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Shadow City (Horngate Witches #3)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,513 ratings  ·  91 reviews
The world is falling apart. The magical apocalypse has come. Now is the time to guard the covenstead against both raiders and refugees. But Max has been stolen by a powerful demi-god who is determined to force her to find a way to use a magical power she never knew she had—even if it kills her. Meanwhile, back in Horngate, a Fury is birthing. When the creature breaks free ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Pocket Books
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Favorite Quote:
“What is a Max?”
“She is…unique. And she is about to kill you.”

At the end of Crimson Wind, Max found and brought her family back to Horngate and is now fulfilling her obligation to the demi god that Gisele promised her to, Scooter. We open up with him ruthlessly forcing Max to open herself to a magical power she never knew she had. He needs her skills and magic to recover three vital parts of himself or he will die. Once
If you love urban fantasy and you don't know about this series, you really need to check it out. It's AMAZING. One of the most creative and interesting ones in the marketplace-I can't understand why this series isn't as big as Night Huntress. This is book 3 in Horngate Witches, and it was a perfect book. I loved every page.

In this one we find out what Scooter needed Max for, and it's a doozy. Scooter is dying, and the only way to save him is to travel to another dimension and get 3 things that
Absolutely loved it.
Most of the time, when there are several POV's in a book, I find myself enjoying one and be bored by the other, leafing through it to get to the good part. Not with this series, and especially not with this book.
With every POV change I found myself disappointed that I couldn't follow Max or Alexander any longer, but was giddy to find out what happened to the other. I felt like a kid in a candy store, bouncing from jar to jar, so happy and excited I couldn't pick out my favor
At the end of Crimson Wind, Max gave herself up to the demigod Scooter to save Horngate. In Shadow City, we find out what Scooter needs Max for, and also what happens at Horngate while she’s gone. Diana Pharaoh Francis has split the narrative into two points of view from the beginning: Max’s and that of her maybe-lover, Alexander. This split enables her to show both storylines in alternating chapters. Unfortunately, one of these storylines is much more riveting than the other.

Alexander’s chapter
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jan 29, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: UF readers
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 Stars or A-

I’m definitely hooked on this urban fantasy series after reading Shadow City. In this story, there are more mystical beasties, more Divine beings, a trip to another dimension, and two major battles. The good guys kick butt! There’s heartache, blood, gore, action, tears, and cheers. I had a hard time putting this book down!

An apocalypse has begun on Earth. Divine and Uncanny magic permeates the earth altering humans and plants into deadly creatures. Horngate has become a haven for
Note: I received a copy of this book before release from the publisher.

"What do you want from me?" she asked carefully. She didn't want to anger it. She didn't know if she could survive another bout with its webs.
"Yes. You will come to me. You will walk the web roads with me. You will speak to me truth and you will share your fire with me."
Max swallowed. She didn't know what any of that meant. What had Giselle promised this creature? Not that it mattered. At the moment she needed
May 10, 2012 Pam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: witches
This was the best book yet in the series! We got tasty adventures with all the characters, as Max fought in Chardare with Scooter...and interesting friends. Meanwhile back at the covenstead, the new and old witches, blades, spears and angels sort out loyalties and dominance, while utilizing outside influences like Holt and Valery to fight off a Fury, being born right at the edge of their shields.

This was a rock 'em, sock'em action book with fighting on 2 fronts..oh, and finally (view spoiler)

Maybe closer to 2.5 than two.

Oh sigh. I wanted to like this book, but I really struggled to get through it, and had to force myself to come and review it. I liked the first one, but I can't really remember the second right now, and somewhere along the line I seem to have just stopped caring about this world.

One of the good parts is Max. Whatever Francis has gelling with her, it's good. I was more engaged when her chapters were on, and I was impatient for her to come back when they weren't.

Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Another intense, action-filled installment in the dark and gritty supernatural world that Francis has created.

Lethal angels, powerful witches and a group of warriors who are as loyal as they are fierce are all a part of what makes this series engaging and highly addictive.

Max is no longer in Horngate, having been forced to leave Alexander and her fellow Blades behind, but the continuous shifts between Max and Alexander's points of view allow us to experience the troubles developing in Horngate
I mean, if you've read book 1 or 2 you know what you're getting here, and #3 was even more enjoyable in some ways (not withstanding the venacular speech that sometimes bothers me in the dialogue). This author does NOT concern herself with keeping main characters alive, haha, which I really enjoy. Everyone is vulnerable in this world. Max gets to go to an alt universe that was pretty intriguing, in fact I wish there had been even more exploration there. Alexander back home is challenged in a lot ...more
Hmm... not sure why this series misses the mark for me? Maybe I'm being too tough on it right now - maybe I should have reread books 1 and 2 first? I found the book was a fast read - it flipped between Max's and Alex's separate adventures - this part was done well, I found both of the storylines equally interesting.

