Review: Crown of Shadows by Keri Arthur

Series: Relic Hunters
Author: Keri Arthur
Publisher: Indie
Released: February 22, 2022
Received: Own

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Man, I love it when one of my favorite authors starts a new series! Keri Arthur’s latest series, Relic Hunters, kicks off here in Crown of Shadows. If you love pixies, fantasy worlds, intrigue, magical politics, and more than a little bit of danger, then you’re going to love this book.

Bethany Aodhan lost her mother six months ago. Literally – she doesn’t know where her mother went. She’s trying to keep things together, including her family’s tavern. This would be challenging enough before adding her brother’s work threat.

Said brother hunts treasures, professionally, that is. It’s this work that gets him attacked and his best friend killed. And all that mess is about to fall directly in Bethany’s lap. Her gifts, family history, and connections have put her squarely in the middle of this mess.

“Which was one of the reasons I usually wore my knives when working.”

Eee! I can’t believe it’s already time for a new Keri Arthur series! I’ve loved her past couple of series, so you can imagine my excitement at this news. Crown of Shadows is the first in the Relic Hunters series, and I already have SO many questions.

This was a solid start to the series, naturally. There’s a lot of foundational work laid down here, which sometimes messed with the pacing. I do not doubt that it will all pay off in the end, though, so I’m not even remotely worried.

There are a lot of characters to get to know right off the bat, starting with Bethany and moving out to her friends, family, dalliances, and, I guess, coworkers? Not to mention enemies and the like, of course. I enjoyed this twist of pixies, their magic, and their history. Actually, so far, I’m enjoying everything I’ve seen in this world, including the magical system. I can’t wait to see more.

The story was fast-paced, with many high stakes keeping Bethany and her allies on their toes at all times. Throw in a romantic subplot (maybe romance is the wrong term to use here – but it’s undoubtedly lust at first sight if nothing else), and it’s pretty apparent how Bethany will be spending her time in the foreseeable future.

As with all of Keri Arthur’s novels, the pacing was fast, the plot tense, and the danger high. All of which have left me looking forward to the next installment in the series (Sword of Darkness). Please let it be soon (I just checked – October 25th! That’s not too bad!).

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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2 Responses to Review: Crown of Shadows by Keri Arthur

  1. I’ve been curious about this one! Great review!

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