The Crowded Shadows, Celine Kiernan

| 4 March , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

The Moorehawke Trilogy (II)

Alone for the first time in her life, Wynter Moorehawke travels unprotected in bandit-infested mountains, searching for missing Prince Alberon.

Every tyrant who ever threatened the Kingdom is gathering to Alberon\’s table, and the forest is alive with spies and wolves. Within these crowded shadows, Wynter remains determined to find the rebel prince and heal the rift that has come between the King and heir.

New friends. Old enemies. Who can you trust?

Celine Kiernan\’s novel, The Crowded Shadows, is the second instalment in The Moorehawke Trilogy. It follows protagonist Wynter Moorehawke, as she searches for the Rebel Prince Alberon. Up high in the mountains – in the crowded shadows – sometimes friend and foe can blur the line.

Not having read the first novel, The Poison Throne, I would say that it is not necessary for readers, new to the series, to have read the prior novel to accurately follow and understand the storyline. Though having said that, I would highly recommend getting both, as I am now heading to the bookstore to buy a copy of The Poison Throne, as Kiernan\’s second novel, The Crowded Shadows, absolutely captured my mind and blew me away.

Enter Kiernan\’s world, full of fantasy, adventure and romance. This novel reminds me a lot of C.S. Lewis\’s Chronicles of Narnia. Akin to C.S. Lewis, Kiernan has a great writing style, with strong storylines, and characters to love, including – a strong, realistic protagonist – with complex and flawed leads that will draw you in, and pull you under.

It is books like this that remind me so many times, why I love reading. It is the writer\’s gifted ability to create a world, so believable that you can almost feel yourself alive in a foreign land. All around you, their world and it\’s character\’s come to life – full of infinite possibilities – you see the world through another\’s eyes, and if you are lucky enough, the writer will even let you feel what their characters are feeling. This novel is mastery at work.

The Crowded Shadows is a fast paced, consistent, and truly memorable journey into a far off land. The characters are strong and well written – and much to my great relief – flawed. You will find no perfect plastics here; here you will see a true test of will, as each character is hit with challenges that will affect both their personal wellbeing and that of the kingdom. It is a triumph among books, and journey worth taking.

For fans of fantasy and adventure, here is this year\’s must have.

Available now: Allen & Unwin RRP$19.99


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