- Series: Crown & Key (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345539502
- ISBN-13: 978-0345539502
- ASIN: 0345539508
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,610,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2015
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“Team Griffith creates a number of really compelling characters whose exploits will keep readers glued to the pages! Terrific!”—RT Book Reviews
“A fast-paced, action-filled dark fantasy that is just sheer fun to read . . . The Shadow Revolution kicks off the Crown & Key series in spectacular fashion!”—Fresh Fiction
“Werewolves, mad science, and plenty of smiting. Pass the popcorn.”—Emma Jane Holloway, author of The Baskerville Affair series
"A thrilling read! Clay and Susan Griffith have crafted a gritty, action-packed Victorian-era fantasy world full of dark creatures, mystery, and magic—a must read for steampunk fans!”—Shawntelle Madison, author of the Coveted series
“What happens when you kick off a new urban fantasy series with a fantastic setting and unique characters, and you throw in some dangerous, supernatural creatures, evil madmen, murder and mayhem? You get a kick-ass book to read. . . . I want more, please!”—Book Swoon
“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. . . . Highly recommended.”—The BiblioSanctum
“One hell of a read . . . [With] unforgettable characters and magic around every bend, this truly was a breath of fresh air.”—My Guilty Obsession
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“So good that I won’t be surprised if this book series is opted to be a TV show or movie with an accompanying video game! Great storytelling, great plot and most of all great book!”—Marienela
About the Author
Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith met at a bookstore thanks to The Uncanny X-Men #201. They had to get married because of a love of adventure stories with heroes who save the day and fall in love. Soon they were writing stories together, including The Shadow Revolution and the Vampire Empire series. After years of comics, short stories, and novels, they remain happily married. When not writing or talking about writing, the couple watch classic movies, play Warcraft, and struggle to entertain their cat. They still have that copy of The Uncanny X-Men #201.
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I came across this book because I had read and reviewed (and LOVED) the Vampire Empire series by Clay and Susan Griffith. I was hoping it would be something similar in terms of mood, setting, character development, and flow of pace. I am happy to say I was not disappointed.
What could have made it better for me:
I can think of nothing that would have made it better for me. It was the right book at the right time. No grammar errors, plot holes, or character issues distracted me. Let's just get to what I liked about it, shall we?
What I liked about it:
I was in the mood for a steampunk horror, something akin to the Victorian penny dreadfuls that felt classic, yet had new elements of magic and mayhem. This is something that story elements alone cannot create. It is much dependent on the author's style. But that is exactly what this style delivered. So, its first impression on me was atmosphere. Check out this description of one character's estate, which is at once both classic and distinct.
"Originally it had been a modest Tudor-era country house, but Sir Roland Anstruther had enlarged it over his years of residence until that quaint old relic had long ago been subsumed by a sprawling grey stone structure partially hidden in scarlet-leafed ivy. It was a half-mad but magnificent structure inextricably mixed with the landscape by way of conservatories, loggias, pergolas, and large French windows. To some it might appear overwrought, but there was a chaotic charm to it. The large turrets gracing some of the corners made it appear as if it were a stalwart protector of its five-thousand-acre estate and could hold back any encroaching army."
The uniqueness of this book, in my opinion, is its handling of drudism and magic. Occult connections in steampunk and Gothic horror abound, but to turn a druid into a preserver of magic itself, in the form of tattoos and inscriptions, is something I haven't seen handled this well in any other fantasy tale that relies on such mechanisms for magic.
As for the action, the story takes you through creepy asylums, into dark lairs, and across the night hunting experimental monstrosities, old secrets, and werewolves. Here are two passages that, for some reason, struck me as perfect examples of what this book has in store.
"Spinning around and pulling out the sword, he stabbed the beast. He said a single word and the blade glowed. The werewolf suddenly went rigid, and its slobbering jaws snapped shut so hard it bit through its tongue. The werewolf convulsed and lay still."
"Simon and his companions found an entrance to the underground at Kennington. It was a black maw that reeked of the waste and the garbage that had fed into it over the many years. The subterranean world bade them enter, eager for more souls to get lost within its chambers and tunnels."
Meanwhile, the characters are alive enough, and flawed enough, to interest me. I'm always on the lookout for good female characters, and there are several of note here. It is a well-rounded cast, each with an individualized feel and contribution to the story.
If you like the steampunk, horror, and adventure genres, this book is an easy, well-paced read that often made me want to read "just one more chapter" before turning out the light. It's good for YA and adult audiences. I will definitely be buying (and hopefully reviewing) the other books in this series. I look forward to returning to this particular vision of the Victorian age with its druid scribes as the keepers of magic, wondrous and mystical machines, and classic and new monsters with just the right amount of creep factor, action, and Gothic elegance.
Well-written, with excellent side characters. Some definite surprises liven things up, No laugh-out-loud humor, but a few smiles lighten the increasingly grim scenario facing the good guys.
I bought the kindle version. When I finished reading this book, I ended up deleting it off of my kindle. About a month later, I was reading a description of a book in this series and I thought it sounded great so I looked up the first book and ordered it. Amazon kindly told me that I had previously ordered this book. I didn't remember doing so, so I tracked it down and I can't remember the story line.
What can I say, I don't remember this book and I had read it less than a month ago.