Sep 2, 2011

{Review} of Shadow Kin by M.J. Scott

Shadow Kin (The Half-Light City, #1)Shadow Kin by M.J. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Vampire/Magic/Wraith
RECEIVED: Won from Author
AUTHORS BLOG: M.J. Scott's Site

PURCHASE Shadow Kin:

On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages...

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart...

I was ecstatic to win an ARC copy of Shadow Kin from M.J. Scott, I really couldn’t wait to read it! The story was so original and beautifully detailed in this very unique city full of fae, vampires, beast and magic users. I was immediately drawn into this story and couldn’t put it down for a second.

Shadow aka Lily was born from a fae mother, but she was not welcome with open arms. She was known as a “soulless” or a wraith one who can travel through walls and never been seen. She was given to a horrible Blood Lord that raised her to be the most feared assassin and treats her as a pet and slave. But when the Blood Lord orders her till kill Simon a Sunmage, it goes terribly wrong. The Sunmage wants to make a deal with Lily and help set her free from the Blood Lord, but at what cost and can she trust this Sunmage.

No matter how tough and cold Lily was raised, I felt she had such innocence to her. Living and being raised as a slave she’s never really experienced anything besides taking orders and killing. She has to make some hard decisions and decide if she can trust Simon at his word. I enjoyed watching her grow and understand the world outside of where she was trapped and how she truly did want to be free.

Simon is a very powerful Sunmage and someone who devotes himself to help any and all who need it. He’s what I would call a goodie two shoes, always wanting to help even when people don’t ask for it. He has a major soft spot for Lily and I felt that it was a big factor in him wanting to help her. Their chemistry was smoking hot and I loved how neither of them could resist that attraction. Simon was a tough one to figure out, his hot and cold actions some times frustrated me but I loved his devotion to his oath and to the people of the city.

Overall Scott created such an intriguing world and wonderful characters, I loved her creation of a place called Haven, where everyone could come to be safe and be taking care of. Its run by a fae named Bryony who I thought was great and such a tough person you don’t want to mess with. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series and more of Simon and Lily.

This is an adult book with some sexual content and violence. Fans of Devon Monks Allie Beckstrom Series and Karen Chances Cassandra Palmer series will be sucked into the world of M.J. Scotts Shadow Kin.

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  1. I've never heard of this book. I'm not sure I'll get to it, but I liked reading your review.

  2. I haven't heard of this book as well but it definitely sounds like something I would enjoy.

    A great review! I'll be adding this to my TBR pile.

  3. MJ Scott (who's an Aussie author BTW) has a 2 chapter excerpt up on her website if you want a sneak peak at Haven, Lily and Simon -

    Definitely worth a read. :-) I'm awaiting my copy in the mail and can't wait to immerse myself in this world and the characters.