The Shadow Weave (Spell Weaver #2) by Annette Marie
This review does not contain spoilers, but it references the first book in the series and the previous series set in same world.
As I’ve come to expect from Marie’s work, The Shadow Weave was full of fast-paced action. Old characters (or new, if you haven’t read Steel & Stone) resurface in unexpected ways, and knowing where Lyre ends up in five years has me itching to know what happens to separate him from Clio. But knowing that ultimately at least half of our heroic duo will make it through unscathed, I wasn’t rushing through this book as obsessively determined to find out what happens next as I usually am with Marie’s novels.
Clio is a little obtuse. She falls too quickly for Lyre, especially considering an early scene where his magic forces himself on her. Although Clio initially freaks out, she then gets over it way too quickly. He’s a bad boy and she know she should stay away from him, but she just can’t (and doesn’t even try). It’s a little too contrived for me. (Some parts are a little too lustful, but I should have expected that with an incubus as a main character.) Perhaps not reading these books back-to-back caused me to forget some of the earlier magic between the two main characters, but the build-up seemed a bit rushed. The most endearing moments are when Lyre uses his wayward aphrodisia to get them out of locked moments, not when he’s actually trying to woo her.
Everything is magical. Every character. Every object. Every plant. Clio’s ability to mimic magic once again comes in handy during several fights where she’s forced to defend herself and Lyre. It’s her one innate power that keeps her from being destroyed in each fight as the novel routinely points out that nymphs are a gentle, passive caste. Even better, you get to witness Clio fighting through Lyre’s eyes and see his awe at her ability to weave and cast spells simultaneously and quickly. It’s a pretty awesome moment that makes you appreciate our humble Clio even more.
And of course we can’t forget about the KLOC - it’s very existence threatens both magical realms and every character with a drop of magic in them. Except I actually did find myself forgetting about the KLOC through part of the story. It’s very much focused on our two MCs and their development, not the magical doomsday device.
Pleasant and enjoyable, but didn’t give me the “I need it or I’ll die” sequel feeling. But I expect once I have the final book in my hands, all that missing tension I’ve felt is going to come ramping back up. The final installment has already been pre-ordered, and I’ll want to know what’s to happen to keep my lovable MC out of the picture for 5+ years, reunite our enemies and set the scene for Piper and Ash.
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