Review: Shadow Kin by M.J. Scott

Shadow Kin (The Half-Light City #1) by M.J. Scott
Paperback, 324 pages.
Published: Sept. 6th, 2011 by Roc
Source: Purchased
Welcome to the Half-Light City.

Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely…

I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place amongst her kind. They called me “soulless.” An abomination. Perhaps they’re right…I’m a wraith, a shadow who slips between worlds. I was given into the service of a Blood Lord who raised me to be his most feared assassin. Still, I’m nothing more than a slave to my master, and to the need that only he can fulfill…

Then he orders me to kill Simon DuCaine, a powerful sunmage. In the blaze of his magic, my own disappears. Instead of seeking revenge, Simon shows me mercy. He wants to free me. But that’s one thing my master and his kind will never allow.

And even if I thought I could trust Simon, stepping from the shadow into the light isn’t as simple as it sounds…

I was really excited to finally get a chance to start reading this book.  It had sat on my shelf for awhile and was just calling my name.  I love that the cover has this bad-ass looking chick and it has a steampunk vibe about it as well.  Within the pages of the book I found that this is a bad-ass chick but the steampunk is pretty much non-existent.  However that was fine with me.

This one changes the tables for us.  It seems like so often we read about the bad guy who’s done lots of terrible things and feels he’s undeserving of the good girl he falls in love with.  This time it was the girl who had done lots of horrible things and the good guy (though still FIERCE) who falls in love with her.  I liked it, but I felt like maybe the vibe between them could have used a bit more build up before they fell into each others arms.  That was a minor issue though.

The book started out tediously slow for me.  As it’s the start of a series that’s really not too surprising, but I just couldn’t find the patience for it.  So I kept reading a chapter or two here and there between other books.  Then I hit the middle of the book and suddenly I couldn’t put it down and I read the remainder in an evening.  I think learning about the new world and all the creatures in it was just a bit too much for me, but once I got everything figured out and was invested in the characters and their story I found I really loved it, and them.

I loved Simon’s personality straight away.  But Lily had to grow on me a bit.  I felt like she kept us at arms length.  It’s to be expected, she’s gone through a lot.  She has to learn to trust and find her true self that she’s kept hidden for so many years.

Overall this ended up being a good story, and I think that perhaps it may be the start to a great series. {I just looked and it looks like the next book is more of a companion novel, but that’s fine, at least now I’m familiar with the world.} 

This is one adult book that I do recommend for adults.  It has some sex scenes as well as some serious gore in fight scenes.

I purchased this book myself and all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Stories like this that start out really slow are always tricky, but I’m really glad to know that once you hit the middle it picked up and you couldn’t read fast enough. I like knowing that upfront so I know to keep going through the slow parts to get to the good stuff:) Really fabulous review Candace!

  2. I realized way too often that a first in a book can be way too slow. Too focused on world building so that we sadly end up not getting into the story. Mainly this happened with Urban Fantasy series.
    BUT, I also made the experience that then with the second book the series truly takes off and I hope this will happen here! :)

  3. Yeah, the start was a little slow but the rest more than made up for it, for me anyway. I’ll be interested to see where she takes this series.

  4. I agree about the bad ass cover. I am just sad there isn’t more steampunk. I am growing very fond of steampunk. Glad it picked up dramatically after a slow start. Looks like a fun one!

  5. Huh. I hadn’t heard of this one before your review, and to be honest, because of the slow start, it’s probably one I will avoid for a while. But you definitely touched on something that does sound pretty unique with the bad girl/good guy combo.

  6. Huh. I hadn’t heard of this one before your review, and to be honest, because of the slow start, it’s probably one I will avoid for a while. But you definitely touched on something that does sound pretty unique with the bad girl/good guy combo.

  7. Well this could be perfect for me bc I like steampunk but not when it’s too much. I often feel the same in the first book of a series, it’s tedious and more of an introduction which can be dull, but hopefully book 2+ will be more exciting. Great review!

  8. I had some little problems with this book at first and didn’t know if I would read the second, but I finally did and after knowing what I could expect it was better so I hope it will be the same for you.

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