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Evil returns to Pelenor. The Court of Shadows will reign. The revolution has begun. Dimitri raised Saradon willingly; but now he realises that time, hate, and the darkest of magics have twisted a revolutionary into an evil that seeks dominion over all. Dimitri is bound to Saradon’s cause, no matter the abhorrent acts Saradon already commits. The dwarven realm of Val Evil returns to Pelenor. The Court of Shadows will reign. The revolution has begun. Dimitri raised Saradon willingly; but now he realises that time, hate, and the darkest of magics have twisted a revolutionary into an evil that seeks dominion over all. Dimitri is bound to Saradon’s cause, no matter the abhorrent acts Saradon already commits. The dwarven realm of Valtivar shall be the first to fall to the feral scourge of goblins, followed by the crumbling kingdom of Pelenor, unless Dimitri can somehow twist his orders to avert the death of both nations before it is too late. Harper is thrust into the middle of the conflict when her dwarven companion Ragnar is taken by the goblin horde. But, the hands of fate play a melody she cannot begin to dream of. In the dwarven halls, she discovers her destiny, and her identity at the hands of a goddess-like prophetess. It could not be farther from what she imagines. The truth will pit all against her, for Harper holds great darkness within her, but in her hands is the only chance for success - and it is nigh on impossible. Now, Harper finds herself in a race to not only save her friend, but the future of Valtivar and Pelenor. Will Harper and Dimitri be able to work together to defeat Saradon? Return to the Chronicles of Pelenor to enjoy this fast-paced epic fantasy filled with intrigue and shades-of-grey characters who struggle to survive in an ever-changing game of mortal danger.


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Evil returns to Pelenor. The Court of Shadows will reign. The revolution has begun. Dimitri raised Saradon willingly; but now he realises that time, hate, and the darkest of magics have twisted a revolutionary into an evil that seeks dominion over all. Dimitri is bound to Saradon’s cause, no matter the abhorrent acts Saradon already commits. The dwarven realm of Val Evil returns to Pelenor. The Court of Shadows will reign. The revolution has begun. Dimitri raised Saradon willingly; but now he realises that time, hate, and the darkest of magics have twisted a revolutionary into an evil that seeks dominion over all. Dimitri is bound to Saradon’s cause, no matter the abhorrent acts Saradon already commits. The dwarven realm of Valtivar shall be the first to fall to the feral scourge of goblins, followed by the crumbling kingdom of Pelenor, unless Dimitri can somehow twist his orders to avert the death of both nations before it is too late. Harper is thrust into the middle of the conflict when her dwarven companion Ragnar is taken by the goblin horde. But, the hands of fate play a melody she cannot begin to dream of. In the dwarven halls, she discovers her destiny, and her identity at the hands of a goddess-like prophetess. It could not be farther from what she imagines. The truth will pit all against her, for Harper holds great darkness within her, but in her hands is the only chance for success - and it is nigh on impossible. Now, Harper finds herself in a race to not only save her friend, but the future of Valtivar and Pelenor. Will Harper and Dimitri be able to work together to defeat Saradon? Return to the Chronicles of Pelenor to enjoy this fast-paced epic fantasy filled with intrigue and shades-of-grey characters who struggle to survive in an ever-changing game of mortal danger.

30 review for Court of Shadows: A Sword & Sorcery Epic Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Finishing the first two books in this series in one day, clearly I am hooked.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Mercedes

