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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Book Review: Shadow Reaper (Shadowlands Series) by Amos Cassidy

This story has strong world building (but strong language too).
Shadow Reaper (Shadowlands Series)
by Amos Cassidy

File Size: 3735 KB
Print Length: 306 pages
Publisher: Kindle Press (September 13, 2016)
Genre: Dark Fantasy
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0

Only the bravest go over the Horizon...
Twenty years ago the barriers between worlds came down and our reality was swallowed up by the Shadowlands. Now we scavenge to survive, until one day there’s nothing left to reap. Starvation is around the corner, but I’m not the roll over and wait-to-die kinda girl. Nope, I’m going further than anyone has ever been and returned to tell the tale. I’m going into the Beyond, and I’m not coming back without a solution.
Dark urban fantasy with a post-apocalyptic twist.

Ash and her big brother, Clay, (older by a year) watched their parents starve while they refused to allow the teens to become Reapers. Now the two live in the underground Shelter because Ash signed on as a Reaper who goes out to the Shadowlands to scavenge for food, medicines or anything else that might help the survivors who live in Shelter. Scavenging is becoming scarce and the resources are being used up – even if the leadership is hiding that secret. Ash is prepared to go beyond the Horizon into the Beyond to find a solution to save her brother and her new ‘family’.

Ash gets another strong Reaper, Bernadette, to help her on her suicide quest. They do find food but they also find major trouble. As the Shadows begin to swallow them something strange occurs. They survive to struggle to a haven in the Shadowlands. The place is a refuge for all sorts of creatures, including humans although the humans are little more than slaves in this bizarre facility. There are god-like leaders -- aka controllers-- who recognize that there is something special and unique about Ash. They are willing to protect her while they figure out who or what she is but meanwhile her friend has been sold to the Traders.

Ash isn’t about to help anyone until she gets help rescuing her friend. There is another being who can help her, but he is part beast who may, or may not, be able to control himself. Despite the extreme danger he will face, Daemon agrees to take Ash to another realm where Bernadette has been taken. Daemon is soon captured and Ash must find a way to rescue him next.

I did have trouble with the beginning which is liberally peppered with the “f” word. I almost stopped at about 15% in but I am glad that I pushed through because I did enjoy the story once I managed to ignore the language. There are also liberal sexual orientations shared in the story. They are nicely and respectfully handled so I wasn’t bothered by them but their presence should be noted for those who don’t want to read about homosexual and bisexual characters.

I enjoyed the fast-pace of this story with its diverse and interesting characters. I liked all of the diverse creatures and strong characters. The world building is very good and the danger and action kept me engaged, skimming past the bad language, as I wanted to know what would happen next.

This is another title I received for free through a multi-author promotion.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an interesting story, I might give it a try. I'll do like you did, skip over the bad language though while reading.


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