Empire of Shadows: The House of Crimson & Clover Volume 5 by Sarah M. Cradit (ARC Review by #NerdGirlJulie)


Title: Empire of Shadows: The House of Crimson & Clover Volume 5

Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Published Date:April 21st 2015

Genre: Fantasy


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Two dynasties clash for power. Only one empire can emerge.

In a time now legend, a sacred vow united the Farværdig and the Tuatha Dé Danann. One race born of fire, the other risen from nature. Together, they enjoyed centuries of peace and prosperity, under the protective blanket of this hallowed oath.

But when war came to the doorstep of the Tuatha, the Farværdig turned their backs. Expelled from their lands, those Tuatha who were not extinguished went into hiding, later re-emerging in secret as the Quinlans. The broken vow took its toll on the Farværdig, dividing the race into two factions: those willing to fall to heel of new restrictive laws, and rebels determined to restore the peaceful values of their kind.

In the midst of years of strife that follows, a Prophecy emerged, promising hope. Unite the races once more, and right the ancient wrong.

As the shadows of age and myth are exposed, the Deschanels find themselves deeply enmeshed in this war. Their bloodline and futures closely intertwined with both races, each member of the family must uncover their own vital role in fulfilling the Prophecy or risk decimation.


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***#NerdGirlJulie’s  Review***
This full length novel is not a stand-alone read. There are an increasing number of characters in this series. In fact, the author provides extensive timeline and family trees at the end of Empire of Shadows. The plot of this novel is quite complex. There are three major story lines each told from the perspective of multiple characters. While the stories don’t converge per se, they will eventually come together as Sarah Cradit’s human and fantasy worlds collide.

As her fans have come to expect, Ms. Cradit has developed detailed characters and painted rich scenes. She has done quite a bit of research on mythology and folklore, and Ms. Cradit has woven in some lovely tidbits of Irish folklore into Empire of Shadows.

Fans of House or Crimson and Clover are sure to revel in the continuing tale of the Deschanels, the Sullivans, and the growing number of Empryrians!


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