The Shadow Weave

The Shadow Weave

Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld.But she is not in love with an incubus.Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of said weaver family, and he's the only reason she survived her recent Unde...

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Title:The Shadow Weave
Author:Annette Marie
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The Shadow Weave Reviews

  • Sara

    Gah! I know I say this in every review for this author but I LOVE her books!

    The world building is brilliant and drags me in every time! I was especially glad to see some of the characters from the Steel & Stone series.

    One thing that’s been in the back of my head whilst reading both The Night Realm and The Shadow Weave is what happens? If you’ve read the Steel & Stone series, you know that’s it’s set 5 years after this series takes place.. and we know Lyre is a main character in those bo

    Gah! I know I say this in every review for this author but I LOVE her books!

    The world building is brilliant and drags me in every time! I was especially glad to see some of the characters from the Steel & Stone series.

    One thing that’s been in the back of my head whilst reading both The Night Realm and The Shadow Weave is what happens? If you’ve read the Steel & Stone series, you know that’s it’s set 5 years after this series takes place.. and we know Lyre is a main character in those books, so once again WHAT HAPPENED? Obviously, I know it’ll all be explained, but I’m impatient haha!

    Another 5 star read from the author! Hopefully March comes around fast!

  • ✶Rachelle✶

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    Annette Marie has done it again

    Even in the middle of major slump, I utterly DEVOURED this book. And believe me, when I'm slumping so hard that I'm watching 20 episodes of anime a day (I LOVE YOU NATSU)...that's saying something.

    The Shadow Weave is a direct sequel to the first book,

    . I didn't reread The Night Realm before starting The Shadow Weave, but there was a brief overview at the beginning of the book so I di

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    Annette Marie has done it again

    Even in the middle of major slump, I utterly DEVOURED this book. And believe me, when I'm slumping so hard that I'm watching 20 episodes of anime a day (I LOVE YOU NATSU)...that's saying something.

    The Shadow Weave is a direct sequel to the first book,

    . I didn't reread The Night Realm before starting The Shadow Weave, but there was a brief overview at the beginning of the book so I didn't feel too lost or confused. Some books have major info-dumps at the beginning of each book which can get super tedious when reading a series, but I did not feel like The Shadow Weave was like that.

    I absolutely loved Lyre in the

    , and I'm so excited to get more of him in this series! There are some cameos from some major characters in Steel and Stone, and it was a lot of fun to see them as their younger selves. I love how the characters interact, and that everything flows so naturally. I get sucked into the story so easily, and it's so incredibly hard to come back to reality.

    I'm docking half a star simply because this book does suffer a bit from middle book syndrome. The plot-line does a great job at moving, but there were still places where I felt like it dragged on a bit (

    ). Overall though, this was a fantastic read, and I'm so happy that it's my first official book of 2018 =)

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    Saw this eARC in my inbox this morning and started it immediately! I can't think of a better way to end 2017 and start 2018 than by reading the newest from

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  • Kristen Burns

    *I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

    This book was

    I loved it. So I'm just gonna jump right into all the things I loved about it!

    I loved Clio. She was focused on their goal and smart and always trying to figure out what to do. She understood that they were in a life-or-death situation and therefore she would have to be ok with things she might not be ok with otherwise. But she was still that relatable, somewhat awkward, fu

    *I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

    This book was

    I loved it. So I'm just gonna jump right into all the things I loved about it!

    I loved Clio. She was focused on their goal and smart and always trying to figure out what to do. She understood that they were in a life-or-death situation and therefore she would have to be ok with things she might not be ok with otherwise. But she was still that relatable, somewhat awkward, fumbling-through-situations girl. Like, I seriously would not have known what to do or say in the situations she was in (like how to barter with someone to be their guide to the Overworld), so it was realistic that she didn't either. Also she flirted with someone by telling him he was a skilled botanist, which was just too funny, and it actually worked lol. But she was also badass when she needed to be.

    Of course I loved Lyre too. I'm still so happy we get to have his POV in this series. I loved learning more and him and his past, and that sharp edge to him that Clio constantly mentions definitely feels present in his POV, and I totally understand why now. I also felt terrible for him and felt his helplessness in the situation he was in. But he was still his super intelligent, skilled, smooth, able-to-think-on-his-feet self, despite all that.

    I even loved Ash! I mean, I already loved him too, but seeing him through different eyes, seeing sides of him Piper never saw, was interesting.

    Also, the magic in this series is incredible. The arrows, the weaves, the caste abilities, all of it. Annette Marie has the best descriptions of magic and whole magic system that I've ever read. I don't even normally like fight scenes, but love them in these books because the magic is just so amazing. And seeing Lyre and Ash fight each other was something else entirely.

    I think is also my favorite version of incubi that I've ever read. Incubi magic is all about sex, so it seems like they would be weak and not very formidable, but they do have power, and that power is scary. Also, we finally got to see how it was that Ash learned he wasn't immune to incubus magic; I gotta say, it wasn't the hilarious, sexy moment I thought it would be, but I'm glad to have finally learned that story.

