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I would not say things are going well, exactly. I live in a burnt-out car under a bridge, surrounded by rubbish. When Ruadan shows up to bring me back to the Institute, I leap at the chance. That is, until he throws me into the dungeons. I’m on the naughty list, and the mentor who once trained me is cold as ice. Now, I must pass every single trial, or the Institute’s exec I would not say things are going well, exactly. I live in a burnt-out car under a bridge, surrounded by rubbish. When Ruadan shows up to bring me back to the Institute, I leap at the chance. That is, until he throws me into the dungeons. I’m on the naughty list, and the mentor who once trained me is cold as ice. Now, I must pass every single trial, or the Institute’s executioners will rip me to pieces. Good thing I can handle it. I was the queen of the gladiator ring, and I do not go down easily. This book is from the Demons of Fire and Night world.


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I would not say things are going well, exactly. I live in a burnt-out car under a bridge, surrounded by rubbish. When Ruadan shows up to bring me back to the Institute, I leap at the chance. That is, until he throws me into the dungeons. I’m on the naughty list, and the mentor who once trained me is cold as ice. Now, I must pass every single trial, or the Institute’s exec I would not say things are going well, exactly. I live in a burnt-out car under a bridge, surrounded by rubbish. When Ruadan shows up to bring me back to the Institute, I leap at the chance. That is, until he throws me into the dungeons. I’m on the naughty list, and the mentor who once trained me is cold as ice. Now, I must pass every single trial, or the Institute’s executioners will rip me to pieces. Good thing I can handle it. I was the queen of the gladiator ring, and I do not go down easily. This book is from the Demons of Fire and Night world.

30 review for Court of Darkness

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✶Rachelle✶

    4 stars Um so this was awesome. Why hasn't the next book come out yet.... 4 stars Um so this was awesome. Why hasn't the next book come out yet....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    If you need to know one thing about this book, it is that this book was as good as the first one. Non-stop action has us rooting for Arianna as she is back trying to win the coveted Shadow Fae spot. Along the way, we learn more hints about who Arianna really is (and I have my suspicions), find out more about Ruadan’s past and family, and learn secrets about Arianna’s friends. To be honest, it’s hard to really say much about this book as there was a lot of things happening I don’t want to spoil. If you need to know one thing about this book, it is that this book was as good as the first one. Non-stop action has us rooting for Arianna as she is back trying to win the coveted Shadow Fae spot. Along the way, we learn more hints about who Arianna really is (and I have my suspicions), find out more about Ruadan’s past and family, and learn secrets about Arianna’s friends. To be honest, it’s hard to really say much about this book as there was a lot of things happening I don’t want to spoil. I loved every minute of this second book, and it’s still on track to by my favorite series by these authors. If you are also a fan, you need to pick this up! Highly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    I stood tall. “The Amazon Terror is nothing less than amazing.” “That’s a ridiculous name.” “Okay, Wraith.” “You’ll notice I do not refer to myself in the third person.” Arianna gets dragged back to the Academy to finish the tasks. But the head of the Academy is determined to eliminate Arianna. Ruadan speaks in this one and I really enjoy his back and forth with Arianna. We still don’t know what Arianna’s other half is, but I’m ninety percent sure I figured it out. And it’s a doozy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    Instead of writing a review for each book individually, I decided to review this as a series. Instead of writing a review for each book individually, I decided to review this as a series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Agh!!!!! *Major Spoiler Warning* No way can Ruby be dead!!! I had an inkling since the first book that Arianna is Ruby and Death's daughter. Looks like I was right. I cannot accept the fact that Ruby is dead, though. Didn't she become immortal at the end of her trilogy?!?! What happened to their son?!?! I cannot wait for the next book! This series is by far the best CN Crawford has put out!!!! Agh!!!!! *Major Spoiler Warning* No way can Ruby be dead!!! I had an inkling since the first book that Arianna is Ruby and Death's daughter. Looks like I was right. I cannot accept the fact that Ruby is dead, though. Didn't she become immortal at the end of her trilogy?!?! What happened to their son?!?! I cannot wait for the next book! This series is by far the best CN Crawford has put out!!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zenda

