Reviewed by Kylee J xxxxxx for Reader Views April/07
Shadow Hunt is one of eleven books by Anne Logston. It is the second book in a seven book series. The first book is Shadow. Shadow, a small Elf in a world where most Elves are taller than humans, is the mistress of the Guild of Thieves. Blade is a human assassin, the best in her field. The two team up, somewhat reluctantly on both parts, to track down a magician/sorcerer and the gem that he is believed to have stolen. Most in their community believe that Shadow herself has stolen the gem. Knowing that Blade has a past grievance against the magician, Baloran, Shadow propositions Blade for her help. Shadow dangles in front of Blade the opportunity to pay Baloran back for however he has wronged her.
I did not, unfortunately, read the first book before reading Shadow Hunt. There were a handful of places in the book that left me feeling like I was missing a piece of information. This in no way, however, made me confused or took away any enjoyment for me.
Then there was another faint sound, even less than before perhaps only the rustle of clothing or a hiss of breath but it was enough for Shadows sensitive ears. She imagined a line through the fog and, without another thought, followed it directly toward Spirit Lake. What does Shadow find when she reaches Spirit Lake? Youll need to pick up the book and read it! Im not going to TELL you.
This is a terrific adventure story. I love the fact that both lead characters are female. They are not damsels in need of rescuing. Shadow and Blade are the kick butt and dont bother taking names type. This is a book I would gladly let my 13 year old daughter read. Books with wonderful, strong, witty female heroines are something I enjoy reading and something I want my daughters to read. Girls need that. And as a woman myself, it is something I enjoy reading and unfortunately do not get the chance to read very often.
This book would be enjoyed by anyone who, like me, is already a fan of the fantasy/adventure genre. Especially for those who like books by Elizabeth Haydon and David and Leigh Eddings.