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Dark Fey: Standing In Shadows – Cynthia Morgan

12 Feb

FeymanjiIf you haven’t read Dark Fey: The Reviled then this synopsis for book two is going to contain a shedload of spoilers that you may want to avoid, however the review itself won’t divulge any plot information that will ruin your reading pleasure.

Gairynzvl escaped captivity among the DemonFey who had abducted him as a child through a daring act of treason and was rescued by Light Loving Fey. Now, he wants to return into the dark realm of The Reviled to attempt a rescue of the innocent childfey trapped there.
It will take more than one Fey to breach the borders of The Uunglarda and to slip past the legions of Dark Fey who abide there. It will take magic and strength, courage and military strategy and it will shake the foundations of everything The Fey of The Light have accepted as truth for thousands of years, but Gairynzvl knows the secret ways in and out of the dark realm; he is able to open portals and through his gifts of telepathic empathy and he can find the childfey standing, waiting, in the shadows.
Slipping into the darkness through darkness is easy. Escaping out again with terrified childfey is another matter. If they are captured his band of liberators will pray for death long before it comes and their success could spark full scale war, unleashing the barbaric hatred and viciousness of The Reviled upon the peace-loving Fey of The Light.
Can Gairynzvl convince the Fey of the Light to allow him to return to the Uunglarda, the realm of The Reviled? Who will join him to aid the Innocent childfey trapped in the realm of shadows and fear? And Will the Fey of the Light risk a savage war in order to rescue them?

The cover photo is great, there is no denying that and were I to see it in a bookshop my interest would be piqued.  More of this type of cover I say, rather than those dreary copy cat covers that seem to be so prevalent on the shelves these days.  As well as looking nice, it also sets the scene for a darker and more foreboding sequel.

Like the first book, this is a fantasy steeped in the natural, of the polar opposites of light and dark and the overlapping of the two and whilst the plot took, for me a little while to get going – the characters even get time for a ball game – once it gets going though, it moves along at a pleasing pace. It is an interesting mix, the plot feeling both urgent yet also fairly relaxed at times, giving the book a more ethereal feel.

The book picks up not long after the first finished and we are quickly introduced to new mysteries and characters, always with that feeling that something sinister is lurking and can and will strike at any moment, a brooding feeling of the unknown and the horrors that could await there.  As alliances are forged, decisions made and events set in motion the story builds to the heroic quest motif which will have repercussions for all to come, especially in the final part of the trilogy.

The darkness is tempered by the lightness of both Morgan’s descriptive and narrative flow which as any of you who have read her blog will know is lyrically steeped in nature and the beauty of art, romance and wordplay.  The story does have that fantasy of nature feel that is easily recognised and many of the universal struggles which make this a good read for both adults and the YA market it is aimed at.

As with the first book, there is a continuation of the themes of courage and standing with friends, of trusting and doing what is right.  As far as moral tales go, this one has all the right themes, coupled with some action, romance, drama and a little bit of sadistic horror as well which I think covers all the bases. The climactic passages promise for an interesting and more action packed book three, which should be an epic finale to the trilogy.

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35 responses to “Dark Fey: Standing In Shadows – Cynthia Morgan

  1. Morgan

    12/02/2016 at 14:25

    🙂 I am honoured by your wonderful review and delighted to discover (how much ) you liked it (at last) 🙂 Thank You, My Friend, Ever So!! 🙂

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    • Ste J

      12/02/2016 at 14:34

      Apologies for taking so long to review it, although I do appreciate the metaphorical poking with a stick. Fantasy isn’t a genre I read much these days but it is nice to mix it up, I expect a 1000 page epic resembling The Iliad next!

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      • Morgan

        12/02/2016 at 14:47

        Ha! I’ll get right on that 🙂 Book Three WILL be more indepth and longer than either One or Two were though, if that entices you at all?

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        • Ste J

          12/02/2016 at 14:51

          It does, it will be interesting to see where you take the story next.

