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PRAISE FOR

THE SHADOW READER

“A fresh take on the fae, packed with suspense, surprises, and real moral dilemmas.
Sexy and fun, this is a must for anyone who likes their fae modern, their stakes high,
and their property damage extensive.”

—Seanan McGuire,
New York Times
bestselling author of the October Daye novels

“Combines top-notch writing and world-building with characters you’ll adore…and the
star-crossed lovers may just break your heart…If you enjoy fae urban fantasy, then
don’t miss this splendid debut. Loved it. Can’t wait for the next book.”

—Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of
Endgame

“When facing this stubborn, smart escape artist of a heroine, watch where you walk,
as every footstep leaves a shadow and every shadow tells a longtime reader like McKenzie
Lewis the truth…whether she wants to know it or not.”

—Rob Thurman,
New York Times
bestselling author of
Doubletake

“Fantastically fun urban fantasy! One of the best debuts of the year…[It] checked
off all my urban fantasy wish-list boxes, and I can’t wait to read the sequel.”


All Things Urban Fantasy

“A gutsy heroine and plenty of fae lore.”


Library Journal

“Fun and fast-paced.”


Fantasy Cafe

“Fantastic…filled with action and suspense. I was constantly on the edge of my seat.”


Urban Fantasy Investigations

“Sandy Williams packs a powerful punch with her debut urban fantasy…An energetic,
explosive story…fantastically complex…The ending felt like a roller-coaster ride…This
book will keep your emotions on overload till the very last sentence…I encourage all
readers with a love of urban fantasy to run, not walk, to your nearest bookstore and
get your very own copy…
The Shadow Reader
is a must-read.”


Smexy Books

“This is a book that kept me reading well into the night. It is without a doubt a
page-turner…I loved the main character, the world…I am more than excited to see what
comes out next.”


Paranormal Haven

“Inventive fantasy…a series worth following.”


Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’ News & Reviews

“I really love this book.”


Urban Fantasy Reviews

“Kept me turning pages frantically.”


Fantasy Literature

“An exciting, turbulent adventure…a home run of a debut novel. I encourage all fans
of urban fantasy to rush out and pick up a copy…You will not regret it.”


Fresh Fiction

“A gripping alternate-reality fantasy.”


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“A solid block of entertainment…quite compelling.”


A Book Obsession

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The Shadow Reader
has it all: suspense, romance, action, and laughs.”


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Ace Books by Sandy Williams

THE SHADOW READER

THE SHATTERED DARK

THE
SHATTERED
DARK

Sandy Williams

THE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP

Published by the Penguin Group

Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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Penguin Books Ltd., Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the
product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance
to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is
entirely coincidental. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume
any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

THE SHATTERED DARK

An Ace Book / published by arrangement with the author

PUBLISHING HISTORY

Ace mass-market edition / November 2012

Copyright © 2012 by Sandy Williams.

Map by Adam F. Watkins.

Cover art by Gene Mollica.

Cover design by Lesley Worrell.

Interior text design by Kristin del Rosario.

All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or

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of

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editions.

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ISBN: 978-1-101-61215-6

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ACE and the “A” design are trademarks of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is

stolen property. It was reported as “unsold and destroyed” to the publisher, and neither
the

author nor the publisher has received any payment for this “stripped book.”

ALWAYS LEARNING
PEARSON

For Mom.

Thank you for always believing in me,

especially when I didn’t believe in myself.

Table of Contents

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

Seven

Eight

Nine

Ten

Eleven

Twelve

Thirteen

Fourteen

Fifteen

Sixteen

Seventeen

Eighteen

Nineteen

Twenty

Twenty One

Twenty Two

Twenty Three

Twenty Four

Twenty Five

Twenty Six

Twenty Seven

Twenty Eight

Twenty Nine

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

People say second books are harder to write than first books. That’s especially true
when you have twins a few months before your deadline. This book wouldn’t have been
written if it weren’t for a few awesome people.

My mom, who made the five-hour trip between Houston and Dallas more times than I can
count. Thank you for watching the boys so I could work. The same gratitude goes to
my husband, who was on baby duty every evening and weekend for months, and to my grandmother,
who helped keep me sane on the days I was home alone, juggling the babies and a deadline.
I couldn’t have done this without your sacrifices and support!

I also have to give a shout-out to Rissa Westerfield, who has taken such great care
of my boys. I don’t think any of us would have survived without you!

Mega gratitude goes to my beta readers, Shelli Richard and Renee Sweet. Renee, your
comments are always spot-on, and they never fail to make me laugh. Thanks so much
for knocking some sense into McKenzie!

To my agent, Joanna Volpe—wow! You always know exactly what to say to keep me from
totally freaking out. Thank you for your guidance and your many last-minute reads!
Also, much appreciation goes out to the illustrator, Adam Watkins, who endured many
“final” tweak e-mails from me to create a kick-ass map of the Realm.

And to Kat Sherbo, my editor: Thank you for being so incredibly understanding while
I learn how to be both a mom and a writer. Your patience made it possible for me to
make this the best book it could be.

Lastly, big hugs to my boys, who still love me despite the number of hours I’ve spent
banging away at my computer. Your smiles brighten the gloomiest days!

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