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I'm learning to embrace who and what I am, but there's one thing I can't face: the night Zak betrayed me. But even with the mysteries of our shared past hanging between us, I can't turn Zak away when he asks for my help. Powerful fae are going missing, and when he tried to investigate, Lallakai vanished too. Now he wants me to venture with him into the territory of the Shad I'm learning to embrace who and what I am, but there's one thing I can't face: the night Zak betrayed me. But even with the mysteries of our shared past hanging between us, I can't turn Zak away when he asks for my help. Powerful fae are going missing, and when he tried to investigate, Lallakai vanished too. Now he wants me to venture with him into the territory of the Shadow Court, but its bloodthirsty courtiers don't welcome meddling druids. Danger is gathering around us, seen and unseen. As we uncover incomprehensible clues about the missing fae, we realize this nightmare runs deeper than we imagined, and unveiling it means delving into the past—our past. If I abandon Zak now, he'll never make it out alive. But if I stay at his side, if I face the truth of that night, it will destroy us both. -- The Guild Codex: Unveiled The One and Only Crystal Druid (#1) The Long-Forgotten Winter King (#2) The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow (#3) More series in the Guild Codex world: The Guild Codex: Spellbound The Guild Codex: Demonized The Guild Codex: Warped


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I'm learning to embrace who and what I am, but there's one thing I can't face: the night Zak betrayed me. But even with the mysteries of our shared past hanging between us, I can't turn Zak away when he asks for my help. Powerful fae are going missing, and when he tried to investigate, Lallakai vanished too. Now he wants me to venture with him into the territory of the Shad I'm learning to embrace who and what I am, but there's one thing I can't face: the night Zak betrayed me. But even with the mysteries of our shared past hanging between us, I can't turn Zak away when he asks for my help. Powerful fae are going missing, and when he tried to investigate, Lallakai vanished too. Now he wants me to venture with him into the territory of the Shadow Court, but its bloodthirsty courtiers don't welcome meddling druids. Danger is gathering around us, seen and unseen. As we uncover incomprehensible clues about the missing fae, we realize this nightmare runs deeper than we imagined, and unveiling it means delving into the past—our past. If I abandon Zak now, he'll never make it out alive. But if I stay at his side, if I face the truth of that night, it will destroy us both. -- The Guild Codex: Unveiled The One and Only Crystal Druid (#1) The Long-Forgotten Winter King (#2) The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow (#3) More series in the Guild Codex world: The Guild Codex: Spellbound The Guild Codex: Demonized The Guild Codex: Warped

30 review for The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 ACTION PACKED Stars 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟 Speaking of this literary gold, happy book publication/birthday (May 6th, 2022) to this treasure of a book & it’s wonderful Author, Annette!!! Mmk so real time—I am literally SHAKING after reading this. I would rate it a million stars if I could, but alas. Hmm. Yeah, no, ACTUALLY… The thing is… (hehe this book is making me feel at dark & rebel-y) I do what I want, I’m feeling like breaking all the freaking rules… so unofficially this gets ALL OF THE STA Star Rating: —> 5 ACTION PACKED Stars 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟 Speaking of this literary gold, happy book publication/birthday (May 6th, 2022) to this treasure of a book & it’s wonderful Author, Annette!!! Mmk so real time—I am literally SHAKING after reading this. I would rate it a million stars if I could, but alas. Hmm. Yeah, no, ACTUALLY… The thing is… (hehe this book is making me feel at dark & rebel-y) I do what I want, I’m feeling like breaking all the freaking rules… so unofficially this gets ALL OF THE STARS. EVERY SINGLE SHINY ONE OUT THERE. (I’m feeling prickly as all hell right now haha; ”a lovable cactus”)😉 My God. This installment of Unveiled was eye-opening, full of a wide array of feelings, adventure, trust, betrayal, & I won’t lie, mostly BRUTAL AF, setting up for what I can only imagine will be one of the most epic finales that I have ever read. Marie expertly weaves in the tension until it is all consuming & then ends the book leaving you seething, just as her characters likely are. Some of them, anyway. I thirst for vengeance, damn it! 😂 I refuse to despair; I’m just P I S S E D as all hell at a very many characters rn. BUT HOLY F*CK THIS. WAS. SO. DAMN. GOOD ! There was SO SO MUCH EXCITEMENT, RESOLUTION, HOPE, too, but as it was ripped away, my heart felt so many things, but I am left UNBREAKABLE, DAMN IT; I will bend, I will not break (as only an expert author can accomplish 😉) ! This was a truly gripping read from start to finish! Which is selling this short imo, but you’ll just have to read it to find out! Hehe. SERIOUSLY THOUGH— so FANTASTIC!!! I knew pain would likely ensue while reading this installment, and I sure got pain. 😅 IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. Like just trust me on this one. THE VENGEANCE WILL BE THAT MUCH SWEETER. 😏 (Cue end credits—in the words of TSwift…) I’ve got a list of names, & yours is in red underlined, I check it once, then I check it twice, Ooh, look what you made me do, Look what you made me do, Look what you just made me do, Look what you just made me do… 😏😏😏 That’s all for now, folks! Go read this masterpiece & a half!!!! 1000 times over recommended! Awed by Annette™️, everytime . ________________ ARCCCCC TIME! 🥳 ________________ SERIOUSLY DYING FOR THIS BOOK! Finally time to see what’s what with Lallakai !!! WOOO! (She has much to answer for! Ahhhhh) SO EXCITEDDDDDD! Omg and thank GOD for the new The Guild Codex webcomic on WEBTOON Canvas! It’s sating my appetite until this is released! 🤤😍😅

  2. 5 out of 5

    mith

    You know how some books just feel their length? I remember sometimes when I'm reading, I'd just check on my kindle to see what location I'm at, about how many more hours or so I have left. Sometimes it just feels like a chore trying to finish a page. Marie's books have never felt like that to me. Start to finish, whatever she's writing, I am HOOKED. Totally unable to put it down for a single second. All my attention is on these words. Her books are so exciting and engaging and addictive and this You know how some books just feel their length? I remember sometimes when I'm reading, I'd just check on my kindle to see what location I'm at, about how many more hours or so I have left. Sometimes it just feels like a chore trying to finish a page. Marie's books have never felt like that to me. Start to finish, whatever she's writing, I am HOOKED. Totally unable to put it down for a single second. All my attention is on these words. Her books are so exciting and engaging and addictive and this one— Lord, Twice Scorned not only is my favorite cover from all the GCU books, but my favorite book, period. (Yes I'm trying to make guild codex universe a thing and WHAT ABOUT IT.) I was absorbed from the get-go with this third installment and literally refused to take my eyes off the page, afraid I'd miss something. I was really happy with how things turned out. With Saber and Zak, finally getting answers reading their past; to Lallakai's story. This penultimate book is definitely grittier than the other GCU books, some parts even leaving me gaping. But it was well balanced and Marie tied Saber and Zak's past traumas with their current dilemma very well together. We learn the truth of That Night and see then come to a sort of truce with each other, and I can't even begin to express how happy I was with that. I want nothing more than these two to be able to heal together! Eventually. Lmao. Their connection is honestly so messed up but so deep and you truly feel that while reading. I feel like there is so much to say about this book but honestly I feel like that figure lying prone in a puddle of their own tears after finishing it. I think, always, "there's no way she could make this even MORE shocking?" and promptly get proven wrong. (I had to read that ending twice. TWICE. I am still in disbelief.) I used to joke that my life hinged on the next book Annette Marie came out with but I don't think it's a joke anymore. I have never wanted a book more than the final one in this series (and thank u to whoever is listening (or just to miss Marie) that it's only 4 months away bc I could not survive otherwise)). Anyway I love love love this book. I am so appreciative to have read these books because they've all left me feeling so shocked yet thrilled. I can't wait to see what's in store next. *** I— I just finished. Holy shit. I have to wait until September now??? Its only four months and nothing has ever felt longer. Oh my God. Oh my God. *** I love this (and the winter king's) cover(s) SO, SO much oh my God. Ooooh my God. Absolutely in love. I can't look away. Please get on my kindle I am begging.

  3. 5 out of 5

    AℳY♔Queen of Fat cats♔민윤기's fiancé

    May 2022 will be Annette Marie sensei month. I'll be binge reading everything ever spit on, sat on written , imagined by the wonderful Annette Marie. I'm still behind in two of her series and that's like A SIN!!! all her books...AWESOMETACULAR #mustread May 2022 will be Annette Marie sensei month. I'll be binge reading everything ever spit on, sat on written , imagined by the wonderful Annette Marie. I'm still behind in two of her series and that's like A SIN!!! all her books...AWESOMETACULAR #mustread

