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By Virtue Fall: A Song of the Shadowdance (Shadowdance saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, March 8, 2014
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About the Author
The son of a sharecropper (not really), Mark Wooden has actively pursued the dream of being a Creative since his epic kindergarten work, "Ne-Ne the Vampire Panda.” He draws inspiration from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Blade," decades of Batman and "X-Men" comic books and conspiracy epics "24" and "The X-Files." He'd be remiss if he didn't mention the influence of a certain Frank Miller-created assassin named Elektra. Mark mines his two decades of experiences in live entertainment to instill humanity into the vampires, demons, werewolves, sorcerers and other creatures of his “Shadowdance” urban fantasy saga. The novels allow readers to confront the evil that men and monsters do from the comfort of a book. “By Virtue Fall: A Song of the Shadowdance" is the first novel in the "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga. Look into the shadows and see horror in action.
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This book was action packed from the first page, when Makeda steals one of the Vyntari shards from a mystical temple that is shrouded on Mount Kanchenjunga, and doesn’t let up until the end. One of the reasons why I really liked this book. Sometimes, and I have said this in other posts, a girl just needs nonstop action in her book. I liked that there were different fighting styles shown (Japanese was the main one). The nerd in me cheered when Michael Freeman had a quarterstaff and used it while blind. I also liked the epic fight scenes. Every single one with Adriana was epic.
Now, the blood and gore in this book might be a little too much but it is needed. This book isn’t heart, flowers and happy endings. It is a book about revenge and revenge can be a little bloody if you are a vampire on a mission. Take for instance the killing of the international pop star. Talk about an image that is burned into your brain. That had to have been the goriest deaths in a book that I have read in a while.
Adriana took a while to grow on me but she did. During the course of the book, you could see her going from this heartless assassin to a vampire who wanted to make amends with those she hurt (even if they hated her and wanted her dead). She was so full of rage and I liked how she turned that rage into a finely honed weapon.
What I really liked was the way Adriana was turned into a vampire. Talk about a different way of doing it and again, refreshing to read. I actually like his way better than the usual way that vampires are spawned. Less chance of rogue vampires running around and the vampire population is kept under strict control.
Another first for me was that the author hyperlinked main characters bios into the story. So, all I had to do was tap the name and it went right to the bio on the book’s website. I found that it was easier to do that (and not lose my place in my book) then to go looking for it. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and it can be a little difficult navigating at times. So to have that information at my fingertips was great!!!
The storylines were not resolved in this book and the book was ended in a way that it was left wide open for book 2.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**
I'm about 70% into the book and just can't finish it. I read a new book about ever 2-3 days and read every single day. I've been on this one a week and have no desire to even pick it back up. I hate TV but have found myself watching TV to avoid finishing this book. Great fight scenes but that's about it. What is it even about? We've learned basically nothing throughout this book about any of the characters and what they heck they all want with this shard and frankly I really don't care. This book has failed to keep my attention from page one. And that is very rare for me. It's not poorly written, and I found only a few typos; which is unusual. It's just....boring me to death. Apparently, I'm alone in that assessment because the other reviews are far more positive than mine. But really? If I'm 70% into the book and still have no clue what the actual story is about (who's even the MAIN character), what's the point? The only entertaining parts are during battles. I'm sorry but I just can't finish it. Good luck to the rest of you. And apparently this book is an updated version of a previous publication. Ouch! Btw, I have read worse, but not many.
There are many supernatural characters—vampires, werewolves, golems, socerers—but the story does not seem to belong to anyone.There is a lot of action, though, without good character development, the fighting seems gratuitous, almost as if Mr. Wooden included the battles just because he enjoyed writing them. For these reasons, I think By Virtue Fall would appeal more to the YA audience than to adults or to readers who enjoy a more developed story.
violence in this book. But it is well thought-out is he wonderful
story-lines. It is told multiple points of view.
The main story follows a young woman Adriana who is turned into
a vampire during the age of Mozart. She literally knew him; she
was a sweet young woman. That is till she is taken by The
Daughters of Lilith, and trained to be an assassin. But she is so
tired of the leader lying to her. And she turns against them and
sets on a quest to get her revenge. Unfortunately for her there are
so many people after her. Even the good guys were after her
(The knights of Vyntari). But she needs to quit throwing a tantrum
and talk to the knights. They may be help to her. If she can see
beyond her rage.
Now before I ruin this for you I will leave off here. I hope
you enjoy this book as much as I did. If you do like this
book, please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like
it when you do; they value your opinions too.