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Shadows Till Sunrise: A Lilly Meratoliage Novel (Volume 1) Paperback – September 11, 2014
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Author's Note: This urban fantasy romance is approximately 51,000 words, and a brief excerpt from a Lilly Meratoliage prequel (from MONSTER HUNTERS) is added at the end. SHADOWS TILL SUNRISE is the first full-length Lilly Meratoliage novel, but you can enjoy Lilly's previous adventures as a kick-ass villain in some of the Vampire Babylon series, along with the novella "Raising the Darkness" and the novelette "The Girl with No Name." In other words, if you want the full Lilly experience, this is the order in which you would read:
*A DROP OF RED, Vampire Babylon, Book Four
*THE PATH OF RAZORS, Vampire Babylon, Book Five
*DEEP IN THE WOODS, Vampire Babylon, Book Six
*"Raising the Darkness," included in the MONSTER HUNTERS collection or available in print in its own compilation called RAISING THE DARKNESS
*"The Girl with No Name"
*SHADOWS TILL SUNRISE
By the way, SHADOWS TILL SUNRISE itself is available in print if you'd like it to be on your keeper shelf!
I hope you enjoy this spin-off. Lilly is great fun to write, and I have a thing for Philippe Angier. I've always liked pirates, whether they just have the attitude or they're the real thing.
About the Author
Chris Marie Green is the author of the Vampire Babylon series (including a spin-off Lilly Meratoliage urban fantasy romance series), the Final Girls Books, and the Jensen Murphy: Ghost for Hire series. She also wrote THE SHE CODE, a New Adult Single Girl (AKA Geek Lit) novel with artwork by Billy Martinez of Neko Press Comics.
As Christine Cody, she penned the supernatural post-apocalyptic Western Bloodlands trilogy. She also writes romance as RITA-nominated Crystal Green.
When Chris isn't knee-deep in creating fantasy worlds, she spends her time devouring all the pop culture available to her and avoiding international incidents while traveling. You can get a peek at all her personalities at chrismariegreen.com, and she's also on Facebook (facebook.com/people/Chris-Marie-Green/1051327765 ) and Twitter @ChrisMarieGreen.
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Several cool elements set this novel apart. First, the heroine, Lilly, was the antagonist in an earlier series of this author's. (Don't worry; I hadn't read the earlier books and yet understood this book fine.) She was apparently pretty evil, so the author did a great job of rehabilitating her and making her sympathetic here.
Second, the heroine forgets everything when she sleeps and wakes up not even knowing her name. This is one of my favorite tropes, and the author handles it as well as Gene Wolfe did in SOLDIER OF THE MIST. Lilly's memory loss became more and more poignant through the book as I realized how much it was costing her.
Third, she has amazing magic hoodoo boots that seem to be sentient. I loved how she and the boots interacted.
Fourth, it's set in New Orleans. As a past and future New Orleanean, I was a little disappointed that the novel took place only in the touristy areas of my beautiful city. Still, any book set in New Orleans gets points from me.
The love interest, Philippe, was everything one could hope for in a hero, and he and the heroine were great together as a detecting team.
The mystery had satisfying and unexpected twists and turns. The supplemental characters were fleshed out—but with some secrets left unexplained; I hope future books let us learn more about Sin, Jean-Marie (a girl, despite her name), and especially hoodoo woman Amari.
Strongly recommended for fans of urban fantasy.
This is a Vampire Babylon spin-off (a Lilly Meratoliage urban fantasy romance)
Received an author's copy for review
When last we say Lilly she was burned and her mouth was in a frozen scream. Now we find her in New Orleans, aided by a White Witch Amari and a psychic Philippe Angier. This story grips you from the beginning.
Yes she is still running from and hunting the Meratoliage when the find her but there are other paranormal activities that are included in this book.
Lilly after she ran away from her "family" she met Amari. She fashioned a pair of vine boots for Lilly that became a part of her body. Theses boots "transformed" Lilly into a beautiful young woman who had no burns or scars. The side affect? Every night when Lilly slept the boots "healed" her and when she awoke the next night she had no memory of the day before.
Not long after Phillipe met Lilly he attempted to turn her over to her family for the money. To say he had a change of heart is an understatement. He cares deeply for Lilly and is hurt that when she has her deep healing sleep she does not remember him.
Together they investigate a "phantom" who killed a couple, the woman tied to a tree and the man with a with saber.
If you love suspense, mystery, and a very well written story, then this is the book for you.
I personally hope Chris writs more adventures of Lilly Meratoliage.
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