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Shadow People (Peter Warlock #2)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
In Shadow People, national bestselling author James Swain's brilliant follow-up to Dark Magic, magician Peter Warlock has a dark secret. A psychic who peers into the future, he is able to use the information to alert the authorities to pending trouble. During a séance Peter is confronted by a group of evil spirits called shadow people, beings who have the power to kidnap a ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Tor Books (first published June 1st 2013)
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Jul 15, 2013 Tay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this more than the first one. I wish he devote more time to the Jack Carpenter series.
Jul 05, 2013 Marlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

Peter Warlock is a magician, one like David Copperfield or Harry Houdini. He pulls rabbits out of hats and saws his assistant in half.

Except that Peter Warlock also has more than a bit in common with Harry Dresden, that other famous wizard (or warlock) of urban fantasy. Some of Peter Warlock's stage tricks are all too real. Peter's stage name, and stage persona, are a mask that he uses to hide some real magic.

Peter Warlock is a psychic. He reads minds. Some
Mar 01, 2015 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, muf

Hmm. I don't think I'm the right audience for this one. The basic idea--a psychic who is dragged by the spirits into different times so that he can solve nascent crimes--is right up my alley. But the worldbuilding made me wince. Swain's world is neatly divided into Light (definition: the side of cancer-curers, ebola-fighters, and the protagonist) and Evil (maniacally-laughing serial killers who sell their souls to the Devil and tattoo their bodies with skull-eating demons). The whole basis o
Sep 22, 2013 Albert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, its been awhile since I read a book and thought, this is really not good. For me there was a lack of effort in the dialogue and setting to get into this book. I thought perhaps it was meant to be a young adult novel but I have read young adult novels that were written clearer and with more concern for the intelligence of the reader. There is a passage early on where Peter, the magician, returns from an out of body experience where he runs into a serial killer. He knows the date of the murd ...more
Rick Fisher
Apr 11, 2013 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story. I am very quickly becoming a huge James Swain fan. And as such, will have to invest in some of his earlier works.
I am thoroughly enjoying the characters in this series. Well, all but one, Peter Warlock's demandingly annoying girlfriend, Liza. What a thorn in the side. And, here is my future prediction. This woman is somehow gonna bring tragedy to the life of our hero. She is evil.
All the remaining characters work well with the story. From Snoop, Max, Milly, Holly and the Fr
Jul 10, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed this book from the library off the new fiction section and it seemed interesting. Ended up reading it in a day and now I need to read the first one! Gripping story with very interesting characters
Nov 06, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun and enjoyable follow up to the first novel. Things moved along at a nice pace, and it kept me engrossed from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next one.
Michel Sizaire
Feb 23, 2017 Michel Sizaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to reading the next novel in this series.
May 28, 2015 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the first book in this series, but this one did not work for me at all.

The first book jumped right into the magic and the pace was fast and furious the whole way through with the suspense and drama being the main focus. This second book, or what I managed to get through started off with way too much "chick-flick-ish" emotional relationship drama for my taste.

Between the angst of the girlfriend Liza, and the stuff with fellow psychic Holly [which is all I'll say to avoid spoilers]
Mar 04, 2015 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Janet Surrusco
Feb 14, 2017 Janet Surrusco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good continued story. Still don't care for the over demanding girlfriend and the way he reacts to her. Strong male character who saves people can't stand up to girlfriend. Was hoping this would wrap up story. Sometimes I feel like I'm buying long chapters, which I guess I am. The total story bought new would be quite expensive.
Starr Gardinier
Jun 17, 2013 Starr Gardinier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Shadow People” by James Swain

Swain manages to combine a thriller with the supernatural, and pull from his hat a touch of a good versus evil page-turner.

Now you see it, now you don’t. A cliché, but one that character Peter Warlock uses to entertain. That is, before the Shadow People ‘entertain’ him. Having a bit of evil inside of himself, but trying to use it for good, Peter works with FBI Special Agent Garrison to bring down a serial killer.

