Shadow and Darkness by Amanda Cashure – A Book Review

Posted October 24, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Reviews, YA / 1 Comment

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Shadow and Darkness

(Shade – Book 2)

by Amanda Cashure
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Slow Burn, YA Fantasy RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

This is a YA Reverse Harem Romance, but don’t let the YA tag fool you. There is plenty of mystery, action and maturity included – it just lacks the full on heat and occasional crudity of a more adult labeled novel. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

A bubble to break.
And secret past to uncover.
A deadly tyrant who’s stolen the crown.
And a prophecy that might just change everything.
An infuriating mortal female with a deathwish.
And four sinfully handsome and powerful brothers.

Shadow and Darkness, the dual-perspective sequel to Shadows and Shade, immediately continues Shade’s adventure, bringing us out of the White Castle, through the depths of the forest, and into Silvari civilization to figure out how she can burst the bubble that keeps her tethered to the alluring brothers.

Commander Pax is fighting the instincts that scream Shade is his regardless of what he’s decided is best. Roarke, a master of manipulating others’ desires, is finding that his own are actually the hardest to resist. Seth, the trickster, is always ready to make someone laugh or smile, but he’s finding that there are other things he’d rather do with Shade. Killian is seeded with a power and hunger that makes him a threat to others, but his dangerous darkness is inexplicably drawn to Shade despite the risks.

With all the other threats they need to overcome, will the brothers be able to withstand the temptation of a simple mortal girl?

Note from the Author of Shadow and Darkness

The Shadows and Shade series features a slow burn WhyChoose romance that will cross from young adult to new adult content.

Thoughts on Shadow and Darkness

What the what?

First, this is a good series that keeps you reading. (Read my review of Book 1 here)

Second…. what the heck is going on??? I’m so confused, and I’m not sure a second reread will cure the flummox of my mind.

Things are happening, players are moving and knowledge is being tossed around, but I feel like Shade here, because none of it makes a lick of sense. Hoping that book 3, to be published in December, will clear the muddle.


  • Slow burn, they have time to build a relationship, or because it’s YA, who knows?
  • Reminiscent of Curse of the Gods and the Power of Five, though only echoes of either…. a feeling.
  • I enjoy shade, she is fun and funny, if a bit scattered.
  • Some POVs are offered from Killian’s, Darkness’s, perspective.
  • That cover!!


  • Seriously…. what’s going on?


First Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type



PG-13 to 15 (This is still a YA series, will upgrade to NA later)

Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range


Final Verdict on Shadow and Darkness

4 out of 5 Stars

A very enjoyable series so far, if a bit baffling at times. Perfect for fans of YA Fantasy, along with Curse of the Gods or the Power of Five. Free on KU!

Published September 21st, 2019
361 Pages

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