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—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A powerful blend of ancient Egyptian mysticism, urban legend, and genius imagination. . . . This novel is on fire!"
—New York Times bestselling author L.A. Banks
About the Author
- ASIN : B0033CS6CQ
- Publisher : Pocket Books (January 9, 2010)
- Publication date : January 9, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 401 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #461,259 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I feel that the author backed off from real tension (sexual or person to person), but other times forced it (struggle of personalities) where it didn't fit. I liked both the MC and her brand new love possibility (really liked the love possibility's...... companion. Ha!), and that they both were mindful of their newness and their looming responsibilities (to thwart the destruction of the world) but build-up just ended too quick and easy.
I'm thrilled to say that Shadow Blade hit all my happy spots. All of them. I loved it.
I'm not going to summarize the plot here, as it's been done sufficiently in the product description and in more depth in other reviews. I just need to express what I most enjoyed about it. I loved the setting, Atlanta. I was really impressed with the flawless blend of history and mythology that never - for me - bogged down the story or stuttered the plot. I found the lead character, Kira Solomon, to be a stunning blend of intelligence, confidence, and aptitude with her work (both jobs), devotional commitment to her calling, and refreshing innocence and sense of yearning with everything else. Some reviews have criticized that dichotomy, but for me, it made perfect sense. The poor girl has been able to touch exactly NO ONE in her entire life without it ending in coma or death or pain. Twenty-six years of complete physical solitude unless she's killing. The wounds on a person's psyche under those conditions are unimaginable, horrifying, and entirely well represented by Kira's responses to events in Shadow Blade. I believed it utterly and I sympathized completely with her, as my admiration for her as written grew and grew. And kudos to Glass for the masterful development of Kira through the arc of the story. And for me personally, the development of the relationship between Kira and Khefer not only worked and was realistic and believable, but it was laden with both tenderness, hope, and at one point, one of the most sizzling kisses I've read in any novel this year. Exceptionally well done, I thought.
Also tremendously well done - and refreshing for the very sense it made - was Khefer's reaction to Kira's inquiries and curiosity about his four thousand years on the planet. BRILLIANT scene and truly...finally addressed one of the most niggling issues I've ALWAYS had when books include long-lived races or individuals. I've gotten so used to just accepting that a thousand year old vampire has perfect recollection of his time as a human because that's how it almost always seems to be written. But it doesn't make sense if you think about it. A four thousand year old Nubian warrior who didn't even need to learn to read or write prior to the Roman empire?? EXCELLENT! I can't remember what I was doing fifteen years ago on this day. Why should Khefer remember what he was doing fifteen HUNDRED years ago? Brilliant! And I absolutely loved that line about history happening when you're just living your life. There were some real truism gems in that whole scene.
And while I was being impressed by the deft storytelling, the world building, and the character development, I also appreciated that the book included humor. Nansee (Anansi is my favorite secondary character in a book in ages) was a perfect foil in that regard, but even Kira had a sardonic sense of humor that tickled me.
All together, Shadow Blade is definitely standing out as one of the most thoroughly satisfying - on every level, from technical to emotional - books I've had the pleasure to read this year. I had one...not complaint, really, more like an issue. I felt the final conflict with the Avatar was never fully realized. It seemed a bit short and underdeveloped for all the build up. That one issue is not enough to dim my deep appreciation and admiration for Shadow Blade as a whole, however. If you're interested in a genuinely unique and richly pleasurable urban fantasy series, I'd highly recommend you give Seressia Glass' Shadow Blade a try.
Top reviews from other countries
If you like urban fantasy, ancient egyptian or zoroastrian world views, women who are raw in emotion and courageous in the face of fear, womwn who feel deeply and are nog told to mutd themselves, if you are neurodiverse or have ever felt separated or marginalised, if you love Lost Girl, Alias, Buffy, Wynonna Earp, Black Lightening, Rick Riordan, Illona Andrews, Ann Aguirre...
Just buy it.
I guarantee it'll be a favourite by chapter two.
Cw: loss of sanity, loneliness/isolation from friends and family.
Shadow Blade is the story of Kira, a Shadowchaser and a person with exceptional powers, trained from young to fight the forces of evil (the Shadow). The story is set in modern Atlanta and Kira must ally herself with others fighting on the side of light to prevent a powerful ancient artifact from falling into the hands of the Shadow and bringing an end to world as we know it.
The tie-in with Ancient Egypt and other African cultures is a very nice touch and Ms Glass has obviously done her research for this book! I've given it 5 stars for the plot, the character development and the enjoyment it gave me reading it! I look forward to reading the other titles in the series.