Walking With Shadows (A Shadow World Novel #2) by Julieanne Lynch
Book description (from Goodreads) -
“Walking with Shadows” is the second of The Shadows trilogy, an urban fantasy of vampires and the supernatural, and much, much more.
Giselle regains consciousness and is horrified to discover she has been asleep for nine weeks. She was already aware that she was carrying a very special baby who was to be the first of a new race of vampires, but she is shocked to find how her pregnancy is progressing. Around her, the underworld is in turmoil. Vampires battle with creatures of darkness and with other vampires, and few are entirely what they seem. More confusing still, those who appeared to be totally evil may have a streak of goodness in them, and those who appeared to be Giselle’s friends may have a darker purpose of their own. Almost anyone, it seems, can be changed and turned, except possibly Ysoriel the Archangel and the goddess Lilith, and Giselle cannot be sure that even they are interested only in her welfare.
The only certainty is that it will all become very much worse before it begins to get better – if anything ever gets better for Giselle.
After being asleep for nine weeks, Giselle awakes to discover that her pregnancy is progressing at an accelerated rate. Not only that, she is somewhere she never expected to be – an Archangels home. For the past nine weeks Antoine has kept Giselle safe while she sleeps – but can he continue to keep her safe?
A war has started, one between the shadow world and the vampires; a war Giselle is caught in the middle of. Who can Giselle turn to for guidance, and who can she truly trust? With hidden agendas, secret alliances, and the possibility of betrayal at every turn, Giselle will have to trust herself and listen to her instincts if she is to survive.
I am such a big fan of In the Shadows – the first novel in The Shadows Trilogy – so I was very excited to read the sequel, Walking With Shadows. I loved, loved, loved it.
Giselle is one of my all time favourite female characters. She has been through so much and, somehow, she finds the strength to keep going. I really admire that about her. Giselle is such an honest character; her emotions are raw and heartfelt, which allows the reader to be deeply pulled into her story and her world.
In Walking With Shadows, it is not only Giselle’s voice that the reader is exposed to, but also that of Alex and Marc. Being able to get inside Alex’s head to see what motivated him was so interesting. For a few brief moments (and I do mean brief) he would display kindness, and then he would revert back to being emotionally cold, harsh, and cruel. I got the feeling that Alex believes that he can’t be vulnerable – that he views it as a weakness. I’m very interested to see how much of Alex’s personality is his own and how much is the product of brainwashing by Atarah. Will Alex step up and be a man – one that doesn’t partake in violence to get what he wants – and a loving father, or has Atarah’s influence gone so deep that there is no hope?
One character that does bring hope is Antoine. I loved him in In the Shadows, and I loved him even more in Walking With Shadows. He brings light to Giselle’s often very dark world. The conversations between Antoine and Giselle are something that I just love. Their conversations may often be filled with sarcasm, but it is evident that there is a deep respect between them. I would love to see Giselle and Antoine as a couple.
I don’t want to talk too much about what happens in this novel, because it is such an amazing story and it takes the reader on an incredible journey. I will just say that Walking With Shadows is full of suspense, intrigue, action, and unexpected twists. Wow, the twists; there was one twist that made by jaw drop to the floor.
I experienced so many emotions while reading this novel. There were times when my heart broke for Giselle, and I found myself reaching for the tissues.
Julieanne Lynch has given readers such a beautiful character in Giselle and has written a fascinating and intriguing series. I can’t wait to read the final installment.
*Recommended for mature readers, 16+, due to some adult content.
* Thank you to Julieanne Lynch for providing me with a copy of Walking With Shadows to review.
Note: Walking With Shadows is now titled Escaping Shadows and has a new cover.