I’m hip deep the launch of The Shadow Of All Things but I wanted to take a minute and compile some of the reviews that the book has received in its first six days.
"Honestly everything about this book was grand, the characters, the setting, the plot, and of course the monsters, and their insatiable hunger."
– Bookworm Coalition
"This story is an intriguing mix of science fiction, portal fantasy and urban fantasy...I'm a fan of the urban fantasy sub-genre and this book does quite stack up nicely amid this sub-genre...What the author does neatly is that he also adds a healthy slice of SF to the tale but makes it subtle enough so that there's no perfect delineation."
– Fantasy Book Critic
“This is the first book in another gripping series by Allen Houston...The paranormal aspects were truly unique and I appreciated this aspect since the market is flooded with same old stories with different character names...The read for me was quick, dark, and rousing, in all the good ways.” – TMBA Corbett Tries To Write
“The opening chapter drew me in right away. You won't find that slow drawn out character introduction and world building that you come across all too often in fantasy here. Instead the reader is thrown right into the action from the very start and it's consistent throughout the whole book. There's always something happening and the characters on both sides, good and evil, are well written." – Scarlet’s Web
A review of Nightfall Gardens by TMBA Corbett Tries to Write blog.
"Honestly everyone is talking about the Red Rising Series book series by Pierce Brown right now, but I feel they should be talking about the Nightfall Gardens series!"
For the complete review, please visit TMBA Corbett Tries to Write.
The Bookaholic Fairies gives Nightfall Gardens 4.5 fairy wings.
For the complete review, please visit The Bookaholic Fairies
A review of "Nightfall Gardens" by the Read to my Heart's Content blog.
"Mr. Houston wove an exciting tale that flows smoothly throughout the story. I really had a hard time putting the book down. I am pretty much obsessed with this series now."
For the complete review, please visit Read To My Heart's Content
A review of the "Nightfall Gardens" trilogy from The BookShelf Gargoyle.
"By the time I left Nightfall Gardens I had garnered a deep respect for Houston’s abilities as a storyteller, but more so for his incredible commitment to the world he has built. The construction and population of Nightfall Gardens is vastly imaginative, undisputedly arresting and something that will no doubt be greatly appreciated and devoured with relish by those hoping to discover a fantasy tale that touches on the classic themes of the genre in a downright refreshing environment."
For the complete review, please visit The BookShelf Gargoyle.
A review of The Shadow Garden from Scarlet's Web
"The story was as imaginative, dark and full of wonders and horrors as the first one. "
For the complete review, please visit Scarlet's Web
A review of Nightfall Gardens from the Bookworm Coalition
"This is one of those stories that you read that the world, and it’s inhabitants, are so rich and completely incredible that you crave to see these ideas brought to life!"
For the complete review, please visit Bookwork Coalition.
This is a book for people who enjoy reading fresh takes on old mythology. The world is interesting and well-developed, and it makes good use of the familiar creatures of legends of old while adding in new ones, too. This book is a Middle Grade book due to the age of the main characters, but they do not act like little children, far from it. It is, however, the descriptions that really give weight and emotion to this book. They are elegantly written and maintain the overall tone and feel of the setting effortlessly. This is an enjoyable, well-written book that has been produced to a high standard. It will appeal to all lovers of fantasy, mythology, and middle grade/young adult fiction, no matter their age.
The fantastic blog Fantasy Book Critic has published a glowing review of "Nightfall Gardens."
"A thoroughly creepy and well-nuanced plot that ends on a solid note, Nightfall Gardens is a great MG/YA fantasy debut. For those readers who loved R.L. Stine when they were kids, might find this book very much to their liking. This was a different read for me simply because I’m not usually a reader of this genre but Allen Houston’s storytelling style and imagination have won me over and now I can’t wait to read the sequel The Shadow Gardens."
Read the rest of the review here.