A great start to a new trilogy,
This review is from: Shadow Fox (Kindle Edition)
Jared felt lost in a world he didn't seem to connect with. He was confused, not knowing who he really was, who his family was, or where he came from. He often had dreams or perhaps they were memories he didn't always understand, and painful blackouts that the only solution available to him was to become an addict. Jared was pretty much one of those tortured souls, who made decisions that weren't always in his best interest. But, it was hard to find fault with him. Throughout all that, he had been an inspiring teacher...until he slept with someone he shouldn't have. Oh yeah...he liked his woman. So buh-by job. Then, his supplier wanted the money he felt Jared owed him, which of course he didn't have. Fortunately, an old mentor had told Jared of a job opportunity in America as a Master Swordman. So, naturally, he took it. I really enjoyed Jared's character. Not because he was the hero perse....but, that he had been easy to engage with . He didn't have all the answers, he made mistakes, and he really did try to do the right thing. I loved that he was passionate about his music and his swordsmanship. But most of all, I liked that he was flawed. It was easy to understand his anger and confusions. He never seemed to get a break, and because of that fact, I felt bad for him.
Tarika had been trying to find the best of the best in sword fighting. She pretty much went through everyone, until Jared. She was a kindred spirit to Jared. Both having a past that not only defined them, but will eventually clash with each other. When I first read her character, I was uncertain about her motives. Oh yeah..she had secrets. I even suspected what they were. But by the end of the book, she just flat out pissed me off.
Part of the story's environment felt gritty, harsh, and authentic. Yet, when the character's past and present flowed from current earth to the other world, it was then that the story felt epic and fantastical. I loved the way the author told of Jared's past through a journal. The back story filled in alot of blanks, not to mention, it moved the story forward. The author did an amazing job with the detail and history she put into his father's perspective. It was nice to learn about his past, as Jared did. On the other hand, I didn't care for the deception of Tarika and how her past and her secrets were revealed....but then again, she did pissed me off. I think that should be considered good writing on the authors part, you know.... to pull out such emotion towards a character in a reader.
Overall, Shadow Fox was primarily a dark fantasy, but it did have a paranormal romance twist to it. The action sequences were well done. The plot was not only intriguing, but suspenseful. I couldn't help but wonder, what would happen next. Lastly, the characters are well defined and very compelling. The only thing that really pissed me off...yes, besides Tarika...was the way this book ended. OMG, this author was such a tease. There it was, the story was flowing amazingly smooth, then chomp, cliffhanger. Now, I am going to have to wait anxiously for the next installment, Fox Rising to come out. *sighs* But, I suspect it will be worth it as Shadow Fox was a great beginning to what looks to be a great trilogy