    We even got to learn a bit about a new caste this time! And to see a bit more of some castes I was already familiar with, but from a different perspective, i.e. as an enemy rather than an ally. And boy, are they formidable when they're not on your side.

    This book also had more action and a faster pace than the last one! I know I need to stop comparing this to Steel & Stone since they're different series despite having some of the same characters, but this one felt much more like that series than The Night Realm did. It had the same great level of action and plot and kind of just one bad thing happening after another but in a really organic way that kept me gripped. The only complaint I have is that a couple characters made some questionably bad decisions near the end, but with everything else in the book being so good, I wasn't too bothered.

    This book was also less focused on romance than the previous one, it seemed, but the romance was definitely still there. When Clio explained about the plant, I swear I teared up <3 <3 <3

    The writing was also great, although I'm not sure what age range to put this in. I don't know how old the characters are, but this doesn't quite feel like adult. It's a little too mature to just be called YA though. I'd say either upper YA or NA.

    Ok, I think I've gushed enough. Overall, this book had great characters, incredible magic, lots of action, and I read it in two days because I didn't want to put it down!

    Fans of Book 1 in Annette Marie's Spell Weaver series. Anyone who likes new adult urban fantasy, incubi, romance, action, and lots of magic.

  • Gabrielle Brown Drumm

    It. Was. So. Good. Seriously! I'm not a huge fan of books going backwards. This series takes place before Steel and Stone and I've already read S&S. Book 1 was good but there was a lot of story building. This book, however, was steady action and character building. I fell in love with Lyre and Clio. Can't wait to see what happens next!!!!! A must read!

  • Jill

    Wow, that was a roller coaster of emotions.

    Before I start with this wonder of a book can I just say how ABSOLUTELY STOKED I am about ahving PIPER and ASH appear???? Granted, Ash has more of a role, which is completely understandable and I am totally in for because I want to know his backstory too. But having Piper just appear, at least for a couple of pages like ??? *be still my beating heart or you will burst out of my damn chest*

    Wow, that was a roller coaster of emotions.

    Before I start with this wonder of a book can I just say how ABSOLUTELY STOKED I am about ahving PIPER and ASH appear???? Granted, Ash has more of a role, which is completely understandable and I am totally in for because I want to know his backstory too. But having Piper just appear, at least for a couple of pages like ??? *be still my beating heart or you will burst out of my damn chest*

    Also, something you might not get at the moment without having read the original series is how many times you know Lyre already interacted with certain things before going on the adventure with Piper. Like !!makes so much sense!!. I cannot wait to reread the Steel and Stone for like the fifth time and have my eyes opened up.

    Sorry for the exclamation points but I can't express enough my utter devotion and adoration for these books.

    And damn, those character though. I love how Annette Marie evens out a lot of the power, like no one is super weak, and although some are clearly more powerful than others no one is like stupidly pathetic and you just want to lock them up in a hole somewhere so they don't hurt. Whenever there is a battle scene I always alternate between wanting to shout "Don't hurt my babies" and "Yaaassss... you go, look at my baby off to kill people"

    BECAUSE I can't hit on EVERYTHING I love, (aka Clio, Lyre, Ash, the character development, the plot, the writing, the everything) I will just put a blanket statement that says the following:

    I can absolutely never have enough of this world and these characters, and it is a book I will continue to read over and over again without losing any magic.

  • mith

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    Give it up for my final book of 2017! What a way to end--the anticipated sequel from one of my favourite authors.

    The Shadow Weave proved to be more than a promising sequel. It loved up to all of Marie's other work and included her signature action-packed fight scenes and swoony kisses. It's a sequel that will not disappoint you, especially if you adored The Night Realm.

    It picks up a little ways after the first book's endi

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    Give it up for my final book of 2017! What a way to end--the anticipated sequel from one of my favourite authors.

    The Shadow Weave proved to be more than a promising sequel. It loved up to all of Marie's other work and included her signature action-packed fight scenes and swoony kisses. It's a sequel that will not disappoint you, especially if you adored The Night Realm.

    It picks up a little ways after the first book's ending and continues on a steady pace. Clio and Lyre are both running from the reapers hunting them and chasing Eryx and the dangerous weapon he'd stolen from Lyre. They face off with old and new enemies alike and this book is just one dangerous scene after another. My poor babies can't get a break!

    I more than adored The Shadow Weave. Marie's books all have this addictive quality to them, this easy readability, that makes it difficult to put it down for evem a second. This one is no exception and it hooked me from the first page and my attention hardly wavered after starting it.

    One of my favourite things about this book was definitely the characters. I loved her in this book! There was a darker side to her that was just so intriguing to read about. I couldn't help but cheer her on in those scenes. Being a nymph, Clio isn't a natural fighter, but she becomes lethal when someone threatens her or Lyre. This part of her is incredibly fun to read and makes her that much more of a complex and admirable character.

    And then there's Lyre, who truly shines as a main character in this series. I absolutely adore from his point of view, and I adore his sense of humour! Finding out more about his past in definitely a highlight of the Spell Weaver series. Lyre is so much more than the flirty character introduced in Chase the Dark and I feel Marie doesn't hold back with him. He faces a lot of trauma in this book and my heart just breaks for him, thinking about what he had to endure. I'm also glad that Marie didn't just forget what downplay any of that trauma in any way, instead having both characters recognise and overcome it.

