Saturday, March 31, 2012

Shadow Kin By M.J. Scott

Shadow Kin ( The Half-Light City #1)

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Description:

Welcome to the Half-Light City.

Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely...

I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place amongst her kind. They called me "soulless." An abomination. Perhaps they're right...I'm a wraith, a shadow who slips between worlds. I was given into the service of a Blood Lord who raised me to be his most feared assassin. Still, I'm nothing more than a slave to my master, and to the need that only he can fulfill...

Then he orders me to kill Simon DuCaine, a powerful sunmage. In the blaze of his magic, my own disappears. Instead of seeking revenge, Simon shows me mercy. He wants to free me. But that's one thing my master and his kind will never allow.

And even if I thought I could trust Simon, stepping from the shadow into the light isn't as simple as it sounds...







Review

This is a perfect example of my favourite kind of Urban Fantasy, it has all the elements of a normal Urban Fantasy read mixed with enough romance to keep me interested and intrigued. I loved Lily’s character, she is strong and powerful but what comes with her power is that she is also feared and generally a loner. I started off liking Simon, him wanting to save Lily even though she didn’t think she needed saving, but then I found him to be irritating with when Lily gave herself up to save the lives of others he didn’t understand that it was the best thing to do and when Lily did come back to him, he was so harsh and callous towards her, but he thankfully did see the error of his ways and judgment come the end of the book. Lucious truly was an evil creature, his dark ways and cruel mind was very well portrayed and it was great when he finally bit the dust, bye bye you psycho!

On occasion the jump between Lily being the main point of view to Simon got a little confusing but it wasn’t something that was all that detrimental to the story, it was still enjoyable to read regardless. I did find myself skimming a page here or there which did keep it down from a five star rating for me. If you are on the borderline with liking the Urban Fantasy genre but do enjoy reading Romance, I think this book would be worth a try for you as it is a great blend of the two. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series, I am very interested to see what is in store for Simon’s brother Guy.






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