“Fyre.Katz said: ★★★★★
I have read the first two, but this one was right down with the darkness. The Shadow Grail is about Merlin and Mordred's battle. Which hasn't ended yet, their knights and warriors are reborn and waiting for the battle where either good or evil will win. Spirit and her friends must figure out what Mordred and his followers want. I enjoy Mercedes writing and characters. They are always bright and beautiful with attitude and this book doesn't let me down at all. There are some sad times, some crazy times, and a bit of romance in the air. I will be hungryly waiting for book 4 to be written and released.
annapi said: 2 out of 5 stars
Blech. Follows in the same vein as book 2, which was cliche, campy & corny. Add crappy. I thought this was the last book so I skimmed through it just to find out how the series ends, and was frustrated to realize there's more to come. We are treated to a whole book of Spirit's misery, fear & tension as they give the reader dribs and drabs of a pretty obvious revelation of characters being reincarnations of Arthurian legends, and also build to a climax of another showdown with Mordred's Shadow Knights. Every now and then they throw in magic battles, with our heroes throwing their power around just to make it interesting but without really contributing much to the storyline. Add a lukewarm, almost non-existent romance just for the heck of it, and the drama in the end of the deaths of characters which the title gives a hint at.
It is just BORING. The authors are milking this for all it's worth - which is very little as it has no substance whatsoever. The story can be better told in half the words. Mercedes Lackey is an excellent writer but when she teams up with others I'm not impressed, and Rosemary Edgehill is probably the worst of her collaborations. What makes this worse is the impression I get that because it's for a young adult audience, they seem to presume a lack of intelligence on the reader's part and so fill it with inconsistencies in both plot and character. The reason it gets 2 stars instead of one is that I was able to finish it, and (fool that I am) I probably will slog through the rest of the books in the series just because I want to find out how this disaster ends. Easy enough to do, as the lack of substance makes it easy to skim.”