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  2. Morgan

    12/02/2016 at 14:28

    Reblogged this on Booknvolume and commented:
    My Friend Ste J, over at Book to the Future took time out from his Busy schedule to review Dark Fey: Standing In Shadows 🙂 Curious to know more about Book Two of the Dark Fey Trilogy? Pop on over and have a read 🙂 (THEN Get Ready because Standing In Shadows is on SALE All Weekend for just 99 Cents 😉 !!!

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  3. Jill Weatherholt

    12/02/2016 at 15:17

    Thanks for the review, Ste J! I’m trying to make more time to read, but it’s hard.

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    • Ste J

      12/02/2016 at 15:21

      It is increasingly hard these days but if I keep badgering you with books and you can find an hour a day (at least) then life will be richer.

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      • Jill Weatherholt

        13/02/2016 at 00:58

        I do read an hour each day, while on the treadmill, but I’m greedy…I want more!

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        • Ste J

          13/02/2016 at 08:56

          That lottery win needs to turn up and then you can live in a house of books and make us all jealous.

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  4. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    12/02/2016 at 19:41

    You are picking up books from different genres, it seems… 🙂 Nice review as always, Ste J…
    I’m a bit busy for the last couple of weeks, finding it hard to manage time for reading… :/

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    • Ste J

      13/02/2016 at 08:53

      Life is always that little bit less shiny without a book in your hand, I feel your pain.

      I have been mixing it up more than usual of late, I would hate to bore you with just a small number of book genres, the more I read, the more I feel I must delve.

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  5. Seyi sandra

    12/02/2016 at 19:43

    You’re doing a great job my friend. I’ve been reading manuscripts for the past three days my eyes hurt, but your review was great. Since it’s only 99c, I’ll get a copy before the price changes.
    Sorry for my silence, I’ve actually lost weight due to my marathon at work. I’ll send a PM to you soon.
    Have a lovely Valentine my friend!
    🙂 🙂

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    • Ste J

      13/02/2016 at 09:17

      Check out the price for book one as well as this book carries straight on pretty much from the first. I am glad you liked my review, I have a few more technical books I wish to review soon as well just to keep the variety up.

      You be careful and no rush on the PM my friend, as ever I take each day as it comes and try to do at least one interesting thing a day. I shall be spending my Valentine’s Day at work so I hope yours is more fun than that!

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      • Seyi sandra

        13/02/2016 at 15:58

        Work? My poor friend. I’m still in my dressing gown sipping a hot cup of tea. I wanna make you jealous. 🙂 Don’t be, I’m working too albeit in my own pace. Take care of yourself Steve.
        Blessings.

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        • Ste J

          14/02/2016 at 10:32

          Another day of work beckons for me. I could try going in, in my dressing gown and working at my own pace but I doubt that would be a good thing to do. I will blast some music out later though, that will lift my spirits.

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          • Seyi sandra

            14/02/2016 at 18:36

            Not to worry, you’ll be reading in your pyjamas soon. It’s going to be tough though, but I’m positive you’ll be able to handle it. Take care old friend!

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            • Ste J

              15/02/2016 at 09:59

              What is life without a challenge! With all the stuff I am planning on doing this year, it will be a busy but fun time.

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  6. Jilanne Hoffmann

    13/02/2016 at 07:11

    I wish I enjoyed fantasy. I love the cover, though. Perhaps that’s all I need, an image to step into my own fantasy world. 😀

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    • Ste J

      13/02/2016 at 09:25

      Perhaps this series will be the one to turn you into a fan. I once wrote somewhere on here about a door, I imagined it in detail and from there a whole world started to come to fruition, it’s an interesting exercise and of course a door always leads somewhere even if it to thin air like in an old abandoned factory turned shopping centre that I went to near Manchester.

