Shadows Over London, book one in the Empire of the House of Thorns series. A fantasy novel set in Victorian London.
Fantasy and I have a love-hate relationship. Maybe it’s because I’m older, or maybe I’ve “read” it all before. With that being said, I see potential in this series. The book starts a little slow for my taste, but I rode it out.
The book is about a girl named Justice and her war, which breaks out between her family and the fae of England. Justice is a strong-willed, brave, and remarkable girl. She doesn’t care for her sister Faith, and she has a strained relationship with her mother (and that’s putting it nicely). A war breaks out, and it divides her family.
Most of the book is Justice trying to figure out what is going on, the secrets her family is hiding, and the truth about herself that she is starting to discover. One being that Justice (and later her siblings) have magical abilities. It was nice to see Justice discover that ability and work through it.
This book takes some getting into, but once the pace picks up, it was an interesting read. I enjoyed the characters, the dynamics, and the world-building once it came. Book one felt more like an introductory, a prologue if you will, so I’m excited for book two.
This review is a little short, but it wasn’t much to go on until the end of the book. My hope is that we get a lot more in book two.ARMADAS IN THE MIST Book Tour Giveaway https://widget.gleamjs.io/e.js
This author of Science Fiction and Fantasy lives in the suburbs just outside the sprawling decay of Detroit, Michigan. There he resides with his wife (Kimberly) his daughter (Kathryn) and a group of animals he refers to as ‘The Menagerie’. He has been selling short stories since the early ’80’s, including recent sales to Escape Pod and Dark Wisdom Anthology from Elder Signs Press.