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ARC Review: The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams

16 Dec

He closes his eyes in a wince as a wave of pain passes over him. “Should have gone straight to Lena.”
I’m surprised you didn’t,” I say.
If the false-blood killed you, I wouldn’t get revenge.”
“He sounds like he’s worth saving,” Nick mutters, grabbing Lorn’s wrist to lift his hand away from his stomach wound.

The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams

**ARC PROVIDED BY NETGALLEY**

Summary: Stuck between the fae she is tied to and the one she loves, McKenzie has enough on her plate. But with Lena’s reign deeply threatened, McKenzie will have to throw all of that aside and do the right thing, even if it means she has to sacrifice her heart.

Review: The Sharpest Blade is the end to Shadow Reader trilogy, tying off the most valuable threads. Yet as final as the story was, it wasn’t as satisfying of a conclusion as I hoped.

Williams has created a fantastic world between humans and fae. It isn’t overly complicated as it only spans 3 books. However, that is a strength. Many author’s over complicate their world with minute details that only confuse the reader. Williams kept her details consistent and neat. Finishing the trilogy, I understood where her characters stood.

I was annoyed frequently with the characters in this trilogy. First there is McKenzie. She is an every girl. I hate every girl’s. They have no personality and no depth. What are her likes? Dislikes? Is she athletic? Is she fearful? She reminds me so much of Bella from Twilight, it’s nauseating. Williams’s strong characters, Aren and Lena also fell flat in the final book. Aren had so much potential in this book, especially considering the plot. Yet he seemed like a brat in the first half who just managed to win the girl’s heart by a “oops, I screwed up.”

I will say Williams did a fantastic job with Kyol’s character. In the first book he was boring, second book got more interesting. But he was downright complex in this book. His feelings, his thoughts and his love for McKenzie shined through. This love triangle was resolved from the beginning and I never thought of them two as happily ever after, but Kyol is definitely the winning character in this story. If Williams is writing a spin off, I would be fascinated to see stories about him.

The plot was tied perfectly well at the end. I was pleased that there were losses that were sad and not everyone ended up in a happy couple. Those always annoy me. But the main plot and love stories were resolved, and the realm became a peaceful place to live. It wasn’t an explosive ending, very predictable, but at least it wasn’t gag worthy. The love triangle could have been annoying, but she was resolved from the end of book one, so I was not to bothered by it.

Overall, I’m glad I read this book and the whole trilogy, but I doubt it’ll ever reach the reread stage. For Urban Fantasy fans, this is a good read in between favorites. If fae and romance aren’t your thing, this book probably isn’t for you either.

Sex: Kissing and low key sex scene
Violence: Death and blood, some of our favorites

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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