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Queen of Shadows

(Shadow World #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  6,354 ratings  ·  454 reviews
Shortly after she picked up a guitar, Miranda Grey conquered the Austin music scene with a newfound ability to psychically manipulate her audience’s emotions. But as her powers outgrow her control, her mind is increasingly invaded by haunting secrets and overwhelming sadness. Unable to look anyone in the eye, Miranda is fast approaching the edge of insanity – with no one t ...more
Paperback, 389 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Ace (first published July 29th 2010)
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Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Catie by: Vinaya
Well, much thanks to Vinaya for correctly identifying a one in a million type of urban fantasy hero! This book was worth reading just for the simple knowledge that a hero like him – intelligent, even tempered, logical, and kind – can exist in an urban fantasy world. I also love that the heroine, Miranda, is vulnerable but self-reliant and determined to better herself. There were a few things that turned me off: (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal romance/urban fantasy fans
*** 4 1/2 stars ***

ETA: I will only recommend this book as a stand alone because the author completely ruins the story in her follow up book Shadowflame. It's a shame that the author decided to completely ruin good characters but I guess this book is still okay as a stand alone.

Queen of Shadows was a very good urban fantasy/paranormal romance featuring a heroine, Miranda Gray, who starts out the story almost broken by her newly found ability to sense other people's emotions. The ability has alm
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, keeper
Getting back into the PNR/UF genre has been a two-step slow process, thankfully for my GR friends and sheer luck- I’ve found some great winners this year. With the Queen of Shadows making me happy to be reading and returning to the genre, and Hey! It takes place in one of the coolest cities “EVEAR” Austin, Texas!

Queen of Shadows started off very dark, with a young musician fighting with her strong empathic gift, between trying to stay sane and dealing with all the emotions, feelings and though
Laura Lulu

I didn't realize this was UFR instead of just UF, so I wasn't crazy about that. The book started out super dark & gritty UF, and then turned into total gooey PNR. That lost a star from me. And my least favorite kind of PNR, to boot--the fated-to-be-mated kind. I tolerate it in shifter books, cause well, they're animals. But otherwise I just think it's stupid.

I'm not a big PNR fan--I just don't feel like I get to know the characters well enough to be gaga for the romance, and in turn, I don't
5 stars – Paranormal/Vampire/Urban Fantasy Romance

Thoughts Before Reading:

The fact that this takes place in Austin, TX and the addictive sample on Kindle that gave an awesome glimpse of the author's writing and of the unusual storyline definitely have me intrigued.

Thoughts After Reading:

I'm partly biased because this is set in my own city of Austin, Texas, which definitely contributed to my reading experience, but it's a very well-written, intelligent, and dark paranormal/urban fantasy romance t
Miranda Grey is an empath who has never learned how to shield herself from the constant onslaught of strangers' emotions, and it's slowly driving her insane. The Austin, Texas resident obtains relief while performing onstage, since she can channel the energy of crowds who listen to her music, but the effect is temporary. She's losing weight, not getting enough sleep, and self-medicating with alcohol.

And then she gets gang-raped in an alley on the way home from a performance. I'm not putting a s

Queen of Shadows began as an intense read for me. It was dark and it had a rather traumatic event right at the start of the novel. I actually contemplated setting the book aside and looking for a lighter read. I’m glad I stuck with it because it quickly became a compelling read.

Our heroine Miranda Grey is an empath spiraling on the brink of a mental breakdown. One of the few things that keep Miranda grounded is her music. She is known for the ability to elicit emotion from her audience. David So
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dark urban fantasy fans!
Shelves: favorites
Quick Take: This book gripped from the first page and never let go. The tone is dark, yet filled with tenderness at the right moments. I am officially in love with Sylvan's tight writing style.

For all the urban fantasy I read, I find that I don't delve into the much darker stuff as often as I'd like. Indeed the lighter and more witty fare is so easily accessible; what can I say, I'm a happy-sappy-gal! But when a dark urban fantasy book gets it right, it will knock me out and is ultimately the s
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR
Shelves: urban-fantasy-uf
This book reads like a PNR, but the author has said the series will be UF. The world created by the author is strong and while the plot is typical of many PNR stories, it is character based with richly developed characters. I read a spoiler about the end of the book before I really even got started, so perhaps that effected my enjoyment.

