Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world — a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
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The story picks up three months after the happenings of Nevermore. Isobel is struggling to adjust to a world without Varen, desperately searching for a way to get him back. He was left in a world that is full of deepest and darkest nightmares, created by Edgar Allan Poe himself. Isobel knows what goes on in that world, but who will believe her? Plagued by visions and dreams she can’t explain, she fights to stay normal. She is determined to save Varen and for that she needs to go to Baltimore on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday and meet the masked “Poe Toaster.” Gwen, her best friend and the only person who knows what happened, helps her and together they work at getting Varen out of that place and keeping Isobel sane.
I really enjoyed Nevermore when I read it and I was looking forward to Enshadowed for sure. However, it has been far too long since I’ve read Nevermore so I had a little bit of trouble getting into this one. I couldn’t remember some of the details and happenings in book one so it took me some time to actually figure out what was happening. Kelly is so good at her descriptions, and she gives so much of them that sometimes I was getting lost. She creates her world so intensely that sometimes it overpowers your senses and you don’t know what’s going on.
Overall, I enjoyed Enshadowed in that it was a great book two in the story. I was enjoyed watching Isobel grow as an individual, adjusting to her life without Varen. Kelly explored Isobel as an individual character in the way that portrayed her well. What I missed about this book is Varen. I really loved the dynamic between Isobel and Varen and book one and this book had pretty much nothing. It was so focused on Isobel that I felt like the book missed the whole reason behind Isobel’s actions. I think I would’ve like a little more reminder on why Isobel was doing what she was doing.
If you enjoy Edgar Allan Poe and if you love stories that keep your mind working, Enshadowed is a book for you! It comes out August 28th!!! Can’t wait to hear what you think!