Ever since I read my first book in the Diviner’s Game series I was completely hooked on the world Jennifer Cody had created. When the Shattered Pawns series began I couldn’t have read them quickly enough, each book is partly written in the same timeline but adds so much information with each book and each new couple. After reading Promote (book 3), I knew that book 4 was going to get seriously crazy before it all made sense and that somehow she would work out how they could win the unwinnable war that they have all been working towards winning. None more so than Slean and Den whose story Shah Mat finally gets to tell and wow, I have to say I was not disappointed. As always I am in awe of how Jennifer Cody’s mind works, I can only hope she keeps on creating.
This isn’t a book you can pick up and understand without having read the previous 3 in this series (personally I’d recommend you also read the Diviner’s Game series too as you will meet many of the characters), you really do need all of the contexts from those books to understand what is going on in Shah Mat.
The first 3rd of the book is madness that slowly becomes completely clear as you keep reading. I already knew that Slean was mad, I just had no idea that Den was mad too, but it all made sense when it all made sense (now I sound like Slean and Den). Jennifer puts her characters, all of them, through some extremely terrible and trying situations, but I rode along with them, with my heart in my throat at times, knowing that there would be a HEA at the end of the journey.
I love the relationship between Slean & Den and I loved the relationship between Monet and Qis in the previous book, but I really loved the relationship that they eventually create between all of them, I knew it was coming and have been anticipating it for months.
I hope we get at least one more series set in this world, but I have no idea where Jennifer could take us after the ride that has been Shattered Pawns.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a digital copy in return for an honest review.
To read my reviews on the other books in the series
Capture (book 2) Shattered Pawns
Promote (book3) Shattered Pawns
Check out The Diviner’s Games Series
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