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Shadow Lands (3 of series, read in order)
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
Nothing like binge-reading four books in a series (in two days!). I hate paying $5 an ebook, but made an exception as each novel are around 300+ pages each, so the reader gets great value for the money (unlike so many 200 page books of the same or higher price). Since I read these books back-to-back, each review for books 3-5 will be the same. Breene gives readers excellent plot advancement through each book, as well as character development for the main protagonists, Shanti and Cayan, and many beloved secondary characters. It would be easy for an author to lose forward momentum and hit storyline stagnation when it spans so many pages, but so far, the writer has plotted her books wisely, so the reader is always at the edge of his/her seat and the twists unfold with suspenseful regularity. I personally have started to skim some portions of the fight/war scenes, as I am losing my interest in so much combat choreography detail; but attention to detail is one of the strong points of Breene's storytelling, so I admit I read more than I pass over. Through each of the stories, the author has built the suspense for the main thread of the plot, yet each book gives a satisfying conclusion to the focus of each book-- well done.