The characters and some overused themes themselves are what killed it for me. Max was so great that she was even surprising and saving demi-gods. And single-handedly wit
Lisa {Silverlight} {Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Reviews}
Amazing, Fascinating, Spellbinding Oasis of Imagination, for Urban Fantasy Readers

In the last book, we found our strong heroine Max giving herself to the formidable Scooter, and with the notion of never being able to return home, to Horngate.
In this book we are in for an action packed treat! Max is holding true to her word and returns to Scooter. Now she must find out what his interest in her is, and if she will ever see her home, Horngate ever again..
Alexander is left with complete and utter
It is so good and it just ended!!!!
With the end of book 3, this means I have to wait for end of the year for book 4!!!


I think I am missing some pages. Am I? *flips through pages* *flips through ebook*
This is madness!!!!
I am indeed reading the last chapter of the book and I really have to wait for Book 4!
MADNESS!!!!! Real madness!

Dear friends... be sure to forgo your precious sle
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
The first half of the book is set in two different places: Max helping Scooter to get back some of his belongings in a magical city called the Chadare or the Shadow City and Alexander and the rest of the coven being forced to deal with a newly born Fury at Horngate.

I wasn't really happy with the first half of the book and really the only reason is because Max and Alexander are separated. Other than that, it's really quite interesting. I enjoyed all the different things Max went through with help
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
I am once again bowled over by the incredible imagination of Diana Pharaoh Francis.

The vivid backdrop of the Shadow City and its inhabitants in this instalment was as wacky as it was wonderful. If you've read the previous two books, Bitter Night and Crimson Wind, you'll know that Francis' word building is highly original and unusual as are the creatures and supernatural beings that reside within. In Shadow City, this is taken to an even higher extreme.

Some of these creatures were adaptations of
Rebecca Smith
I just love this series! I am so so glad that I was luck enough to receive Diana's 2nd book in the series in the giveaway because otherwise I don't know how long I would have gone before I stubbled upon her books. She is an amazing writer and her characters are so believable and the worlds of the sunspears and shadowblades are so detailed. The 3rd book in this series brings in an alternate world of Chadare' which is so well described that you can almost picture it! The only unfornate thing is th ...more
Even though I truly loved the previous two books, the alternating viewpoint in this one drove me mad. Every time I got into a storyline, I was yanked out and thrust into a new one. Also, I'm frustrated by losing some more beloved characters.
I found this frustrating. The story splits into two points of view: Max on an alternate world, and Alexander in Horngate. Alexander's story was much more interesting, and the residents of Horngate are interesting side characters. On the other hand Alexander himself is whiny, self-pitying and boring. Max is kickass and cool, but her mission is less than enthralling. I found myself skimming both narratives. There is major (and frankly unnecessary) character death, and the relationship between Max ...more
Jill Bradley
Predictable, boring, no new developments, and no plot twists. This book should have been longer with just a little more meat to the plot. Im not impressed.
I really liked the first two books in this series but there was something about this one that I just couldn't get into it. The characters were still good but I think it was the story that was the problem. The story was ok but it wasn't about what had been happening in the first two books. As readers we enjoyed and got into the ongoing story of the first two books, but this one wasn't about what we had gotten into in those first two books. It wasn't necessarily a bad story but it wasn't the one t ...more
Berls (Fantasy is More Fun)
My Initial Reaction…
Diana Pharaoh Francis’s creativity continues to blow me away in Shadow City, the third book of the Horngate Witches Series.

