Arc Review – Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill

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May 2, 2021 by ceresbooksworld

Shadowed steel


Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill

Book 3 in Heirs of Chicagoland series

Publisher : Penguin Random House

Publication date : May 4th, 2021

Source : eArc from the publisher

Rating : Evil Love



In the third installment in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, the vampires in Elisa Sullivan’s world are out for blood.

Elisa Sullivan is the only vampire ever born, and she bears a heavy legacy. After a sojourn with the North American Central Pack of shifters in the wilderness—where she turned a young woman into a vampire to save her life—Elisa returns to Chicago.

But no good deed goes unpunished. The ruling body of vampires, the Assembly of American Masters, is furious that Elisa turned someone without their permission, and they’re out for her blood. When an AAM vampire is found dead, Elisa is the prime suspect. Someone else is stalking Chicago—and Elisa. She’ll need to keep a clear head, and a sharp blade, to survive all the supernatural strife.


We meet Elisa Sullivan, Ethan and Meritt’s daughter, this time she is in trouble because in the previous book she turned a human to save her life. The American Assembly of Masters does not agree with the fact that vampires transform humans. So they demand that she submit to a house and take a test. As you can guess she doesn’t want to, and neither does Connor.

I love Elisa, I understand her need for independence from Cadogan, I also understand why she doesn’t want everyone to know about the monster. That would make her a dangerous person and she doesn’t want that, she also doesn’t want her mother to feel guilty. I really enjoyed watching Elisa try to find compromises with the monster so that they can finally live together.

As for Connor, he is as desirable and intense as ever, his relationship with Elisa deepens and you can tell they are very attached to each other. I don’t know how this story is going to end but I would like it to end well because they both deserve it and it would be a nice connection between the Pack and the Vampires.

I can’t wait to see how the tension between Lulu and Alexei will end, I have a little idea and I hope it will be the right one.

It’s always a pleasure to see Malik, Ethan, Meritt, Gabriel, Luc & Lindsey again, it gives me a little twinge every time.

The plot of this tome is very well done, we feel that the vampires are worried, Elisa is an unknown in this world, they don’t know if she wants the power, if she’s stronger than everybody. On the other hand, they all know that she benefits from privileges since she doesn’t want to be affiliated to a house, that her parents will always protect her, that she is in couple with a Wolf and that the Pack will defend her if needed. Elisa is scary but the vampires don’t know why yet.

I’m a little scared of a certain character, I wonder how Chloe Neill will manage to get him more involved and I think Elisa’s problems are just beginning. I also can’t wait to see Ethan and Meritt’s faces when Elisa tells them about the monster.

Quick word: In this book we discover that Elisa is indeed Ethan’s daughter because she is very gifted in politics.


Nous retrouvons Elisa Sullivan, la fille d’Ethan et Meritt, cette fois ci elle a des problèmes parce que dans le livre précédent elle a transformé une humaine pour lui sauver la vie. L’Assemblée Américaine des Maitres n’est pas d’accord avec le fait que des vampires transforment des humains. Ils demandent donc qu’elle se soumette à une maison et qu’elle passe un test. Comme vous pouvez le deviner elle ne veut pas, Connor non plus d’ailleurs.

J’adore Elisa, je comprends son besoin d’indépendance vis-à-vis de Cadogan, je comprends aussi pourquoi elle ne veut pas que tout le monde soit au courant pour le monstre. Ca ferait d’elle une personne dangereuse et elle ne veut pas de cela, elle ne veut pas non plus que sa mère se sente coupable. J’ai beaucoup aimé voir Elisa essayer de trouver des compromis avec le monstre afin qu’ils arrivent finalement à cohabiter.

Connor est quant à lui toujours aussi désirable et intense, sa relation avec Elisa s’approfondit et on sent bien qu’ils sont très attachés l’un à l’autre. Je ne sais pas comment cette histoire va se finir mais j’aimerais qu’elle se finisse bien parce qu’ils le méritent tous les deux et ce serait un joli rapprochement entre la Meute et les Vampires.

J’ai hâte de voir comment les tensions entre Lulu et Alexei vont finir, j’ai une petite idée et j’espère que ce sera la bonne.
C’est toujours un plaisir de revoir Malik, Ethan, Meritt, Gabriel, Luc & Lindsey, ça me fait un petit pincement au cœur à chaque fois.

L’intrigue de ce tome est très bien menée, on sent que les vampires sont inquiets, Elisa est une inconnue dans ce monde, ils ne savent pas si elle veut le pouvoir, si elle plus forte que tout le monde. Par contre, ils savent tous qu’elle bénéficie de passe-droit puisqu’elle ne veut pas être affiliée à une maison, que ses parents la protègeront toujours, qu’elle est en couple avec un Loup et que la Meute la défendra si besoin. Elisa fait peur mais les vampires ne savent pas encore pourquoi.

J’ai un peu peur d’un certain personnage, je me demande comment Chloe Neill va réussir à l’impliquer plus et du coup je pense que les problèmes d’Elisa ne font que commencer. J’ai aussi hâte de voir la tête d’Ethan et Meritt quand Elisa va leur parler du monstre.

En bref : Dans ce tome on découvre qu’ Elisa est bien la fille de d’Ethan car niveau politique elle est très douée.

About the author

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Heirs of Chicagoland, Chicagoland Vampires Novels, Devil’s Isle Novels, and Dark Elite novels. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she’s not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

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