    Great continuation of the storyline. It seems apparent who the big bad is going to be in the story arc. Answers are provided regarding our heroine's lineage. I can't wait to see what will happen when her mentor Ruadan is faced with the knowledge. Drama to come! Now that the vow of silence has ended, it was enjoyable getting to know Ruadan in a new way. Great continuation of the storyline. It seems apparent who the big bad is going to be in the story arc. Answers are provided regarding our heroine's lineage. I can't wait to see what will happen when her mentor Ruadan is faced with the knowledge. Drama to come! Now that the vow of silence has ended, it was enjoyable getting to know Ruadan in a new way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Sigerson

    3/3.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Court of Darkness is the second book in the series, and while it was good, it wasn't as good as the first one. I enjoyed the heroine a lot in this one, and we slowly start learning a little bit about her, and we see more of the hero together as well. I'm excited to read more in this series. Court of Darkness is the second book in the series, and while it was good, it wasn't as good as the first one. I enjoyed the heroine a lot in this one, and we slowly start learning a little bit about her, and we see more of the hero together as well. I'm excited to read more in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    4.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    neeeeed the next one! I kinda have an idea of who Arianna is and I'm loving it! neeeeed the next one! I kinda have an idea of who Arianna is and I'm loving it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Moondust Moth

    #1 Court of Shadows ★★★★★ #2 Court of Darkness ★★★★★ #3 Court of Night ★★★★★ #4 Court of Dreams ★★★★☆ WHEW, I'm always worried that the next book in a series is going to go down in quality, but it was a fantastic read! I blinked. Among the painkillers and some anti-anxiety medication, the shifter had filled his cabinet with Barbie dolls and plastic dinosaur figurines. Not to mention two tubs of Vaseline. What in the world…? We learn more about both Arianna and Ruadan and their pasts, but n #1 Court of Shadows ★★★★★ #2 Court of Darkness ★★★★★ #3 Court of Night ★★★★★ #4 Court of Dreams ★★★★☆ WHEW, I'm always worried that the next book in a series is going to go down in quality, but it was a fantastic read! I blinked. Among the painkillers and some anti-anxiety medication, the shifter had filled his cabinet with Barbie dolls and plastic dinosaur figurines. Not to mention two tubs of Vaseline. What in the world…? We learn more about both Arianna and Ruadan and their pasts, but not too much, leaving us questioning ALL THE POSSIBILITIES. (view spoiler)[I for one, had thought that maybe Arianna was part Angel, but now I'm thinking...well, IS SHE THE DAUGHTER OF ONE OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN THAT RUADAN HAD SLAIN?!? Oh my godddddds, how this will change the dynamic of their relationship. (hide spoiler)] It was kinda a bit of a bum that there wasn't as much sexual tension, BECAUSE I WANT THEM TOGETHER SO BADLY. Crawford, you tease. Their relationship develops in other ways though, and they learn to trust each other more while learning more about each other, so I can't really complain too much. All in due time. “My dog Scroton has a bit of whiskey every morning.” I stared at him. “First of all, you have a dog named Scroton? Please tell me that’s an Ancient Fae word.” “It is, actually.” “What does it mean?” He sipped his drink. “Scrotum.” And if you thought we were rid of ULTIMATE EVIL in this book, YOU WERE WRONG. Uncle. Darrell. is. back. bitches. WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU STILL HERE UNCLE DARRELL?! How many times are we going to see your bare ass sawing away in the dirt, huh?! HOW MANY TIMES DARRELL?! Fucking hell. Uncle Darrell is going to haunt my memories forever, I can't even. I've gotten to a point where, when he's mentioned, I can't help but giggle and mutter something along the lines of "oh shiiit" because WE ALL KNOW WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN. Is this how Trolls are born? Is he actually a Troll King? Please tell me he's a Troll King. THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. That image will be forever burned into my mind, the dawn light ruddying his arse cheeks as he thrusts gamely into the soil. Overall I really loved this book, I think it was a fantastic addition to the series, and I can't wait to read the next to discover more about the characters, all the sub-plots, and (view spoiler)[I'm excited to see Ruadan as the Grand Master and Arianna as a Knight - woo (hide spoiler)] !

