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Sins & Shadows Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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"Sins & Shadows pulls out all the stops."
"Full of big adventure, big action, and weird magic."
"Dark and fascinating...Lyn Benedict is definitely going to be a writer to watch for." -- Kat Richardson
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Definitely recommended for those who like urban fantasy, those who like fantasy in general, and those who like the conventions of popular thrillers.
Our heroine is Sylvie, the owner of a PI agency. She's about to close up shop and fire her one employee when Kevin Dunne, the God of Justice, walks into the shop and tells her he wants her to find his lost lover Brandon Wolf or else everyone she loves is going to suffer. This urban fantasy takes place in a world where the Gods of Rome are real and just as capricious as the mythos describes them to be.
There are several flaws in this book that detract from this reviewer's enjoyment. "Sins & Shadows" reads like the second book in a series. Terms such as Magicus Mundi, ISI (some kind of government agency), and events within the book are mentioned but not explained fully. If you like me are a character reader this may not be the book for you, Sylvie herself is more of an antihero than a sympathetic lead, so you will not bond with her.
The closing leads me to believe this is the first book in a continuing series for the Shadows. The concept is interesting enough for me to consider picking up the second book, but I would probably have to read a chapter or two in person before I actually made the purchase.
Rebecca Kyle, December 2009
Having said that, the book was refreshing because there are no vampires and no werewolves! There are however plently of Gods - Greek, Egyptian, Judeo-Christian. I enjoyed the world building. Our heroine, Sylvie is fairly typical of this genre- tough, scarred, angry, etc.
The action moves quickly. This is UF not Paranormal Romance. There is a relationship but with a surprising twist that caught me by surprise, and shows that the author is willing to take risks.
All in all, a good read, if a little uneven.I will definitely read the sequel.
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2.5 to 3 stars.
I would give this book more stars for writing style which is very good and some interesting ideas, but the...Read more