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The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith is the first in a new steampunk urban fantasy series featuring a hero with some crazy awesome magic, a heroine who isn’t afraid to kick ass, and some really darn creepy bad guys making really creepy monsters! The narration is excellent so if you are looking for your next fun audiobook, I definitely recommend The Shadow Revolution. Also if you hate waiting for sequels, give this series a try because it is on a rapid release schedule so you won’t have to wait!

Note: I received an audiobook copy of The Shadow Revolution from the publisher. Listening to a book significantly changes my reading experience.

The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith Audiobook {4 Stars}

The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith
(Crown & Key #1)
Published by Del Rey on June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

4 Stars


  • The magic in The Shadow Revolution is pretty darn cool. Simon is a scribe and his magic is controlled by him writing runes, but he has come up with clever ways to be much more efficient when he needs to be ;-). Kate seems to have a particular knack for clever potions, which she has also figured out how to use efficiently in, say, battle :D.
  • Kate is such a great heroine. She lives alone with no need for a man to run the household. She studies potions and is fiercely loyal. She has house staff that have no problem with how she’s decided to live her life. She does not immediately swoon when a manly man comes on the scene ;-). I think I’m really going to like her in this series!
  • The Shadow Revolution also has a lot of secondary characters to love. I can’t decide if I like the crazed arms inventor, the Scottish supernatural hunter, or Kate’s butler the most; choices, choices, haha.
  • I must admit that The Shadow Revolution pushed the edge of goriness that I can tolerate, however it was all completely realistic and appropriate to the villain of the story. Just be prepared for some squeamish scenes *shivers*.
  • The narration for The Shadow Revolution was really excellent. He pulls off female voices quite well, gives everyone the appropriate accents, and makes all the characters sound unique.
  • Right at the end of The Shadow Revolution, the series plot is set up from the looks of it and wow does it look epic. I can’t wait to see how things develop!


  • If you couldn’t tell from the level of gore, The Shadow Revolution is a bit darker than your typical urban fantasy, definitely skirting the edge of horror *hides*.
  • While I loved the magic, there were times when it seemed rather overpowered. Is there anything this guy can’t do???


The Shadow Revolution is a great start to a thrilling new series for those who enjoy steampunk with magic and mystery! If you are looking for an audiobook to keep you entertained, The Shadow Revolution is an excellent choice :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. Anya, I am SO excited for the rest to come out soon. I felt a bit detached from the characters, but hopefully, the sequels will help with this. The next one NEEDS more Malcolm! Kate was awesome, but Penny was my gal!
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  2. I loved this series! Was kinda sad to see it end, though it did end in a good place. Simon is my favorite, and he doesn’t remain so totally all-powerful. The third book has a huge chunk where he doesn’t use magic at all. I also love Charlotte and Penny.

    The gore was right there on the edge for me as well, and if it hadn’t fit in so well it would have bothered me more. So glad to see you liked this one!
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    • Yey, that’s so exciting! I just grabbed the audiobook of the second so I’ll have to continue soon :D

  3. I am so undecided about this book that it’s crazy! At first I thought this was going to be erotica (or at least, borderline) because it’s so difficult to find steampunk that’s not and still directed at adults. And because the ‘people that read this also read’ list over at Goodreads is almost entirely populated with romance novels. Now though… I think I’m going to give it a pass because gore usually doesn’t work for me. (Let’s just say that The Lies of Locke Lamora was too much for me and left me feeling squeamish.) Thanks so much for this review!
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  4. You know not my type of book (oh how I wish I loved steampunk) but I do dig that cover in a big big way :)
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    • Hehe, I hear ya. I have found that just the right steampunk and mood works for me, but I am quite picky with them!

  5. I have never heard of this book before, but I instantly thought I’d seen it somewhere before. Both in title and cover it bears a stricking resemblance to Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork series. I am happy that the audiobook worked for you, I love a great audiobook that makes mundane tasks more fun.
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