Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: The Creeping Shadow

23922381 The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them--and only them--to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . . .

Review: I...I feel totally unprepared for book 5. Reading this only strengthened my fears of what might happen in the next book. and I'm so not ready to say goodbye. That said, I loved this installment of the Lockwood & Co. series, and loved listening to it on audio. This one focuses slightly more on Lucy, much like the first, but for a very different reason. Whereas in the first book Lucy had just met Lockwood and George, in this one she has recently left them after a ghost reveals a terrifying future for one of them, which places Lucy as the cause.

Against her better judgment, she does see Lockwood again, and we get to learn more about the Problem, as well as some key players in other agencies. While I am not ready for this series to end, after the cliffhanger in this book, I am anxious to read on! I want to know how things end, perhaps more so than I'm afraid of the end, and so I look forward to listening to the last book in this series soon! (I bought it on Audible as soon as it came out, but have been putting off these last two books because I want the series to go on forever. That said I plan to reread them, or rather listen to them again this year, so my review might change slightly in the future.)

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