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Fighting Shadows: Survival has its costs (The Cortii series) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 6, 2015
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"...clear and powerful prose and with a narrative voice that is as hypnotic as it is enjoyable..." - Reader's Favorite
"Khyria is the real star of these books. She's endlessly fascinating, equal parts tough and vulnerable." - Knockin' Books
"...a great blending of scifi and thriller and gave me a lot to work with when forming the characters and stories in my mind. A must read for SciFi fans!" - Ana Meyer
"Fighting Shadows is a deep book with an impactful story and readers willing to dive in wholeheartedly will discover new depths to Khyria Ilan and her colleagues." - AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com
About the Author
I'm a writer, martial artist and introvert. In between the necessary making of money to allow the writing of more books, I can usually be found halfway to the next galaxy. The first four novels in the Cortii series, Through the Hostage, Fighting Shadows, Elemental Affinity, and Elemental Conflict are published, with further sequels in the works.
I was born in Gibraltar and spent the next few years on a yacht in and between Europe and the Caribbean. I attended schools in England, the US, Gibraltar, France, Wales, Spain, and Canada and I still can't write neatly.
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The story returns to Khyria Ilan and Wildcat Cortia. Now no longer trainees, Khyria has to rebuild her depleted unit while still fending off her enemies both political and physical. The political machinations of the various Cortii and their ruling body is a little impenetrable at first, but everything starts falling into place quickly. The story itself divides into 3 points of view: Khyria and her subordinates Anst and Taiva, each with their own quirks of personality and flavor. Doing this always creates the risk that one storyline will rise above the others, but that didn't happen here. Each line is personal enough to be unique, but none outshine any of the others.
The relationships between the characters are brought into more focus with this entry. The seeds sown in Through the Hostage start bearing fruit here. We get some more glimpses into Khyria's past, her relationships with her subordinates and her rivals, and fellow POV characters Taiva and Anst get similar building. There are a few foibles: I personally found Taiva's hard-headedness more irritating than endearing (admittedly this is just my opinion and to each their own) and somewhere Khyria developed a Batman-like ability to always be standing in shadows before stepping into the light. I personally found Anst's more espionage-esque story the most engaging, but I was never bored with any of them.
Between the main story arc and the individual arcs of the characters, Fighting Shadows weaves a very good story. I heartily recommend taking a look if you're in the market for some new sci-fi.