Court of Shadows (House of Furies #2)
By: Madeleine Roux
Publication Date: June 26th, 2018
From the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum comes the second book in an all-new gothic horror series praised as “darkly delightful.”*
In this second book of Madeleine Roux’s expansive gothic horror series, illustrations from artist Iris Compiet and chilling photographs help bring to life a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.
After the frightful events of last autumn, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton has settled into her role as a maid at Coldthistle House, but she has not settled into what that means for her humanity.
As Louisa struggles to figure out whether she is worthy of redemption, the devilish Mr. Morningside plans a fete— one that will bring new guests to Coldthistle House. From wicked humans to Upworlders, angelic beings who look down upon Mr. Morningside’s monstrous staff, all are armed with their own brand of self-righteous justice.
Even a man claiming to be Louisa’s father has a role to play, though what his true motive is, Louisa cannot tell. The conflicts will eventually come to a head on the grounds of Coldthistle House—and the stakes include Louisa’s very soul.
As Court of Shadows opens, Louisa has found herself once again in the employ of Mr. Morningside, having failed in her efforts to save Mary and knowing of nowhere else to call home. Her day to day tasks though are interrupted when she receives a letter from her birth father and she strikes a deal with Mr. Morningside to punish him for his abandonment. However, her paternal bloodline turns out to be a bit more powerful than expected. At the same time, those in the employ of Coldthistle House are preparing for the arrival of some Upworlder visitors and a very ominous gathering.
Court of Shadows maintains the very interesting role of Coldthistle House as a last stop for the most vile of humans, each with their own enthralling histories, and this is the key to my enjoyment of the book. The parsing of the guest’s misdeeds and their supernatural punishments were one of the most intriguing parts of House of Furies and I am so glad that it was maintained while building and expanding the world.
My only complaint was that the relationship with Lee is never really resolved. It went from the tragedy at the end of book one, to Louisa returning months later and Lee avoiding her. There weren’t many words spoken between them and it felt that their relationship went from something to nothing very quickly.
Court of Shadows is a solid followup that maintains the spooky air of Coldthistle House while beautifully unveiling more of the mythology it is based on. I especially loved seeing the haunting and creative ways that new and old characters were revealed by the magic in The Court. To round out the story and make it feel complete, the captivating illustrations and journal entries that paralleled Louisa’s narrative are present once again and lent a sense of foreboding around her fate.
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