The Characters…
I still adore Max. She’s not only marvelously complex, but she continues to grow and change with each book. One of my favorite parts about her is how loyal she is – even to a fault. She made a promise to Scooter, for example, and she’s going to live up to it, regardless of the cost to herself. We also get to see a lot more of her soft under
This is the third in the series. You really have to have read the second book to really get this one. Mostly because several threads that were left open are finished in this book. So, at least read #2 and #3 in order. Yes, I'm reading in order. Aren't you proud? ;)

In this book we alternate between 2 worlds. One where Max is fighting unusual magical beings in a world full of shadow. This is the main thread that was left open in the first book. The second world we are with her beloved Alexander an
Scooter is more than he seems in a world full of magic, dreams, desires, and agony. Max, as payment for accessing and saving Horngate, agreed to aid him in his time of need. LIttle did she know Scooters world was not hers. Another plane of existence waited for them with a city made by and for the gods of oddity and excess. Where angels, dragons, gargoyles, magic dogs, shapeshifters, magicians, and madmen blended together into a riotous whole. The question becomes, can Max save him when it seems ...more
4 1/2 stars.
Max is struggling to help the being known as Scooter after she was used as a bargaining chip by Giselle, the head of Horngate. Alexander is resisting being named as Prime of the Shadowblades while he waits for Max's return but he is struggling to keep Horngate protected while refusing to usurp her place. Scooter is not as all-powerful as Max had previously thought and his methods of training are almost as brutal as Giselle's but ultimately Max throws herself wholeheartedly into atta
I honestly had no clue what to think of the situation at the end of CRIMSON WIND. I didn't think Scooter was out to get Max hurt or do anything bad with her but I never expected he was looking for her help in saving his life either. I was very frustrated that Max and Alexander hadn't hooked up, the sexual tension was seriously at an all time high, and I couldn't imagine how book 3 was going to play out with her being gone from Horngate. I really thought that some of my favorite characters might ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Rafaela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any UF fans
If I ever found myself in need of an army, to confront gods and demigods who wants nothing more than butcher me for parts of my body, in a different dimension, where the rules are different, where there might have creatures that nobody has ever seen or heard about, where everything is a big unknown, I'll know what to do. I'll just bring Max.

"What is a Max?" Ilanion asked.

Max is the toughest chick in UF. EVER!

You might ask, "what about Kate Daniels?"

If Kate had super quick healing abilities, af
Khalia Hades
Another solid entry into the Horngate Witches series. My biggest complaint with this book is that it felt too disjointed. We've always had switching POVs between Max and Alexander, but this time they are in two seperate adventures for most of the story.

Max's story takes place with Scooter in Chadare. It was interesting to see this different realm, but I couldn't help but wish that Max was in the mix at Horngate. I did enjoy meeting Ilanion and Spike and hope to see them again in future books. I
Can't believe I didn't update this... Grrr.

Ok. I have mentioned that I love this series! DPF Is an excellent writer. So when I got this book, I was ultra excited and giddy that I didn't want to read it right away. I read the other books first and this somewhere in the bottom of the list. I did that so I wouldn't ruin the chance of the other books to wow me. :P I know... I manage my reading list that way. :P

Anyway. This is the 3rd book in the series and I like it alot. There is the other world an
Stacey Brutger

The world is falling apart. The magical apocalypse has come. Now is the time to guard the covenstead against both raiders and refugees. But Max has been stolen by a powerful demi-god who is determined to force her to find a way to use a magical power she never knew she had—even if it kills her. Meanwhile, back in Horngate, a Fury is birthing. When the creature breaks free of the fragile bonds that enclose her, her rage will scour the coven
A big part of the appeal of this series for me is the world that it is set in. It is starting to implode, those that live for magic are doing what they can to take back the earth, leaving all sorts of crazy things we have seen so far. This book is a little different, yes the world is still having magic backlash, but a large part of the book is dealing with the deal that had Max leaving Horngate.

My one complaint about the book was the switching of the stories. We would deal with one chapter in Ho
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“Niko does seem to have a buzzard's luck, don't he? Thor said after a moment.
Tyler slanted a look at him. "What the hell does that mean?"
Thor looked startled, then grinned. "Means he's been diggin' up more snakes than he can kill."
Tyler looked at Alexander. "Is he even speaking english?"
"Niko has bad luck," Alexander translated.
Tyler looked at Thor. "You couldn't just say that?"
"I did, son, but you just can't seem to spot a goat in a flock of sheep."
Tyler scowled. "I'm pretty sure that was a insult."
"Only because it was," Niko said.
"How the hell am I supposed to get all self-righteous and pissed if I can't understand what the idiot is saying?”
“How the hell was she going to fight them?
With style. She could almost hear Niko's voice. She grinned, despite herself. Do try not to die, won't you? That was Tyler. It would have been followed by a delicate yawn. And Oz: Keep your head down and don't be stupid. Lise: Bitch, do not even think about leaving me alone with all this testosterone. Giselle: You can't win if you die, so suck it up. Tutresiel: Princess, you aren't even trying if you're dying.
And Alexander: Come home.”
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