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The Shattered Dark

(Shadow Reader #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,172 ratings  ·  353 reviews
McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ace
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Cristina Buzoianu
Posted at Bibliophile Mystery
I finished it an hour ago, and I can't do anything but stare blankly...
Oh Sandy! Why did you do this to me? I'll die until the ARC for the final book is available! And I promise I'll haunt you just to know the ending! One thing is solidly clear: you're an amazing author! I'll convince everyone I can to read your books! The story, the writing style, the feelings you get while reading, they're all incredible!

Oh Aren! *cries*

UPDATE (later, same day)

The Shadow Reader
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-get-list
Dear Sandy,


I don't understand.

Isn't it settled nicely in book 1?
Isn't it?

It was interesting, with the mysteries.. with the twists.. with the betrayals and etc.

I am devastated.
That chapter you wrote?

And the whole change of event?

Obviously , I don't take this very well.

I mean...
And he...
Then... they...

So, now what???
We are to wait for book 3?
For answers? For solution to that icky problem you wrote??
I hope you don't use death of a certain character to get out of it.

Stacia (the 2010 club)
"If I could undo my past for you, McKenzie, I would. But I don't have that power. No fae does."

Original reaction moments after finishing :


Mother effin son of a basket weaver!!! My heart can't take this turn of events! Review to come later after I've calmed down somewhat.

Hours later :

Hmmm...I might have overreacted a tad.

Actual review :

It pains me to have to throw out another 3.5 star review this week because I really want to commit to a solid 4 star review, but there's no
Slow start, becomes action-packed midway. 3.5 stars.

The Shattered Dark was one of my most anticipated releases of 2012. I loved The Shadow Reader and I could not get enough of author Sandy Williams’ world of the fae. Oh, and with heroes like Aren and Kyol, what more could I ask? The Shattered Dark picks up right after the events of the first book. The fae realm is in turmoil; a group of dissenters calling themselves The Remnants are not happy with the new ruler. There is a lot of political
Renee Sweet
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, read-in-2012
12/10/12 re-reading the final version! So excited!

I had an opportunity to read an early copy of THE SHATTERED DARK and let me tell you, people: it is a page-turner. What a fantastic follow-up to THE SHADOW READER! I could not put it down. It's super action-packed and McKenzie is put through the emotional wringer all over again. And the ending? ROCKS. Definitely a favorite read of 2012 so far.

I can't wait for book 3.

If you enjoyed THE
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2012
2,5 stars (grudginly given)

My thoughts after finishing this book:
I'm so, so, mad that i could throw this book out my window...

So after an amazing first book, one has this!

Let me start by saying that i hate love triangles. I do, i really do.
The only way i can put up with them, is because once they're resolved, that's it there isn't more pointless emotional drama. NO more back and forth...the characters confess their everlasting love, blá, blá, which permits a reader to focus on the story. Which

When I first started this novel I was all like....

Yes, freaking ecstatic; like a five year old on their birthday. I was practically drooling on myself to get this book. I was counting down the months, weeks, and then days of this books release. In the first few chapters, I was loving it; eating it up like I eat chocolate when its that time of the month. And the beginning was great. It was action packed and quickly paced just like the last one.

But this novel also helped me
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
With the defeat of King Atroth, McKenzie's stuck in the middle of the Fae war. Sides have been switched and it's hard to always tell who can be trusted. Then McKenzie's best friend, Paige, turns up missing and has been taken by the remnants, who are fae that are still loyal to the King. McKenzie has to rescue her even though she has a feeling it might not be easy.

I felt like there was nonstop fighting in this book! Every time McKenzie needed to go somewhere, there was always battles and she was
Wendy Darling
Nooooooooooooooooo! :(

3.5 stars, rounded up begrudgingly.
Steph Sinclair

Okay, I'm really excited for this book, but another sword on the cover? I mean, McKenzie didn't wield a sword in book one. Is she actually going to use one this time around?!
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Does this ever happen to you while you’re reading: You are reading along and think to yourself that not a whole lot of advancement is happening to the story until you get to the end and while looking back on the book you realize that actually a whole hell of a lot happened? That is what happened to me when I read The Shattered Dark, the second book in Sandy Williams’ McKenzie Lewis series. This book is a typical book two meaning it just trudges along
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Special thanks to ACE for providing a review copy!

