Conspiracies (Shadow Grail #2)
The second book in the Shadow Grail series by the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Spirit and her friends Burke, Loch, Muirin, and Addie have managed to defeat the evil force that has been killing students at Oakhurst Academy for the past forty years—or so they think. When a series of magical attacks
To center on Spirit's negativity for a moment; I fully understand and agree with a character who later on valida ...more
The storyline was somewhat boring. Some things happen but it pretty much was just filled in with drama from the ...more
I am unsure whether this will be "revealed" la...more
The story is as much a relationship story between friends as a urban fantasy. The core group of Spirit's friends are impacted by the arrival of alumni claiming to be there to protect the students from the forces of evil. ...more
I do need to say, that the writing is disappointing. If it wasn't for some interest, sparked by the plot, I would DNF this series long time ago.
Also, what's with the whole Russian mafia situation? Was that necessary? And where in the hell did she find a name "Anastus"? This is NOT a Russian name. If you want to bring something f ...more
This series disappoints me, yet at the same time part of me can't give up hope that it will get better. The good stuff that is there is really good, it just gets overshadowed by the not-so-good.
More questions get answered, but the way it gets done it almost seems as if the authors didn't know what to do and just decided throw something in and see if it sticks.
While the Wild Hunt and King Arthur is cool and the mythology fits, in some ...more
Spirit can get a bit annoying (although it hasn't even been a year since her family died and she learned about magic, so, she probably has every right to have breakdowns) but otherwise this book seems to be building off of book one for books three and four.
We do learn a bit more about the rings, ab ...more
Now I think I know why Tom Dolby's The Secret series is so underwhelming ... Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill are doing a much, much better job with a similar storyline. I'm very happy that the world-building and character development wordiness of Legacies (book #1 in the Shadow Grail series) was just a set-up so that the action can come fast and furious in subsequent novels.
Because you are already entrenched in the world of Oakhurst Academy and its well developed chara ...more
In the first book, Spirit White was orphaned, and sent to an Orphanage/Private School that her parents were apparently students at. The school turned out to be for magicians, but she doesn't have any magic, or if she does, ...more
I suspect that Conspiracies is a bridge novel setting us up for the next story in the series and I certainly hope it's better than this bit of ho-hum. I can't believe Lackey and Edghill put out such drivel. I think Richelle Mead does this much better in her Bloodlines series.
Well, the school is cert ...more
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While I must admit this book did suffer somewhat from the middle book syndrome of feeling like a "bridge" book (bridging the story line from book one to book three) I enjoyed Conspiracies quite a bit more then I did the first book, Legacies. Even though there is less action, the characters are more fleshed out and the plot feels more cohesive.
Conspiracies starts right where Legacies left off.
The suspense is building and th ...more
Although the books (this is for #1 and #2, haven't read the third one yet) are written well enough that I kept going, they don't work well enough to suspend disbelief. There are major plot h ...more
As is unfortunately true of most middl ...more
Minor spoilers if you have not read Legacies (my review here)...
Spirit White has survived the Wild Hunt with her friends. But the enemies of Oakhurst academy have much more in mind. Suddenly,students are being taken away again. There is a cold, raw fear circling thr ...more
I'm left with questions. What happened to Elizabeth Walker? Who is Quercus? Is Spirit White's mage gift something that allows her to be a conduit for reaching groups of people? Does she streamline and aim clear thought for a group in the midst of fear?
Luckily, I get to read book three to find out. Sometimes, it's great to discover a series way into its existence:)
Also, throughout most of the book it's the old saying " ...more
I knew they were in trouble when the Dementors showed up. (Except in this universe, they're not Dementors, they're a cabal of evil Blizzard employees.)
I had my suspicions of ties to Arthurian legend back in book 1, when the headmaster was introduced. Naming him Ambrosious is anything but subtle.
Liking this better than some other similar books (I'm looking at you, The Mag ...more