I knew going into Empire of Shadows that this would be a companion to City of a Thousand Dolls instead of the sequel I had really been hoping it woulI knew going into Empire of Shadows that this would be a companion to City of a Thousand Dolls instead of the sequel I had really been hoping it would be. So, instead of getting more if Nisha and Jerrit, there would be a whole new set of characters with new problems.
One aspect that is super exciting about Empire of Shadows is the world. In City of a Thousand Dolls, we were a little stuck inside the compound with Nisha. Learning only tidbits about the outside world. This all changes with Empire of Shadows. This time around, we get much more than I had bargained for. Learning tons of new tidbits about this world, how it operates, and its politics.
Mara is a highly trained bodyguard. Living her life now to atone for the sins of her past. Early on, I fell in love with Mara's character. Her strength. Her personality. I just loved it all. As part of her duties, she is sent to guard
Revathi. Like Mara, Revathi is an incredibly strong female character. While Revathi took a little bit to warm up to, I can easily say that I ended liking her as much if not more than Mara.
In addition to Mara and
Stefan. Sadly, the romance this time around wasn't exactly what I had been hoping for. While sweet at times, Mara and Emil go from zero to sixty in no time flat. I had a hard time rooting for them simply due to the whiplash their insta-love gave me. But thankfully, there are so many other elements that work in Empire of Shadows to make it a great read.
Verdict: Empire of Shadows is a nice companion novel to City of a Thousand Dolls. Sadly, the connection between the two is revealed at the very last moment. While a complete WOW!! moment, part of me wishes that it had played a bigger part. Find me at: