Book Review: Conspiracies: A Shadow Grail Novel

Conspiracies: A Shadow Grail Novel, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Only days after defeating the Wild Hunt that had been attacking Oakhurst Academy students, Spirit and her friends think everything has quieted down. But suddenly magical attacks begin happening in the school among the entire student body, causing widespread, overwhelming fear. And when former alumnus Mark Rider arrives with an army of friends to help protect the school and train the students for war, Spirit seems to be the only one who distrusts them. Something is wrong with Doctor Ambrosius. And Spirit’s friend Muirin begins to get too close to the newcomers. Her friends begin to think Spirit’s concerns are just wild conspiracy theories. But the group must work together to stop the attacks and unravel the deeper mystery within Oakhurst Academy.

This is the second installment in the Shadow Grail series. Relationships within Spirit’s circle of friends develop and change. And a new student is introduced – the only one who may be more frightened than Spirit about their situation. With good reason. As Spirit and her friends begin learning more about the school and its hidden history, even more questions arise.

Conspiracies is a well-paced adventure with plenty of drama, angst, and suspense. The Shadow Grail series is a developing, complex, over-arching story that seems to be slowly unraveling in each installment. As the intensity builds to an exciting conclusion, it’s apparent that many questions still linger. And there are more than a few twists and surprises along the way. This is a spellbinding series for fantasy fans that enjoy intrigue, mystery, and a bit of romance.

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