Shadow Wings by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare

Shadow Wings

by Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare


Book 2 in the Darkest Drae trilogy

I will never be controlled again.

A manipulative dragon shifter. A sexy phaetyn prince. Me? I shouldn’t even exist.

With peace established in Verald, I should be free; Lord Tyrrik is liberated from his blood oath, after all. But the freedom in Verald is an illusion. If I remain, destruction will surely follow.

As soon as I come into my powers, the blood-thirsty emperor of Draecon will know. Even now, he is hunting me.

When a Phaetyn prince arrives promising safety, the solution seems perfect. A little too perfect. But is the objective of our group security or something more? Because everyone is telling me what my goals should be.

Who do you trust when everyone has lied to you?

Should I listen with my head – or my heart?

I might not get a choice.



Violence Upper Young Adult Intriguing

High Fantasy


Shadow Wings is the second book in the Darkest Drae Trilogy, and is co-written by Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare. It centers around eighteen year old Ryn, who has just been liberated from captivity with the deceased king, and has found out she is not only Phaetyn, but is also a Drae, the first ever in history, and will be coming into her Drae powers on her birthday. Along with this, she is suffering from a broken heart after finding out the man she loved was really Lord Tyrrik in disguise, AND being dragged into a war against the emperor that she really doesn't want to be in. But she may not have a choice.

Noooo! It's happened again! I'm starting to find that more often than not, the second book in a trilogy tends to get .... weird. Which is how I describe this book. I really enjoyed the first book. This one ... I didn't hate it. I didn't love it, though. It was just not as thrilling as the first book. Ryn drove me crazy (and NOT because she was having trouble with trusting Tyrrik, but because she was absolutely all over the place with her emotions and thoughts), and the love triangle was flat. The political plot was chaotic. It was just ... a lot. There was a lot that happens, but at the same time, it was boring. The last few chapters is where I started to get truly interested, and that is sad, considering it was the end of the book.

Will I continue with the third book? Yes. I'm invested now. I do find the plot interesting, and most of the characters are cool. And now that Ryn has come to accept certain things about her nature, I'm hoping to see some growth in her chapter in the final book.