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Thursday 26 March 2015

Review: The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3)

Grieving, shaken and feeling very much alone, Rory’s life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It’s only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death.

Maureen Johnson’s The Shadow Cabinet is the thrilling third instalment to the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series- Shades of London.  Picking up from where book two ended, Rory gets back to work. Charlotte must be found.

As the team begins the search for Stephen’s ghost and Charlotte, they find these two happenings intersect with the mysterious and otherworldly cult leaders Sid and Sadie, ultimately leading to a ghostly battle to save London.   The Shadow Cabinet holds the key to everything, and it is up to Rory to unravel its mysteries before time runs out.

Johnson cleverly keeps the pace of the story, while developing the relationships between Rory, Stephen and the rest of the team, as well as tying the various plot threads into an enjoyable read for young adults and series fans. The Shadow Cabinet is a recommended read in the series, rather than a stand-alone novel, which offers enough loose ends to leave us looking forward to the final instalment.

Title: The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Hot Key Books, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 February 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471401800
For ages: 12-16
Type: Young Adult Fiction