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The Shadow Revolution

(Crown & Key #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,663 ratings  ·  300 reviews
They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.

As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Del Rey
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

If summer blockbuster action movies existed back in the Victorian era, they would look a lot like The Shadow Revolution. This book doesn’t mess around. It makes its goals very clear right from the beginning, and that is to stuff as much fun and excitement as it can into its three hundred or so pages.

Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith take readers on a wild ride through Victorian London in this feisty, ass-kicking adventure
I was looking for my next fix of urban fantasy action when I stumbled on The Shadow Revolution, the 1st book in the Crown and Key trilogy. And what a fix it was! It was loaded with action in a setting I love, fabulous characters and cool themes. Even with its sometimes dark tone the personalities and banter between the characters balanced that making for one very fun read.

I knew you were more then just a pretty face

I swear Simon Archer sprang forth from my book boyfriend day dreams being a
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
The characters:
Simon is a playboy and a cocky young magical scribe. His mentor, Nick is a somewhat melancholy and introverted bachelor. Penny is a tinkerer of all things mechanical and weaponized - the bigger and fiery-er the better. Kate is an unconventional woman in charge of a huge estate that spends all her time experimenting with alchemy. They are drawn together to fight a growing threat of werewolves in the city.
The authors did a great job with the perfect amount of steampunk. I like me
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Well crap.

I can't say I wasn't warned.

I saw this, it looked interesting (I'm pretty much always looking for good new Urban Fantasy) so I looked up the reviews here. Mostly those from people I often agree with were...well they were at best, "lackluster".

Look, if you've read many of my reviews you know I'm a huge fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden series and Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series. I wanted to like this/these books. I had hopes.

Sadly they were dashed and the opinions of the people whose
The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key #1 by Clay and Susan Griffith
Published 2015,Del Ray
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Seriously, thanks.

Like my first status update on Goodreads for this book said, I have two words to describe this book: "hell" and "yes." This book was a complete and utter fun-tastic bookgasm of action, adventure, and magic. Like steampunk? It's got a bit
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I was looking forward to this new series by the Griffths' since I'd enjoyed the Vampire Empire series so much. Unfortunately this book failed to live up to my high expectations. It was not a bad book, it was just a bit...lacklustre.

The steampunk Victorian London setting was quite intriguing. As was the fact that paranormal creatures prowled the city, but kept their existence hidden from the masses. We had everything from mages and alchemists to werewolves.

The story was also mildly intriguing.
Molly Mortensen
This book took me longer than I expected since I couldn't read it at night. (Nightmares) It's rather violent, gruesome, and has scary monsters. (Although I am a wuss.)

At the beginning some of the lines were so over the top I couldn't tell if the authors were serious, (Grins that blazed in the darkness, and striking cavalier poses) but the writing quickly improved.

Simon's a party boy, and a womanizer, and at first I couldn't stand him, but over the course of the book he grew on me.

Malcolm said
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wasn't expecting alot from this book, but honestly its one the best steam punk books I have read.

Well thought out plotlines and believable technology, it also has believable charact3rs who not perfect.

nice and quick read filled with tension and brilliantly written combat scenes.

Hoping they havent killed Greta.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
4.5 Stars!

When I saw the premises of this and the fact that this would be told through the male voice as well as the female, I knew I had to try it. Let's face it, male point of views in the urban fantasy genre are truly few and far between.

Throw in a deliciously dark London Victorian era, a mystery, and supernaturals up the wazoo and you have one hell of a read.

