Released: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Pocket Books
Age Group: Adult
Pages: 384 pages
Author Site: Diana Pharaoh Francis
The world is falling apart. The magical apocalypse has come. Now is the time to guard the covenstead against both raiders and refugees. But Max has been stolen by a powerful demi-god who is determined to force her to find a way to use a magical power she never knew she had—even if it kills her. Meanwhile, back in Horngate, a Fury is birthing. When the creature breaks free of the fragile bonds that enclose her, her rage will scour the covenstead from the earth.The Horngate Witches is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy Series and it seems it only gets better with each book. I loved the back n forth in this particular book with Alexander and Giselle fighting one battle at Horngate while Max and Scooter at the same time were fighting for Scooter's life at Chadare. The interactions were great between them and I enjoyed the growth and sort of respect they all began to feel for each other against the circumstances that put them on the pats they were now on.
Giselle, Max and I, will probably always despise but in Shadow City she shows more of herself and for lack of a better word seems more "realistic" to me somehow. It was sort of funny when Alexander told Giselle to get dressed and she came back wearing jeans, hiking boots, and a pullover along with her hair up in a ponytail and he said to her that it amazed him how "natural" she looked and she scowled back at him that she did bathe every day and keep her armpits shaved.
I recommend this series to any urban fantasy lover. It's action packed with a tough herione, has magic and plenty of adventures involved and just is really good. You can possibly read them out of order and still have a general idea of whats happening but I feel you would be missing out on alot of fun.