The Shadow Aspect (The Harvesting Series Book 3) : The Harvesting

  • by Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by Kristin James
  • Series: The Harvesting
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Layla took the final step through the labyrinth, she thought she was saving the ones she loved.
She couldn't have been more wrong.
Layla and the other survivors now find themselves caught in a war for our world, the unwitting victims of a grudge seething for eons. Surviving the zombie apocalypse has become the least of their worries as they come up against vampires, shapeshifters, and fae. When she uncovers an unspeakable horror, whom can Layla trust? The carnie girl? The doctor searching for a cure? The tarot reader? The stranger with alluring gold eyes? Or the man she loves?
The wrong choice could doom them all.
When the world burns, mankind's shadow side rises. Do we deserve to survive?


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This starts off right where The Harvesting ended, so we are quickly brought back into Layla's world. Layla, along with the survivours of the island, thought they were finding safety but have ended up smack bang in the middle of a hoard of zombies. An intense scene follows but Layla and most of her group are found by Cricket and Tristan (whom we met in Midway). The are brought to a sanctuary where strong magic is helping to shield them. Will this be enough to hide them and keep them safe from the zombies, vampires and bad shifters?

Holy batman!! This was one heck of a ride, filled with action, adventure, and plenty of things happening that kept my attention throughout. The author has created a world that is impressive and captivating. She weaves a tale of, not only zombies, but a battle that has been raging for decades. One where mankinds very existence is on the edge. I loved her take on how and why the virus came to be. The world is one that I loved and adored!

The characters were once again well written and developed. Each one was genuine and authentic. They were easy to like and I loved everyone of them as they are so varied and surprising.

The plot was amazing too. Layla and Cricket come together and have to deal with Zombies, Vampires, Fairies and a crazy ass doctor who thinks she can find the antidote by injecting some unsuspecting people. It's an action packed, addicting and thrilling series and one I can't recommend enough. Amazing!!

Once again, Kristin James nailed the narration. She really knows these characters and understands the world. Loved her narration.

*I received a free copy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

a whisper of fantasy in dark zombie fiction

Another strong installment in Karsak's The Harvesting zombie series. I've had the pleasure to read the accompanying novellas as well as the books, so that's how I can say that about book supposedly #2. As usual, Karsak writes deftly and smoothly, with good dimensional characters that speak and act like real people - and she puts those poor souls in so much danger! She's not above killing off a character. It IS a zombie series, after all.

This book starts immediately where The Harvesting left off, so I had to go back and re-read my review to catch up with who was who. The book starts right into peril and action, so I feel jealous of those that come to the series able to read straight from Book 1 to Book 2 as they won't lose the emotional ties to the characters as I did over the wait for this book. Layla is there and fiercely protecting her band of survivors. They are offered shelter, but are leery of help and unsure who to trust. Cricket and Tristan are here (from the novella Midway). More magic is revealed, and the zombies are not as simple as we thought at first. Karsak doles out the hints and foreshadowing deftly, edges the to high tension with the zombie fighting and mistrust, and then knows when to relieve the tension with a bit of sweet romance or childhood innocence. I love the bit of fantasy that she weaves into this series that is elevating it from just a zombie survival tale into something richer and far more interesting.

Sadly, this book ends on another cliffhanger... off to the novella Witch Wood, then to wait for the final book in the Harvesting series!

NOTE: This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Gypsyjolie "audiobook addict"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-28-2015
  • Publisher: Clockpunk Press