    Court of Shadows continues the intrigue, drama, and just plain epic-ness begun in Heart of Dragons and takes everything many steps deeper into this complex and fascinating world. I was so ready to dive right in having just finished book 1, and was delighted to find Meg Cowley’s storytelling as compellingly read-able as before! The situation is dire for Harper and friends when their companion, Ragnar (whom you can’t help but love!) is kidnapped by goblins. Desperate to save him, they continue into Court of Shadows continues the intrigue, drama, and just plain epic-ness begun in Heart of Dragons and takes everything many steps deeper into this complex and fascinating world. I was so ready to dive right in having just finished book 1, and was delighted to find Meg Cowley’s storytelling as compellingly read-able as before! The situation is dire for Harper and friends when their companion, Ragnar (whom you can’t help but love!) is kidnapped by goblins. Desperate to save him, they continue into the court of the dwarf king to seek help, but make discoveries along the way that shatter preconceptions and force them to face dangerous new truths. Dimitri’s story is heating up, now that he has reawakened his idol, Saradon. He hopes to see a glorious new age for Pelinor . . . but Saradon is not that ruler Dimitri believed him to be. I loved watching the various threads of plot weaving together, particularly watching how Harper becomes more and more the center on which everything else turns. It’s a wonderful story of good vs. evil, with that same sense of “classic” quality that I enjoyed in book 1, but told in a fresh and invigorating voice that is a perfect fit for modern audiences. I’ll warn you now . . . the ending is a gut-punch! But book 3 is already out, so I can jump right in and hopefully get some relief!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    Our group of friends are travelling towards the dwarf’s home below the mountain, when Ragnar, their dwarf friend is taken by goblins. The friends follow to save him but the horde of crazy goblins is too fast and they disappear. Obviously they decide to seek help so continue on their way to face the dwarf King and get his aid. On the way they realise that there is trouble afoot and that goblins were running amok, and they bring this news to the Konig. Afnirheim had fallen, but it was not the gobl Our group of friends are travelling towards the dwarf’s home below the mountain, when Ragnar, their dwarf friend is taken by goblins. The friends follow to save him but the horde of crazy goblins is too fast and they disappear. Obviously they decide to seek help so continue on their way to face the dwarf King and get his aid. On the way they realise that there is trouble afoot and that goblins were running amok, and they bring this news to the Konig. Afnirheim had fallen, but it was not the goblins that were behind this. Evil was brewing, and none were prepared for what was to come. Dimitrius, the King’s spymaster had brought Saradon, the half-elf back to life after 500 years thinking that together they would break the wheel and turn Pelinor to a more peaceful and equitable place to live in, however, Dimitrius was soon to discover his great mistake. Saradon was no longer the dreamer he had been envisaging a better world, he was now the disciple of Valxiron, who wanted to rule the world and did not care how he did this. Harper is sent to the dwarfs seer and she finds out many things which turn her into the pivot on which all things were to turn, and hopefully change for the better, even though she did not know how and was horrified at what she discovered about her past. This is a brilliant book of good against evil which at the moment is seeing evil triumph at every turn however, one still tends to hope that good will finally really bring peace to Pelinor and Valtivar. A tale of great courage, of friends watching each other’s backs even on the brink of death, loyalty and belief in one another even when tested against all odds by the greatest of evil – Saradon. The friends bond is deeper than that forged by blood as Harper finds out. Afnirheim was just the beginning and Saradon had to be stopped before it was too late for everyone. Past hatreds had to be put aside and working together was the only way to defeat such a magically powerful foe! The ending leaves us in despair but also in hope so onward to book 3.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elda

    This is definitely an awesome epic adventure filled with Court intrigue, machinations, power grabs, working guilds seeking fair treatment as the common people threaten to mass against the king’s tithes. It was the perfect set up for Sarandon to grab his evil hold on the people. This book was extremely well written. Worlds and characters alike came to life at Ms Cowley’s hand. Evil seemed to gain in devastating strength, which made me feel so disheartened, while good seemed to be hanging on by a This is definitely an awesome epic adventure filled with Court intrigue, machinations, power grabs, working guilds seeking fair treatment as the common people threaten to mass against the king’s tithes. It was the perfect set up for Sarandon to grab his evil hold on the people. This book was extremely well written. Worlds and characters alike came to life at Ms Cowley’s hand. Evil seemed to gain in devastating strength, which made me feel so disheartened, while good seemed to be hanging on by a thread. But as long as hope was alive, I kept my own hope alive. There has to be a positive outcome to this series right? Right? But in what way, is the question. I’m sure Ms Cowley has more evil and more good in store in future episodes. I can’t wait to read them. I was pleasantly surprised at the well crafted prose written in the book. I was so disappointed when book two finally came to an end. I will be anxiously waiting for book three.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim Phillips