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cat the bookworm

    My mind ist still reeling from the maelstrom this book put me through. Wow, just... WOW! I'm not sure if I should rage at Annette Marie because we have to wait for MONTHS to get to the conclusion of this absolutely mindblowing spin-off, or if I should bow and worship the endless well of imagination this author has. Probably a bit of both. How to write a review without spoiling the plot? And trust me, I want you to get sucked in and sit frozen in disbelief for a while after finishing the last pages My mind ist still reeling from the maelstrom this book put me through. Wow, just... WOW! I'm not sure if I should rage at Annette Marie because we have to wait for MONTHS to get to the conclusion of this absolutely mindblowing spin-off, or if I should bow and worship the endless well of imagination this author has. Probably a bit of both. How to write a review without spoiling the plot? And trust me, I want you to get sucked in and sit frozen in disbelief for a while after finishing the last pages because I DIDN'T SEE IT COMING. I already knew that Annette is a master plotter, and that her books seem to get better and better with every new release, with every new layer she waves into the Guild Codex Universe. And I know that if you read this book, you're at least familiar with the previous installations of Unveiled - probably even the entire GCU books. But... Holy shit. I'm floored and at loss for words. For all of you who are new to her books: this is not about romance. Well it is a bit, but Annette is a master of super slow burn, so don't expect much steam, at least not yet (after all, all who read Demonized know that when IT happens - like the infamous Chapter 32 - it's been worth the wait). It's urban fantasy, packed with action, all written down so vividly that not only the characters, but the entire world comes alive in your mind, up to a point where at times you almost expect it to be real, that mages, fae and witches ARE part of our world, hidden in plain sight. So again - if you're new to it, start with "Three mages and a Margarita" and let it slowly suck you in. You'll stumble upon previous characters and plot lines again, and you'll greet them like old friends - like here, where Saber is introduced to The Crow and Hammer and gets to meet Darius, Tori, Aaron, Kai and Ezra. And a few side characters (like the old lady with her crystal bowl who wants to do a reading). But in Unveiled, and in this book in particular, it's all about Zak and Saber, Lallakai and Rikr, and the dangers that await in the fae realm. Trying to stay away from spoiling the plot - to all GCU fans - DROP EVERYTHING YOU'RE READING RIGHT NOW AND READ THIS ONE. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. 5 well deserved, blood soaked stars. And a countdown till Septemer 9th, when I'll download the final book at midnight and finish it in one go.

  5. 5 out of 5

    spring ~♡

    this is my favourite cover so far. Hail Lady of Shadow. 😭

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    i was a bit apprehensive going into this, after the disappointment book two was. this was even worse. saber was annoying, rikr was useless, not even funny enough for extra points, no memorable scenes with zak, this was lallakai's book (title and cover) and she wasn't the highlight until the very end. this was so rushed and you could tell. just making up the plot as they went. no strategizing, no plan, no suspense. each book so far has has a separate villian and they're all bland, pop out of nowh i was a bit apprehensive going into this, after the disappointment book two was. this was even worse. saber was annoying, rikr was useless, not even funny enough for extra points, no memorable scenes with zak, this was lallakai's book (title and cover) and she wasn't the highlight until the very end. this was so rushed and you could tell. just making up the plot as they went. no strategizing, no plan, no suspense. each book so far has has a separate villian and they're all bland, pop out of nowhere and die in the end like?? no connection whatsoever except for the shared past trauma, which was the only good point. glad they talked it out, even tho it took two mins and could've been signed and done way earlier. anyway my expectations for the final book are even lower. surprisingly, the most interesting person was kai yamada. would like to see more of him !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jewel

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars "The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow" was dragging compared to the first 2 books. I felt like I was reading the filler book of this series. I only loved three things about this installment: 1. Saber's character growth - Yay, she's finally making an effort to understand and show compassion to other people! This improved version of Saber gave me hope that I'd come to love her in the final book. 2. Ríkr - He's still delightfully witty and shrewd. I prefer reading about his frien Actual rating: 3.5 stars "The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow" was dragging compared to the first 2 books. I felt like I was reading the filler book of this series. I only loved three things about this installment: 1. Saber's character growth - Yay, she's finally making an effort to understand and show compassion to other people! This improved version of Saber gave me hope that I'd come to love her in the final book. 2. Ríkr - He's still delightfully witty and shrewd. I prefer reading about his friendship with Saber than Saber's romance with Zak. 3. final battle against Izverg Lastly, I wish that Ríkr would turn Lallakai into an ugly eagle ice sculpture and shatter her into pieces. That's how much I despise her right now. *sighs* Fine, I confess that I would have rated this 3.75 stars if it weren't focused on her.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♛Vanessa♛ Fangirl Faction

    Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost from the publisher/author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I am leaving a voluntary review and all opinions are my own. This book, ya'll! I sort of feel like a broken record sometimes when I write a review for the latest book from Annette Marie. Her books have a tendency to make me fangirl intensely. Her books are that darn amazing! Like most of us, I have been waiting with bated breath for this book to release. Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost from the publisher/author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I am leaving a voluntary review and all opinions are my own. This book, ya'll! I sort of feel like a broken record sometimes when I write a review for the latest book from Annette Marie. Her books have a tendency to make me fangirl intensely. Her books are that darn amazing! Like most of us, I have been waiting with bated breath for this book to release. After the events of the previous two books in this series, I knew that this book was going to leave a mark. I can't applaud Annette Marie enough for her mind-blowing storytelling. She has the most intricate and wonderfully developed plots paired with a writing style that brings the reader to their knees. She has talent coming out of her ears and I am here for it! I wasn't sure what to expect in this book. While I wasn't surprised by a certain character's behavior at the end of the book, I also hadn't fully guessed the extent of their betrayals. It made for a fantastic ending with a doozy of a cliffhanger to drive me crazy until book four releases. I always love how unpredictable and fleshed-out the plots are in Marie's books. The world-building was as atmospheric as ever, which is something that I truly appreciate in her books. The character development for the characters was impressive. We get to see some characters' true colors shine through in this book and we also see some characters open up more. I loved the tense feeling that surrounded the characters and their uneasy alliances. There was so much drama but in a good way. The dynamics made the story very interesting and compelling. These are characters that have really stolen my heart with their distinct personalities and backstories that I can empathize with. And I can't even put into words how amazing it was to see my favorite characters from the Spellbound series in this book! The romance in this book did stay in the slow-burn area for most of the book. There are definitely some hot moments between Saber and Zak. One of which was interrupted by my favorite bartender and mages. That scene will forever live in my heart. Hehe. Zak and Saber had a lot to work out in this book and I think that they did for the most part. With that ending, things between them weren't one-hundred percent clear but there is no doubt that there are strong emotions between them and that they would like to be together. I am really rooting for them in the next book. I have always loved their savage dance and with their history together it makes for a romance with all the feels. Overall, this book is a work of art! There were shocking moments folded into a plot that was masterfully crafted, memorable characters with dynamics that drove the story and practiced storytelling that roots the reader in the story and won't let them go. I will shout Annette Marie's books from the rooftop all day long. Her books are well-crafted, unique, and leave a lasting impression. BLOG FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM GOODREADS TIKTOK TWITTER BOOKBUB AMAZON PINTEREST

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marley

    No, no, no! How could Annette leave us hanging like that?! Omg what am I going to do now? That ending just messed me all up. I was not prepared! Lady of Shadows has been one of the best in the series. Annette’s stories seem to only get better and better but this one just got me. We finally find out what transpired 10 years ago and now Saber and Zak are up against Zak’s past. We finally learn the question that has always been asked since Zak was introduced… Is Lallakai friend or foe? I need the n No, no, no! How could Annette leave us hanging like that?! Omg what am I going to do now? That ending just messed me all up. I was not prepared! Lady of Shadows has been one of the best in the series. Annette’s stories seem to only get better and better but this one just got me. We finally find out what transpired 10 years ago and now Saber and Zak are up against Zak’s past. We finally learn the question that has always been asked since Zak was introduced… Is Lallakai friend or foe? I need the next so badly now. Can’t wait.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    I've enjoyed this series, but this book felt a little repetitive. However, I am glad that (view spoiler)[ Zak and Saber finally got everything out in the open (hide spoiler)] . THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH. Definitely curious to see where the next book goes. I've enjoyed this series, but this book felt a little repetitive. However, I am glad that (view spoiler)[ Zak and Saber finally got everything out in the open (hide spoiler)] . THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH. Definitely curious to see where the next book goes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    As usual, this is an action packed adventure that doesn't stop. We get a lot of answers in this one. There are flashback chapters from Zak's POV that show what happened in the lead up to their escape attempt ten years ago, and we find out how everything played out and what really happened. Most excitingly, (view spoiler)[ Saber gets her Druid name! (It's not really a spoiler since it's the name of the next book, but I don't want to ruin anything for anyone. (hide spoiler)] It ends brutally, whic As usual, this is an action packed adventure that doesn't stop. We get a lot of answers in this one. There are flashback chapters from Zak's POV that show what happened in the lead up to their escape attempt ten years ago, and we find out how everything played out and what really happened. Most excitingly, (view spoiler)[ Saber gets her Druid name! (It's not really a spoiler since it's the name of the next book, but I don't want to ruin anything for anyone. (hide spoiler)] It ends brutally, which I kinda figured it would, but at least we only we have to wait four months to see how that plays out. I genuinely love all the characters in here. Saber is such a jaded and prickly MC, but still loyal and brave and never turns her back on anyone. She finally meets her guild in this book too, so you know that going to be a lot of fun and violence right there. It's always fun to see old characters from the other series in this world through a different character's perceptions. There are some damn freaky monsters to fight, impossible magiks to conquer, and snarky fae animal sidekicks. Loved it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Lindsey Reads)

