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A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
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Mar 21, 2012

really liked it
Read on February 25, 2012

It is six months later and Abby Sinclair has a live-in Fae Prince bodyguard, a snarky unicorn that sleeps in her underwear drawer and is nanny to a half-fae/half angel baby. Abby’s life is as complicated as ever. With Moira gone, things become chaotic when the Queen closes the Doors between the worlds. Not only is Abby tasked with trying to reopen the doors but she is also forced to deal with her nightmares, the death of her mother and startling revelations about her family.

A Sliver of Shadow is a great follow up the A Brush of Darkness. While there’s still the resolute snarky humor, A Sliver of Shadow takes a more serious turn. With the Doors closed, the Fae are fading and everyone is looking to Abby to fix it. In the meantime, Abby has her own issues that she is dealing with and personal demons that she is fighting. Abby has matured a lot since the first book but still has insecurities about her abilities. She is constantly learning while on the job and because of this, tends to stick her foot in it a lot. I would think that the one thing that Abby has learned is that you can’t trust the fae. They cannot lie but they are some tricky people and she falls into their trap several times, revealing things that were later used against her.

Throughout the book, I felt that Abby was seriously getting the short end of the stick. I wanted her to stand up for herself but she was constantly being volunteered to be the one to save the fae. Her willingness to help is being taken advantage of and it aggravated me. At least Brystion had the balls to tell her that she needs to stop helping the fae even though she wasn’t very receptive to his advice.

I loved Brystion in book 1 and was weary of there being a new love interest in A Sliver of Shadow but Abby’s and Taliver’s relationship completely worked for me. They are both people who are not perfect; their bodies physically injured and scarred. They have a lot in common and I liked that their romantic relationship slowly grew over time, unlike Abby’s relationship with Brystion. I am not a fan of love triangles and I’m not sure if Abby, Taliver and Brystion are headed in that direction. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

There is a lot going on in this latest installment and at times I felt like there was too much. Abby’s stay in faerie slowed down the book a little and for awhile I lost interest. Being in faerie was integral to the overall plot arc, but I felt that it could have been condensed. I found myself wishing they were out of faerie already. We learn more about fae politics and social hierarchy. There are a lot of plot twists and revelations that keep you on your toes and a cliff-hanger that has me anxious for the next book.

Overall, I enjoyed A Sliver of Shadow. I love the way Pang integrates snarkiness and humor with the seriousness of the plot. As usual, Phin steals the show. He has to be the best side-kick ever. I hope to see in the next book a stronger, more confident Abby who tells the fae to go suck it. She has already sacrificed more than enough for people who don’t give a damn about her.

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Reading Progress

02/25/2012 page 177
02/25/2012 page 274
71.0% "abby is a dumbass. she doesn't know when to stfu sometimes"

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