4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Bren Warring is drawn back into the mystery surrounding the death of her father, with the discovery of a new lead in Nimkoruguithu. Bren hopes that all she will have to do after getting a shot at a new life on Aethscaul Island is to crack another code, but it soon becomes apparent that there is far more at stake than finding the last binder full of secrets from her father.

Trust becomes a treacherous asset when a crippling betrayal almost costs Bren her life, and friends become suspects as the fight to bring down the Coventry shifts from the jungle of the Colonies to the glittering ballrooms of high society on the continent of the Altyran Alliance.

Bren must learn in all this just how far she is willing to go to finish what her father began and how much of herself she is willing to sacrifice.

In this spectacular second installment of the Shadows Rising Trilogy, the tale begins, and it only gets deeper. Set against a backdrop of opulence and extravagance, Pennymaker unleashes on-stop action and edge-of-your-seat storytelling, while exploring the darkest places human nature can go.