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tara Syrnyk

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I cannot get enough of this series! I truly love how C.N. Crawford interconnects their stories. Arianna is one of my favorite FMC. She is so perfectly imperfect. I really enjoy her interactions and relationship with Ruadan. He is also a favorite ! Some more info is given on Ruadan and things start to get interesting! This book also has great supporting characters, I love Melusine and all her kookiness . She adds a extra special something to the scenes shes in! This book is the second in the seri I cannot get enough of this series! I truly love how C.N. Crawford interconnects their stories. Arianna is one of my favorite FMC. She is so perfectly imperfect. I really enjoy her interactions and relationship with Ruadan. He is also a favorite ! Some more info is given on Ruadan and things start to get interesting! This book also has great supporting characters, I love Melusine and all her kookiness . She adds a extra special something to the scenes shes in! This book is the second in the series and picks up right after the end of the first, shortly after Arianna leaves the institute and Ruadan with a "setback" but the two main characters aren't apart for long! we also get to learn more about Arianna's past. I really need to know if Ruby and Adonis are related to Arianna. And I NEED to know that Ruby and the child are still alive . The suspense is driving me crazy! The book flows nicely, there is lots of action, drama, tons of mystery and hilarious moments , Arianna is a comedian in her own sense ! While this series interconnects with previous series written by this duo, you do not need to read them beforehand. Though as I have said in other reviews, you should. Read them all. You will not regret it. Your social life might though ! I voluntarily read and advanced reader copy of this book and this is my honest and freely given review. I wish I could give this more that 5 stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynn's books

    Total hangover! Ugh! I have a massive book hangover! I finished this delicious mind bending heart stopping story this afternoon and I still can't pick up another book!?! I've tried. I really have but I got nothing. It's all because I need the 3rd book in this series! I'm assuming there is one and I needed it yesterday! It's so hard when an extremely well written story sucks you into its world and then you're just lost in time and space...waiting. Waiting for closure because it's impossible to mov Total hangover! Ugh! I have a massive book hangover! I finished this delicious mind bending heart stopping story this afternoon and I still can't pick up another book!?! I've tried. I really have but I got nothing. It's all because I need the 3rd book in this series! I'm assuming there is one and I needed it yesterday! It's so hard when an extremely well written story sucks you into its world and then you're just lost in time and space...waiting. Waiting for closure because it's impossible to move forward until you discover all the secrets you've been anticipating. That is where I'm at. I didn't get a hangover with the first book because this addictive series had book 2 ready to go. Now nothing but hangover! Sob! Ruadan! He's just as intense and irresistible as he was in the first book. Except we learn tons of background on him and a new mystery in his past. Actually make that two mysteries. Love this plot! Marianna. Oh dear wicked, clever, stunning, and vulnerable girl...you are perfect! She continues to forge ahead and overcome incredible resistance all while maintaining her charming "sunny side". Love love love it! We meet new characters and get shocked out of our wits by a few other friendly faces. Seriously, who knew and how is this enlightenment going to play out in future events. There will be future events. We have a queen to find and save, an identity to discover (which seems to have woven or collided into our dark heroes past), an evil dude to hunt down and utterly destroy, another past to peel back and release old emotional wounds, and an intense attraction to burn into a fire. Oh man...no wonder I have a hangover!? Come on Crawford, help a girl out. Finish the next book and please bring back hibbly jibbly! (Thank you for that. I laughed endlessly!!)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Loved it!! Loved it!! I was looking for an author similar to Kresley Cole, though obviously different styles, there was a supernatural fantasy element that I’ve enjoyed so much in KC books!

  15. 5 out of 5

    D.C.

    I have sooooo many questions now and some suspicions. I’m in desperate need of book three like yesterday. Each book in this series seems to get better than the last. I hope the patter falls true with book three cause this was amazing. We still don’t know what Arianna is and Ruadan seems more interested in her every time we turn around. I don’t want to release spoilers but we get a glimpse into a series we’ve previously visited and it’s not good. I don’t know how much is real or perhaps Ruadan‘a I have sooooo many questions now and some suspicions. I’m in desperate need of book three like yesterday. Each book in this series seems to get better than the last. I hope the patter falls true with book three cause this was amazing. We still don’t know what Arianna is and Ruadan seems more interested in her every time we turn around. I don’t want to release spoilers but we get a glimpse into a series we’ve previously visited and it’s not good. I don’t know how much is real or perhaps Ruadan‘a perception is skewed but I don’t think so and it breaks my heart if the events are true, but I also believe that this glimpse might play into Arianna’s past.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Suspenseful This book had even more suspense than the last one, in addition to the slow burn romance, action and paranormal bits. We got a few more questions answered in this book, a few pieces of the characters lasts that are starting to form a bigger picture. The was definitely a twist of two that took me be surprise as well. So while the series can stand alone from other series, I would say that the four books in these series should definitely be read in order. And in the end we are left with Suspenseful This book had even more suspense than the last one, in addition to the slow burn romance, action and paranormal bits. We got a few more questions answered in this book, a few pieces of the characters lasts that are starting to form a bigger picture. The was definitely a twist of two that took me be surprise as well. So while the series can stand alone from other series, I would say that the four books in these series should definitely be read in order. And in the end we are left with a happy for now ending but on the edge of our seats for what's next. Good book would recommend