    “But you’re not murdering people these days, right?” My mind flashed over the past two weeks. “No.” He squinted at me. “Did you just hesitate?” “No.” “Pretty sure you did.” I just finished this book and have been seated at my computer for about 30 minutes now, trying to write this review and I’m… shell-shocked? How do I even word? That ending was BRUTAL and SHOCKING while also being foreshadowed so expertly so I should have seen it coming, but that’s the thing: I DIDN’T! I did not see this coming and “But you’re not murdering people these days, right?” My mind flashed over the past two weeks. “No.” He squinted at me. “Did you just hesitate?” “No.” “Pretty sure you did.” I just finished this book and have been seated at my computer for about 30 minutes now, trying to write this review and I’m… shell-shocked? How do I even word? That ending was BRUTAL and SHOCKING while also being foreshadowed so expertly so I should have seen it coming, but that’s the thing: I DIDN’T! I did not see this coming and it has thrown me off and all I can do is sit here, mutter incoherently, swear under my breath, shake my fist and glare at fictional characters and hope September 9th is here quickly. But also, try to put this maelstrom of emotions into a somewhat coherent review? Okay, okay, let’s back it up and give it a try. For starters, this was EPIC. The best installment in the Unveiled series so far (I think the finale will blow this one out of the water though) and maybe my favorite installment in the entire Guild Codex so far even? I know, I know, those are fighting words, but honestly, this was just SO, SO GOOD ON ALL LEVELS. It brings much-needed answers, it brings the character development and resolutions, it brings the pain and the hope, it brings the heart-pounding suspense, it brings the romantic tension… seriously, when I say this installment made me feel a maelstrom of emotions, I really mean like every single emotion out there. This is what I look for in books and stories. It was so, so good. From the very first page, it was obvious this was gonna be amazing because we start with a Zak POV flashback. That’s right, our favorite damn druid got the spotlight! And the fun (though pain may be a more accurate description) doesn’t stop there, because throughout the book we get multiple flashbacks from his POV as we slowly learn Zak’s view on the events of 10 years ago, the events that changed two kids’ lives forever. Is it everything we wanted? YES. But it’s still a sucker-punch and like I said, pain is pretty much the best way to describe everything we learn. But it’s also not all doom and gloom. Saber meets some beloved characters when she enters our beloved Guild and I chuckled so much in those few pages! (The loveable cactus scene… *chef’s kiss*). I hope we’ll get some epic team-ups in the finale because that would be…well… EPIC, but even if we don’t, I’m sure Saber and Ríkr will bring the icy retribution just as well. OMG, I love this duo so much. I can’t believe I didn’t like Saber at first, and it took me a while to appreciate her as a main character, but she definitely holds her own. Her character journey has been slow and painful, but so worth it. And I feel like this installment especially has been crucial to her healing. Also, Ríkr has been in my heart from the very start and I just keep loving him more and more with every book. Should I love a stabby, knife-wielding criminal and a morally gray fae with a knack for deception and manipulation this much? Probably not, but here we are. As with the other books, this installment is again very action-heavy and we dive pretty much head first into a new adventure as powerful fae have gone missing and Zak and Saber venture into the Shadow Court to find out what’s going on. What they find there is bone-chillingly eerie and tied to their past in brutal ways. Really, the suspense and tension are so high, it’s almost impossible to put this book down. I’d settle down and prepare for a one-sitting read, because you will quickly become unable to stop reading in your quest for answers! And then there’s the romance – this has been an excruciatingly slow burn (as it should be, given the complex and painful past of the two characters and the journey they both need to take as individuals before they’re ready for anything else) but this installment gave me everything I wanted, while also still leaving so much room for more. Yes, the slow burn has been excruciating, but only in the best ways, and this book DELIVERS. You will not be disappointed. Overall, I can only repeat myself: this was the most epic installment so far in the Unveiled series. It was a gripping, brutal, hopeful and shocking ride. Get ready for long-awaited truths, shocking revelations, painful discoveries and most of all… the long and excruciating wait until the finale on September 9th! 😉

  13. 4 out of 5

    Belles

    I just don’t enjoy these books as much as the Spellbound and Demonized series. I don’t like that these aren’t told from Zak’s perspective, I don’t like the main character-who is not Zak-because she’s mean and bitchy, and I don’t like the story the author is telling. I wish the author could scrap these three books and start completely over. Needless to say I won’t be continuing on with this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steffi au Penguinbooks

    The One and Only Crytal Druid: ☆☆☆☆.5 The Long-Forgotten Winter King: ☆☆☆☆.5 4 stars The things I enjoyed the most about this book: THE CROW AND HAMMER That absolut EVIL ending Furthermore, Annette Marie giving us again extreme good character development with Saber. Still, I cannot describe exactly what it is, but ... the plot felt kinda anticlimatic? I've just finished this book a few minutes ago, so I have to re-think this anticlimatic feeling I have right now. The One and Only Crytal Druid: ☆☆☆☆.5 The Long-Forgotten Winter King: ☆☆☆☆.5 4 stars The things I enjoyed the most about this book: THE CROW AND HAMMER That absolut EVIL ending Furthermore, Annette Marie giving us again extreme good character development with Saber. Still, I cannot describe exactly what it is, but ... the plot felt kinda anticlimatic? I've just finished this book a few minutes ago, so I have to re-think this anticlimatic feeling I have right now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lia Angelidou

    I hate how small these books are and I hate how much I love them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juju