    This epic fantasy has excellent storytelling and well created world building. Very well written with great realistic characters. A fast paced fantasy with good vs evil elements that show the bond of friends. A very enjoyable story that was hard to put down. I highly recommend this second book in the Chronicles of Pelenor trilogy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Absolutely fabulous. Short but totally intriguing and enjoyable. Can’t wait for more by this fabulous writer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Runar Skjegstad

    I've received this as an ARC. I was very excited how this book would hold up to the first one, let me just say you will not be disappointed. Meg cowley really knows how to make you yearn for more. The characters are well established and you grow to both like and hate them 😊 Harper has now discovered her powers a bit more and seen their potential. Their little group now has a new quest to accomplish. Defeating Sarandon! I was just as hooked on this book as the first, and I can't wait for the next I've received this as an ARC. I was very excited how this book would hold up to the first one, let me just say you will not be disappointed. Meg cowley really knows how to make you yearn for more. The characters are well established and you grow to both like and hate them 😊 Harper has now discovered her powers a bit more and seen their potential. Their little group now has a new quest to accomplish. Defeating Sarandon! I was just as hooked on this book as the first, and I can't wait for the next two books. Thankfully this trilogy was extended to a FOUR BOOK SERIES! Thanx Meg! Get a copy and enjoy a good read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Potter

    Here we have yet another fantastic experience! As I've come to expect from Jack Voraces, the narration is smooth and elegant, the voices are varied and consistent, the vocal inflections are superb and contextually accurate, and the tempo shifts are skillfully done. One of the things I love about reading series is that after the first I don't have to worry about liking or connecting with the characters. If I'm reading book 2 or beyond then I've already done that. And this one is no exception. Althoug Here we have yet another fantastic experience! As I've come to expect from Jack Voraces, the narration is smooth and elegant, the voices are varied and consistent, the vocal inflections are superb and contextually accurate, and the tempo shifts are skillfully done. One of the things I love about reading series is that after the first I don't have to worry about liking or connecting with the characters. If I'm reading book 2 or beyond then I've already done that. And this one is no exception. Although there are some new faces, only 2 or maybe 3 are major characters, so much of this one is dedicated to deepening our understanding of these characters and even leading to sympathizing with a character that I previously hated for being a complete douche. In terms of plot, I really enjoyed the direction of this one. It goes off in a very different direction from the first book but keeps things grounded in the major goings on that are building up to being world shaking. There are a few throwbacks to the Caladan trilogy that I found very interesting. Now, the book is definitely YA, there's no escaping that. But it is blessedly low on the scale of things that I find annoying in so much YA (contrived Interpersonal conflicts and main characters that are walking contradictions in all the worst ways). There are a couple scenes where I felt main characters were being a lot more obtuse/less observant than their character building thus far would suggest, and some of the dialogue was overly on the nose. But all in all, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to experience the next one! The ending comes together in a pretty unexpected way. With where the story ends up, I have to admit that I was expecting an overly convenient and/or deus ex machina sort of ending and I'm really pleased that did not end up being the case. If sword and sorcery, elves, conflicted villains, and morally gray heroes are your thing, this is one series you won't want to miss!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrée-ann

    I haven't read a book since my dog ate my glasses... It has been months and a grew tired waiting for my new glass. This book is the first one I pick up to restart my reading days. This is how much the serie is good. This second book is juste as good as the first volume. We have a lot of world building and charaters evolutions. I always get surprised at how down to heart the story is. With all the magics and creatures roaming, I would have expected the story to go over the top and completly fantas I haven't read a book since my dog ate my glasses... It has been months and a grew tired waiting for my new glass. This book is the first one I pick up to restart my reading days. This is how much the serie is good. This second book is juste as good as the first volume. We have a lot of world building and charaters evolutions. I always get surprised at how down to heart the story is. With all the magics and creatures roaming, I would have expected the story to go over the top and completly fantastical, but it never did! It is organic and very humain, with hero making decision a flawed humain would and it's very refreshing. There is no false pretenses of ''I am a hero so I'll be juste, good, on the verge of being a saint and get the vilain''. It is the start of a epic story that will be put down on Pelenor scrolls and thought to childrend for generation. Well, if our group of unlickly hero succed. Also you are here because you read the first book right? You already know how the story is written with a master hand and how Meg keep you at the edge of you seat, so go on and start reading!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gayreth Walden