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Rushed through! Was this one shorter? All i know is that we keep getting hints to Ariannas heritage, she still has hot hot chemistry with Ruadan. He gets world shattering news about his mum and the whole Institute is on its head deali g with a traitor. Awesome finish!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Willoughby

    Loved This This Series has everything that you could want a strong female main character, a little bit of romance, and some kick butt super natural stuff

  19. 5 out of 5

    Noone

    I already wanted to write this in my review of the first book in the series but I thought it premature at the time. But after this second book, I am pretty confident in my assessment. The author has a deep-seated bitterness against men that has festered into resentment and even disdain. Except for the one fetishized perfect fictional love-interest that she painted in the most shallow and sexist strokes. The portrayal of men in this series almost feels like some kind of payback for some slight she s I already wanted to write this in my review of the first book in the series but I thought it premature at the time. But after this second book, I am pretty confident in my assessment. The author has a deep-seated bitterness against men that has festered into resentment and even disdain. Except for the one fetishized perfect fictional love-interest that she painted in the most shallow and sexist strokes. The portrayal of men in this series almost feels like some kind of payback for some slight she suffered by the male gender in general. She (the author and the MC) even goes so far as to mock and humiliate a guy for an inborn deformity instead of his repugnant character. It's what a typical bully would do and it's disgusting. And this is not just some shortcomings of the MC either. You can clearly hear the voice of the author in those passages. While this annoyed me even more than the more frequently seen casual sexism against women does (which often is also written by women), it still only makes up a small part of the book. The magic is just being made up on the spot and contradicts itself horribly. The larger worldbuilding is decent but I'd say that is to be expected after the author already wrote 13 books in the same world prior. Everything that doesn't immediately contribute to the plot (and even a lot of stuff that does) is soaked in lust. Lust magic is affecting the MC every second page. It's ridiculous. The MC loses her clothes constantly. It's like she has some kind of weird strip compulsion. Well, I guess it makes sense that she frequently needs to change clothes considering that her panties are probably like Genesis 7:17. And the action scenes (which are to 90% drenched in some weird lust bs as well) are just plain bad. The author tried to write them play-by-play, which just isn't the way to do fights in writing and only really works in film but I digress, but she totally fails to portray even halfway believable fight choreographies. It's more like you expect AI in a computer game to behave that is designed to not overwhelm the player but despite that enemies manage to hit her in the back but only ever with shallow cuts and tears every single fucking fight. How can you cut someone shallowly if you surprise her from behind? (She usually only notices that she has been hit in the back due to the pain of the injury.) The entire sequences are just copy-paste for almost every fight. In short SHALLOW and LOW-EFFORT. I am done with this author for good.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liliana Tomas

    I was given an advanced copy for an honest review. It's so good to be back in this world. After an amazing first book I thought to myself how is CN going to top this? But I should know by now that that's exactly what happens in their series, each book becomes better and better. In this case this one is even more intriguing then the last. This book picks up pretty much where the first left off and we find our awesome Arianna in some trouble. Starving and lacking money. Until a very much still myste I was given an advanced copy for an honest review. It's so good to be back in this world. After an amazing first book I thought to myself how is CN going to top this? But I should know by now that that's exactly what happens in their series, each book becomes better and better. In this case this one is even more intriguing then the last. This book picks up pretty much where the first left off and we find our awesome Arianna in some trouble. Starving and lacking money. Until a very much still mysterious Ruadan comes looking for her again. This book develops both main characters just enough I think, but mostly we learn so much about both Arainna and Ruadan. I cant help but fall in love with them more. The thing about this book is when I think I've grasped the story enough, CN slaps you with another twist and you're like this is amazing. You can't help but turn that page, before you release it it's early morning and you've read the whole thing. This book is just as, if not more fast passed than the first, the writing is flawless, the main characters are brave, careless and yet we get to see the deamons that haunt both Arianna and Ruadan in this book, and it just makes me love them harder. The tension that has slowly but surely been building between Ruadan and Arianna is sure to come to the top very soon and that's going to be epic. I can't wait to see where CN takes this series, but I know it won't be just good it'll be explosive 🙂