    WHAT WHATTTTT ARE YOU KIDDING ME KQJWKQJW HOW CAN THE BOOK END LIKE THIS WHAT THE FUCKKKKKK

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    3.5 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow is the third book in the Unveiled series set in The Guild Codex world. While this series isn't my favorite series set in this world, I like seeing Saber grow throughout the series and learning more about druid and fae. It has plenty of action and well paced story. And there are some reveals and interesting developments in this one as well. This was another solid read in this series. After my strugg I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow is the third book in the Unveiled series set in The Guild Codex world. While this series isn't my favorite series set in this world, I like seeing Saber grow throughout the series and learning more about druid and fae. It has plenty of action and well paced story. And there are some reveals and interesting developments in this one as well. This was another solid read in this series. After my struggle with Saber in the first book the later books have been easier to get into now that Saber has grown into her own a bit more and overcame some of her struggles, although she still isn't my favorite main character. This book started a bit slow, but fit was interesting to see how this book has Saber meet some characters from one of the other series. Once Zak is back and asks for Saber's help the story really got started in my opinion. After that it follows the usual progression for this book where they encounter a deadly enemy that they have to overcome in one way or another. The pacing is quite similar to other books by this author, but I think that's mostly because I have read quite a few of them now. This book also has the usual twists and turns I expect from an Annette Marie book. I thought there well a few well placed ones and I liked seeing the story play out. I am not a fan of the twist at the end, but that's again my personal preference as it's not a plot point I really like. The big bad guy in this book was interesting the way it tied back to another plot point. I liked seeing how it all played out and especially seeing more of the fae, their courts and the way it all ties together. Saber really grows into her druid powers and I liked seeing her embrace that part of herself and becoming more comfortable with it. I also liked seeing more about Rikr. There also is a new fae we meet that helps Saber that I liked reading about. In this book we finally get the last missing pieces of what happened 10 years ago when Saber and Zak first met. And to be honest I thought it was a bit anti climactic. After all the build up and angst around it, I had just expected something more. I also thought it was a bit annoying how they couldn't have found a time before now to clear the air and discuss this, but that's one of my personal pet peeves when things like this drag on too long. I can appreciate how them knowing this now finally clear the air and opens the space for them to decide how they want to continue now. And whether they can build a relationship together now. I feel like they made some great strides toward really connecting in this book. To summarize: This was another solid book in this series. While I was on the fence about Saber in book 1 and while I never fully warmed up to her I enjoy following her story and seeing her develop throughout the series. I like seeing her deal with her past and coming to terms with her druid nature in this book. I thought the start was a bit slow, but besides that the story is again well paced with plenty of twists, turns and reveals. Some reveals and twists I could really appreciate and others less so. I thought the reveal of what happened 10 years ago was a bit anti climactic and I wish it had been cleared up earlier. I am also not a fan of the twist at the end, but again that's a personal preference as I am not a fan of those type of plot points. I liked seeing how the story played out, there is plenty of action and more we see of the fae and druid powers. I look forward to seeing how book 4 wraps up this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    Series Info/Source: This is the third book in The Guild Codex: Unveiled series. This series is part of the larger Codex Guild universe but stands alone fine. I borrowed a copy of this book through Kindle Unlimited. Thoughts: I have greatly enjoyed all the books in the The Guild Codex universe (with the exception of the Guile Codex: Warped which were just so-so). This has been one of my favorite sub-series. I absolutely love reading about Zak, and Saber is an awesome character as well. Where the l Series Info/Source: This is the third book in The Guild Codex: Unveiled series. This series is part of the larger Codex Guild universe but stands alone fine. I borrowed a copy of this book through Kindle Unlimited. Thoughts: I have greatly enjoyed all the books in the The Guild Codex universe (with the exception of the Guile Codex: Warped which were just so-so). This has been one of my favorite sub-series. I absolutely love reading about Zak, and Saber is an awesome character as well. Where the last book dealt with a lot of the issues from Saber’s past, this one deals more with Zak’s past. Some fae have gone missing and Zak is forced to confront one of the death fae who was linked with Zak’s old mentor, Bane. Zak will have to trust Saber and her new fae consort, The Lord of Winter, to help him with this confrontation. There was a lot I loved about this book. We finally get the full story of what really happened with Zak and Saber in the past. We also get to meet some new fae and watch as Saber embraces her druidic powers and learns to control them. There is a lot of action and a lot of awesome scenes between Zak and Saber. Additionally, we ended up at the Hammer and Crow for a bit as well and that was fun. I wasn’t crazy about the cliffhanger ending, but it was a pretty good place to stop the story at. I am dying to read the last book in this series though! My Summary (5/5): Overall I absolutely adored this book. I am a big Annette Marie fan and I am loving this series a ton. I love that we get to learn more about Zak’s and Saber’s pasts and love the druidic magic here. There are intriguing fae creatures, fast-paced action scenes, and some steamy scenes as well. It is a perfectly balanced story that makes for a quick and highly entertaining read. It was exactly what I needed after finishing a rather heavy epic fantasy previous to this book. I would recommend the whole Guild Codex universe to those who enjoy fun, fast-paced urban fantasy with some humor.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miki