    Amazing! Need I say more! Imaginative fantasy writing has always amazed me and author Meg Cowley is one of the best! This is book #2 of the Chronicles of Pelenor. Following Harper, Aedon and their rag tag group of companions, and of course Dimitri, as this fantastic adventure continues. Oh, and did I mention evil Saradon!(who is bent on world domination)..... The characters are colorful and fully brought to life in this tale. The chapters flew by and every one of them is full of emotion, intrigu Amazing! Need I say more! Imaginative fantasy writing has always amazed me and author Meg Cowley is one of the best! This is book #2 of the Chronicles of Pelenor. Following Harper, Aedon and their rag tag group of companions, and of course Dimitri, as this fantastic adventure continues. Oh, and did I mention evil Saradon!(who is bent on world domination)..... The characters are colorful and fully brought to life in this tale. The chapters flew by and every one of them is full of emotion, intrigue, action and frequent conflict that keeps the plot moving. I was delighted with the unpredictable twists and turns. This story is enthralling and terrifying at the same time. I couldn't get enough. I love the charismatic characters, emotional turmoil, friendship, and intrigue. This book has everything. It's a breathtaking adventure you don't want to miss.

  11. 5 out of 5

    bookgeek607

    I was so luck to have been gifted an arc of this book. Meg Cowley sucks us back in with another epic journey back to Pelenor. Fast paced read that leaves you struggling to put it down. Pages filled with trials and tribulations, what is right and wrong, who to trust and who is right. Travel into the cities of the dwarves as everybody fights for justice and the path that won’t destroy them all. The chronicles of Pelenor has fast become one of my favorites series, Meg Cowley spins an amazing story I was so luck to have been gifted an arc of this book. Meg Cowley sucks us back in with another epic journey back to Pelenor. Fast paced read that leaves you struggling to put it down. Pages filled with trials and tribulations, what is right and wrong, who to trust and who is right. Travel into the cities of the dwarves as everybody fights for justice and the path that won’t destroy them all. The chronicles of Pelenor has fast become one of my favorites series, Meg Cowley spins an amazing story with characters that you can love and hate.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    More riveting and action packed than Heart of Dragons which was awesome! With a great evil returning to Pelenor it seems like a small group of outcasts end up in the thick of a brewing war. The orphan Harper and newest arrival to the group is my favorite character and she finds out a lot of hard truths in this book. As a result of the revelations she has many hard decisions and sacrifices to make. I can not wait for book 3 and can not recommend Meg Cowley enough!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    War, despair, friends in deadly danger, prophecies and captivity all come Harper's way. The struggle continues and becomes even more difficult. Who will win ? This is a ripping good read which I hope you will enjoy as thoroughly as I did. Phyllis S. War, despair, friends in deadly danger, prophecies and captivity all come Harper's way. The struggle continues and becomes even more difficult. Who will win ? This is a ripping good read which I hope you will enjoy as thoroughly as I did. Phyllis S.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mat

    Here we are again, this time for Book 2 of Chronicles of Pelenor. I was excited to begin reading this as the first book, Heart of Dragons was nothing short of amazing. I was interested to see what journey we were going to be taken on and I'll admit that at first I was kind of unsure of how the author would get us to where we needed to go. It ended up being a great segway and we get there just fine. The author allowed us to get there slowly and at our own pace without too much of a jarring scene Here we are again, this time for Book 2 of Chronicles of Pelenor. I was excited to begin reading this as the first book, Heart of Dragons was nothing short of amazing. I was interested to see what journey we were going to be taken on and I'll admit that at first I was kind of unsure of how the author would get us to where we needed to go. It ended up being a great segway and we get there just fine. The author allowed us to get there slowly and at our own pace without too much of a jarring scene change. The main story here is that Saradon has finally risen, our band of travelers has finally realized what they're up against, and the struggle that they have both internally and externally because of their newfound knowledge on this great rising. We learn that Saradon has a link to all of them; from Harper, to Erika, to Aedon. This causes a rift to grow between all of them individually. We see Harper and Aedon's relationship grow and then dissipate but on the flip side we see Harper and Erika's bond become stronger. There is a great relationship balance that the author does throughout the book. We continue to learn more about Harper's past and what her future may behold and we even finally get to hear some of the backstory of Erika and why she is so distrustful of everyone. I really enjoy the small tidbits of each character that gets tossed in to help us connect further with them. Dmitri is an extremely interesting character. I felt like he was as side story in Heart of Dragons but here in Court of Shadows he is really starting to become a focal point. He has a devil on one shoulder and an angel on his other. The man is really caught in between a rock and a hard place. Being bound to Saradon he has no choice but to do his bidding although he starts to realize he has made a mistake. We saw this with how he let Harper escape at the end of Heart of Dragons. He seems to be the classic hard on the outside, softy on the inside. Harper begins to see him differently and in a new light than everyone else and while she may say in spots that she can't stand him, there's definitely something else going on here. The battle scenes in Afnirheim were outstanding. I really thought they were stepped up a notch from anything that we saw in Heart of Dragons. This isn't going to be your typical sword and sorcery battle scene. There is plenty of sword fighting going on and there is plenty of magic abounding but don't think you're getting into a GRRM battle that takes three days to get through. It isn't the focal point of the story and it isn't at all a bad thing. While the scenes may quick, there is plenty of action and plenty to keep dragging you through to the end. In closing, Court of Shadows was a masterpiece. There is so much happening throughout that you can't help but sit on the edge of your seat and want to read more. At one point of reading, my jaw literally dropped and fell open and I had to pick it up off of the floor. Every twist and turn and flip was worth the travel to get to the end. Evil abounds, good lurks in the shadows, and a great war is on the horizon. Who will be the victors?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Meg Cowley continues to write an amazing epic fantasy series . Sometimes author's have a little let down in book 2 , no worries here . This book is just as good of not better than the first one . The main characters you already know and you can't get enough of them and their friendship because you feel like they are your friends and they have become people you care about . When an author can make you care about the characters they have one hand put to paper , they are something special . I've sa Meg Cowley continues to write an amazing epic fantasy series . Sometimes author's have a little let down in book 2 , no worries here . This book is just as good of not better than the first one . The main characters you already know and you can't get enough of them and their friendship because you feel like they are your friends and they have become people you care about . When an author can make you care about the characters they have one hand put to paper , they are something special . I've said this about other books and this one is no different , once you start this be prepared to not be able to put it down , and that " I'm just going to read one more chapter " that we all tell ourselves will become 2 and 3 lol . You have been warned . So do yourself a favor if you haven't read this first book in this series then go get it now you will not be disappointed . This series is simply amazing . Goodreads only let's me post 5 star reviews but this book is easily 10 stars . ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 😆😆😆

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Court of Shadow is Book 2 in the Chronicles of Pelenor series. I thought Heart of Dragons was an amazing book but this surpasses it. The world building is awesome and the characters are so real. I have become involved with them and as I read I am there with them experiencing their trials and tribulations. I am anxiously looking forward to the next book to see where Meg Cowley is going to take us on this exciting adventure. This is an action packed, fast paced adventure that I highly recommend an Court of Shadow is Book 2 in the Chronicles of Pelenor series. I thought Heart of Dragons was an amazing book but this surpasses it. The world building is awesome and the characters are so real. I have become involved with them and as I read I am there with them experiencing their trials and tribulations. I am anxiously looking forward to the next book to see where Meg Cowley is going to take us on this exciting adventure. This is an action packed, fast paced adventure that I highly recommend and know you will enjoy it as much as I do. Received an ARC and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The epic adventure continues with some surprising revelations. (And some not so unexpected ones as well.) This is the best one of the series so far, and I found it hard to put down. I don’t want to reveal anything to take away any of the suspense. Don’t miss this one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Sagen