  21. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Another great book in a world we know and love! Yay :D World-building was very detailed, everything was very well described so you could fully focus on the unfolding story. Character development was good. This book had some pretty big revelations and a lot of hinting at about who our main cast really are. Needless to say Arianna is still hiding part of her parentage, no matter how many times Ruadan asks or whatever is done to her. But the rest of the cast we know and love, or well.. in Maddan's ca Another great book in a world we know and love! Yay :D World-building was very detailed, everything was very well described so you could fully focus on the unfolding story. Character development was good. This book had some pretty big revelations and a lot of hinting at about who our main cast really are. Needless to say Arianna is still hiding part of her parentage, no matter how many times Ruadan asks or whatever is done to her. But the rest of the cast we know and love, or well.. in Maddan's case, hate, are not left out and grow alongside our heroine. Only one of the novices can be knighted though and the continued trials are only getting harder. Pacing and flow were very good, enough downtime to get the story moving, a lot of kick-ass action! What more do you want, hmm? The authors have managed to (throughout pretty much all of their books) to grab your attention, lock it up in a room and only let it out when you finished the book and leave you thankful for it :D In other words... you'll pretty much read it in one go :) The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and all in all thumbs up! So soon after the start of the series as well, so you have absolutely no problem picking right up again. Love the story, the characters and oooh, very much looking forward to what happens in book 3!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa

    I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of this book! It was absolutely gripping! Arianna is taken back to the Institute of the Shadow fae by the mentor she betrayed at the end of Court of Shadows, but this time she doesn't get a nice comfy room! Oh no! She gets to stay in the dark, dank dungeons with no chance of escape this time. Ruadan is now even more hostile towards her and if she does not pass every test the Institute makes her participate in, there is only one possible outcome - her I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of this book! It was absolutely gripping! Arianna is taken back to the Institute of the Shadow fae by the mentor she betrayed at the end of Court of Shadows, but this time she doesn't get a nice comfy room! Oh no! She gets to stay in the dark, dank dungeons with no chance of escape this time. Ruadan is now even more hostile towards her and if she does not pass every test the Institute makes her participate in, there is only one possible outcome - her death, which will not be a quick one by any means! There's very little she can do except try and beat the Grand Master at his own game and show him that the Old Gods really do favour her! There were so many twists and turns in this book and it moved quickly from one nerve-wracking scene to the next. Arianna was an amazingly resilient character and she did everything she could to stay alive. Ciara was very much a surprise element as well, but I won't spoil it for you with the how! Ruadan....let's just say he created a change in both the world and himself! Can't wait now for his reaction to Arianna's secret side, which I think I have worked out from all the clues! Thank you to Christine and Nick for sending me an ARC to review. This series is fast becoming one of my faves!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rickey Morris

    Court of Darkness CN Crawford I received an advance copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review: This Book of the series is absolutely non stop action from the point that Ruadan the Wraith/Spell-Slayer showed up to bring Arianna back to the Keep to face punishment and to finish the trials that had been in progress when she escaped in the last book with her friend Ciara. She competes with the last two contestants Melusine, and the Prince Maddan, for the one position as a Spell-Slayer Court of Darkness CN Crawford I received an advance copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review: This Book of the series is absolutely non stop action from the point that Ruadan the Wraith/Spell-Slayer showed up to bring Arianna back to the Keep to face punishment and to finish the trials that had been in progress when she escaped in the last book with her friend Ciara. She competes with the last two contestants Melusine, and the Prince Maddan, for the one position as a Spell-Slayer which she must win or face Death if she fails. To complicate things, her old Jailer/Master Baleros has changed Gods that he did worship to the Fire Goddess, and she in exchange for his Soul grants him rebirth when he is killed, so he is back pulling her strings, and that of the current leader of the Spell-Slayer's. There are fights, and Death, and Cross Dimension Travels, and more secrets revealed in drips, and pieces as the story unfolds, with an ending that I think is one of the best that I've read this year. I don't know how C.N. can turn out these books of this Level of intensity, with all that they have had going on this year, but to them and this series, I say Yeah!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stacey mann

