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A Sliver of Shadow

(Abby Sinclair #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,253 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Just when her new life as a TouchStone — a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds — seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away…let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Door ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I'm not sure about this series. I like the whole Fae aspect, magic creatures, etc., but I feel like the main character is everyone's stooge. She is basically used as the savior for all and I feel like all the characters in the book expect this of her. I don't like main characters that are at such a disadvantage compared to all others and then used. She's mortal, the Fae and etc are basically immortal, or at least live 100's of years in comparison to Abby. And yet, she's the one that's supposed t ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this latest installment of the Abby Sinclair series, author Allison Pang takes us on a fast-paced, intriguing ride through the world of TouchStones, Daemons, Celestials and Unicorns. This book takes place approximately 6 months after the events of A Brush of Darkness.

We learn that Abby isn't in much contact with incubus Brystion (Ion for short), and that she is learning how to control her dreams with the help of Sonja, the succub
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

When the CrossRoads between the mortal world and Faerie is closed, it's up to Abby as Touchstone to the Protectorate to get help from the fae. Abby races to find a way to reach her fae boss, Moira, and get her to open the CrossRoads because if they aren't opened, the Otherfolk stuck in the mortal world will eventually die.

-The writing was good, the plot however was boring, the romance between Abby and Talliver was enjoyable but most of the characters were rubbish.

-I didn't like Abby AT A
Jen Davis
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK. I have to start out by telling you that this book ends on a massive, hairy cliffhanger. I want to get this out of the way because it's the only thing that did not absolutely rock about this story. I loved it from beginning to... well, ALMOST the very end.

The action picks up about six months after the events of the last book. Brystion is still gone. Abby is working to become stronger in the Dreaming. And Moira has left again. This time, she is in Faery, taking care of her sick mother, the Fae
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Abby Sinclair has her hands full. She’s taking care of Moira’s half angel/half faerie son Benjamin while Moira is off on the Queen’s business, her bodyguard Talivar (also Moira’s brother) is showing more than a passing interest in doing a little more than just guarding Abby’s body, she’s becoming more and more proficient in the Dreaming, while also fielding “Dear Abby” letters from the OtherFolk of Portsmyth. See, Abby is
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Life has been going along nicely for Abby with the exception of the Protectorate, Moira, who's been in Faerie and has left Abby with not only her responsibilities but with her son to take care of. Of course, that does keep her quite busy and helps keep her mind off Brystion. Unfortunately, a new person enters the scene claiming to be the new Protectorate and casts a spell which ends up making the Faery Queen close the doors for the OtherFolk. This causes all kinds of chaos and forces Abby to do ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

A Sliver of Shadow is the second book in Allison Pang’s Abby Sinclair series and it is a very good follow up to one of my favorite books of 2011. The first book, A Brush of Darkness, easily made it to my favorites list and now the second book is sitting right alongside it.

A Sliver of Shadow is book two in an urban fantasy series. That is important to remember when going into this book. This is not a romance book or a stand-alone novel. It is a typical u
Pace wise, the second book is better than book 1. I enjoy the change of place from the Market Place to the world of Faerie. I think the description of the fae world and the OtherFolks (including Unseelie Cour faes) is very good. Nevertheless, I'm frustrated in the lack of aggresivity in Abby. Most of the times, I feel like she lets herself being used as pawn for Fae's politic. Her "sacrifice" which leads to the sort of cliff-hanger, most especially ((view spoiler) ...more
*2.5 Stars*

I don't know what happened. I didn't like this one anywhere near as much as I did the first. The humor was missing and Abby got the short end of the stick the entire book. I actually started to pity her for being stuck in a life where she was valued so little. The end picked up and had some interesting developments (that once again involved Abby sacrificing herself for the welfare of people who don't even care about her), but it wasn't enough to outweigh my boredom with the rest of th
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-uf, read-in-2017
Review to come. But, I LOVED the first book, A Brush of Darkness, and yeah I'll admit to being one of those pesky readers who made it known to the author just how much I wanted A Sliver of Shadow (known forever as simply book 2 *G*). When I was offered the chance to review it for Literary Escapism, you know I jumped and squee'd over it. Now...where is my time machine because I WANT BOOK 3 NOW *G*. LOL.