    Meg Cowley has outdone herself yet again with this 2nd book in the Pelenor Chronicles. I received an advance Arc copy and I'm so happy I signed up for these. I had a couple of way to late nights (never good when you have a youngster who hasn't worked out the art of actually sleeping in the mornings!). I was, quite litteraly, on the edge of my seat sometimes while reading and I'm sooo ready for book 3! Well done Meg! Meg Cowley has outdone herself yet again with this 2nd book in the Pelenor Chronicles. I received an advance Arc copy and I'm so happy I signed up for these. I had a couple of way to late nights (never good when you have a youngster who hasn't worked out the art of actually sleeping in the mornings!). I was, quite litteraly, on the edge of my seat sometimes while reading and I'm sooo ready for book 3! Well done Meg!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janice Drake

    I enjoyed Court of Shadows even more than the first book, Heart of Dragons. The characters are fleshing out nicely and the story moves along at a good pace. Nice twists and believable action. Warning! It does end in a cliff hanger. I definitely recommend this book along with the first. I received this book as an ARC and wished to leave a review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Voracious Reader

    I liked this even more than the first of the trilogy. The characters were more developed. We had more insight into what motivates their actions as we learned more of their back stories. As I came to understand the characters better, I came to care for them. Events in story even managed to make me feel some emotion which is one of the guides I use for how good a story is.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wes

    Well written, fast paced and good storyline. Harper begins to find her magical heritage and gets a prophecy to boot. Dimitri's dreams begin to turn to ash. Ragnar must face his heritage. Aedon must face himself. Brand and Erika face their issues. Can't wait to read the next. Well written, fast paced and good storyline. Harper begins to find her magical heritage and gets a prophecy to boot. Dimitri's dreams begin to turn to ash. Ragnar must face his heritage. Aedon must face himself. Brand and Erika face their issues. Can't wait to read the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This book is just as good as the first one in the series. It continues to keep you wanting to know what happens next and really caring about the characters

  23. 5 out of 5

    cheryl bunting

    Woe just woe The spy master has got what he wanted, or has he? His dreams of wanting a better Kingdome fall short when he realises just how evil Saradon truly is. Guilt ways heavily upon the spy master’s heart. What has he done? He realises he not only unleased Saradon but he has ultimately destroyed the world. He doses what he must to fix what he has done, but that is not easy when he is bound to Saradon’s will, he must heed every order the evil half-elf gives him or risk death. Harper, is Sarado Woe just woe The spy master has got what he wanted, or has he? His dreams of wanting a better Kingdome fall short when he realises just how evil Saradon truly is. Guilt ways heavily upon the spy master’s heart. What has he done? He realises he not only unleased Saradon but he has ultimately destroyed the world. He doses what he must to fix what he has done, but that is not easy when he is bound to Saradon’s will, he must heed every order the evil half-elf gives him or risk death. Harper, is Saradon’s granddaughter, and he believes that she should serve as his successor even if she dose not want to. She gives up her freedom to save Aedon and his friends. She must do Saradon’s bidding. Forced against her will, she must endure to survive. But Harper maybe there only hope left. She’s more then she seems. I couldn’t put this book down! My family kept giving me strange looks because I was shouting at the book. Once again, the pages fell away and I wasn’t sat in my home any more I was standing beside Harper and Dimitri. I eagerly look forward to book three. So much so, I pre ordered it. I highly recommend both of these books. The action is well placed with the turmoil and Struggle the characters faces. In the first book I didn’t like the spy master I understood why he did what he did but I didn’t like him. In this one he grew on me, to the point where I’m rooting for him.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Linebaugh