This was so much fun. In fact, I loved everything about it, from it's darker theme to it almost adult Infernal Devices feel, to the
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-library
Simon and Nick are two sorcerers living it up in London. When they stumble upon a beautiful woman who is an alchemist named Kate whose sister Imogen is threatened by Werewolves and Homunculi android monsters, it is up to them and a werewolf hunter named Malcolm Macfarlane to help her. Will they succeed or is there something darker waiting for them in the shadows? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good supernatural horror adventure story that is a first of a trilogy so I can't
Welcome to Victorian London, home of steampunk, alchemy, spell casters, and werewolves on the prowl. No one is safe and few are able to fight the vile evil and transformation their bites will bring. An unlikely alliance must be formed to combat the beasts, who have already made victims of the brilliant Kate Anstruther’s sisters. Will the strength and determination of a true hunter be needed to end this overpowering threat? Will magic prevail or will every piece of silver in London be needed to ...more
I received this book from Netgalley in trade for an honest review.

The farther I got into this the more, and more I kept thinking of Full Metal Alchemist.


Which is cool, cause I love FMA! The first anime, when you get to that scene...if you have seen it you know the one...I balled my eyes out. This book has homunculus, alchemy, gadgets galore, a guy that can start fires with his hands, a woman who loves guns...

description yeah FMA!

Anyways this book started off rough, but once you get past the forced
**I received this book for free from (Del Rey) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Steampunk, Science Fiction
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Clay & Susan Griffith, best known for their Vampire Empire series, returns with a new trilogy called Crown & Key. Set in Victorian London, this is an entirely different world from Vampire Empire. Vampires don't rule here, and humans aren't being
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Other reviewers have compared The Shadow Revolution to a summer blockbuster movie, which is an apt description. However, I personally like to think of it as a Victorian Era roller coaster; it bursts from the pages going full speed, slows down long enough for you to catch your breath before plunging you down into the next pulse-pounding adventure. Werewolves, magic, mad science and alchemy zip by in a whirlwind, as our cast of colorful characters speed from the
Nov 19, 2015 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 26%

The biggest issue for me is that the world building is practically non-existent. I know that some readers dislike info dump, but I am not one of them. Especially for fantasy/paranormal books, I don't want authors to just assume that I will already know the world or how it works, even with some familiar supernatural beings like werewolves. I think there is a way to write a balanced beginning, between info-dumping and going straight into the plot. In this case, however, I felt like a
Diana Francis
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
First, I got the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book. And there was a lot that I did like. First, it's set in a late regency/early Victorian period. Griffith really captured the world in his descriptions and clearly he researched London. It really felt real. I thought the language and the cadence of the language reflected the period and made it feel more realistic. The steampunk elements of the book were fun, if a little modern--a motorcycle,
After falling in love with Adele and Gareth and the world of Vampire Empire, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Clay & Susan Griffith’s newest series, Crown and Key. And let me just say The Shadow Revolution does not disappoint.

One of the Griffiths' greatest strengths lies in their fantastic characterization, and in The Shadow Revolution they've created a wonderfully diverse, independent, flawed, sometimes mercenary, group of characters who must band together against the otherly darkness
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to The Shadow Revolution:

Told from both the male perspective as well as the females this gritty urban fantasy with its steampunk vibe and magical mayhem quickly pulled me in. The tale is action packed and gory at times but it made me shiver and I became caught up listening to the clever narrations. While this is a series, the reader will be instantly rewarded as the stories release about a month apart.
The characters were phenomenal, although
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Shadow Revolutions delves deep into a dreary steampunk Victorian London where werewolves, demigods, monsters, magic and mayhem are running a mock. Simon Archer, spell-casting scribe, Kate Anstuther, Alchemist and genius, and Malcolm MacFarlane, monster hunter,have taken on the battle to defeat the evil that has infiltrated England.

The story holds a dark and sinister feel even while the rag tag team shuffles through the niceties of society.

Unlikely allies and even more unusual family dynamic
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

There be monsters here; amid the gas lamp laden walkways of Victorian era London in THE SHADOW REVOLUTION and just a few magic practitioners stand in defense against the darkness. I loved the setting and the world building set up in this story and the idea of a order of magical practitioners with various sorts of skills really peaked my interest. I kept hoping they'd delve more into each and every type of ability available because the ones introduced
Snarktastic Sonja
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: june2016-recs
I'm not quite sure about this one. I enjoyed it. But, I didn't LOVE it. It starts off with a bang and a half and set me up for more than I feel I received. Simon meets up with an old love, Beatrice. A battle ensues. His feelings for Beatrice here made me think there were going to be more relationships in the book than I think I actually got - and that is my problem.

