Shadow Days tells the prequel story of Shay's days leading up to his first encounter with Calla at the beginning of Nightshade. This novella was a terrific addition to the Nightshade world, giving readers the chance to get to know Shay firsthand. He is an incredibly realistic character, beautifully written in a balanced and believable way. Shay is, at heart, just a typical teenage guy. He has typical teenage guy thoughts, but he tries his best to be decent - which is incredibly endearing. The way this novella collides with the reality of the Nightshade promo further brings Shay to life and makes the reader feel like they might meet him walking down the street. Shadow Days maintains the intelligent references that were such a great addition to Nightshade, and the allusions to the longer novel are a playful wink at anyone who's already read the book. Andrea Cremer deepens the mystery surrounding Shay's uncle and the Rowan Estate, while simultaneously clarifying Shay's own personality. The novella maintains and even intensifies the spooky atmosphere that pervades Nightshade and serves as a great segue into the novel. While this novella was clearly written for the promo, the beautiful descriptions and added character depth it presents are enjoyable and fascinating - a great way to stay in the Nightshade world while awaiting the sequel, Wolfsbane.
Shadow Days is available to read online!
You can also read my interview with Andrea Cremer!