    Meg Crowley has done it again!!! This is the first book of her newest series and it definitely did not disappoint. I LOVED the Chronicles of Pelenor and this book is a great way to start a new series. It takes place 25 years after the end of the war. Aedon is back, though somewhat changed after 25 years of imprisonment by Queen Solanese of Tir-na-Alathea. He begrudgingly, but always the gentlemen, "teams" up with Lief, a wood elf, to escape the dark magic inhabiting the forest. Lief is no more en Meg Crowley has done it again!!! This is the first book of her newest series and it definitely did not disappoint. I LOVED the Chronicles of Pelenor and this book is a great way to start a new series. It takes place 25 years after the end of the war. Aedon is back, though somewhat changed after 25 years of imprisonment by Queen Solanese of Tir-na-Alathea. He begrudgingly, but always the gentlemen, "teams" up with Lief, a wood elf, to escape the dark magic inhabiting the forest. Lief is no more enamored of Aedon than he is of her. Watching their relationship grow through all they face together -- undead monsters, a deadly injury and much more -- is exciting, to say the least! One of my favorite characters is Nyx, a grimoire, who comes into the life of Venya, a junior librarian in the Aetheneium of Pelenor. The Aetheneium is a most unusual book depository and their exploits are truly magical and dangerous. Vasili is Venya's brother and he is arduously working to restore their family's good name. He is a dragon rider (YAY-- DRAGONS) with the Winged Kingsguard. Their adventures are cliff hanging. So you get adventure, magic, dragons, monsters and good versus evil. What more could you want? I received an ARC copy of this book because I requested to read Meg's newest book as soon as I could!!!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Munch

    Court of Shadows is the second book in the Chronicles of Pelenor quadrilogy, written by Meg Cowley. Harper and her group of thieves have escaped following their destruction of the dragon hearts. They travel to the dwarven kingdom to seek refuge, but find even more trouble. Dimitri is having issues with how Saradin is handling his new found life, starting to believe that he might have made a big mistake, as Saradin appears to be a megalomaniac. The dragon hearts were all destroyed in the previous Court of Shadows is the second book in the Chronicles of Pelenor quadrilogy, written by Meg Cowley. Harper and her group of thieves have escaped following their destruction of the dragon hearts. They travel to the dwarven kingdom to seek refuge, but find even more trouble. Dimitri is having issues with how Saradin is handling his new found life, starting to believe that he might have made a big mistake, as Saradin appears to be a megalomaniac. The dragon hearts were all destroyed in the previous book, and the royal court is falling apart as a result. The book is written in the same style as the previous book, so nothing changed there. Still good dialogs, and some characters are very enjoyable. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jack Voraces, who did a wonderful job again. The overall plot continues directly from the previous book, and we get more on the various characters backgrounds. Unfortunately, the main character Harper, is still not very interesting. She starts to develop super powers, which are pretty unexplained, and she is still as interesting as a ripe cucumber. She complains all the time, changes opinions constantly, and has zero backbone. At least we learn about her past, and the outcome of that was pretty obvious. The thieves she hangs out with, and Dimitri, are still by far the most interesting characters, but it appears that all the thieves are WAY more than they appear, which is too much IMHO. Dimitri starts developing strong feelings for a certain person, and I really don’t buy it, as it came from nothing. I would have liked some deeper plots, and ones that weren’t way too obvious. And some deviation from the Tolkien copied world. All in all, it continues directly from the previous book, and if you liked that one, you’ll also enjoy this one. I received this audiobook for free in return for a review. I have no affiliation with the author, the narrator, the publisher, or their pets (Although I am sure the latter are quite nice!).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael Murphy

    Copy of my Amazon review: Mjm 5.0 out of 5 stars Great new book in an exciting series! May 17, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase I read the first book in the series, “Heart of Dragons”, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I eagerly accepted the offer of an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have purchased the book to help out a very deserving author. The author’s attention to pertinent details and vivid, believable characters pulls the reader right back into the journey of our Copy of my Amazon review: Mjm 5.0 out of 5 stars Great new book in an exciting series! May 17, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase I read the first book in the series, “Heart of Dragons”, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I eagerly accepted the offer of an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have purchased the book to help out a very deserving author. The author’s attention to pertinent details and vivid, believable characters pulls the reader right back into the journey of our five trail-mates as they have to deal with powerful evil magic and overwhelming hordes of goblins intent on murder and mayhem. Each of the five travelers has a secret in his/her past that tends to impact present decisions/actions. As the story twists and turns, some of these secrets come into play, so we see the characters grow through resolving conflicts and learn to nurture one another as friendships develop. This is an easy read, engrossing and very hard to put down, even to go to sleep. This is a great series so far; I highly recommend it. I certainly want to read the next book as soon as it is published. Edit

