May 16, 2014

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Review: Against the Dawn by Amanda Bonilla (Shaede Assassin #4)

againstthedawn5 star

Urban Fantasy
May 20 2014
271 pages
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Darian

From Goodreads –
Six months can feel like just a couple of weeks when you’ve been away in another realm. Literally.

Now that Darian is back in Seattle, she’s ready to face the life—and the man—she left behind. But it’s not going to be easy when a ghost from her past shows up looking to wreak havoc on Seattle’s supernatural crime scene.

Darian isn’t as careless as she used to be, though. She and Tyler, her sexy Jinn protector, have come a long way in the trust department. And it’s a good thing too—because when Ty contracts her to assassinate a wickedly powerful supernatural who goes by the name of Mithras, it will take all her faith in Ty, and herself, to get the job done.

While Darian does whatever it takes to get to her mark, Xander, the Shaede King is busy making plans of his own. With Darian’s attention divided between Lorik’s secrets and her mission she might not be able to stop Xander from doing anything in his power to separate Darian from her sworn protector and in the process, destroy his own kingdom…


What is the first thing I did after finishing Against the Dawn, the fourth book in Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series? I went to my good friend twitter and sent this message to Amanda:

amanda tweet

She responded by telling me that she knew but that I still loved her and she was right. After reading a book as exciting as this, it’s hard not to.

I have to say that for me, this book was filled with poor first impressions that change dramatically throughout the book.

Darian. First impression in this book was that she went through a horrible ordeal in the last book and she’s dealing. But she is bordering on not dealing well which means she’s letting it get to her…which to me didn’t suit. Next impression was that she is doing great and is finally learning that opening up to people does not make you weak. She understands where her heart is and where her loyalties lie and won’t budge from that. She continues to be a strong character that I enjoy reading…even though it would be nice if she was able to catch a break every once in a while. *grin*

Xander. First impression was that he is a spoilt child who is pouting because he is not getting what he wants. Next impression was pretty much the same thing. I just didn’t understand why no is not no for him and why he is putting everything on the line! I really didn’t get that. But my final impression of Xander was OMG! Now I am actually thinking I may have been a bit, *gulp*, wrong about him. Don’t get me wrong – I will never be on team Xander – but I was still shocked by him and now I need the next book.

Lorik. First impression was that he is a selfish man stuck in the life of a college aged boy. Next impression is that he is a bit of a jerk. Final impression was…more of the same with a bit of wha’??? thrown in. Lorik blindsided me and now I need the next book.

Tyler. First impression was that he is awesome. Next impression was that he is awesome. He is so good for Darian!!! He’s a Jinn and I just absolutely adore how Amanda writes her Jinns. So unique and interesting. And Tyler is so drool worthy.

There are a few other characters that were awesome from the beginning and remained so to the end. Asher, oh how I love that guy! I want him to have his own novella with a HEA because I am dying to learn even more about him and I feel he deserves to be happy, romance novel style. There is also Raif who is a great friend to Darian. He is someone else who I want to read more about…and I believe that is in the works already. If not, it should be 😉

I was happy to see Tyler’s novella tie in here and there in this book. Lost to the Gray was released last year and where I don’t feel you need to read it to be in the know for this (or even the last) book, it definitely sheds some light on a few things. And it makes you smile when you realize there are connections. That’s also where you first meet Kaii.

Kaii. Holy cow could there be a more mysterious character?! Okay, yes, I am aware that there are a few extra mysterious characters out there is literary land but this one…well you don’t even know if Kaii is male or female! I want more and I want to know more now.

The story was crazy in a very good way. It went this way, it went that way, always keeping you guessing and always making you wonder how everything ties in and the why behind it. Very well done.

The reason why I wanted to tweet Amanda and give her sh*t was because the way this book ended…the way this book ended…THE WAY THIS BOOK ENDED! And that is all I’m going to say about that.

Overall, I was very happy with Against the Dawn. It was a wonderful continuation of this series. I honestly have no idea where the story is headed and I can’t wait to join Darian in the next installment to see just what is going to happen next.

5 stars

Books in the Shaede Assassin series –
Shaedes of Gray
Blood Before Sunrise
Crave the Darkness
Against the Dawn


  1. I can’t wait to read it, I just love this series but I’m a little behind with my ebooks and it’s just terrible to find more time to get into it.

  2. I’ve loved this series as well! I’m totally anxious for this to come out now! It was definitely on my radar, but now Tuesday can’t come soon enough! I think I’m going to have to reread a bit to remind me of all that’s happened, though, because I don’t remember Kaii…

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