Thursday, January 3, 2019

Prince of Secrets and Shadows

Prince of Secrets and Shadows

About the Book:

Title: Prince of Secrets and Shadows (The Order of the Crystal Daggers - Book 2) | Author: C.S. Johnson | Publisher: Prodigy Gold Books | Pages: 250 | Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:

Full of spies, secrets, and plenty of suspense, Prince of Secrets and Shadows is the second book in The Order of the Crystal Daggers, a spy adventure series from C. S. Johnson.
PRAGUE, 1870

After joining the Order of the Crystal Daggers, led by her dauntless grandmother, Lady Penelope, Eleanora Svobodová set out to save her kingdom from oncoming devastation.

And she failed.

Following the attack on Prague Castle, Eleanora is determined to redeem herself. She sets out to win Karl's trust while distancing herself from Ferdy, whose secrets and lies have done nothing to stop her from falling in love with him. As she struggles to let him go, questions about the mission and her mother's past cause a rift between Amir and Lady Penelope and add to the growing discord between Eleanora and her brother.

But when a cunning provocateur arrives in Prague, Eleanora discovers there is an even more deadly game afoot, one that reaches into Amir's past and threatens Lady Penelope's future. Now, the members of the Order must work together if they are to uncover the true enemy hiding in Bohemia.

Can they work together despite their divisions? Or will their division lead to even more destruction?

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My Review:

The first book was amazing and the second book even more so! There are so many players on C.S. Johnson's figurative chess board, with a few duplicitous characters, that it's hard to keep all the details straight, but that just keeps it exciting. The intrigue, danger, and romance just keep coming. Who will turn on whom?

Ella is still new at being a spy and this is evident in her actions and reactions. She has to learn to recognize her weaknesses, including her care for her brother. Even with all the espionage, her zeal for the truth and for freedom perseveres. But defining truth and freedom is the real clincher. To complicate things, she's in love with the foolhardy younger brother while pretending to be in love with the focused and driven heir. The ending is moving and will leave you hanging. I can't wait for Book 3!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review.

(The Order of the Crystal Daggers - Book 1)

About the Author:
C.S. Johnson

C.S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.

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