    The magic system in the Spell Weaver series is one of the most unique that I've ever read. I can't even begin to fathom the complications behind it, and it's clear that none of it is half-hearted. It's complex, the magic Lyre and Clio use, and definitely intriguing, adding all the more to the world Marie has created. Not only that, but also the different castes introduced in the series. Since we get to read about whole new castes and get more insight on others. the daemon world just keeps expaning and it's amazing reading about them and what they can do.

    I know I didn't mention the romance yet... and that's because wow. I adore it. I love Clio and Lyre together, they're so cute, it's ridiculous. They're both aware of the situation they're in and what they feel for each other, and they're wonderful. It's clear that they would do anything to help and protect the other and I loved that cameraderie between them.

    I cannot wait for the final book in this series! (Hell, I can't wait for anything Annette Marie writes.) I'm excited but also nervous for the finale and what it means for all the characters involved!

  • Di

    If ever there was an under hyped and under celebrated author, it's

    . Her books are ALWAYS a win for me - not a single one in publication has let me down to this date (for the record that's the publication date of t

    If ever there was an under hyped and under celebrated author, it's

    . Her books are ALWAYS a win for me - not a single one in publication has let me down to this date (for the record that's the publication date of this book). Now THAT'S impressive! And it obviously makes her one of my absolute favourite authors ever and one that I will try to force upon anyone who admits they know how to read words.

    Shadow Weave is the second book in the Spell Weaver series which is actually a prequel series set in the Steel and Stone Universe. When I first picked up The Night Realm (book one of Spell Weaver) it was my first foray into this world and I was immediately hooked. Upon closing the last page of that ARC I opened Amazon and set about purchasing and reading every single book in the Steel and Stone Universe (including the companion novel) and now I can happily say that I'm up to date, in the know and in a state of bliss only ruined by the fact that I haven't got the yet unwritten third book in my hands AND that I cannot wait for Annette to begin work on the sequel series to Steel and Stone!

    I absolutely cannot get enough of these gorgeous characters. Each one is so carefully built and nurtured and I love them all dearly.

    in this one, and while she can be resilient and tough, she is still being tempered and tested. She still displays all my favourite qualities of loyalty and bravery and determination and there's an added fierceness in this book that really made me fall even further in love with her and she's fast becoming one of my favourite book heroines.

    Lyre, of course, is incredible.

    . As an incubus he's got all the caste qualities of being drop dead gorgeous and nearly irresistible (to anyone it may seem!) and while he doesn't have the sheer terrifying firepower of a stronger daemon caste, his cleverness and wits and learning get him through a lot of dangerous situations.

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    I was also super thrilled to see some flashes of a young Piper!!! Gosh am I so glad I read S&S now although you can really enjoy these series in any order - you don't have to have read Steel and Stone to thoroughly enjoy these books.

    As with every other

    book

    . There are different realms, various daemon castes and magical abilities, fighting power, spells and weaves - it's pretty incredible and the action scenes! Wow. Annette Marie writes the best fights including physical choreography AND magical attacks and she manages to blend everything seamlessly. The fight between Ash and Lyre was just.... Wow. Possibly one of my favourite action scenes of ever!

    I also love that we (finally!) got to hear the full recount of the Ash and Lyre incident where we found out that even Draconian males are not immune to incubus aphrodisia!!

    I think this is such an amazing message and I always love reading about incredible events from normal people (or daemons).

    I was being extraordinarily picky when I went down to four stars for this one. The problem being that it wasn't

    as captivating as the first book, possibly a little middle book syndrome? However it was very fast paced and I loved every minute of it... There's just not many places to go when it's not quite as good as the previous book and I rated that one 5 stars!

  • Teigan

    3.5 stars.

    I don't think I could ever not like the books in this series because any chance to revisit Lyre and his enigmatic backstory makes me all ecstatic. Ecstatic, but also feeling ominous... Clio's noticeable absence in the Steel & Stone series suggests that something terrible will inevitably befall her, and I can't imagine how Lyre will feel when he's in denial about his feelings.

    It was only in the last 100 pages or so that the plot actually started to progress. Hence, the rating. In sa

    3.5 stars.

    I don't think I could ever not like the books in this series because any chance to revisit Lyre and his enigmatic backstory makes me all ecstatic. Ecstatic, but also feeling ominous... Clio's noticeable absence in the Steel & Stone series suggests that something terrible will inevitably befall her, and I can't imagine how Lyre will feel when he's in denial about his feelings.

    It was only in the last 100 pages or so that the plot actually started to progress. Hence, the rating. In saying that, I still found myself entertained by the flurry of action and escape attempts throughout their journey to the Overworld. Annette Marie's writing is always highly engaging and versatile - she truly brought the serious, the emotional, the action, and the comical moments to beautiful life.

    And with that ending, things are really about to go down in the next book.

  • Cheyenne Duisterwinkel

    10 more days. I repeat, 10 more days. I am so extremely excited to read more about Clio and especially Lyre and all his secrets we've yet to discover

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