Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fading Light

Title: Fading Light
Author: Angela Dennis
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61922-456-8
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 09-23-2014

Conflicts are growing on the Earthly plane between human and supernatural creatures. Shadow Bearer Brenna Baudouin and her partner, Gray Warlow decide to return in an attempt to prevent a devastating war. Their attraction is intense but hurts from the past linger for Brenna, sabotaging their attempts at reconciliation and frustrating Gray. Trying to build a relationship when humans are inexplicably turning to ash is almost impossible. Without any clues and the death count rising, Brenna and Gray are desperate to find the cause. Is it a powerful magical foe and have they been betrayed as they fear? Can they and their friends find a way to defeat their enemy and prevent a war? While trying to stay alive can they forget the past, so they can make a future?

Fading Light is the second release in the Shadow Born series by Angela Dennis. It begins shortly after Shadows of Fate ended, so the books should be read in order.

There’s a lot going on in this book—friendships, love, compassion, demons, death, destruction, betrayal and lots of angst. Most of the angst comes from Brenna who was hurt badly in the past and can’t let it go, which only hurts and frustrates Gray. I’m afraid that as much as I liked her in the first book, her personality here seems pretty stagnant. The author didn’t allow her to grow, at least in the beginning, and even though her pain wasn’t Gray’s fault, she’s still punishing him. Truthfully, I got tired of the whining. I was happy the author let her move on as the book progressed. Gray I adore. He’s a little too protective but he’s trying to do the right thing. By the end of the book, I could see them as a successful couple. I can’t wait to see what happens with them in the next book. I’ll be reading it; I hope you will be too.

I really enjoyed the secondary characters. They are so varied in nature and have such different personalities. The author did an excellent job of interweaving them into the plot, whether as a friend or a fight. And talking about fighting—the imagery is very well done, pulling you into the scene and making you a part of the action. Good job, Ms. Dennis. There are plenty of surprises in this fast paced, complicated story line, so pay attention; you don’t want to miss something exciting.

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