Fantasy Book Review: Shadow Grail: Sacrifices

Shadow Grail: Sacrifices by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

The students of Oakhurst Academy believe they have triumphed over the Shadow Knights. But Spirit, Burke, Muirin, Loch, and Addie know better. Under the guise of a company called Breakthrough Adventure Systems, the Shadow Knights have actually taken over the campus. The new regime is brutal, designed to turn the students into soldiers wielding both weapons and magic. Anyone who protests disappears.

Desperate, the group decides that Muirin should go undercover to spy on Breakthrough. But Muirin’s act is a little too good, and Spirit begins to fear that her friend’s loyalties might have truly changed. Surrounded by enemies and friends who suddenly seem like strangers, Spirit has to decide who can—and cannot—be trusted.

Spirit and her classmates are now under lockdown at the school. Though the school was strict before, it’s almost like a prison now. And those that run the school are the biggest threat. The students slowly uncover the secrets of Arthurian legend that are manifesting in present day, but discovering who they can trust proves difficult.

Sacrifices is the third book in the Shadow Grail series, packed with suspense, magic, and intrigue. The big mystery has been slowly unfolding throughout the series. Spirit finally learns about her magic at the end of the story, which was easy to predict. And while the adventure is not fast-paced, the drama is intense. The strength of this series is the mystery and character development. This YA fantasy series is smart, dark, and incredibly enjoyable. The story ends with a fairly big cliffhanger that left me wanting more. The next in the series can’t come soon enough for me.

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