. It's kind of like an HP Lovecraft or a Maplecroft (by Cherie Priest) had an illicit affair with a Dresden Files or a Hollows and birthed this love child.
Not to say the book is perfect. The characters are developed enough to carry the story, but not as much as I wanted -- they intrigued me and I wanted more. Thankfully there are more books forthcoming. Also, the villains certainly could have used some extra fleshing out. Overall, a solid romp that falls firmly in the FUN column. If you want a fast, fun, quick read that's chock full of urban fantasy and gaslight steampunk, this is your book. Do yourself a favor and get this one, going in ready to have a little fun. :)
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