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- Print Length: 243 pages
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- Publisher: Flight of Fancy Books (May 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KCS0K32
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The troubled demon-hunter and journalist, Freddie Westman, and his companion in adventure, the bright and scientifically-minded Sophie Penderry, are the key protagonists in a story which is a ripping adventure mystery steeped in paranormal ghostliness which will have you engaged, entertained and rooting for the protagonists from the first page. The author has created something very special in her key characters and the relationship between them. Broom the manservant is a classic character. The villains are villainous, but credible and flawed. All her characters are exquisitely drawn and brought to life. You will come to love them. You’ll miss them when you finish the book and be longing for the sequel so you can be reunited!
And Weaver’s prose is perfectly crafted, her descriptions just right, her dialogue accurate, witty and paced. She manages to write in a style which evokes the spirits of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, or Conan-Doyle, and yet remains eminently accessible to a contemporary reader. She writes with a grace and charm which are rare these days in genre fiction.
And if that wasn’t enough, there is a quirky originality to the author’s imagination (the mouse demon in the library and everything that ensues, for example) which will delight and surprise you at every turn. The plot is complex enough to keep you guessing, but easy enough for younger readers to follow. There are twists and surprises along the way and the subplot of the budding romance between the protagonists adds sweetness and humour to off-set some of the darker elements.
I’m usually reluctant to dish out five stars to anything. To deserve five stars, something has to shine. It has to sparkle. It has to zing. It has to delight me to the degree that I can’t believe it only cost me the cover price to read.
London Shadows gets five stars.
The beginning starts out with a gripping fight scene between Freddie and a demon summoned by a mysterious wielder of black magic. A book is always engaging when it starts out with an obstacle for our MC to overcome. So by the time the fighting ended I was fully invested in the book, emotionally attached to the MC, and determined to solve the mystery of the missing young girls alongside Freddie and whoever else happened to be along for the ride.
That someone else came in the form of Sophie. I had a few reservations considering her character. She seemed a bit too dainty to take on demon hunting, but her proper and delicate sensibilities soon gave way to her true spirited nature, and I found that I loved her just as much as I loved Freddie. She wasn't quite the obvious heroine that I'm used to, but was more independently strong and resilient in an understated sort of way.
It took some time for me to sense any chemistry developing between Freddie and Sophie. Certain things she said or did received no reaction from Freddie and vice versa. The romance moves very slowly, which is fine in any novel, but I felt that there were some crucial moments of bonding that just weren't explored with much depth. The book certainly could have been longer with these types of scenes added in, and I wouldn't have complained about it one bit, but I think the author was going for more of a fun, lighthearted adventure without allowing too much of the romantic elements to overshadow the thrill of the mystery. My personal preference, however, is for authors to imbue their story lines with a bit more dialogue and interaction that illuminates that growing romantic connection between the main characters. For me, it simply makes the suspense of the paranormal story line that much more compelling because the characters have more to lose if their emotions are completely invested in one another.
The plot was great fun, and certainly cleverly delivered. There was one plot twist I expected, but wasn't entirely certain until the very end and then a few other plot twists were able to catch me by surprise. I loved it so very much.
There were a few questions left unanswered. We really didn't get much history on the group called the London Shadows or the players involved. I would have liked to have learned more about them as it seemed that this aspect of the plot was briefly touched on and then glossed over. I also wanted to know what was going to happen between Jim and the young lady he had been engaged to. She seemed much more upset about the ending of their engagement. Then for him to say, "Oh well, I am over it," seemed a bit strange. I didn't buy it at all. I'm kind of hoping the author will add a follow up novel to this book and write Jim and his ex-fiance's story with another paranormal adventure thrown in there. She certainly left room for more to follow.
I enjoyed London Shadows. It was a lighthearted, clean romance with plenty of humor, wit and paranormal adventure thrown into the mix. You really can't go wrong with a fun combination like that when an author like J.L. Weaver takes hold of the reigns. Glad to have her in the driver's seat.
I loved this book. It was so well written and the story just draws you in. It is set in the Victorian Era and has a supernatural tone that is written in such a way that you believe the events. I truely loved the story, plot and characters. I can't wait to read more from the author.
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