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Shadow City

(Horngate Witches #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,042 ratings  ·  107 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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(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
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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
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Well, this was unexpected

Same fast-paced book, but this time Max lets the others deal with the stuff at Horngate while she goes to help Scooter. That's where the interesting part starts.

We get to see a whole different world, unexpected creatures and fun new friends. Normally I'd hate this type of book, it's a bit of a filler, but it was amazingly written and the story was flawless.

Hats off to you, Diana Pharaoh Francis.
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok

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.

Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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)
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
review to come later
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
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
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
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
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
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Rebecca Smith
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
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
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Jill Bradley
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. epic showdown. Master worldbuilding. Review to come
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping to wrap this one up but I noticed there as a 4th book in the series. No thanks. Even after three books, I'm still meh about every character.

This installment has Max rescuing parts of Scooter in a different realm. The story moved a little faster than the second book which was a slog. We see Max strategizing and Alexander taking the lead in Horngate. All of this was forward movement -all good.

I know they have to wrap up the Guardians storyline but it's not very interesting. For three
Kara D
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this book! Unfortunately, I feel like the author is running out of ideas and instead this is their thought process:

'Hmm...what should I do now? Oh, make Max hurt! A LOT!! Like she's not human so she can take a beating and then bounce back right away. Yes...that sounds good. I wrote that in the first book and everyone liked it so I'll just use that 10000x times in this one too. Oohhh and on that note, I'll also write 10 billion fights. Yes, sooooo many fights!!! An
Max is taken by Scooter, as she’s dubbed him, as part of Giselle’s promise for his protection of Horngate, and taught to use the innate and rare talent she possesses for accessing and traveling through the abyss. She quickly shifts from unwilling captive to ally when she learns what Scooter needs her for, willing to be his champion to save his life. Meanwhile, Horngate faces a legendary threat—the impending birth of a Fury within its wards—that may spell doom for them, unless Alexander can step ...more
Matilde Damkier
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The casualties in this one were heartbreaking. (view spoiler)
That being said, this series confuses me. After I'd read the first book I thought it was going to be a quadrilogy about our protagonists beating the Guardians.
But then book two was taken up entirely by some side-trip. And now this one is another plot that has nothing to do with the Guardi
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nota Geral: 3.1/5
Escrita: 3.5
Cenário: 3.5
Originalidade: 3.5
Personagens: 3.5
Suspense: 3
Humor: 3
Romance: 3
Capa: 2
Aditivo: 3
Previsível: 3
3.5 Stars
Anna Wick
Enjoyable read, the contentiousness between characters has been mostly resolved and make it an easier read.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is fast paced. A lot of things happening simultaneously. I love reading this series. Max is kick ass
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Rating* 4
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Shadow City is the third novel in the Horngate Witches series and is really two separate tales that eventually merge into one. Shadow City begins like the previous installments with trouble heading towards Horngate, but this time Max is away on a mission with Scooter, and it’s up to Alexander to pull out the resources necessary to prevent a cataclysm of epic proportions.

Alexander remains steadfast in his refusal to become Prime of Horngate’s Shadowblades un
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Horngate Witches (4 books)
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“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.”
“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?"
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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?”
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