    OH MY!!!!! Really it's a mystery how the series can stay as excellent and so , so well written even if i'm left in anguish this time. It's wonderful! Saber is coming to the crow and Hammer Guild and i was happy to see her meet the gang and of course Tori. It was funny to see how someone with magic and a difficult life like her would see the guild and it was hilarious. I loved also to see her work at the rescue and rescue a certain "stallion " However this is only the introduction the main story is OH MY!!!!! Really it's a mystery how the series can stay as excellent and so , so well written even if i'm left in anguish this time. It's wonderful! Saber is coming to the crow and Hammer Guild and i was happy to see her meet the gang and of course Tori. It was funny to see how someone with magic and a difficult life like her would see the guild and it was hilarious. I loved also to see her work at the rescue and rescue a certain "stallion " However this is only the introduction the main story is much more dark and tense. while Saber is trying to adjust Zak reappear to ask her help as some Fae Lallakai included have disapeared.....so it needs two druids to investigate...Wanting to learn about her past and because of what happened with Zak she can't refuse and they go into fae territories where they will meet more dangers and old ennemies.... I don't want to tell you more because i don't want to spoil anything just i disliked Lallakai not i absoluetly hate her^^;;. I loved that in this instalment we got two point of view and we get to learn about Zak past as he remember what happened when he met Saber it's great as we can compare the difference between what Saber saw and thought to his point of view. These past elements are important for the present and simply it was great to learn more about the characters. But this time the cliffhanger is big, really big so the wait will be harder ( but sure worth it). I recommend this series without a doubt

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Okay, this is getting good! I loved the appearances of some of the Crow & Hammer gang. And there's finally some good character development - as in Saber stops acting like stabbing is a perfectly good substitute for talking in every situation. And we get the full story of what happened ten years ago (with flashbacks from Zak's POV <3). Honestly, if we still hadn't learned the truth about that in this book, I would've been really frustrated. I can deal with books keeping information from me, but I Okay, this is getting good! I loved the appearances of some of the Crow & Hammer gang. And there's finally some good character development - as in Saber stops acting like stabbing is a perfectly good substitute for talking in every situation. And we get the full story of what happened ten years ago (with flashbacks from Zak's POV <3). Honestly, if we still hadn't learned the truth about that in this book, I would've been really frustrated. I can deal with books keeping information from me, but I don't have much patience for when the way that's done is by making the main character stick their head in the sand. But all that is finallly done, and while I was mostly looking forward to this one because of the Crow & Hammer teaser at the end of the last one, and was slowly but surely losing patience with Saber, after this one - especially with the cliffhanger ending - I'm now looking forward to #4 because I need to know how Saber and Zak's story ends. September, please get here already! (view spoiler)[I feel like this was a long time coming, but Lallakai finally crossed over from ambiguous character to actually evil. Can't wait to see her get her ass kicked. And I hope Tori gets to help a little. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    OMG! I just finished this book, and I am speechless. I was expecting just a tad bit more before the book ended, but no! The author broke my heart and then stomped on it by ending the book so darn abruptly. OK, well, enough of that. This is the third book in the Unveiled series (19 in the Guild Codex), and it doesn’t take long at all to be immersed in this one. Zak and Saber have to team up to find Lallakai, and they find more than they bargained for in the meantime including some ugliness from t OMG! I just finished this book, and I am speechless. I was expecting just a tad bit more before the book ended, but no! The author broke my heart and then stomped on it by ending the book so darn abruptly. OK, well, enough of that. This is the third book in the Unveiled series (19 in the Guild Codex), and it doesn’t take long at all to be immersed in this one. Zak and Saber have to team up to find Lallakai, and they find more than they bargained for in the meantime including some ugliness from the past. This is filled with the great writing, wonderful characters, fast action, and heart-pounding suspense you know to expect from this author. Now, I’m going to go pout in the corner after this major cliffhanger ending that left me crabby. Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lexy

    Annette does it again!!! I was on the edge of my seat! Annette is so good at putting emotions into her scenes and characters. We get more information on Zak’s past, which is great! I absolutely love Rikr. Saber has shown a lot of growth in this book. I tried to read it slow to thoroughly digest every little moment of it but once the action hit, I couldn’t stop myself from reading it in a day! I’ll be doing a re-read before the next book comes out of course. I can’t wait for the next one! Magnifi Annette does it again!!! I was on the edge of my seat! Annette is so good at putting emotions into her scenes and characters. We get more information on Zak’s past, which is great! I absolutely love Rikr. Saber has shown a lot of growth in this book. I tried to read it slow to thoroughly digest every little moment of it but once the action hit, I couldn’t stop myself from reading it in a day! I’ll be doing a re-read before the next book comes out of course. I can’t wait for the next one! Magnificent job, Annette!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Chillingworth