First read: 11/8/11
Re-read: 6/5/17
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A love triangle, with occasional sexual harassment from a unicorn, in the midst of dealing with a Faery Queen’s decent into madness.

Opening Sentence: “Run, Abby.”

The Review:

Abby Sinclair had thought that things were finally going to settle down in her life. But when the OtherFolk are shut out of the CrossRoads, the only way for them to travel from the mortal realm back to their own world, it’s up to Abby and her friends to make things right.
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Review also posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

Ms. Pang got me addicted to the main characters as well as plot in this series. I just cannot get enough of the humor, the action, the snarky comments, sexual innuendos, and the frustrating yet alluring love triangle in this book. I could not put this book down.

This installment takes off about six months after the last book had ended. Abby Sinclair is Touchstone to Moira, Fae Princess and Protectorate of this world. She has left Abby to fend for he
If you haven't read the first book, Stop!  There are events discussed here from that story that may be spoilers for you.

The story picks up six months from the end of the first book. Abby is coping with (or trying to) her breakup with Brystion. Moira leaves for the Faery Court and soon after, all hell breaks loose and Abby's in charge. Talivar is still staying with Abby as her personal bodyguard, along with Phineas the unicorn and Benjamin, Moira's baby who she left in Abby's care.

Unlike the firs
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read. I fell in love with Abby Sinclair pretty easy in 'A Brush of Darkness' and with this book she's only gotten better.
I take to some Urban Fantasy heroines easier than others. It doesn't mean I'm more alike one rather than another, but I have some connection to them that helps me route them on. I feel that way with Abby. She gets a rough go from her enemies as well as her friends. So much is always expected of her, that it's a surprise she hasn't yet cracked.

As always, I love Phi
This review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.

Remember how you fell in love with Brystion in A Brush of Darkness? I didn’t think anyone would be more appealing to me in Abby’s world.

I. Was. Wrong.

So very wrong. We come back into Abby’s world eight months after the end of the first book. Brystion broke up with Abby because it “just wouldn’t work” with him being an immortal succubus and her being a human, albeit one with serious fae ties. Moira placed her brother Talivar as Abby’s body
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Abby Sinclair returns in A Silver of Shadow, the second installment in the series written by Allison Pang. Abby is still the touchstone to Moira, the Protectorate. Like in the first book Moira is gone, though this time we know where she is. Abby has to make difficult decisions to try to reach Moira and fix everything that is going on.

I feel bad for Abby, it seems that she cannot get a break in this book. It is a constant bombardment of issues which happen one after another that Abby must take in
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adult audiences that love supernatural fantasy stories
Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Reviewer: Heather

It’s not very often that a story has the ability to make you laugh, and then make you cry. For me, this is typically the foundation for an entertaining story. With A Sliver of Shadow, the second book in the Abby Sinclair series, I would have to agree. I absolutely loved, loved, loved Phin the mini unicorn, and I loved how all the characters interacted with each other. Eve
Roxanne Rhoads
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who wouldn't love a book with a horny unicorn as a sidekick? Phin is so much fun to read- I wish he would have been featured a bit more in this book but that's OK I'm sure his naughty self will show up more in future books.

The second installment of Pang's Abby Sinclair series takes us out of the urban fantasy world and more into high fantasy as she takes us into fairy. This may pose a problem for some readers who prefer their fantasy on the urban side. Me I don't really care, especially when I'v
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2012
Oh my freaking gosh! Book one (A Brush of Darkness) was wonderful but I enjoyed A Sliver of Shadow even more! We are introduced to Tresa who tries to trick Abby into becoming her touchstone and when she fails she casts a spell that backfires in a huge way causing the Faery Queen to think war had broken out and she closed the crossroads leaving many stranded and possibly dying.

