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When a shadow wizard with a dark past uncovers a supernatural conspiracy, he'll stop at nothing to get revenge on the Fae who enslaved him! I go by Crowley, no last name. The Fae took that from me when they tore me from my crib and turned me into a creature of blood and shadow. My kidnappers raised me, taught me magic, and made me their Hound. For years I served them, vent When a shadow wizard with a dark past uncovers a supernatural conspiracy, he'll stop at nothing to get revenge on the Fae who enslaved him! I go by Crowley, no last name. The Fae took that from me when they tore me from my crib and turned me into a creature of blood and shadow. My kidnappers raised me, taught me magic, and made me their Hound. For years I served them, venturing out from Underhill to do their bidding, stealing magical artifacts, hunting down their enemies, and spying on humankind. But a cur can only be brought to heel for so long. I've broken my chains by betraying my adoptive mother, the powerful sorceress Fuamnach. Since then her assassins have been hunting me, and if I'm captured I'll be taken back to Underhill to face a crueler fate than death. So, I spend my days in my tower, conducting magical experiments to help me control the dark entity that Fuamnach grafted onto my soul. As for my nights, they’re spent capturing the deadliest of supernatural creatures. I must have ingredients for my research, after all. Now, one of those creatures claims he witnessed my abduction. Yet, the supernatural races are a treacherous lot, and there’s little to convince me he’s telling the truth. But if there’s even a remote chance that my family is alive and well… I’ll cut a swathe of destruction through an army of Fae, if it means gaining back a piece of the humanity they stole from me. My name is Crowley, and if I can’t have my life back, then vengeance will have to do.


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When a shadow wizard with a dark past uncovers a supernatural conspiracy, he'll stop at nothing to get revenge on the Fae who enslaved him! I go by Crowley, no last name. The Fae took that from me when they tore me from my crib and turned me into a creature of blood and shadow. My kidnappers raised me, taught me magic, and made me their Hound. For years I served them, vent When a shadow wizard with a dark past uncovers a supernatural conspiracy, he'll stop at nothing to get revenge on the Fae who enslaved him! I go by Crowley, no last name. The Fae took that from me when they tore me from my crib and turned me into a creature of blood and shadow. My kidnappers raised me, taught me magic, and made me their Hound. For years I served them, venturing out from Underhill to do their bidding, stealing magical artifacts, hunting down their enemies, and spying on humankind. But a cur can only be brought to heel for so long. I've broken my chains by betraying my adoptive mother, the powerful sorceress Fuamnach. Since then her assassins have been hunting me, and if I'm captured I'll be taken back to Underhill to face a crueler fate than death. So, I spend my days in my tower, conducting magical experiments to help me control the dark entity that Fuamnach grafted onto my soul. As for my nights, they’re spent capturing the deadliest of supernatural creatures. I must have ingredients for my research, after all. Now, one of those creatures claims he witnessed my abduction. Yet, the supernatural races are a treacherous lot, and there’s little to convince me he’s telling the truth. But if there’s even a remote chance that my family is alive and well… I’ll cut a swathe of destruction through an army of Fae, if it means gaining back a piece of the humanity they stole from me. My name is Crowley, and if I can’t have my life back, then vengeance will have to do.

