Series: Shadow Born #2
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Author
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Second Chances, Urban Fantasy
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Her hundred-year penance lifted, Shadow Bearer Brenna Baudouin returns to the Earthly plane with her partner, Gray Warlow, to keep the peace between humans and supernatural creatures and to prevent another apocalyptic war from happening.
The attraction between them is nearing a critical point, but their checkered history has left Brenna unable to trust either her heart or her instincts.
It s chaotic business as usual until humans begin turning to statues of dust. There is no explanation, no sign of magical foul play or a biological toxin. The humans are convinced it s the work of a deviant supernatural faction, twisting the knife in the already tense relationship between their species. Brenna and Gray agree the deaths have a former comrade-turned-rogue stamped all over them.
In a race against time, they enlist the help of both friend and foe to save the human race and stop the impending civil war. Along the way, they are forced to come to terms with their past and decide, once and for all, whether they will come together or fall apart.
I used to read a lot more urban fantasy that I do now, I cut back when I felt like the story lines were starting to meld together and felt in some ways repetitive. I’m not sure what exactly it was about Angela Dennis’s first book, Shadows of Fate, that made me want to read it in spite of my dire need to UF break, but something about it called to me, and I’m glad cause I loved it. After thinking about it for a while the reason I like this series is largely because it feels like fresh air to me, in a way it reminds me of Amanda Bonilla’s UF series, they both have unique elements within them that make there feel like something new and exciting in a genre that sometimes feels overrun with too much of the same. Needless to say I liked the sequel almost as much as I liked the first book.
So part of what makes the book/series so good to me is the partnership between Brenna and Gray. Yes there is romance between them, and a lot of love, but more than that they really do work at their best only when they are together. Gray said it best when he said their magic complements each other, when they are fighting side by side they are just better than they would be on their own. I loved that about them. There is no lesser partner. Also I love that the two of the are so magnetically pulled to each other.
I do have to admit that I was totally on Brenna’s side a lot of the time, Gray sometimes does things that he doesn’t consider to be in the wrong, but Brenna does, sometimes he doesn’t tell her everything or does things he knows will upset because he doesn’t want her to be in danger, but I think by the book is at its end he really has made strides in all the right places.
There is without a doubt a large cast of secondary characters, who we all got to know and love in the first book. There is some betrayal, and there is some death, but I refuse to say anymore than that cause let’s not ruin it for other people shall we? The big bad was set up in the first book, and Adare is back with a vengeance and a plan. It also turns out that way more is going on then anyone originally thought, and not everyone is who we thought they were, and in some causes not everyone is what we thought they were. It all makes for an uber complicated race to keep civil war/mass death from breaking out, and the it definitely keeps the pace of the book at a full sprint.
I loved reading this book, once again I want to know what happens next (I am way to impatient for new books to come out). I love Brenna and Gray’s story and I really enjoyed watching the two of them grow throughout the book. I think this is easily becoming one of my favorite UF series, so if you are looking for a new urban fantasy book, you should without a doubt check out Angela Dennis’s work.