Early Review: The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis, #2) by Sandy Williams

October 30, 2012 Review 3

*This title will be released on October 30, 2012*

Cover art: Gene Mollica

The Shattered Dark

(McKenzie Lewis, #2)
by Sandy Williams

Genre: Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: YesBook Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (October 30, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1937007812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007812


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content



A love declared. A war waged.
A future endangered.

McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows…

McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war among the fae.

With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.


McKenzie Lewis, a human with the highly sought after ability to track fae, is back and once again embroiled in the fae civil war.  In THE SHATTERED DARK, there’s not quite as much story development, but be prepared for non-stop action, intrigue, and a few bombshells that will leave you dying for book three.

While THE SHADOW READER was one of my best reads in 2011, unfortunately, THE SHATTERED DARK does fall into the trap that so many sequels do: not a lot happens to advance the story or characters.  There are countless escape scenes after escape scenes that all tended to blur together.  I also was let down by the complete standstill with the romance.  The upheaval in THE SHADOW READER was so deliciously devastating that I was dying to see the fallout from McKenzie’s choices, but it wasn’t really there in THE SHATTERED DARK.  McKenzie agonized internally about her past decisions without really making any new ones.

On the upside, the ending of THE SHATTERED DARK was excellent.  All the big developments I’d been hoping for finally happened and they were absolutely worth waiting for.  I’m right back to the dying-to-know-what-happens-next phase that the first book left me in.  So while the majority of this book felt like it was stalling for time, the ending saved it.  There are no details about the third McKenzie Lewis book, but look for it to hit stores in 2013.

Titles in Series

  1. The Shadow Reader – 5/5
  2. The Shattered Dark

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3 Responses to “Early Review: The Shattered Dark (McKenzie Lewis, #2) by Sandy Williams”

  1. Breana M.

    Great review, I guess I need to read the first one though… -_-

  2. Suzie

    Good review, I hadn’t realized book #2,came out. Looking forward to reading it.