The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

June 4, 2015 Review 4

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith and Susan GriffithThe Shadow Revolution by Susan & Clay Griffith
Series: Crown & Key, #1
Published by Del Rey on June 2, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

There be monsters here; amid the gas lamp laden walkways of Victorian era London in THE SHADOW REVOLUTION and just a few magic practitioners stand in defense against the darkness. I loved the setting and the world building set up in this story and the idea of a order of magical practitioners with various sorts of skills really peaked my interest. I kept hoping they'd delve more into each and every type of ability available because the ones introduced just sounded so interesting. Luckily this is a series and the set up of a mysterious magical order (from the readers perspective) and other even more mysterious revelations about this magical world will be expanded upon in future books!

I loved the werewolf mythology and it was refreshing for me to read a story with werewolves being scary monsters. These werewolves are not nice or nice looking and I loved it.Though while the werewolves were scary they were small fries compared to the horror the characters discover. The actual bad guy is mad scientist creepy and some of the visuals belong in some sort of horror movie.

Our intrepid hero Simon Archer is a scribe or magic user who works his magic through spells and writing curses. I liked how he poses as a dashing playboy in order hide his abilities and to infiltrate high society. Oh, and he has awesome magical tattoos and a sword hidden in a walking stick because he's awesome. His team up with alchemist Kate Anstruther to solve the pesky werewolf problem and they work really well together. Kate really is a true match for Simon as she is intelligent, competent, and makes life hard for Simon. There are a few other characters that are pretty cool and have their own awesome skill sets. I would have liked to learn more about all of these characters as each character seemed so cool and interesting.

THE SHADOW REVOLUTION is a fun blend of urban fantasy, steampunk and alternate history. Its fast paced, action packed, and filled with magical greatness. I am looking forward to more action packed thrills in this magic filled series.


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4 Responses to “The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith”

  1. David Jebb

    I’ve just finished The Shadow Revolution and have to admit it not being as good as I’d hoped.
    I loved the concept, but felt the plotting could have tighter. We also have a few ‘as you know, Bob’ moments in the beginning to explain some back story that didn’t entirely bolster the plot too much (I mean Simon’s father’s background).
    The action scenes also went in for a bit too long at times, meaning I skim read them without losing any sense of story.
    I’ll probably read the next one, but I hope it improves on the clankiness of its delivery.

    • Kristina

      I get that and did notice a bit of clunkiness but chalk it up to it being the first in a series.