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  7. Resa

    13/02/2016 at 17:39

    It’s an enjoyable review for what sounds like a solid first 2 parts to the trilogy. However, all books, even poetry, are on hold as I’m currently reading “Life” By Keith Richards. I bought it a few years ago, started it, but didn’t finish it. I believe the sheer thickness of the book defeated me. I’m back at it, though. It’s quite funny so far. I wonder if you did a review on it? Think I’ll go look! Happy Valentines dear Ste J! ❤

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    • Ste J

      14/02/2016 at 11:17

      I haven’t done so, I rarely read many biographies or autobiographies, if I do it is usually sports ones, so I tend not to review them as they get a limited audience. Maybe I should do more, which means a trip to the bookshop, well if you insist I buy books then I suppose I must. Happy Valentine’s backatcha!

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  8. clarepooley33

    14/02/2016 at 20:31

    Thank-you for the review and the link to CM’s blog. I like fantasy now and again so may consider giving her trilogy a whirl. Not reading much at the moment as so busy and I feel guilty if caught with a book in hand. I enjoy reading your comments and had a giggle imagining you turning up at work in your dressing gown!

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    • Ste J

      15/02/2016 at 10:08

      I turn up with bad hair so I am already half way to the just out of bed look, although turning in at 6pm with dressing gown would make me look even worse than in a morning. Guilty for reading a book? I feel for you. Our Morgan’s fantasy books have enough romance and action in them without the balance becoming problematic and her writing style is one to be savoured as her blog will attest.

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  9. Sherri

    16/02/2016 at 16:32

    I remember your post about the Dark Fey: The Reviled. Cynthia must be thrilled with your excellent review. Oh I wish I had more reading time. And writing time…and everything time…

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    • Ste J

      17/02/2016 at 19:10

      It’s so unfair that we can’t fit everything in that we wish too, it’s always nice when we get to complete even one thing. I think Cynthia is chuffed with it, which makes me happy as I did enjoy the book.

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  10. macjam47

    17/02/2016 at 00:43

    What a wonderful review, Steve. You definitely have a way with words (not that I didn’t already know this) and have undoubtedly garnered new readers for Morgan. I loved Dark Fey: The Reviled and I have Dark Fey: Standing In Shadows scheduled to read later this month. Have a terrific Wednesday.

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    • Ste J

      17/02/2016 at 19:06

      I hope I can get new readers involved, it’s always great to do that when I like a book. I shall not spoil anything for you, except to tell you that you will enjoy it! Wednesdays are always good when I can put my feet up I hope yours is equally good.

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      • macjam47

        18/02/2016 at 01:24

        It was a great day. I had a long lunch with a friend from high school and our first neighborhood after we got married. We could still be there catching up if we didn’t both have things to do. Tonight I work on a review.

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  11. shadowoperator

    18/02/2016 at 12:59

    Hi, sorry I took so long to respond to your excellent post; I’m still hooking (with a crochet hook, that is. I wouldn’t want to be misunderstood!). Here’s something that you might be interest in: there are those in the field of literature who feel that since the Romantic period, the poles have been reversed, and the dark is seen as intuitive and good, and the light is seen as harsh, cold, sterile, and bad. It all started with people like Herman Melville, whose white whale was a symbol of evil, and of course the Romantic poets, who delved into the darkness of the personal psyche instead of the Enlightment tendency to look up to a god. The whole theory is ancient in literary history by now, and the other tendency you describe, to see the dark still as a symbol of evil, just won’t die a natural death: it’s still very popular! But for example, the songwriter Suzanne Vega back in the ’80’s had a song about beneficial darkness and the meetings within it, and one line was “We strangers know each other now as part of the whole design.” That’s always been one of my favorite songs. Anyway, enough. I would say “I digress,” except that it’s your post, and I can’t keep digressing on someone else’s post! Thanks for the review; it sounds like an excellent book.

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    • Ste J

      19/02/2016 at 20:09

      That is interesting, I hadn’t fully noticed but now you mention it, I look at the book shelves and start to see the pattern. In Children’s books – for that is where my eyes are focussed right now – Narnia had the White Witch of course and the original Wizard of Oz book had the Wicked Witch of the West living in a yellow land, which wasn’t quite as scary but it is interesting now I can place it in a literary based theme. I hope your hooking isn’t keeping you too busy, I will avoid making jokes on here but there are loads of truly hilarious (honest!) jokes going around in my head.

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