Saturday, March 16, 2019

Week 11 Review: Court of Shadows

From Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum comes the second book in an all-new gothic horror series praised as "darkly delightful.'*

In this second book of Madeleine Roux's expansive gothic horror series, illustrations from artist Iris Compiet and chilling photographs help bring to life a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

After the frightful events of last autumn, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton has settled into her role as a maid at Coldthistle House, but she has not settled into what that means for her humanity.

As Louisa struggles to figure out whether she is worthy of redemption, the devilish Mr. Morningside plans a fete— one that will bring new guests to Coldthistle House. From wicked humans to Upworlders, angelic beings who look down upon Mr. Morningside's monstrous staff, all are armed with their own brand of self-righteous justice.

Even a man claiming to be Louisa's father has a role to play, though what his true motive is, Louisa cannot tell. The conflicts will eventually come to a head on the grounds of Coldthistle House—and the stakes include Louisa's very soul.

My Review:
Wow, I enjoyed reading this book so much! I don't remember if the first book had little asides between chapters, I'll have to check that. Because they added so much to this book, and where it went and how it tied into what was happening now, yeah, that was really fantastic to read!

We learned more about this world in this book, about how there's 3 groups of powers, the shepherd-God, Mr. Morningside, and the fae-the Mother and Father, the latter has basically disappeared from the world. I really enjoyed learning more about it, since Louisa is fae.

Between the gathering of the powerful, the normal duties of Coldthistle house, translating Bennu's journal that we got as the asides, there was also the situation with Lee, with Mary, and her father showing up. Yeah, there was a lot to occupy Louisa's time!

Deals with the devil are very tricky and not advisable to get into. Though Louisa does (can I say how weird it is to be typing out my name and not meaning me?) and I really enjoyed watching her balance what she wants to happen with what she's willing to do. There was a lot of twists, turns and trickery when all was said and done!

Loved reading this book, and I can't wait for the 3rd and final book!

Author: Madeleine Roux
Series: House of Furies #2
Read: March 14th, 2019
Source: Library
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a Historical Fiction 2019 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: June 26th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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