Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review : The Sharpest Blade

This book is classified as adult but there is major YA crossover potential.

The Sharpest Blade (Shadow Reader #3)
Torn between two worlds.
Torn between two lives.

McKenzie Lewis’s ability to read the shadows has put her—and …those she loves—in harm’s way again and again. The violence must end, but will the cost of peace be more devastating than anyone ever imagined?

After ten years of turmoil, the life McKenzie has always longed for may finally be within her grasp. No one is swinging a sword at her head or asking her to track the fae, and she finally has a regular—albeit boring—job. But when a ruthless enemy strikes against her friends, McKenzie abandons her attempt at normalcy and rushes back to the Realm.

With the fae she loves and the fae she’s tied to pulling her in different directions, McKenzie must uncover the truth behind the war and accept the painful sacrifices that must be made to end it. Armed with dangerous secrets and with powerful allies at her side, her actions will either rip the Realm apart—or save it.
Source: Netgalley ( Thanks Penguin!)

My Thoughts:

I've been dying to read this book. The last book in the series had ended in such a HORRIBLE cliffhanger (in my opinion) that as soon as I saw this book on Netgalley, I had a mini heart attack.

Me when I saw this book on Netgalley

I've been waiting a year for this book . Actually more than a year it's almost 2014 after all . When my request was accepted, I was so happy! 

Now let's talk about the book. Now I was very worried that the whole book would focus just around the love triangle and the triangle is a focus of the book but that doesn't mean that the whole situation in the realm is forgotten. McKenzie comes back to the realm not to counter and face the love situation she does it for other reasons. 

The situation in the realm is not under control and problems keep coming up from left right and center.I loved seeing more of Lena and getting to know her better. The whole world building is amazing as always and some secondary characters are dismissed and some brought to the foreground wonderfully.

Something I really enjoyed in this book is that McKenzie becomes kind of a badass. I mean she's always been strong emotionally and very put together but she was never a fighter. In this book she actually uses the sword that you see in the cover (unlike the rest) .McKenzie stabs people . She doesn't magically transform into Black widow (Avengers) but she gets a little bit of the attitude. 

Aren and Kyol are still integral to the book. None of them are sidelined. There are many more sexy scenes in this book (read sexy as kissing and tension and all that) . I still think this series has less explicit adult content than any new adult book you'll find in the market. 

I didn't think the author would manage to surprise me in this book but she did. There were so many things that happened that I did not see coming .The curve-balls  made me realize how deeply  invested I was  in the book and it's  characters.

I wasn't sure that Sandy Williams would be able to wrap up this series in this book after the issues that came up in the last book but she manages to do so wonderfully. We come to see that the main problem is not the bond between Mckenzie and Kyol but something else. This is a more than satisfactory conclusion to the series. 

Overall, I would suggest this series to people. The Shadow Reader( book #1) is the best book in the series but The Sharpest Blade (Book #3) comes a close to recreating the magic of book 1. If it was the first book in the series I would have easily given it a 5. I cannot wait to read more from Sandy Williams.

My Rating:



  1. Holy crap! I am determinedly turning my head away from your review because I haven't read this yet, but I am VERY excited to see your 4 stars! The first book was one of my top ten books of 2011, so I'm both sad and excited that the final book is almost here. I'm glad you enjoyed!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  2. I didn't read the second book yet because of the major cliffhanger you had told me about. Now I can read them right in a row! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!

  3. Oh I've never heard of this series before, but love your enthusiasm for it. I love my badass MC's so I definitely think that I would appreciate McKenzie's character. Thank you for another wonderful review and for putting this book on my radar! :)

  4. This sounds like a really strong story (and series) - even though I've never heard of it before! That's awesome...I'm so glad you liked it, and McKenzie sounds pretty dang awesome. Wonderful review :)

  5. I'm in process of reading this right now and I'm scared, so much. I'm so afraid that there is not sign of ending or better said of untangling this story. I mean the whole situation with this love triangle is a at the same time annoying and enjoyable so much. I hate that it's there but it's done so great. I just hope I'll get a decent ending. Great review :)

  6. I like the way you put moving pictures in between and your reviews are honest and interesting.

  7. I don't deal with love triangles very well, but you definitely have me curious about the rest of it. Actually, I was kind of convinced after one look at that cover. It kind of screams kick-ass. I can't wait to meet McKenzie. I'll have to check out the first book one day. I'm glad that this series wrapped up so well for you. Awesome review! :)

  8. That's great you really liked this one, especially since the second book wasn't as satisfactory. I need to read more adult novels. I try and mix up genres/age levels as much as I can so I'm getting a mix of everything. :)

    Thanks for the review! I hadn't heard of these.

    Lauren from www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  9. Woah....I really need to get it! It looks amazing! I'm trying to have different 'tastes' in books that way I can enjoy reading more.

  10. My friend just read and enjoyed this book. I had never heard of the series before.


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