This book starts off with a bang, and I would say the beginning is 5 stars. The main female character is in such pain that I felt it – she is awkward and suffer
Queen of Shadows introduces us to Miranda Grey, a musician who can manipulate people's emotions through her music. She has spent much of her life avoiding people, never looking anyone in the eye, drinking and trying to keep from losing her mind.

Through random happenstance, she spots David Solomon in line buying ice cream at the market one day. She can't help but notice his stunning eyes. Being a master vampire, he can tell she has power of her own. But, they each go about their business.

Maybe I'll write a review later, maybe not.

Just a few questions:

(1) If your "best friend" is gone for a month and comes back to tell you she's been "in rehab," what should you do? Answer: Not just say "oh, I thought maybe it was drugs," and shake it off. (The friendship between Mira and Kat was ridiculous.)

(2) If you are getting it on with a vampire and know lots of other vampires, who is the perfect person to call in the event that everyone thinks you are dead and (view spoiler)
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Color me shallow. I must be to like this book.

Let's start with what is wrong.
First this:

And then this:
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Notice any similarities? No? Then look at this:

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and this:

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I'd like to compliment the editor for the original choice of the cover.

Unfortunately the similarities with the Chicagoland Vampires series do not end with the cover. Miranda and Merit (from here on M&M's) are both humans who get attacked in the first chapters of the book. While Merit dies immedi
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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I had thought that I will never meet a vampire book that I would like. Considering my previous experience with them, I was disillusioned and jaded by the crap we've been getting. But this book... I don't even feel like I can do it justice. It's really good.

But saying all that, I must warn everyone of the beginning. It's dreary and emotionally painful, and I was ready to stick this in my DNF pile, after reading those first few chapters. But I persevered and was almost instantly rewarded. Unlike m
Sarah Mac
I lack the will to tear into this book the way it deserves. Unbelievable as it might seem, Queen of Shadows sapped my snark. Shocking!

In the meantime, I'll step aside & let Gifftrax speak on my behalf.

Our hero, David:

Our heroine, Miranda:

My reaction to David & Miranda together:

Seriously, guys. I haven't met a bigger Mary Sue/Gary Stu PNR pairing since Cat & Bones. But whereas Cat & Bones have at least some personality, Miranda & David are boring as hell. There's nothing disti
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
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Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

3.5 "Intense" stars

This was quite an intense read, right from chapter 1.
I finished it in one sitting.
No water breaks, no food breaks, no BATHROOM breaks either.
Oh yeah, I went there or more accurately I didn't go there.
Lol, I'm all kinds of messed up right now.

So even though it was gripping from the get go, I'm not gonna be continuing the series. I mean, this read more as a stand alone than the first book in a series plus I hear the author ruins the story in the later books and since that titbit
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
Good story. I felt the writing was not even at times, some of the dialogs lacked some of the edginess/sharpness I love so much in UF books.
But I really liked the characters, the pace - not too fast not too slow, the development of the story and of the characters. No use of "misunderstandings" which I really dislike, and too many writers of the genre seem to think is imperative.
By the end of it I was really emotionally involve, the romantic scenes were done very realistically (well, we are talk
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
The start of the book was Very Dramatic. I was probably not in the right headspace when I began reading this book, but for the first few pages I was frowning and sighing and very close to rolling my eyes. Then I got over it and went, "Hey, self? You just began, stop being so critical" and it seemed to move a little better after that. But only a tiny bit. Still, the beginning suffers from information dump and bad melodrama. Sure, the info dump is needed, but at the same time it's laid out for the ...more
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This came as a bit of a shock to me, but I actually liked Queen of Shadows! Well, mostly. It's not some fabulously original storytelling, but unlike a lot of authors out there today, Dianne Sylvan at least knows her job well enough to keep her reader reading till the very end.

Queen of Shadows is about Miranda Grey, a musician and an empath who has the ability to influence the emotions of people through her music. But this ability escalates until she begins to hear the emotions and memories of a
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
We will call this one The Book of Faith because that’s exactly what it is. Despite the fact I honestly liked Miranda and David, my personal favorite was definitely Faith. But most importantly, this book restored my faith in urban fantasy altogether.
What’s so great about Faith, you wonder? When she first showed up and started (as his Second) talking David out of bringing Miranda to Haven, I thought: Theeeeere she goes – the typical Mexican-soap-opera-bitch that’s going to stand in their way the
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars...i LOVED IT!!! Such an unexpected treat!!!..can't wait for the 2nd book!
★ ★ ★ ★

Oh, I am very pleased with this book. This is my first exposure to the author and I was not disappointed.