    Court of darkness is AMAZING I don’t know wether to put cn crawford on the naughty step or give her a big slobbery kiss... I sat to read for an hour and stopped reading when the book ended I still think they should come with a warning DONT read if you have anything of importance to do. Anyway to the important stuff... book two is just as action packed as book one it’s fast paced and the story moves alone and progress brilliantly... the MC is just a sarcastic and funny as she was in court of shado Court of darkness is AMAZING I don’t know wether to put cn crawford on the naughty step or give her a big slobbery kiss... I sat to read for an hour and stopped reading when the book ended I still think they should come with a warning DONT read if you have anything of importance to do. Anyway to the important stuff... book two is just as action packed as book one it’s fast paced and the story moves alone and progress brilliantly... the MC is just a sarcastic and funny as she was in court of shadows and she grow so much in this book that you feel everything right along with her... when she was welling up so was I when she was in trouble I held my breath... it was written so well it was like being in the world with them... I loved that even though there will be another book it had an ending I finished happy and excited for the next book, not cursing the cliff hanger. I can’t put into words how much I recommend this series to everyone... I can’t wait for the next one

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather Rainwater-Alvarado

    The second book in the series is extremely dark & brutal for Arianna. Sure, she might have deserved some punishment after the ending of book 1, but nothing prepares you for what she faces in this story. Thankfully Ruadan is no longer adhering to the vow of silence; yet Arianna struggles for much of the book with the way Ruadan flips between hot and cold with her while battling her inner demons (so to speak) based on how she’s been treated in the past. It was somewhat of a killjoy to know that t The second book in the series is extremely dark & brutal for Arianna. Sure, she might have deserved some punishment after the ending of book 1, but nothing prepares you for what she faces in this story. Thankfully Ruadan is no longer adhering to the vow of silence; yet Arianna struggles for much of the book with the way Ruadan flips between hot and cold with her while battling her inner demons (so to speak) based on how she’s been treated in the past. It was somewhat of a killjoy to know that the Old Gods clearly favored her so you knew she would pass each trial to become a Shadow Fae Knight. There are plenty of other unknowns though, so the suspense around those still drive the reader to finish the story in a hurry to see what will happen. I do love; however; the new monsters & creatures the Crawfords introduce. They’re usually uncommon, unique, and horrifying. In all, I finished the book in a day and couldn’t wait to start the next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Green

    Wow, Wow, Wow!!! After the last series of books which were a fabulous series and probably some of C N Crawford’s best work to date I wasn’t expecting this new book to even compare in the slightest but how wrong I was!!!!! An amazing new heroine with some wonderful and diverse Characters plus cameo appearances of well-loved people from other books set in the same world. Yet again this book although set in the same worlds manages to capture the imagination in a new way and adds another dimension t Wow, Wow, Wow!!! After the last series of books which were a fabulous series and probably some of C N Crawford’s best work to date I wasn’t expecting this new book to even compare in the slightest but how wrong I was!!!!! An amazing new heroine with some wonderful and diverse Characters plus cameo appearances of well-loved people from other books set in the same world. Yet again this book although set in the same worlds manages to capture the imagination in a new way and adds another dimension to a world that we already know and love, everything is easily visualised, and you are drawn in to the storey from the first few pages. I was hooked with the first book, drawn in even further with the second boo and an impatiently waiting for the third instalment. This is a series that I will happily read again when the next book comes out to maximise the enjoyment.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie’s Two Cents

