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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
They are the realm's last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they're going to need a lot more silver.
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.
After a lycanthrope targets Kate's vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane - but quickly discover they're dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.
©2015 Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith (P)2015 Random House Audio
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1 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-09-15

Blah

What would have made The Shadow Revolution better?

A plot or what's called a "story line" would have made this book better.

Would you ever listen to anything by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith again?

Probably not, at least not for a while.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith?

Sure, the reader wan't bad.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

...lots of action. The book sort of jumps from action scene to action scene. If that's what your looking for this would work I guess. That said I like a lot of action but it needs a story..some kind of context.

Any additional comments?

Blah.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Alison on 06-01-16

plot is overrated anyway, who needs one?

Where to start with this book? First of all, it's a book that decided to be a Victorian steam punk set in Regency England as though the two eras are completely interchangeable. But that's a historian's criticism, if you don't immediately know the difference between those two eras, don't worry, there are plenty of other problems with the book for you!

The book doesn't so much have a plot as a series of fight scenes loosely connected by a series of improbable events. Pretty much the entire second half of the book is one big 48 hour long stretch of fights. Tons of action might be good enough to get some authors by, but it just doesn't work in this instance. There's tons of plot holes, big ones and small ones. Most of the descriptions of people and action are just strings of cliches. There's plenty of 'flashing' eyes and whatnot. Nothing overly original.

The summary likens this to the Iron Druid chronicles, and while that seems like an unlikely comparison, it actually has lots of similarities (unfortunately not Iron Druid's charming wit and moderately skilled although also flawed plot). Both are far more concerned with showing their hero's vast and overpowering magical skills against a variety of enemies than in a coherent let alone complicated plot. Both feature a tattooed hero whose supposedly limited power doesn't stop him from defeating enemies left right and center. Both have an Irish wolf hound with a stupid name.

Moral of the story, I suppose if you're looking for a really easy listen to give your brain a rest from something more strenuous, then go ahead. Otherwise, go elsewhere. If you're interested in decent steam punk try "The Affinity Bridge" by George Mann. If you're looking for hard core steam punk try "The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack" by Mark Hodder

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1 out of 5 stars
By Benny butthead on 07-08-16

sibilant narrator

Certainly no James Marsters.
I had to turn it off after 10mins. Sibilant ssss sssssssssssssssssssssss.

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