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The Darkness of Shadows [Kindle Edition]

Chris Little
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Natalie’s parents weren't the nurturing type—and she has the physical and emotional wounds to prove it. For sixteen years she’s hidden behind a wall of sarcasm and decadent desserts, but now her father is back, and she has only one thought: to kill him before he can hurt the family that took her in.

But there’s more to his darkness than even his own daughter can understand, and a gun is no defense against magic that can raise the dead.

It turns out those scars he left on Natalie’s back were more than just a sadistic hobby. Now her father demands that she finish a ritual so ancient, so terrifying, that even the vampires and werewolves are nervous.

Can anyone protect her?

Product Details

  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Rogue Gargoyle Books (August 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBGF04A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Urban Fantasy October 6, 2013
By Kay
Format:Kindle Edition
The Darkness of Shadows is one of those books that keeps you turning pages. I started reading it one afternoon and could not put it down. The book draws you in at the beginning and leaves you wanting more. I couldn't even put it down through dinner and sat there reading while my family ate around me.
With that being said ...
Chris Little put together a great urban fantasy where we get a bit of a fictional world mixed with that of the world today. While it is not all reality it is a pleasant mix that is both believable and imagineable. The book itself and the plot was awesome. I was able to follow it clearly and fell in love with our two main characters Natalie and Val. I was amused that there was a touch of humor in the book which is something you don't see often in new books on the market. Most of them are bleak and to the point but not Little's book. I was on the edge of my seat as I sat reading and I would definitely say that I would be willing to pick up any and all other books that this author throws out there as I truly enjoyed it.

Great Job!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not one for me :( August 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Darkness of Shadows Chris Little .

ARC received via Netgalley.
I love paranormal books and thought I'd like this. Sadly it wasn't one for me.
I found Natalie a strange person for the main character, I just didn't get much sense of personality from her and couldn't empathise with her and her situation. She had family problems, and a horrific childhood, with mother and grandparents now dead and her father around but hopefully away from her. She had good friends in the Guerreros, and they seemed to be her substitute family. I understood how she loved them and wanted to keep them out of danger. I got to about 50% in the book, but it seemed to be a confusing mix of events for me, and to be honest I didn't have that sense of danger, that concern for Natalie that I needed so I ended skim reading to the end, and when I got there I was surprised it was the finish, there didn't seem to be a sense of closure or anything. That could be because I'd missed vital info through my skim reading, but I just wasn't interested enough in the plot and characters to read it thoroughly. That may be different for you - thankfully we all want different things from our reading which leads to a great selection of books. This one just wasn't one for me.
Stars: two - sorry, I'm sure the author worked really hard but it wasn't something I enjoyed reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting mythology August 22, 2013
By Hayley
Format:Kindle Edition
An interesting take on the world of Urban Fantasy this. Our main character is not a superwoman; she doesn't go running off after the bad guys, she hobbles after them and for most of the book she's in the dark about a few things regarding the world of magic. For a start for a long time Nat doesn't believe in the whole magic thing which is a bit of an issue considering her deranged father is quite good at it.

This is quite a good first novel from Chris Little, the plot is well constructed and the little of the mythology we do learn is easy to grasp as it follows some of the basic rules we're used to but there are a few changes in there to keep it interesting. A couple of the characters do seem to be more of a stereotype than a well-developed character as Tina seems like a self-centred bitch stereotype without any more real development, there didn't seem to be a believable motivation for her more extreme actions. Nat's father was a little better developed, and I get that he was meant to be some sort of insane, beyond reason sort of villain but the author had a chance to go into how he became that way while talking about the characters' past and didn't go into it. The pace of the plot isn't really suitable for the type of reader who constantly needs something going on to keep them interested in the story, but I enjoyed it. I was able to sit back and relax for a bit before the next major event came along and added some more drama.

Overall, I'd recommend this to an urban fantasy fan who likes a book being filled with magic but is light on the mythology (saves you having to remember loads of obscure species names etc.). It's not a great read if you're easily frustrated by books as at times you may feel an urge to yell at the main characters but it's an enjoyable read all the same, you don't have to be in love with all the characters to enjoy the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first novel that keeps you turning the pages September 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book, the first from Chris Little, is a real page turner which gets your interest right at the start and, through the different events, keeps your interest throughout the book. For those who appreciate the genre of urban fantasy, you will enjoy the blend of the real world juxtaposed with the imagined one. The connections between the two fit well together and make sense. It's not a huge leap to see how things could connect. It was easy to get into the book and much was revealed but its clear there is still room for growth and discovery in what I believe will prove to be an entertaining series.

The two elements of the writing that appealed to me most were the interplay between the two main characters, Natalie and Val, and the sense of humor imbibed throughout the book. For the characters, the connection felt genuine and the interplay between them was believable and, often, touching. The interplay between them and between them and another main character, Mrs. G., was some of the most amusing through the book. Which brings me to the humor.

One warning I will give you about the humor; It's Jersey through and through. Those of you, like me, from the Garden State or the Northeast will get this sense of humor. It's funny, with heart and caring, but it's got an edge. The sarcasm is not subtle. It's a brand of humor I enjoy and I know many others will too. If you're not familiar with it, it might take a little getting used to but give it a chance. Also for those of you from the Essex county area, you will hear some familiar locations.

Overall, it's a promising book from a new author and, hopefully, the start of a long series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story with lots of twists and turns.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia A Jubelt
2.0 out of 5 stars DNF at 14% - Main Character ruined any chance of enjoying it.
DNF at 14%

I thought I was tuning in for a psychological/paranormal thriller, with an adult protagonist.

To be fair, maybe it turns into that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read From A New Author
Read this based on a friends suggestion. It is very well paced and I found both the story and the characters to be engaging. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tobias Funke
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing...but interesting
I liked the characters, but like some of the other reviewers I found the child abuse disturbing. The story was good with a hint of secrets not yet told... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tamara, Oklahoma
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant name for a book and the cover works really well.
Ok. So some aspects of the book was a bit unclear. I loved the fact that Natalie is not perfect.
She hobbles, limps and goes in blind 99% of the time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work!
I consider this a must read for all book lovers! This very suspenseful story had me rushing through the pages, anxious to see how the very complex and descriptive characters... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eileen Finn
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to see what happens next!
The main character, Natalie's story really holds your interest. I like the flashbacks because they give you an idea of everything she went through as a child and it gives you an... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Antoinette Ventura
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable read
Enjoyed book immensely and will look for more books by this author. Delightfully entertaining. What more can I really say.
Published 15 months ago by Diane Russell, Phx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I loved this one once I started reading I did not want to put it down. A lot of twist & turns not what you expect but what shocks. Must read to understand.
Published 16 months ago by Rhonda
4.0 out of 5 stars Real page-turner!
Frankly, I bought this book because it was on sale and had some decent reviews but didn't expect a lot. Insert big BUT here, it was fast paced and really enjoyable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cameron Harris
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Chris Little lives in New Jersey. No, she won't tell you what exit. When she's not trapped in a cubicle writing for corporate America, she turns her attention to the world of urban fantasy.

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