Sandy Williams has done it again. The Shattered Dark is an action-packed tale filled with love, betrayal, rebellion and heartache. It is an intense, well-written book that will have you shouting for more when you read the final page. After reading this book, the upcoming third book in this series has become my "most anticipated book" of 2013.

The Shattered Dark begins with the kidnapping of McKenzie's
Sophia Sardothien
Ehh DNF on 77% it's not that this book is bad or anything I just lost interest in reading it xD
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Almost the entire book would be a spoiler, so I'll just say that I liked it quite a bit. The ending is a shocker, so I'm looking forward to finishing the trilogy.
Christen (GoldiloxReads)
The Shattered Dark is urban fantasy gold - nonstop action, complex world building, and an absorbing romance. I adored the first book in this series. In fact, I read it in two nights staying up until four in the morning. Reading this sequel wasn't much different. I read it in one day, finishing at 2 A.M. with a sigh. Sandy Williams really knows how to suck me in to her stories and I was completely emerged in McKenzie's world while reading.

In The Shadow Reader, Williams set the pace for her
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4


The Shattered Dark is the highly anticipated sequel to 2011's The Shadow Reader. The book is filled with action, suspense, betrayal by the most unexpected source, and decisions that are made without Kenzie's consent, as well as the the ole reliable three way love triangle that just won’t go away no matter how hard you wish it to.

McKenzie Lewis is a rare breed of human who has been gifted with the ability to see the Fae as well as track their shadows
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My English review

I really wanted to read this second novel since the end of the first one. This series is really interesting and dynamic. McKenzie is a unique character that we can only love to follow. Poor Kenzie, something is always happening to her and she doesn’t expect that at all. Each new problem turns her life upside down a little more.

The first volume was a surprise for me and I have to say that this one is as good as the previous. Mckenzie finds herself once again
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel as though I've been waiting for this book to come out F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Then I looked back at my Goodreads and I only read The Shadow Reader in January. Ooopss! Well...that's what happens to me when I read such a spectacular debut book/author and have to wait 9 months. I was so immersed in this book that a few nights after I finished, I dreamed about Fae and their problems with tech (technology). LOL!

If you're not into Fae books, no worries, I really wasn't either. The Shadow Reader was
No. No, no, no, noooooo. You can't leave me hanging like this without even a hint of a date - a year! - of when the next book's planned...
Crap. This is one of those series I wish I'd picked up when completed.
But anyway. The Shattered Dark started off way worse than I expected. It's kind of slow at the beginning and pretty boring too. By 20 % in I was pretty much convinced that it suffered from a serious case of middle book syndrome. Which it does, to a certain extent.
The action takes ages to
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McKenzie Lewis, a human with the highly sought after ability to track fae, is back and once again embroiled in the fae civil war. In THE SHATTERED DARK, there’s not quite as much story development, but be prepared for non-stop action, intrigue, and a few bombshells that will leave you dying for book three.

While THE SHADOW READER was one of my best reads in 2011, unfortunately, THE SHATTERED DARK does fall into the trap
hey people i find this on the Sandy Williams blog/website, it's an Excerpt from The Shattered Dark, it doesn't revile much, but it's better than nothing :) right?
This is such a fun, edge-of-your seat ride! Anyone who loves great urban fantasy will absolutely relish this series. In this second installment, the story stalls just a bit at times while the author tries to fill first-time readers in on all the backstory. This results in info-dumps for those who are already familiar with the story. There is also a huge cliff-hanger at the end (total manipulation to get readers to buy the third book.) Luckily the third book was already out when I read this or I ...more
Laura Carson
I love the cover! I can't wait for this book, so excited!