    This was good and was going to be 5 stars until the last couple of pages. I just felt the ending was silly and that it would have been anticipated. I also grow tired on the unnecessary angst with Saber and Zac. The minute you thing they've made a step forward there's suddenly something else to overcome. It just gets a bit tiresome. That being said, this is well written, well paced and with an engaging plot. I just wish it didn't annoy me as well. This was good and was going to be 5 stars until the last couple of pages. I just felt the ending was silly and that it would have been anticipated. I also grow tired on the unnecessary angst with Saber and Zac. The minute you thing they've made a step forward there's suddenly something else to overcome. It just gets a bit tiresome. That being said, this is well written, well paced and with an engaging plot. I just wish it didn't annoy me as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    herdys

    I can just say, what a damn cliffhanger!!! This one has been my fave, seeing old characters come back, and our OTP com to terms with their past. And I didn't see the ending coming, so that was great. Can't wait for the last book! I can just say, what a damn cliffhanger!!! This one has been my fave, seeing old characters come back, and our OTP com to terms with their past. And I didn't see the ending coming, so that was great. Can't wait for the last book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Martinez

    Much better than book 2! Love to see the character growth. I cannot wait for the conclusion because the way book 3 ended 😳 🤯 😮

  27. 5 out of 5

    ❤ Çandí ❤

    Wow what an ending!!! This book was such a wild ride and I can't wait for more. That ending was such a cliffhanger and I am so glad the next book is coming out so soon. Absolutely love this series. Wow what an ending!!! This book was such a wild ride and I can't wait for more. That ending was such a cliffhanger and I am so glad the next book is coming out so soon. Absolutely love this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kitlina

    *I have received and ARC of this book from the author, also I have bought this book when it came out, so super honest review here* Every time I read a book by Annette Marie it's a new and amazing experience. Very well thought out plot, characters that stay with you forever, incredible world building. This hit the mark perfectly and left me wanting for more. Although for some instances I would read through my fingers, like you would watch a horror movie and know what is going to happen but can't sto *I have received and ARC of this book from the author, also I have bought this book when it came out, so super honest review here* Every time I read a book by Annette Marie it's a new and amazing experience. Very well thought out plot, characters that stay with you forever, incredible world building. This hit the mark perfectly and left me wanting for more. Although for some instances I would read through my fingers, like you would watch a horror movie and know what is going to happen but can't stop watching nonetheless. I ship Zak and Saber very very much after this. And although the ending left me wanting to cut a B* itch I will of course inhale the next book. So to those of you who haven't heard of or read Annette Marie's books before, now you know, they are worth their weight in gold.

  29. 5 out of 5

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    The whole reveal as to why Zak did what he did 10 years ago felt so anticlimactic. Not looking to read the next book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Di

    ** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes were taken from the advanced readers copy and as such may not be accurate or present in the final version** After so many epic Guild Codex Universe books, and so many characters to know and love, I am still surprised and thrilled reading new books in this world because Annette just outdoes herself. Every. Single. Time. “But you’re not murdering people these days, right?” My mind fla ** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes were taken from the advanced readers copy and as such may not be accurate or present in the final version** After so many epic Guild Codex Universe books, and so many characters to know and love, I am still surprised and thrilled reading new books in this world because Annette just outdoes herself. Every. Single. Time. “But you’re not murdering people these days, right?” My mind flashed over the past two weeks. “No.” He squinted at me. “Did you just hesitate?” “No.” “Pretty sure you did.” It's no secret that I've always had a thing for Zak; even when it seemed as though hope may be lost for him, I was thrilled that AM was bringing him back for his own series. And with each successive book I marvel at just how wonderfully this series is doing him justice. I'm not going to bore you by gushing about the amazing world building (again), the incredibly immersive writing (again), the action sequences that come to life in your head as you are reading them (again), or the way that I manage to still be astounded with the plot reveals... I will spare you the details of how incredibly attached I get to all of these characters and how incredibly happy I get every time I get even the smallest cameo of a character from another series. What I absolutely HAVE to mention though is the sheer awesomeness of the character development that I have seen over the three Unveiled books so far from both Saber and Zak and how natural and organic this development and their relationship seems. ᴛʜᴇ ᴀɴɴᴇᴛᴛᴇ ᴍᴀʀɪᴇ ꜱʟᴏᴡ ʙᴜʀɴ™ is in absolute full force in this series and I am so THERE for it. Are they my favourite couple yet??? They just might be... But don't tell Piper and Ash I said that!!! “I’m comforting you, asshole,” I muttered. “Should I punch you instead?” Am I absolutely dying for the fourth book in the series? Yes, yes I am. I'm terrified for my babies and I'm also kicking myself for not seeing THAT ENDING coming. Unveiled has been an amazing addition to The Guild Codex Universe and I highly recommend it to anyone curious about this world at all, to anyone who loves Urban Fantasy, dark and twisted plots, characters with complex back stories and who are unapologetically morally grey. “Fret not , dove. One doesn’t live as long as I have without a measure of deviousness.”

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