Keys and Curses by Nina Smith (Shadow Series Book 2)

Books in Shadow Series: Ongoing - 4 currently released

Standalone: No

Published: May 12, 2015 / self-published

Genres: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Goth Fiction

Pages: 278

Source: Purchased via Amazon

Rating: 5/5 stars ★★★★★

A pint-sized prophet, a delinquent false muse, a recovering drug addict, an enemy of the king - and enough fairies to drive any sensible muse around the bend. 

Flower only needs to do two things: get Muse Champion Nikifor into Freakin Fairy rehab before he is lost in his own madness, and then go find her missing king. She certainly has no intention of smuggling hundreds of tiny troublemaking fugitives across worlds, fraternising with sworn enemies of the king, or having a pitched battle with an evil she doesn't even believe in. 

But on the run in hostile territory with a price on their heads, Flower and Nikifor must both face the chilling truth behind Nikifor's madness-and the terror that grips all of Shadow. 

Keys and Curses is Book 2 in the dark comic fantasy series Shadow, and continues the battle begun in Book 1, Bloody Fairies: a pitched war between good and evil fought with blood, sweat and fairy dust.


Almost everyone is missing: the muse king, the muses, the fairies... This story follows the king's most loyal muse Flower and muse champion Nikifor as they try to solve the mystery of the disappearances while overcoming their own obstacles along the way. There is action, adventure, and suspense in this fantastic installment to the Shadow series.

I absolutely love the curse the freakin' fairies place upon Nikifor along the way. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes at some of the situations this FREAKING FANTASTIC curse gets him into.

Favorite quotes:

“Why do I feel such a course could lead us to a ghastly and imminent doom?”

Final thoughts:

This series has the right amount of seriousness and whimsy. If you haven't read it yet, go buy "Bloody Fairies: Shadow Book 1" and buckle in for the entertaining ride.

Get Keys and Curses on Amazon.

You can also visit Nina's website here.

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