Review: Shadows of Fate by Angela Dennis (Shadow Born #1)
April 8 2014
Received from author
Yummy Man – Gray Warlow
Kick Ass Chick – Brenna Baudouin
From Goodreads –
Redemption lies beyond the veil between truth and lies.
After witnessing her husband’s brutal murder, Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers and wreaked havoc on her home world. Her penance: one hundred years policing hordes of supernatural misfits that spilled onto the Earthly plane after a cataclysmic war.
She’s on a routine exorcism run when she learns she’s been assigned a new partner. But there’s something about this Shadow Bearer that sparks her suspicions. Particularly when people closest to her start turning up as piles of ash.
Gray Warlow holds tight to the glamour that allows him to get close to the woman on whom he plans to wreak vengeance for betraying his people. Yet as he skillfully manipulates his way past her distrust, he begins to see her not as the heartless monster he was led to believe, but a strong, vulnerable woman.
As they work to put together the pieces of a killer’s macabre puzzle, an attraction deeper than blood and bone flares between them. And they must reveal their deepest secrets to avoid becoming the final targets.
Shadows of Fate is the first book in the new Shadow Born series by Angela Dennis. In the world created for this book, humans are aware of paranormal creatures. They are also the minority. Nobody wants the humans to become extinct so a special ‘peace keeping’ unit was created and everyone tries to live in a semblance of peace. I have not read many books where the paranormal creatures outnumber the humans so, for me, that was a neat little twist. What was also very unique was that paranormal creatures come from parallel dimensions and have crossed to Earth during The Fall, a war where the Veil was compromised.
Not that we learn or read much about the humans in this world. This book definitely focuses on the supernaturals. Brenna is a Shadow Bearer. She has magic and hunts/fights demons for the IRT (the ‘police’). She starts off coming across as quite the badass with a huge heart yet we learn quickly enough that she also has a very vulnerable spirit. She has not had an easy life. She was banished to the earthly plane as punishment for something she had no control over doing almost one hundred years ago. But she is strong and has carved out a life for herself here. She is the type of character you want to see do well and strive. I enjoyed reading her quite a bit even though I found her character swayed from strong to unsure a little too easily at times.
Gray is another Shadow Bearer and has pretty much come out of nowhere. Brenna thought she was the only Shadow Bearer on Earth for almost a century but then nope, up comes Gray. I did have a bit of trouble connecting with him in the beginning as his character was sort of thrown into the story. He suddenly starts almost bossing Brenna around and what surprised me is she mostly lets him. They have a history yet I didn’t quite feel this. As I mentioned, I like Brenna and I did grow to like Gray but I didn’t quite feel Brenna and Gray together. The chemistry was a little short for me.
Who the ultimate bad guy is sort of surprised me but not really at the same time and the story leading up to his reveal was solid. People close to Brenna are dying and she needs to figure out why and who is responsible. This book is a bit on the darker side so many people die quite horribly. But the why behind it all is interesting to discover. This book was definitely filled with twists. None of which particularly surprised me but again, fun to read.
Being the first in a new urban fantasy series means there are a lot of details shared with readers in order to set up the characters and the world. I have to admit that sometimes it was a bit much and other times, it’s like there wasn’t enough information. Some things didn’t quite fit while others found me thinking ‘okay, we know already’. I feel all of this was because this is a book one and that things will balance out in the next installment, Fading Light, due to release September 23rd 2014.
There were many interesting side characters that really added to Brenna’s character development and to the story as a whole. Sam, Mira, Seraph and Heidi all intrigued me and kept me reading.
Overall, I found Shadows of Fate to be a decent beginning to a new urban fantasy series. The bones are solid. I feel if the author builds the main characters, makes them more solid, and smooths out some details here and there, this series holds the potential to be great.
Books in the Shadow Born series –
Shadows of Fate
Fading Light (September 2014)