COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Shadow Reigns,” & “The Shadow Falls,” BY AUTHOR, K. S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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Please find my review of book 1, “The Shadow Rises,” HERE. Below, I review the last two books in the Shadow Witch Trilogy.

Reviewing books in trilogies at the same time is difficult because I don’t want to give away too much. I must share that I received the second and third books as a gift from the author.

About “The Shadow Reigns”

The second part of the Witch-Hunter series.

The world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch’s revolution. The witch-hunters are scattered, but still strong. The race is now on to gather allies and win the war.
New enemies will arise; loyalties will be pushed to the limit. And an important question will be answered: can a witch-hunter that practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted?
It is said that ‘love conquers all’, but this twisted love must stay secret, locked away with the past.


“The Shadow Reigns” begins with a message from Sophie ~ the Shadow Witch, explaining how for hundreds of years the witches were persecuted, and how she was born to free the witches from oppression.

This brings us to where the first book left off, with Hunter and the witch hunters working with the military to head off a war with the Shadow Witch and her kind.

Sophie has finally gained the power she always desired and turned into the Shadow Witch. There’s just one problem… she’s pregnant with Hunter’s child.

There have been heavy casualties, and the MMC (Malleus Maleficarum Council) and the British military are all housed at Astley manor. Hunter struggles to regain his strength after his injuries. After the devastating battle with the Shadow Witch, everyone needs time to regroup and reassess the dire situation.

During this time, we delve deeper into Hunter’s character, revealing more of who this mysterious man is, including his magical abilities. He seems more witch-like than human, and those powers cause him plenty of pain.

Hunter searches for a way to kill the Shadow Witch. When his research dries up, he decides to hunt down the mysterious Bernandanti whom he believes holds the key to crippling the witch’s powers.

K. S. Marsden is a master at describing magic. Her spells seem to roll off her tongue with an innate sense of realism. Not only that, I could feel the “waves of energy” and visualized how she perceived this magic to react. The descriptions will leave you breathless!

While this second book is slower, it mimics the character’s pacing. This is the buildup to the climactic ending. The reader will learn much more about the characters and if you think you have it all figured out… read on, because this series has an ending I never saw coming.

About “The Shadow Falls”

Hunter Astley has always known that he is different: being a witch-hunter that can use magic has sealed his fate. 
He must destroy the Shadow Witch once and for all, with the help of some unlikely allies. 

We delve even deeper into the world of the Malleus Maleficarum; into myth, rumour and history that refuses to stay in the past.

My Recommendation

The final book in this thrilling trilogy begins with a letter from Hunter Astley ~ a seventh generation witch hunter who reveals how Sophie, the Shadow Witch tricked him into revealing too much about the hidden talents of others like him. She’s used this knowledge against all of humankind and has brought the world to their knees.

Hunter’s world is in shreds. The Shadow witch has destroyed the MMC, forcing him into hiding. He dreams of what life with Sophie could have been like if this terrible war hadn’t happened. And there’s his son, Adam, who Hunter knows he must protect from his mother and other dark forces.

He searches for the Bernandanti in Italy, hoping to further his talent in casting anti-magic spells, eventually coming into contact with the Donili monks. The monks take him in and begin teaching him about their magical abilities. Yet, Hunter struggles. His magic is different and linked to the powers of the Shadow Witch. Once again, he faces a dilemma of belonging.

When the last remnants of the MMC reform, Hunter finds his way back into the fold. Many are not aware of his association with the Shadow Witch and how she tricked him. As word spreads, Hunter’s higher-ups grow distrustful of his motives. Will he finally destroy the Shadow Witch?

There are plenty of twists in this third novel: demons, familiars, and more magic! The plot is solid and unpredictable. Hunter embarked on a true hero’s journey when he connected with the monks. It is their values and discipline that teach him the lessons he needs to fulfill his true life purpose.

This was a most unusual series. There is something here for everyone: love, relationships, betrayal, magic, battles, and the hunt for the truth. After the first book, I couldn’t put the other two books down until I finished the series.


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About the Author

Author K. S. Marsden, The Shadow Rises, The Shadow Reigns, & the Shadow Falls

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt. Find her at

Amazon Author Page

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Twitter: @KSMarsden

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