The book is definitely action packed - battle after battle. It is definitely well-written and enjoyable. Victorian London came alive
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I was given a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Magic, werewolves, Victorian London, crazy inventions, and alchemy: what could go wrong, right?

Well, I did like this novel, but not as much as I had hoped and wished. Perhaps because I remembered liking these authors' Greyfriar book a lot, and was expecting something similar? I'm not sure. It has a nice mix of adventure, banter, fights and magic, but somehow I found it a bit lacking. Not bad per se, just lacking.

I really
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was so disappointed with this one:( It lacked spirit and was nothing like Vampire Empire. I could hardly finish it!
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
What happens when you kick-off a new urban fantasy series with a fantastic setting andunique characters, and you throw in some dangerous, supernatural creatures, evil madmen, murder & mayhem? You get a kick-ass book to read. As a first in a series, the Crown and Key is off to a great start. The Shadow Revolution caught my eye with its references to the Sherlock Holmes movies and Showtimes Penny Dreadful series, I'm happy to say that the book delivered great entertainment. I want more, ...more
The cover caught my eye and then I read the blurb and then I grabbed this one up eagerly. Steampunk paranormal, historicals with paranormal elements, historical urban fantasies are where it's at with me. This was the start of a new series by new to be authors so I eagerly dove into this dark, gritty tale that both sets up the trilogy and offers an intriguing story that in the end has a 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' vibe going on. It offers elements of Steampunk and Urban Fantasy with a hint of ...more
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Victorian-era urban fantasy is a genre which piques my interest. New to me authors Clay and Susan Griffith kick off an interesting series. There are werewolves, sorcerers and alchemists moving about without polite society's knowledge. For those who picked this book up because of the reference to Penny Dreadful, be forewarned, there is no underlying dark sexual tension. This book contains no character like the Eva Green. This book is more about mystery and horrors perpetuated by an evil mad ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got this book to review through NetGalley. This is the first book in the Crown and Key trilogy. This whole trilogy is being released very rapidly over the course of June/July of 2015. I really loved the Vampire Empire series by the Griffiths, so I was excited to see that they had a new series releasing.

This was a very fun Victorian steampunk paranormal read. It is described as a blend of the Iron Druid Chronicles, Sherlock Holmes, and Penny Dreadful (the TV series)...this is a very apt
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it

Publisher: Random House

Publishing Date: June 2015

ISBN: 9780345539502

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.8/5

Publisher Description: As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts.

Review: An intriguing blend of steampunk and magic set in the Victorian
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: A big, boisterous and bloody adventure tale with non-stop action and monsters, and just a touch of romance.

From the edge of the woods, a figure stepped forth into the moonlight and Malcolm exhaled sharply. The giant creature’s light grey fur shone almost white, as did the enormous battle-axe clenched in her right hand like a banner of war. It stood almost as tall as she. Her howl of rage shook the glass in front of Simon. An exclamation slipped unintentionally from his lips.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent ! I've just spent the last couple of days immersed in this universe and I want more !

The gorgeous cover first caught my eye last year, then the blurb, but I was in my "reasonable" period : already too many books, no need to add more to the pile. Stupid, I was. This book has everything I love and more that I didn't know I wanted to read about before I actually did : a magically tattooed handsome dandy hero, a sorcerer who can lit his hands on fire, a kickass geeky heroin (loved, loved
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Clay and Susan Griffith are the authors of THE FLASH: THE HAUNTING OF BARRY ALLEN and ARROW: A GENERATION OF VIPERS, as well as the creators of the VAMPIRE EMPIRE series and authors of the CROWN & KEY trilogy.

"Vampire Empire is transforming genre fiction." Paul Goat Allen, B&N Explorations.

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