30 review for Shade Cursed: A Druidverse Urban Fantasy Novel (The Shadow Changeling Series Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    As a baby, Crowley was abducted by the fae, a changeling taken to Underhill and given to the powerful sorceress Fuamnach to raise and train. Now a powerful shadow mage, he has escaped the fae and, despite being on the run from Fuamnach, has settled in Austin, Texas, from where he occasionally aids the druid, Colin McCool, at the behest of his ex-lover, Belladonna. When he stumbles upon a plot that may be related to his own abduction, Crowley has to investigate, even though doing so may put him b As a baby, Crowley was abducted by the fae, a changeling taken to Underhill and given to the powerful sorceress Fuamnach to raise and train. Now a powerful shadow mage, he has escaped the fae and, despite being on the run from Fuamnach, has settled in Austin, Texas, from where he occasionally aids the druid, Colin McCool, at the behest of his ex-lover, Belladonna. When he stumbles upon a plot that may be related to his own abduction, Crowley has to investigate, even though doing so may put him back in the fae’s crosshairs again. Moving on from the Colin McCool Junkyard Druid series, Massey has switched to a new series within the Druidverse, this time centring on the shadow mage, Crowley. Having read the full dozen Colin McCool novels, plus all the related prequels, novellas, and short stories, I’ve come to know the characters pretty well, and I have to admit that Crowley is probably the last character I would have chosen as a leading role candidate. Unfortunately, Shade Cursed hasn’t changed my mind. I get the impression that the Shadow Changeling series (which might be just a trilogy, depending on where you look for information) is supposed to be more serious. Massey’s blog suggests that he considers Crowley to be comparable to Walker Boh (Terry Brooks’ Shannara druid), Severus Snape (JK Rowling’s darkish wizard professor) and John Constantine (the cynical, chain-smoking, sweary, sorcerer anti-hero from the Hellblazer comics). Spoiler alert: he’s not. Not remotely. Crowley is morally ambiguous and moody. Just in case we weren’t aware of this, we are constantly reminded of it throughout the narrative, to the point that I was rolling my eyes every time it came up. He has none of the depth of the three characters he’s being compared with, and definitely none of the wit of Constantine; instead, he’s self-obsessed and a bit of a dick. The other Druidverse characters who crop up seem out of true, too, which doesn’t help. Sadly, I was rather underwhelmed by this new addition to the Druidverse. I just hope there’s more meat to the second instalment. Publication date – 8th March 2021

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    I beta read this for M D Massey. And in case someone questions my rating, I do not give 5 stars indiscriminately to the authors I beta read for. They have to earn it! Shade Cursed is an excellent off shoot story of a character from the Junkyard Druid series. Of all the characters in the Druidverse from which Massey could have chosen to write about, I think Crowley is the most interesting. Mr. Massey does an excellent job in defining Crowley's complex character in the process of giving the reader I beta read this for M D Massey. And in case someone questions my rating, I do not give 5 stars indiscriminately to the authors I beta read for. They have to earn it! Shade Cursed is an excellent off shoot story of a character from the Junkyard Druid series. Of all the characters in the Druidverse from which Massey could have chosen to write about, I think Crowley is the most interesting. Mr. Massey does an excellent job in defining Crowley's complex character in the process of giving the reader Crowley's background of an extremely dark childhood which invested him with unique magical abilities and many psychological problems. If you have not read the Junkyard Druid books you can read this independently of that series. There are characters from that series making appearances here, and you get enough of their history to understand who they are. I fully believe that if you like this book, you will be reading Junkyard Druid soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lel

    I love the Colin McCool books and have always been intrugued by Crowley. Now, I have some answers! The story moves along with well, never leaving you bored or skipping paragraphs. M.D. Massey weaves a tale which makes you want to stay up all night to finish the story. What I appreciated the most, was Crowley has an entirely different voice to Colin - with some authours, their different characters can all sub in for each other - this is not the case here. Crowley is distinct and very much his own c I love the Colin McCool books and have always been intrugued by Crowley. Now, I have some answers! The story moves along with well, never leaving you bored or skipping paragraphs. M.D. Massey weaves a tale which makes you want to stay up all night to finish the story. What I appreciated the most, was Crowley has an entirely different voice to Colin - with some authours, their different characters can all sub in for each other - this is not the case here. Crowley is distinct and very much his own character. Can't wait for the next one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donovan

    Fabulous I want sure i would like Crowley I his own book without Colin. I was wrong. This book gives us a glimpse into Crowley's dark past and hope it shaped who he is today coupled with some of his more recent exploits with Colin and Belladonna. We see his darkness, but we see why and we see the possible future he could have depending on his choices. Well worth the read. Fabulous I want sure i would like Crowley I his own book without Colin. I was wrong. This book gives us a glimpse into Crowley's dark past and hope it shaped who he is today coupled with some of his more recent exploits with Colin and Belladonna. We see his darkness, but we see why and we see the possible future he could have depending on his choices. Well worth the read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    This is a side story of the Junkyard Druid series featuring shadow mage Crowley. Quite a bit darker than Colin McCool's world, I enjoyed the depth and a bit of a deeper dive into Crowley's life. For years the Fae have been taking human children to be raised there or used as food by some of their darker servants. Since this happened to Crowley as a child he takes this personally. This is a side story of the Junkyard Druid series featuring shadow mage Crowley. Quite a bit darker than Colin McCool's world, I enjoyed the depth and a bit of a deeper dive into Crowley's life. For years the Fae have been taking human children to be raised there or used as food by some of their darker servants. Since this happened to Crowley as a child he takes this personally.

