Shadow of the Coalition

The Two Towers Dystopian Science Fiction Romance series

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
318 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2016
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Author Biography

Jamie A. Waters is an award-winning, science-fiction and paranormal romance writer. Her first novel, "The Two Towers", was a winner of the Readers' Favorite Award in Science-Fiction Romance and the CIPA EVVY Award in Science-Fiction. The highly anticipated second book in the series, "Shadow of the Coalition", is now available from MuseItUp Publishing at most major retailers.

Jamie currently resides in North Carolina with her teenage son and two neurotic dogs who enjoy stealing socks. When she's not pursuing her passion of writing, she's usually trying to learn new and interesting random things (like how to pick locks or use the self-cleaning feature of the oven without setting off the fire alarm). In her downtime, she enjoys reading on her Kindle, playing computer games, painting, or acting as a referee between the dragons and fairies currently at war inside her closet.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite

Shadow of the Coalition: The Two Towers Dystopian Science Fiction Romance series by Jamie A. Waters features headstrong Kayla, a ruin rat with ties to the tower and emerging abilities that make her a valuable commodity. As she struggles to manage both her love life and her relationships with conflicting factions, she must also learn to safely control those abilities that threaten her safety and the safety of everyone she knows.

Kayla is the gemstone around which Shadow of the Coalition is built. She is strong, hot-headed, and determined to maintain her own identity in the face of so many people urging her to become someone else. She has a great sense of humor and just enough softness to make her likeable. She is the perfect counterpart to both Carl and Alec, even though the two men are nothing alike; however, I think I enjoyed her interactions with the villains the most. The dystopian world built by Waters is easy to picture and vital to the story, but the world is not the focus of the story — the people are — and the author doesn’t waste excessive detail on epic world building.

Jamie A. Waters does a fabulous job of developing Shadow of the Coalition into an entertaining story with dynamic characters and a suspense-filled plot. While this is the second book of the series, Waters seamlessly drops the reader into the plot without feeling like something is missing, and once immersed in Kayla’s world, watch out. The combination of action, romance, and drama kept me reading from start to finish.

Kim Anisi

Shadow of the Coalition is the second novel in The Two Towers Dystopian Science Fiction Romance series by Jamie A. Waters. The mix of science fiction, dystopia, and romance takes readers back into the world of Kayla, once a ruin rat who simply tried to survive, now a sought after holder of a power that has not been seen in a long time. If that was not challenging enough, Kayla has to deal with the fact that there are two important men in her life: one she loves deeply and chose to be with, and the other she is betrothed to, and bound to by an energy that overshadows everything in its glory. Will that energy be her downfall, or can she use it to save the people she cares about?

Shadow of the Coalition by Jamie A. Waters throws readers right back to where we left the characters after book 1 (more or less). I would recommend starting with book 1, as it can otherwise become a bit confusing, and you won't have the same kind of connection with the characters. I enjoyed reading more about Kayla and her friends, and there were enough twists that kept me glued to the pages - it wasn't predictable. Kayla didn't always make the decisions I would have liked her to make, but then that also kept me interested in the story. The writing is lovely. I am sure we have not seen the last of Kayla and her friends, and I hope the next book will also do her justice.

Rabia Tanveer

Shadow of the Coalition: The Two Towers Dystopian Science Fiction Romance series by Jamie A. Waters is the continuation of The Two Towers. Kayla and Carl have been on the surface for a month now. Since Kayla helped to get control of the towers into the hands of those who want the best for the people, she has conflicted emotions. Although she loves Carl, she cannot help but acknowledge her attraction to Alec.

Alec is no ordinary man; he is the new co-leader of the High Council. They have a special bond and, try as she might, she cannot ignore it. On top of it all, she is still learning her new found abilities. She is still becoming acquainted with herself. And there is another force that is targeting OmniLab consistently. Plus, a lot of strange things are happening on the surface. It seems as if someone wants to destroy the fragile balance of the towers and the peace of its people. Can Carl and Kayla solve the mystery before it is too late? Or will the people behind it succeed?

Despite the fact that I have not read the first novel in the series, this sequel has fully gained my attention. I will definitely read the first novel because now I am curious. I loved the chemistry between Kayla and Carl. They were a cool team; they were like two geeks and nerds falling in love and living together. I can imagine their kids wreaking havoc and mischief with their intelligence. This is all I am going to say about the romantic elements of the novel. I loved the mystery; I loved the fact that I had to unravel it myself along with the main characters. The plot development was on point and the characters were intense, just like the story. This is certainly a splendid series to follow.