Book Review: Empire of Shadows

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Book Review: Empire of ShadowsEmpire of Shadows by Miriam Forster
Series: Bhinian Empire #2
Published by Harper Collins on November 4th 2014
Pages: 496

Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her—a school where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire’s capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could’ve imagined. More shocking still, she finds the boy she thought she had lost forever outside the gates of her new home.

Mara knew her life in the dizzying Imperial city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?

Empire of Shadows will take readers on a spellbinding journey into the world Miriam Forster first introduced in City of a Thousand Dolls—a world with a divided society, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies.

thoughtI knew going into Empire of Shadows that this would be a companion to City of a Thousand Dolls instead of the sequel I had really been hoping it would be. So, instead of getting more if Nisha and Jerrit, there would be a whole new set of characters with new problems.

One aspect that is super exciting about Empire of Shadows is the world. In City of a Thousand Dolls, we were a little stuck inside the compound with Nisha. Learning only tidbits about the outside world. This all changes with Empire of Shadows. This time around, we get much more than I had bargained for. Learning tons of new tidbits about this world, how it operates, and its politics.

Mara is a highly trained bodyguard. Living her life now to atone for the sins of her past. Early on, I fell in love with Mara’s character. Her strength. Her personality. I just loved it all. As part of her duties, she is sent to guard Revathi. Like Mara, Revathi is an incredibly strong female character. While Revathi took a little bit to warm up to, I can easily say that I ended liking her as much if not more than Mara.

In addition to Mara and Revathi is Emil and Stefan. Sadly, the romance this time around wasn’t exactly what I had been hoping for. While sweet at times, Mara and Emil go from zero to sixty in no time flat. I had a hard time rooting for them simply due to the whiplash their insta-love gave me. But thankfully, there are so many other elements that work in Empire of Shadows to make it a great read.

Empire of Shadows is a nice companion novel to City of a Thousand Dolls. Sadly, the connection between the two is revealed at the very last moment. While a complete WOW!! moment, part of me wishes that it had played a bigger part.
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