    Adventure and romance! This writer delivers another awesome book! I love seeing characters from other books in here too. It’s just wonderful. I enjoyed every minute. We finally learn who Arianna is (somewhat) and more about her background. We see her learn to trust just a little bit more as she gets closer to Ruadan. He also learns to trust more and we learn more about who he is. There’s still 2 more books in this series. I’m a little worried about that, because I really feel this should just be Adventure and romance! This writer delivers another awesome book! I love seeing characters from other books in here too. It’s just wonderful. I enjoyed every minute. We finally learn who Arianna is (somewhat) and more about her background. We see her learn to trust just a little bit more as she gets closer to Ruadan. He also learns to trust more and we learn more about who he is. There’s still 2 more books in this series. I’m a little worried about that, because I really feel this should just be a 3 book series. I mean they’ve already killed Baleros twice. The writer won’t bring a new villain into book 4, which means we still have 1 more book that won’t have a complete ending before the final show down. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do. Happy reading y’all!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    3.5 stars Arianna and Ciara are on the lam, starving, homeless, and on their last leg. But Ruadan doesn't like she uses he lmen stone for petty thievery, and back to the Institute she goes.... but under what circumstances. With a Grand Master searching for a loophole to the old gods' wishes, and his power waning, it seems Arianna is in an even bigger pickle. Soon, she'll have to answer for what she really is. Here's what I didn't like: some of the explanations were circular, bordering on redundanc 3.5 stars Arianna and Ciara are on the lam, starving, homeless, and on their last leg. But Ruadan doesn't like she uses he lmen stone for petty thievery, and back to the Institute she goes.... but under what circumstances. With a Grand Master searching for a loophole to the old gods' wishes, and his power waning, it seems Arianna is in an even bigger pickle. Soon, she'll have to answer for what she really is. Here's what I didn't like: some of the explanations were circular, bordering on redundancy, so the writing wasn't as tight as as the first book. Maddan seemed like a scapegoat, and his character didn't relate well with his character in the first book either Here's what I liked: we got two nice hints of what Arianna really is, but it was fleeting. Nicely done. her smart mouth ruadan was pretty great too. Ciara pulled through. Elise. Overall, this was fun and engaging.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aelingalathynius

    now, i already read the rest of the books, so im just gonna review the whole series so...where do i start? what i noticed in this book is, that it kinda brought the feminist side of me, alive. In the book, women are worth less than men, they are actually being treated like sex slaves. And that kinda frustrated me, because i dont feel like the author made it seem like a bad thing. She mentioned it like it was a little detail, that wasnt at all important. There were some rare times, where we could now, i already read the rest of the books, so im just gonna review the whole series so...where do i start? what i noticed in this book is, that it kinda brought the feminist side of me, alive. In the book, women are worth less than men, they are actually being treated like sex slaves. And that kinda frustrated me, because i dont feel like the author made it seem like a bad thing. She mentioned it like it was a little detail, that wasnt at all important. There were some rare times, where we could sense Arianna's anger about these things but, again, it was barely noticeable. I really dont wanna sound like one of those feminists that rage for the most stupid things, so i swear im not like that hahaah Ok moving on... The thing that bothered me the most was Ruadan and Arianna. *sigh* First of all, i was getting REALLY annoyed by those *sexy scenes* where all they did was touch eachother,smell eachother, and gave eachother some kisses. STOP. PLEASE. i was literally in pain. and while the sexual tension was growing for 3 books,the sex was written...in what? 1 page? Maybe 2? And altough i like badass,cold characters with a cruel past...what the hell was up with Arianna in this book? One minute she is totally in love and cool with Ruadan, and then she gets some weird thoughts, that most of the times werent even explained nor did we know what exactly the thought was about, and she just pushed Ruadan away and yelled at him. Girl what???????' I mean i would understand her, but idk she just raged at him out of a sudden, totally unexpected. I gave it 2 stars, cuz it was an OK read, but i wouldnt reread it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Court of Darkness by C. N. Crawford is book 2 in the Institute of the Shadow Fae series. It’s a paranormal suspense set in the Demons of Fire and Night world. This series shouldn’t be read as standalones as book 2 picks up where book 1 ended and Ariannas adventures with the Shadow Fae continue and ends on another continuation. I absolutely adore Arianna. She is such a fun and sassy character and I just love her. I also love the developing and changing relationship of Arianna and Ruadan and how she’ Court of Darkness by C. N. Crawford is book 2 in the Institute of the Shadow Fae series. It’s a paranormal suspense set in the Demons of Fire and Night world. This series shouldn’t be read as standalones as book 2 picks up where book 1 ended and Ariannas adventures with the Shadow Fae continue and ends on another continuation. I absolutely adore Arianna. She is such a fun and sassy character and I just love her. I also love the developing and changing relationship of Arianna and Ruadan and how she’s constantly pushing his buttons. Book 2 is on par with all the good stuff from book 1 and it may even be better as we are more comfortable with the characters, their personalities and how they play a role in the story. I cannot wait to get the next instalment of this series.

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