The first book by Angela Dennis that I will be reviewing is her urban fiction novel called Shadows of Fate.
Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers after witnessing her husband’s murder. She started on her penance by catching supernatural misfits that have reached the earth because of a cataclysmic war.
In her quest to round up as many misfits as possible, she was assigned a new partner, Gray Warlow. She builds a wall of distrust because she can sense an inner motive from him, especially because ever since they met, she started losing the people she love, one by one. Warlow, however, maneuvers through the wall of distrust slowly, making sure that he can seek vengeance for her turning against her own kind.
As they break walls, Warlow discovers that she is not the monster they were led to believe she was. He saw a beautiful woman, strong yet vulnerable.
Read the book to find out how the quest ends, and if the sexual tension building up will win its way.
This book falls under the genre of urban fantasy. If you are someone with a wide reading spectrum, then you can be quite familiar with this already. If not, then you can increase the number of book genres by starting out on reading urban fantasy novels such as this.
The female lead was portrayed as a strong woman, almost manly in ways, but still a woman, nonetheless, because of her emotional frailty and for exhibiting womanly traits that can reach the border of annoying, if not for the fact that she balances it through her skills and strength.
The build-up for the fantasy world they live in was not congested in the beginning of the story. It was also done slowly, throughout the book. This gave the book an edge over other writers that tend to give away every detail of the realm they are trying to create at the beginning of the story.
It was written in first person, which is something appropriate since it gives the POV of the character. However, it did a head hop, or a transferring of the POV of one character to another. While some stories are effective on using this kind of technique, normally if there are plenty of important characters who’s POV are essential to the flow and mystery of the story, for this one, a head hop did not ruin it, but it also made the novel typical, in that sense.
Head hops are not at all a bad thing. However, it breaks the flow, and when this happens to often in a book, readers tend to take that “break” as a chance to put the book down and do something else for a while. It fails to achieve what writers aim, which is to make their stories so gripping, readers cannot put the book down.
In general, I think this book is an 8 out of a perfect 10. It has a promising story yet it still has room for improvement that could be applied in the following books to come.