So on top of taking care of Benjamin, keeping the peace amongst her suitors, running a business, and trying to make sense
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this second installment of the Abby Sinclair series, I was blown away again by the author's imagination! I don't know who in her life has "limitations" but she makes it a point to accept flaws and give love and friendship to those who have them. The characters she comes up with are amazing. My only wish is that I came upon this series when it was finished, because even though she kind of wraps up what is going on at the moment, she leaves alot unanswered and her teaser for the next book has m ...more
Abby Sinclair, or Absinthe in Faery, is at it again. And she's flying by the seat of her pants. She's TouchStoned to .... well, just about everyone now and it's draining her. Not to mention that the Queen of Fae has gotten ill, Moira won't come back, and some seriously demented people claiming to be something they aren't are running around Portsmythe. Heart broken by Ion and a new love interest in her new guardian, Talivar, aren't making things easier. Did I mention the Crossroads slamming shut, ...more
Pamela / SpazP
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So satisfying!! Awesome second book in a series. Highly entertaining, even meatier than the 1st book. Review to follow closer to release!
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Favorite Quote: “Do you think the powers that be would mind if I asked them to make sure the next apocalypse takes place later in the day? Maybe around teatime?.“

A brief recap of book one. May spoil if you haven’t read.

Brush Of Darkness, the first book in the Abby Sinclair series, completely captivated me with its mad cap Alice In Wonderland storyline and indelible characters. Deliciously dark and wickedly funny, we are introduced to A
Novels On The Run
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I absolutely loved this sequel in the Abby Sinclair series.

Brystion , Brystion where are you ? The hunky daemon, Brystion takes a nice amount of leave from this instalment. Who we do get instead is Talivar, the body guard in spades, whose character progresses in this instalment. We are introduced to Talivar, Moira’s brother at the end of ‘A Brush of Darkness’.

Brystion is keeping his distance for the most part, he packed up and left the Heart that Abb
Book 2 in an addictive yet frustrating urban fantasy series. The heroine is Abby, a Touchstone (a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds).

Set 6 months after book 1, Brystion has been absent from Abby's life and she has been getting to know her bodyguard, Talivar, the Crippled Prince of the Fae, while playing nanny to her Fae boss Moira's son. An attack on Abby backfires and the Fae Queen is forced to close the gates to Faery. Meaning that all fae trapped on the huma
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See my review of this book, and many more, at Tales from the Great East Road.

(Spoilers for book one.)

Abby is still adjusting to her new life as a Touchstone – someone who can help the OtherFolk cross between our world and the world of Faery – and though she is getting the hang of it, it’s not easy. Especially when Moria, the Protectorate, leaves for the Faery Court. With Abby left in charge things go from bad to worse when a spell on Abby backfires and causes the Queen of Faery seals the doors b
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I gave it 3.5 stars

A SLIVER OF SHADOW continues the highly imaginative and fun Abby Sinclair series. In this book you will find a horny unicorn that loves underwear drawers, sexy love interests, a trip to Faery where you will meet all sorts of interesting characters and situations, some good action, suspense and a very big cliffhanger.

A SLIVER OF SHADOW seemed to read a bit different then book one. I think maybe because a large portion of the book took place in Faery. The plot was pretty big and
It had been so long since I read the first book in the series that I was a tad confused in the beginning, but it didn’t take long for me to jump right back into the story. I love Abby. She’s another of those fun, feisty heroines who don’t apologize for their inability to truly follow the rules. She does her best to work through the guidelines that are handed down to her as a Touchstone for the Protectorate. Of course, things can’t always work out for the best and trouble comes looking for Abby w ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2nd book in a trilogy.

I can't say I hated this book, it had some redeeming features, but they were few and far between. And the ending.... I really had a tough time finishing this book. I have to admit to skipping around, because I just couldn't deal with all the jerks.

Jerk #1 Ion
Jerk #2 Robert
Jerk #3 That Damned Unicorn, Phin
There are even more, but 3's already a crowd.

Ion was an ass in the first book, using Abby and abusing her trust, yet for some reason Abby thinks he's all that and a bag of
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Review forthcoming*

Wow, talk about a wowser of a cliffhanger! I really truly hated the 3 way triangle that appeared in this book. It's become a pandemic with writers these days that they force the heroine into relationships with several men at the same time, or having both of them fight to see who has the biggest slong of all! It's okay in books like BDSM, but damn can we have a story without the triangle involved please?

Good thing I already have a copy of A T
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