The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Crown & Key #1

Something strange was going on. Simon Archer and his friend Nick Barker discovered a werewolf causing problems in London. Both of them had powerful magic but could barely escape from the werewolves clutches. In the process of hunting the werewolf, Simon was introduced to Kate Anstruther. Family problems of her own caused her to work with Simon to figure out what was going on in London. Malcolm MacFarlane the werewolf hunter assisted them in their fight against a common enemy.

My favorite part of this was the banter. Everyone spoke in a manner that seemed appropriate for high society people, which is something a lot of authors don’t get right. Many of the characters especially Simon were witty. Simon was quite funny at times. I laughed out loud several times, which was not something I was expecting.

There is some romance in the story, but it is not the type with strong declarations of love and lusty thoughts. It was nice for a change to read about characters who were attracted to each other without endless paragraphs about how stunning the characters looked. The romance was the slow burning type, which is preferable. I was afraid from the synopsis of the book that there was going to be a love triangle but luckily that was not the case.

Most of the time the first book in a series is weak, but this wasn’t. Enough was explained that the world building was not confusing, but there was enough left unexplained that makes me want to read the next one. There were some steampunk elements, but I’d say this was more a blend of fantasy and steampunk. The Shadow Revolution was a great start to a new series!

Thank you netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!!!

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