Kidnapped by the Shadow People and brought against hi
Jan 27, 2014 Normalene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth Night Prowler story about the shapeshifting Ikati, but this gives us a new side to Christian, Leander’s brother, who in previous stories was not very likeable. Here he changes his spots by giving us some of his backstory that makes us feel more aware of his sensuality and the reasons he is so distant. He meets a human girl in an antique bookstore and falls hard; but he is in Barcelona to catch a megalomaniac who’s out to enslave the world – yes that would be Cesar of the previ ...more
Junkie for the Written Word
I don't know who this book was written for. It doesn't say YA on it anywhere, and in fact I looked at the call number on the spine to see if it had accidentally been misshelved when I picked it up. Nope, FIC not YA. The thing is it's written in a way that is so over simplified that I just wouldn't expect it to be written for anyone over the age of 10. Also he defines words. I hate that. I'm a grown ass woman who has read a lot of books, if I don't know what a something is I can grab a dictionary ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
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Aug 30, 2013 Whitney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Shadow People is a fast paced mystery thriller, mixed with magic (the stage kind), psychic abilities, and the afterlife. Too much mystery for people looking for paranormal, and too much paranormal for someone looking for a straight mystery, this book falls into a strange no-mans land. I found the characters to be a bit flat, which lessened my involvement when they were involved in mortal peril, but the interesting story balanced it out. This is a very quick read, and was enjoyable, but wasn't so ...more
Dr susan
Jun 07, 2014 Dr susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
I liked Shadow People better than Dark Magic. I would still consider this series more horror than fantasy. The story seemed deeper, the characters more appealing, and the stakes more real. However, the main female characters continued to be less than pleasing, with a choice between the girlfriend who is still not happy with her psychic magician and a creepy obsessed stalker witch. I almost gave Shadow People 3 stars due to the unflattering female characters, but I gave it 4 for the more interest ...more
Douglas Castagna
I loved the Tony Valentine books, The Jack Carpenter books, even the Vincent Hadare ones. Peter Warlock, well, he is all right too. The first one was solid, though this one seems too scattered. I liked the supernatural element to this series and this entry did not disappoint in that regard, it was the mystery and the juxtaposition of the two parts of the tale that seemed to never meld properly. I wonder what series he will focus on next, and now the newest one isn't an entry in any of his series ...more
Stan MacKenzie
Sep 14, 2013 Stan MacKenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadow People by James Swain was rivetting. I am not an avid reader, and am a very slow reader. A book has to grab my attention right away or I get bored and won't read further (perhaps missing out). Oh well! I got to the end of the book only to discover it just ended when I needed to know what was going to happen next. Had I read the first novel, Dark Magic, I would have known that elements of the story continue from one book to the next. I guess I will have to read the next book to find out if ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Peter Warlock is a true warlock...but the public knows him as a magician. After seeing a shadow person, he is transported into the world of a serial killer and must stop the killer before he gets his next victim. I wasn't very fond of this book. I found the characters a bit unlikeable...especially Peter's girlfriend (a "if you love me, you will" type of gal).
Tom Reed
Sep 22, 2013 Tom Reed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: failure
while an interesting idea, this book (at least through approximately the first quarter, at which point i gave up) was very poorly written. the characters were bland, the dialogue plain, and what i believe was supposed to be frightening ended up to be quite silly.
Jul 03, 2014 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is AMAZING. it will suck you in from the beginning and won't let go of you even at the end. New facts and twists pop out at you throughout the book and the ending will have you saying wtf, leaving so many questions unanswered. Definitely one to pick up and read.
Lori Gramlich
This was a fun read and I enjoyed it, however I HATED how it ended. It doesn't finish the story so you're forced to read the next in the series if you want closure. I'm pig headed enough to not read it. Well, ok I probably will, but not right away.
Jul 05, 2013 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This urban fantasy series has an interesting concept--an actual psychic making a living as a stage magician. Plus it is more well-written than a lot of urban fantasies. Still I couldn't get excited about the story line in this book. I still plan to read book 3 when it comes out.
Not at all what I expected. Author has a good imagination. Fast read, but not really the subject matter that I like to read about.
Oct 28, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
was good :D
Jeanne Jackson
Not a bad flight of fancy, perhaps could have used a bit more subtlety to allow the story to build; but, overall, entertaining.
Jan 16, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
no idea what happened to this guy.
Jun 29, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I love the characters. Now I want to read the first one in the series.
I think I'm going to have to rate this as "not for me." It looked really interesting but it's just too dark and... icky for me. Yes, I am a wussy baby. And not the target market for this one.
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James Swain is the national best selling author of seventeen mystery novels, and has been published in twelve different languages. His books have been chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for Fiction, and France’s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Fiction. Born in Huntingto ...more
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