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The Shadow Garden

(Nightfall Gardens #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Precocious Lily Blackwood carries a responsibility far greater than other people. As the last female Blackwood, she must keep the evils in Pandora’s Box from destroying the world.

With the help of her younger brother Silas, the dusk riders, and her best friend Cassandra, she must protect Nightfall Gardens and ensure that the fairy-tale monsters, old gods, and deathly shade
Paperback, 370 pages
Published October 30th 2013 by Flycatcher Books (first published October 28th 2013)
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Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I am trying to come up with some plot description which would not have too much spoilers - the book blurb has some fairly big ones - but I am not sure I can do it given that this is the second book of the series. 14-year-old Lily and her brother Silas are stuck in a very gloomy and dreadful place called Nightfall Gardens with Lily living inside the similarly named mansion and Silas outside with a group of protectors called the dusk riders. The first book ended with big cliffhangers for both sibl ...more
Suffers slightly from middle book syndrome, but still very good. I like how the primary characters evolve and grow, and we learn more about Cassandra (a major secondary character).

The ending definitely has me eager to read the final installment.
Lavender  Sparrow
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shadow Gardens took off right where Nightfall Gardens left us and it was easy to get right back into the story.

What I loved, the characters are wonderful. I adore Lilly she is a powerful woman held inside a pretty little doll of a girl, what is there not to love? She has grown so much since the first book and has become a brave and strong keeper of the gardens. As for the boys, I have a real crush on Francois he is dark and beautiful and one chapter in this book regarding him broke my heart, Wh
Rob Slaven
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
As is very often always the case, I received this book free in exchange for a review. Despite the kindness of receiving a free book I'm absolutely candid about the book because I want everyone to know what they're getting as much as I hope to when I'm shopping.

This book is the second in the Nightfall Gardens series and continues right where the previous book left off. As second books go this one does a good job of keeping you caught up even if you haven't read the first book so going back to #1
Amanda White
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How this author could come up with some of the things in these books amazes me, what a great imagination he has. This book is just full of things you could never in your life think of. Great book, couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Personally I wouldn't want to have to live in the Nightfall Gardens! ...more
John Clark
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If ever a horror story could be described as delightful, this is it. A seamless segue from the first book, this grabbed me immediately and added me to both the Dusk Riders and the staff at Blackwood so I could feel a part of every scary moment of action. Anyone loving a full-on creepfest should get book one, then dive into this with the third book (I'm 100 pages into that)at hand so they're ready to continue the tale. One of the best middle books I've ever read. ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful place?!

The fantastical world of Nightfall Gardens is a place I never want to leave! Lilly is a marvelous girl and I love visiting with her! So glad there is another book! On to the next!
Deborah thompson
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Second book in series Still very mysterious and lots of suspense Very well written and excellent author On to the next book
Dana Stricklen
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

This series is a Very enticing read. I look forward to finishing out the trilogy. And also looking for more from this autbor
Shen Hart
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is a masterfully constructed second book in a trilogy. The author skilfully reminds the readers of the story in the previous book, while still continuing to develop the characters, world, and moving the plot forwards. The story itself is two pronged and fits together beautifully; each side of the plot is used to add gravity and impact to the other. The characters are flawed and fantastically real in their emotions, and at no point do they read like little children as so many authors with ch ...more
The Shadow Garden has to be my favorite! it was just packed with more action and adventures and you got more on both Characters of the story and more. I loved the creepy and scary creatures more then the first book. My lights are always on when reading the book…specially when i was home alone..I loved ever minute reading this and was shocked how great the book series ended up being then what i thought. Also i wanted to point how creepy the cover is but perfect all the same. It fits the overall a ...more
Book Gannet
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, this was fun. Right from the opening line, this second book of the Nightfall Gardens series is packed with action and grizzly, ghoulish figures. The chapters alternate once more between Lily still trapped in the treacherous house that’s supposed to protect her from the Gardens, but is just as likely to kill her if she isn’t careful, and Silas out travelling in the mists to try and stop the ancient evil Eldritch from regaining power. Since most of the chapters ends in a cliffhanger – especi ...more
4.5 stars

The Shadow Garden is the second installment in the Nightfall Gardens series. You can see our review for the first book, NIghtfall Gardens here....


Everything that I loved about the first book, was still present in this addition. The setting is really the most intriguing thing about this story to me! I love this dangerous, magical place that Houston has created. And I really enjoyed getting to see further into it, the Shadow Garden is a terrifying
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved Nightfall Gardens, so I was quite happen to get into the next book right away!

This book takes place right where Nightfall Gardens left off. Lily is now the protector of the gardens and most prevent the terrors inside from unleashing into the world. Though, she's not alone. She has her brother, Sila, and her best friend, Cassandra, along with others to
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Having read the first book in this trilogy, I was glad to have the opportunity to read the other two.

It was good to be able to see both Lily and Silas' adventures running separately. The crypt with the bodies of Lily's ancestors was particularly creepy to read about. While the bodies there made sense by the end of this book, they were still really creepy... even though I couldn't help but feel sorry
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
Well, how was it?
This one suffered only a little from "middle book" syndrome. Definitely darker than the first. We get deeper into the backstory of the house and the Gardens. It splits scenes between Lily at the house and Silas out with the riders in the mist, which annoys me while reading, but that's just my personal quirk.

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Bruce Gargoyle
4.5 stars

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Lily and Silas are both drawn into dangerous territory as Lily prepares to face the horrors of the Shadow Garden and Silas defends his mind against the dark powers of an ancient evil.

This book was again divided into chapters alternating in viewpoint between Lily, as she attempts to figure out how to survive her rite of passage in the Shadow Garden, and Silas, as he and his dusk rider friends become entangled in a deadly mission to rescue some villagers from the evil
T.M.B.A. Corbett
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Here is the thing about lovely dark descriptive books....they just get better in a series!
I love book series and feel that lately the first book in the series is good but never as good as the sequels. The Shadow Garden grows so effortlessly from the first book. I love the characters and their growth from book one. The story is even better than the first and will keep even Adults glued to this book until it is
Frank Sentner
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first in this series. Can't wait for the third book! ...more
I truly enjoy this serie even though I think it´s probably most enjoyable read as a teenager. Fast paced, no dull moments and fun characters.
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Allen Houston is a native Oklahoman who has lived in Japan and Indonesia. He has worked as a journalist at the Dallas Morning News and the New York Post. Allen lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughters, and a menagerie of animals.

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