4.5 Stars

I loved this book, I really did. Rating it just shy of 5 stars is mainly because the first one set the bar so high. This installment was non stop action, and had me reading chapters before I even realized it. The main flaw I had with this book is even with the non stop action, I felt like not a lot was happening. We weren't moving on enough in the story for the pacing of the action. We would have all these fight scenes
Dec 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, novel
That ending was so heart-breaking. And I hated it.

Every time I read the part where Aren is present, I just fall for him even more. *Sigh* I can't believe it but he's just so... so... Aren. lol

OH MY GOD!!! Next year?! NEXT FREAKING YEAR?!?! That's too long! I can't be in agony for THAT long! I have, no - NEED to have this book sooner!!!

Ooh! Another kickass cover! Love it! Hope the book's as good as the cover! :))
Simona Ithil
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, it was so good. I don't want to cry... but I love Aren so much, so pretty please McKenzie, pick him!!!

I want to start this review in order, discussing a quick synopsis, how I felt and what happened. But I am PISSED. Yes, pissed to hell for what I've been left to ponder. On my own. For several months. PISSED.

I knew there was supposed to be some sort of development that really irked people. I was anticipating it. I was in full expectation mode. Up until 94% I was coasting. Yes, there were lots of developments. tons! and I thought, maybe people were being ralled up
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Iron Fey
I enjoyed this just as much as the first book. The intense action and suspense was back, and the story was just as interesting. Trying to figure out who to trust, with Remnants and Vigilantes, and court fae, and now even more sighted humans thrown into the mix! But I was a little disappointed we only saw Aren a few times before about 40%, and then he appeared fairly consistently.

I remain impressed by McKenzie. She was a great, strong lead in The Shadow Reader, and I loved how she didn't let her
I really struggled through this one, which was so disappointing because I absolutely adored The Shadow Reader and devoured it in two sittings. With The Shattered Dark I just wasn't feeling it at all. I picked it up to read only a dozen pages at least 10 times in the last few months. Now the I've finally powered through it, all I can say is....meh.

Meh to McKenzie running around in circles, throwing herself into danger (literally) at every turn and learning absolutely nothing along the way.

Meh to

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Favorite Quote: “It’s a familiar feeling, being pushed to the side like this.“

Sandy Williams once again takes us on a dark, twisted journey with the second installment of her dynamic urban fantasy McKenzie Lewis series, The Shattered Dark. Our heroine McKenzie Lewis isn’t your average urban fantasy heroine. She has a unique gift, the ability to read and locate Elves through the trace of magic they leave when transporting, but no
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans who appreciate focus on the "fantasy" part of "urban fantasy"
Shelves: xarchive-bli-rev
Forgive me ahead of time if this review ends up seeming like a spiral of nonsensical rambling. It’s just that I’m excited about this book! I began it expecting an enjoyable read, and finished it feeling like I got an amazing one. (Feel free to check out my review of the first book in this series, The Shadow Reader.) I’ll try to keep this review spoiler free, k?

The Shattered Dark takes place approximately two weeks after the conclusion of The Shadow Reader. And like many urban fantasy series, its
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Sandy Williams graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and history. She worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. Now, she’s back in Texas, writing full time and moonlighting as a librarian. Visit her on the web at

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“The complete truth, McKenzie, is I’d do anything for you, but you ask for nothing. You won’t confide in me. You won’t rely on me. You’re so preoccupied trying to decide if you can trust your feelings that you won’t consider giving in to them.” 13 likes
“How can you be so sure of the way you feel about me?” “You’re human,” Aren says. “You’re the weakest person I know.” The warm, fluttery sensations in my stomach disappear. “Geez, thanks.” He laughs and takes my hands in his before I turn away. “And that makes you the strongest. The most courageous. When I found you on your campus, you fought me. You didn’t give in even though you knew you were outmatched. I was halfway in love with you before we reached Germany.” 13 likes
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