The Shadow Garden is the second installment in the Nightfall Gardens series. You can see our review for the first book, NIghtfall Gardens here….
Everything that I loved about the first book, was still present in this addition. The setting is really the most intriguing thing about this story to me! I love this dangerous, magical place that Houston has created. And I really enjoyed getting to see further into it, the Shadow Garden is a terrifying place, but I couldn’t look away! In Lily traveling there we also got to see some huge character development with her. The most frightening thing about the Shadow Garden might have been it’s way of looking deep into a person’s soul and using every desire, fear, hope and worry against you.
“Every lie, every sin, every foul or petty thought preys on a person’s mind. It grows and spreads like a cancer that consumes the soul.”
It was quite a journey Lily went through there, and I’ve grown to really like her, I couldn’t help but to root for her to pull through and come out of this situation stronger than ever.
I also enjoyed Silas’s journey into the mist! We got to meet a few new friends, as well as a few new chilling adversaries. As you know so far, the night itself is something to be feared in Nightfall Gardens, and we get up close and personal with some of it’s worst inhabitants in this book. I was glad to see some glimpses of hope and light amidst the seemingly all encompassing dark of the night. It was nice to be reminded that goodness has a strong power too, which is something easily forgotten in this bleak place.
The alternating POV’s between Lily and Silas are perfect for this story. Each of them have equally interesting voices, and stories to tell. I was happy to see the character depth that I was hoping for in this addition. It was just what I wanted, and it took this story overall up a notch in my opinion, because I now feel emotionally invested in these characters and their outcomes. I really look forward to seeing what the next book, The Labyrinth, has to bring!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review