The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith (review)

May 20, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy 4 ★★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith (review)The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
Series: Crown & Key #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group on June 2nd 2015
Number of Pages: 384
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, Steampunk, Urban
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Purchase: At Amazon

They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.


As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

I really enjoyed this book. All the characters were well-developed, even the more minor, not central characters. The story was descriptive, giving you a good idea of what everything looked and sounded like, without being over-detailed. The world was fully-fleshed out and believable. I liked the magic we were introduced to, and would love to learn more about Scribes and the key.

I loved Simon. He was funny and quick-thinking, without falling into the ‘too perfect’ role a lot of main characters end up in. Kate I didn’t care for at first, but she quickly grew on me. I also loved Charlotte, I wish we knew what happened to her for sure.

There is quite a bit of violence, blood and gore in the book. It didn’t bother me at all, but those who are squeamish or just don’t like reading about that sort of thing will want to skip this book.

The banter between Simon and Nick reminded me a bit of the Sherlock Holmes movie. It was funny, and you could tell there was a strong bond of friendship between the two. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

If you haven’t read this book yet, and you like mysteries, action and magic, with a paranormal twist, you need to try this book.


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4 Responses to “The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith (review)”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I know! And I just saw NetGalley has books 2 & 3 available for request. I might have just gone and requested both of them…

      I could totally see this as a movie. Some bits of it played in my mind that way while I was reading it.

  1. Wendell

    This one is on my review pile, so I was glad to read that you enjoyed it. Glad to know it delivers on the genre blending, because that is exactly why I wanted to give it a try. Great review, by the way! 🙂

    • SilvaraWilde

      Thank you! Glad I could help. This really is an awesome book, I can’t wait to start reading the next two. One of the great things is that the entire trilogy will be released within a month of each other. So very little waiting for the next book if you do end up liking the first one!

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