Shadow and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns Book 2) by Kay L. Moody – Review by Desiree Ottinger

Shadow and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns, #2)Shadow and Crystal Thorns by Kay L. Moody
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chloe is still in Faerie working on how to defeat the mortals and heal the land of Faerie. She and Quintus find common ground with Mishti to help rescue Ludo. After they become an unlikely team, they hurry to find a way to stop the mortals’ advance on the courts of Faerie. Unfortunately, they end up finding themselves in a race to find elements to reverse the destruction the iron is causing on Faerie and, in turn, the mortal realm. Chloe struggles with telling her sister about her loss and confronting her on how she makes Chloe feel useless. Can she accept the truth of her loss and how it will forever change her life? Can she put together the antidote for Faerie and save it and also her sisters? Will her sister and others ever see her as more than someone to be protected?

I liked the continuation of this storyline. It was good to see the characters struggle with their decisions and how they had to reconcile them with themselves. I liked how Mishti points out to Chloe that maybe the battle they are facing isn’t her sister’s story but Chloe’s. It gives hope to people with disabilities to see that they are not worthless. Just because they cannot swing the proverbial sword, does not mean they can’t help in other ways like strategy. It was also good to see the characters that can swing that same sword come to terms with the fact that they do not always have the answers either. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in this series!

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