Book Review: Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw
In a world where fear of Wardens tearing apart towns for a war abound, special people called the skilled can cross the veil between the world of the living and the dead. They are hunted and feared.
When Kate Winters accidentally raises a blackbird from the dead she realizes that she is skilled. Immediately, she becomes the most hunted person in Albion for she is the only one that can unlock the secrets of an ancient tome, Wintercraft, which holds knowledge and power about the veil beyond anyone’s imagining. She is captured and taken to the ancient graveyard city of Fume where her parents were killed ten years ago. To harness her powers and escape she must make a deal with one of the most feared killers in Albion. But, can she live up to that deal without dying before she has a chance to fulfill it?
This book was unique. I loved the storyline and the take it had on life and death. The characters were also intriguing especially Silas Dane who is a collector. He is not fully dead nor fully alive and it was interesting to read about his struggles and how he hid them beneath his formidable veneer. I liked how the author portrayed him as a fighter with sheltered hurts that plagued him. I did not find Silas understandable at the beginning of the book and I hated him. However, as the chapters went on he became my favorite character. Overall, his character was excellently rendered.
The main character, Kate was fun to read about but her character could of been developed further. Kate grew in her understanding of the veil but emotionally I felt that the growth could have been improved. I still liked her character and the book was stunning as a whole. I would recommend it especially to those who want a unique and darkly emotional book.