  6. 5 out of 5

    William J

    Wasn’t sure When I selected this book I was unfamiliar with the Character but as I continue to read I noticed multiple tie ins to folks from previous books I had read and quickly settled in. Looking for the next installment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    So happy! Glad we're now discovering Crowley more deeply. He may not think he's human, but his humanity is starting to show in this book. Glad we also bring other characters, Bells and Hemi 😁😁 Can't wait for more. So happy! Glad we're now discovering Crowley more deeply. He may not think he's human, but his humanity is starting to show in this book. Glad we also bring other characters, Bells and Hemi 😁😁 Can't wait for more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Great new set of stories Crowley has always been an interesting character and I'm really glad he's got a series of his own. This one's off to a good start. Exploring his history, his upbringing, and his future with Belladonna promises to be an exciting ride. Great new set of stories Crowley has always been an interesting character and I'm really glad he's got a series of his own. This one's off to a good start. Exploring his history, his upbringing, and his future with Belladonna promises to be an exciting ride.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Neil

    Great tie in to The Junkyard Druid series It was great to learn more about Crowley. I love how the story enter twine briefly with a junkyard drew it. It give us a different point of view for Crowley. I’m looking forward to the next book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    christopher kishel

    Love the new series The haunted anti hero is a Concept that this author knows well. I really liked the new series and character arch that allows us to explore a different side of the characters we know and love, even if it’s darker than imagined.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I was intrigued at the insight to Crowley...fascinating! He’s a different character than I expected . I eagerly read chapter by chapter not wanting to put the book down until the end. A great read! Can’t wait for the next book. Well done, Mr Massey, well done.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy Robertson

    Unexpected and exciting! This was one of my favorite spin offs ever! Following a character you love to hate in the original stories and gaining an understanding of his motivations. A great story! I couldn't put it down. Unexpected and exciting! This was one of my favorite spin offs ever! Following a character you love to hate in the original stories and gaining an understanding of his motivations. A great story! I couldn't put it down.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Love looking into Crowley’s complicated story. Lots of familiar faces make an appearance and thank goodness for Hemi. Action packed story with dangerous creepy critters and deadly adversaries. I can’t wait to read the next books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    Great start to the series. This series is a bit darker than the Colin McCool series, because the main character is darker. However, the story is no less entertaining. The writing is clever as ever. Will be joining Crowley in his next adventure, and I can't wait to get started. Great start to the series. This series is a bit darker than the Colin McCool series, because the main character is darker. However, the story is no less entertaining. The writing is clever as ever. Will be joining Crowley in his next adventure, and I can't wait to get started.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steve Short

    Different but the familiar Very similar to junkyard Druid but also different. Crowley is very uptight and precise so the narrative is very different while the world is still the same. It’s also funny getting other people’s perspective of Colin McCool.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Great Story This is an excellent start to what I believe will be a great story. A little darker than Collen, Crowley makes for a good character. Love the story, the character development. Nice move, bringing in a character from the McCool series. Keep them coming.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ray Knighton

    Great I love this type of book. The hero has flaws but has a soft side for children and the abused.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Spencerskeeper

    Loved it!! Loved this book and I can't wait for the next one. It is so great to focus on Crowley and understand more of his back story. Loved it!! Loved this book and I can't wait for the next one. It is so great to focus on Crowley and understand more of his back story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Rooney

    Well written as always.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James Learman

    wonderful book ... a darker hero angsty but not whiny ... ive been waiting for this book for awhile and it lived up to expectations

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Learman

    wonderful book ... a darker hero angsty but not whiny ... ive been waiting for this book for awhile and it lived up to expectations

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Healey

  23. 5 out of 5

    brucereamy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Blalock

  25. 5 out of 5

    sandra fawcett

  26. 5 out of 5

    Drew

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jayson Davis

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pat Cicerone

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bobby G

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