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Shadow Fall

Seressia Glass

Pocket/Juno

Mass Market

978‑1439158784

*****

 

Shadowchaser Kira Solomon fears that Shadow is taking her over. If the goddess Ma'at could not remove the Shadow that is changing the color of her magic, then it cannot be done. Kira recently learned that her mother was a hybrid who was most likely raped by a Shadowling. Shadow is a part of Kira's heritage, much as she yearns to deny it. And she's having a dream every night where Set tries to claim her as his daughter....

She can't bring herself to tell her lover Khefar about her dreams, fears and new knowledge. He made her a promise that if she were to go over to Shadow, he would use his Dagger of Kheferatum to unmake her, making sure no innocents get hurt. Every battle seems to bring her closer to Shadow, as do the scars she bears. But she must face the truth about who she is, for it may be her salvation.

This tale is hard to summarize without spoilers, but it packs an emotional wallop. The awesomely skilled Seressia Glass knows Atlanta and uses it very well as her setting. Kira's journey takes two tracks‑‑an internal and an external one‑‑and both are harrowing. The last hundred pages will have readers perched breathlessly on the edges of their seats. This is the third "Shadowchasers" novel, and like the others, it is a must read!

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Heather Nordahl Files

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Shadow Blade

by Seressia Glass
Pocket/Juno
Mass Market
978-1439156797

*****


     Kira Solomon is unable to touch anyone without wearing gloves. She has always been able to hear the thoughts of those who have touched anything she touches, as well as read the thoughts of those she touches. With the onset of puberty, her touch causes pain, putting her foster sister into a coma. Her adoptive parents, at wit's end, give her to the Gilead Commission, an organization that trains her to fight on the side of Light against the forces of Shadow, as a Shadowchaser in a loosely organized army.
     As this tale opens, Kira examines an ancient and powerful dagger shown to her by her dear friend Bernie. The dagger wants to be used, but she resists its seduction. Then Bernie is killed by a seeker demon (or its Avatar). Kira wants revenge, but her enemy is too powerful to go after recklessly, and she will not give such a powerful weapon to Shadow. She must also deal with the Nubian Khefar, the original owner of the dagger, and his companion, an old man who is more than he seems. Are they friend or foe? And, to her shock, she can touch Khefar without pain. What does it mean?
     Veteran author Seressia Glass turns her considerable talents to urban fantasy with this compulsively readable tale. The use of an Egyptian pantheon--Kira is a follower of Ma'at, Khefar a follower of Isis--gives the story a firm foundation, and the plot, with danger and darkness, but also a hint of romance, should surely satisfy. Bring on more of these characters.

Heather Nordahl Files

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