The heroine, Miranda, was a real and believable character. Her suffering, both psychic and physical, was not melodramatic or overplayed. Instead it was dealt with in a sensitive fashion and you never had a moment of, "Oh jeesh! That would never happen!"

I enjoyed the world the author created, and although there was nothing new going on here, the story was well told. For me, that is th
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
~* 4.5 Stars *~
Fantastic Urban Fantasy Debut

She is an incredibly strong empath who can use music to manipulate others' emotions - and get relief from the press of them, but the stress of her combined talents are quickly tearing Miranda Grey apart. Her psyche can't handle the strain. She's cut herself off from people, unable to meet anyone's eyes for fear of seeing too much of the darkness in their hearts, unable to touch anyone for fear of being bombarded by all their dirty little secrets. She k
Pamela / SpazP
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

I picked this book up on a whim at the recommendation of a fellow Urban Fantasy fan and reviewer, and I am so happy I did. I was immediately enthralled and could not put this book down.

Queen of Shadows is the first book in the Shadow World series. The story begins with the introduction of our heroine, Miranda Grey, a very tortured musician on the brink of what she perceives as madness. She is drowning in the effects of her abilities as an empath, with n
Sonya Clark
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy

Okay, now that I've got that out of my system, let's talk about the book. Miranda is an empath, able to use music to channel emotions to her audience. The trouble is, she also picks up on other people's emotions, their deepest secrets and fears, and it's driving her insane. When she's brutally attacked in an alley one night, we get our first indication Dianne Sylvan is also writing a master class on How To Do Urban Fantasy Right: in a frightening and uncontrolled display of her
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vasya by: Vinaya
(view spoiler)

This was so amazing. Not amazing, actually, intensely great.

It was so so predictable, bit I am not talking about that. Even though the storyline was actually really interesting, I will put it aside in this review and not discuss it because I have to write about something that is much, much more important (p.s. I'm not disregarding it because it sucks, it was pretty great too) - and those are the main characters and their relationship.

Miranda is a t
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Queen of Shadows starts out DARK!! But the story that unfolds of how Miranda Grey copes and heals and moves forward is pretty Wonder Woman fantastic!!! Below are some of my favorite quotes/scenes. I highly recommend Queen of Shadows, 4.5 stars, and can't wait for the next installment!!!

His blue eyes lit on her, and he smile. "How are you feeling this evening, Miss Grey?"

"I'm fucked up on Vicodin," Miranda told him, keeping the hysteria out of her voice by inches. "Otherwise there'd be a girl-sha
Summary: The synopsis for Queen of Shadows on goodreads doesn't begin to do this book justice. This book is far more exciting and amazing than that boring paragraph makes it out to be! The back cover is a lot better at capturing the essence of the book:

Spread throughout the dark corners of our world lies the Shadow World, a society of vampires that feeds off the living. In Austin, Texas, one woman’s madness will drive her into a world that few people ever see – or even know exists…

Shortly after
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Dianne Sylvan, author of the Shadow World novels (Queen of Shadows, Shadowflame, Shadow’s Fall, the forthcoming Of Shadow Born, and at least one more) as well as two books on NeoPagan spirituality (The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition and The Body Sacred), lives in Austin, Texas, the only sane part of the entire state.

She is an unabashed Mac enthusiast, a froofy iced coffee bev

Other books in the series

Shadow World (7 books)
  • Shadowflame (Shadow World, #2)
  • Shadow's Fall (Shadow World, #3)
  • Of Shadow Born (Shadow World, #4)
  • Shadowbound (Shadow World, #5)
  • Shadowstorm (Shadow World, #6)
  • Shadow Rising (The Shadow World Book 7)
“It’s okay. I’m just in a weird mood. Have you ever had a feeling like something was about to happen?”
“Of course,” Kat replied. “It’s called PMS.”
“ I am in love with you, miranda Grey. I've fallen so far into you that I can't eve see the stars anymore, but it doesn't matter- you're all the light I need."

" Cheesy.”
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