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dinees Ponton

    Be careful of what you say and who you say it to The characters continue to grow and change in book 2. Harper is wonderful. She is someone you can relate to right from the beginning. She has a lot to learn still and is stubborn. She has a heart of gold and wants to save everyone even if it means giving up her own freedom. Her small group of 5 help and support each other. The team consists of an elf, a dwarf, a nomad human, an aerial (a man with wings) and Harper a half-human, half-elf. War is bre Be careful of what you say and who you say it to The characters continue to grow and change in book 2. Harper is wonderful. She is someone you can relate to right from the beginning. She has a lot to learn still and is stubborn. She has a heart of gold and wants to save everyone even if it means giving up her own freedom. Her small group of 5 help and support each other. The team consists of an elf, a dwarf, a nomad human, an aerial (a man with wings) and Harper a half-human, half-elf. War is breaking out and the individual races need to learn to work together like this team does if they are to defeat their foe. The storyline flows well with a lot of twists and turns. This book is full of action and has amazing world-building. I look forward to the next book in the series. The narrator continues to do a great job in the reading of the book. He has an interesting voice. Each character sounds different. Aedan sounds Irish.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Holly Lenz

    Some book series you can jump in and get caught up quick. Court of Shadows is not one of these. Having never read the first book, my review of the second book will probably not be very fair to the series. Court of Shadows has a kind of Game of Thrones feel with lots of intrigue. I’m certain a lot of readers will love it, but I personally had a hard time getting through it. I kept setting it aside and reading/ listening to other books instead. I did not truly get interested until the last hour of Some book series you can jump in and get caught up quick. Court of Shadows is not one of these. Having never read the first book, my review of the second book will probably not be very fair to the series. Court of Shadows has a kind of Game of Thrones feel with lots of intrigue. I’m certain a lot of readers will love it, but I personally had a hard time getting through it. I kept setting it aside and reading/ listening to other books instead. I did not truly get interested until the last hour of the book. The ending really picks up, but it is a bit of a cliffhanger, and I honestly don’t intend to read the next story. The narrator of the audiobook has a voice well suited to fantasy, but it struck me as a bit pretentious and overdone. I did not care for his female voices. Were I to listen to more of his books, I suspect that it would grow on me. I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colin Rowlands

    This series opened strongly with some strong world-building along with an interesting and varied cast, this second instalment maintains that strong start and then proceeds to ramp everything up with the main cast suffering and struggling greatly against an even bigger threat than before. The trouble they experience in this book helps to further develop the characters strongly, particularly Harper who learns the terrible secrets of her ancestry, not to mention additional pressure being put on her This series opened strongly with some strong world-building along with an interesting and varied cast, this second instalment maintains that strong start and then proceeds to ramp everything up with the main cast suffering and struggling greatly against an even bigger threat than before. The trouble they experience in this book helps to further develop the characters strongly, particularly Harper who learns the terrible secrets of her ancestry, not to mention additional pressure being put on her with a prediction of a destiny for her too. The narrator again delivers a strong and entertaining performance that nicely enhances the immersion and enjoyment of this book. Overall, this series goes from strength to strength, building on a strong opening book. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liza Van

    We join Harper and friends on their epic adventure as they encounter goblins, an evil mage, dwarves, all the while being pursued by the evil mage's protege. Very clever plot twist that will amaze you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Cannot wait for the next one to see what happens. A must read for all ages. An epic adventure which reminds one of The Lord of the rings trilogy or Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. I received an ARC copy from the author and was not compensated for this review. We join Harper and friends on their epic adventure as they encounter goblins, an evil mage, dwarves, all the while being pursued by the evil mage's protege. Very clever plot twist that will amaze you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Cannot wait for the next one to see what happens. A must read for all ages. An epic adventure which reminds one of The Lord of the rings trilogy or Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. I received an ARC copy from the author and was not compensated for this review.

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