Review: Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton

Posted March 18, 2013 in Review / 3 Comments

Shadows in the Silence

Series: Angelfire #3
by Courtney Allison Moulton
Published by HarperCollins, Katherine Tegen on January 29,2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 469

Shadows in the SilenceShadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3)
By Courtney Allison Moulton
Published January 29th, 2013
Katherine Tegen Books
469 Pages
Young Adult | Urban Fantasy








About the book (from Goodreads):


Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:


She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.


She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.


And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.


In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.


Michigan is lucky to have so many great authors living in our state.  Courtney Allison Moulton is one such author who doesn’t live too far from me.   I’ve met her at several book signings in the Lansing, MI area.  You’ll hear bloggers and general author stalkers talk about their favorite authors and how great they are and just fawn all over them.  Yes, I’m an author stalker, too.  But I will briefly remove my “squirrely, geeky, author stalker” chip from my brain and tell you that Courtney Moulton is genuinely a very sincere, polite, too freaking happy for her own good, her brain’s too stuffed with knowledge, super nice person.  I could talk to her for hours about anything and she just might let me.

Why am I bragging about this (because, really, any blogger who tells you this stuff about an author they know is lying to themselves if they said they weren’t bragging a little, or it could just be me)?  Because I want to also tell you that I’m going to give you my best attempt at an unbiased review.  Is that even possible at this point?  Discuss amongst yourselves…

With Shadows in the Silence, we’ve now come to the last book in her Angelfire trilogy.  Having ended the previous book, Wings of the Wicked, on a major cliffhanger, Ellie has her work cut out for her from page one.  I absolutely LOVE when books start off running from the blocks!  No taking a breather when you read this one.  Shadows in the Silence is completely non-stop plot action from the first page.  Honestly, this series got better with each book, the finale being the absolute best one.

Setting / World Building

Ms. Moulton has referred to this book as her “Indiana Jones” book.  Remember when I said that the story starts off with Ellie having to deal with the cliffhanger from book two?  That little “problem” takes her from downtown Detroit to parts out west in the United States.  After that,  Ellie and her gang have to travel the world to gather supplies/weapons to stop the beginning of the End of Days (*insert ominous music here*).

What I have to give props to Ms. Moulton on is her setting for the final battle scene.  Now, we’re talking end of days stuff, here folks.  So you’re probably going to look to the predictions in the Bible on how it’s all going to go down.  If any of you have studied the book of Revelations in the Bible, you know how the whole mess is going to go down and where.  Ms. Moulton did a great job of pulling cities, countries, and basic history in the region and used it in the story!  It’s been a while since I studied Revelations but I think she kept it accurate!!

Story / Tempo

The last half of the book is non-stop, hold on tight, you won’t believe what happens all the way to the end.  Absolutely nothing is held back and I can honestly say I can’t believe that Ms. Moulton did what she did in her story.  I can’t tell you what specifically she did.  But NOTHING WAS HELD BACK, all the way to the very last words!  I actually bawled my eyes out!  Great for when you need your sinuses cleared (ewww, did she really say that?).  Best last sentence of a book that I can remember!!!

As far as the young adult genre goes, it’s sometimes hard for parents to always “scan” books for appropriateness for their kids.  I will say this: there is mature subject matter (sex) and violence in this book (battles with lots of blood).  This one isn’t for the very young adults.  I do commend Ms. Moulton for the handling of the love/sex scenes – absolutely everything is alluded to.  Nothing is graphic.  As a parent, thanks!  As an adult reader of YA, oh my…


I’m stymied; I don’t even know where to start.  Ellie and Will.  Will.  Cadan.  Will….

Seriously, what I like about Ms. Moulton’s storytelling is that she uses characters to illustrate and tell the story.  Especially in Shadows, Ms. Moulton doesn’t rely on the narrator (Ellie) to just narrate her way through the story in her head.  Ellie is constantly running into new characters that help illustrate the story through their interactions.  I liked Ronan, the reaper we meet in the nightclub, the wildcard known as Ethan Stone, and Evangeline, Will’s mother.   All were great examples of shortlived characters that were used to carry the plot along.

But when it all comes down to it, this final book in the trilogy was a heart-wrenching thrill ride for me.  I loved watching Cadan grow and prove his worthiness both to everyone and to himself.  Ellie and Will had to make some tough decisions and it lead up to an ending I did not expect at all but was totally worth it!!!

My advice, make sure you have a full box of Kleenex handy.  You’ll need every last one of them.


courtneyAbout the author:

Moulton wrote her first novel when she was sixteen after writing a one-act play for her creative writing class. In 2008, she wrote Angelfire for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a program that encourages amateurs to write a novel in a month. She sold the rights for the trilogy to Katherine Tegen Books in November 2009.

Moulton lives in Michigan, where she indulges in her two other passions: photography and horses. Her lifelong interests include supernatural stories, dead languages and ancient mythology. She was born in 1986 in Austin, Texas, and after several moves her family settled in Michigan. She read Goosebumps in third grade and decided she wanted to be an author like R.L. Stine.

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Other books in the series:

angelfirewings of the wickedA Dance With Darkness









About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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