Prince of Secrets and Shadows
After joining the Order of the Crystal Daggers, led by her dauntless grandmother, Lady Penelope, Eleanora Svobodová set out to save her kingdom from oncoming devastation.
And she failed.
Following the attack on Prague Castle, Eleanora is determined to redeem herself. She sets out to win Karl’s trust while distancing...more
DNF at 67%!
I started reading Prince of Secrets and Shadows at the beginning of April and while I really enjoyed the first third of this book, I just started losing interest in the novel after that point. The writing is just way too detailed and thus the story really dragged on. It took me three weeks to get as far into the books as I am now but it’s been about two months since I’ve last read a page of it. I’m just not really ...more
Her writing is excellent in how she writes a distinct emotional journey that is woven in with complex villains and swoon-worthy romance. Not only was this as awesome as the first book, but it was even more intense in the secrets and lies that come forth (or simply just "hidden"). In fact, I was so weighed down by everything Ella has on her shoulders, that I was telling her she just needed to break free from everyone and be free! Haha!
One of the most potent ...more
It's sweet and fun and full of suspense. I loved and hated writing it, and that's the perfect way to get it done. My editor loved it, and I hope you will, too.
Here's the blurb so far:
PRINCE OF SECRETS AND SHADOWS
In a time of chaos and confusion, one girl has chosen her fate -- and disaster has sealed it.
After joining the Order of the Crystal Daggers, led by her dauntless grandmother, Lady Penelope, Eleanora Svobodová set out to save her kingdom from oncom ...more
This novel was a great sequel from the first novel. Love and lies are a huge theme in this novel, which gives several plot twists. Eleanora (Ella) was saving Ferdinand (Ferdy) as there were a few explosions at the castle where the first novel left off. Ella learns Ferdy's secret and Ferdy learns hers. Ella is torn between her growing love for Fersy and her duty to the Order. She needs to keep Ferdy safe and leaves him, but keeps hi ...more
“You are young yet, but even you know there are things worth dying for.”
I knew this book was going to be phenomenal when I started the first ch ...more
Prince of Secrets and Shadows picked up where Kingdom of Ash and Soot left off. The danger is still present but there are more players in the deadly game than any of them realised. Characters both new and old supplied more mystery, intrigue and plot twists which led to the closing chapters being a gasp-worthy cliff-hanger.
Would have liked to have seen more detail to the fighting too, there was a lot of talking while fighting. Which is a skill in itself. I liked how ...more
There were quite a few typos in this one, which I hate to say kinda wrench me out of the story-world. And there were a few places where I got confused at the w ...more
What can I say...if you enjoyed the first book, this one continues just where it left off.
I couldn't wait to see what would happen between Eleanora and Ferdy and the other characters and was happily engrossed with the story. It kept me intrigued and wanting more and I couldn't put it down (unfortunately I had to, but any free time I was back reading it).
The story line evolves around secrets,love, lies and choices. All the main old characters are back and we are i ...more
All the same charming characters from the first book are here. Though one of the villains got less charming as his true colors started to show. Ah well.
I will say it was a little difficult for me to remember all the political affiliations and motives of all the different characters, but that is part of the intrigue.
I can't ...more
Ella is still new at being a spy and this is evident in her actions and reactions. She has to learn to recognize her weaknesses, including her care for her brother. Even with all t ...more
The world building is everything I want in a book like this. Even though it’s the second book, it is still on point and that’s one of the many things I love about C.S. Johnson’s writing.
The characters are so good. The villains are complex, the romance is sincere and ...more
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
New people arrive in the city and more secrets are revealed. Ella is still trying to learn more about her mother and she h ...more