Review – Shadow Empress

Shadow Empress book cover


Shadow Empress


Night Elves Trilogy #3


C.N. Crawford




Ali –
I’m now the Empress of Vanaheim and leader of all Elves. It’s a lonely job, but the important thing is that the Night Elves are finally safe. At least until I learn of the invading draugr horde. I need Galin’s help, and I’m desperate to see him again, but the sorcerer has plans of his own. And when he tries to rewrite our fate, I may lose everything—including him.

Galin –
After I fell into the Well of Wyrd, the shades dragged my shattered body to Hel. Hela may have breathed life back into me, but I’ve found myself trapped. Oddly enough, when Hela closes the gates to Hel, I see opportunity to escape. A chance to rewrite my fate, to find glory again. But as I spend time with Ali my icy resolve starts to crack. I want to choose her, but it could mean being stuck in Hel for good.


4.5stars rating

This book had it all, I was laughing like crazy, I had tears in my eyes and I was facepalming. A worthy conclusion to the series, I just wish it wasn’t the end. I give it a 4.5!


Ali and Galin were all over the place and without spoiling anything I can say that while it wasn’t the easiest journey, it was hela fun (sorry, I couldn’t help myself).
As always, scenes and environments were clear and well detailed, giving the imagination more than enough information to stay fully immersed in the story.

Character development:

The Norns cut their bond, so they shouldn’t feel anything for each other anymore, right?
Ali is Empress of the Vanir, Galin is Hela’s consort and King of Hel.
They’ve been through quite a journey from being a soulless lich and an insignificant Night Elf, and I think that this instalment was the most emotional one. They’ve grown throughout their struggles in the previous books but I feel they have surpassed even their own wildest dreams in this one.
I love how the author brought these characters to life. They feel real and believable, they have the same wants and needs as we all do (okay granted, in a slightly different context and setting, but still!).
The side characters in this instalment were hilarious (you’ll know who I’m talking about when you get there). I could easily picture them in front of me and it even now makes me grin (and shake my head at the same time).

Pacing & Flow:

The book kept my attention effortlessly, then again I really wanted to know how it would continue. Action and conversations were well balanced and the reader is kept on his/her toes throughout the book… loved it!

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).
The book is 246 pages long, spread over 43 chapters and written from both Ali’s and Galin’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I just have to say that this was a great series. I had such fun reading it and I’m pretty sad it’s over. I hope though that there might be some spin-off series set in the same world so we know how everyone is doing *puppy eyes* 😉