Shadow Walker Trilogy, Book 1
by Tiffany Shand
YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
After her enforcer teammates are killed in a bust gone wrong, Denai witch Charlie McCray struggles to carry on working the job without them. Using her gift of communicating with the dead, she's determined to get justice and find those responsible no matter what. But her only clue to go on is a mysterious orb with a deadly reputation that everyone wants to get their hands on.
The only one who may be able to help her figure out their deaths, and the connection to the orb is the dark and sexy demon from her past. Convinced she's his life mate, to her denial, Charlie isn't happy to see him again. Can they really work together as partners to track down the truth whilst ignoring the ever-growing attraction between them?
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With fast-paced scenes, characters to feel for and a rocky romance, this is a fantasy to pick up and get lost in.
Charlie is a witch and a top enforcer in a type of police force, but when a bust goes bad and her friends die, she struggles to gain her footing again. When the chance to catch her team's murderer arises, she can't turn it down. Not only does it mean putting her own life in the line as she hunts down the dangerous enemy, but she's forced to face her own past and the life-time bond to a sexy demon she's been trying to ignore.
The first page already draws into action pure and continues down this stream the entire way through. Charlie lives a dangerous life, but she's no push-over. Her strong and powerful exterior is inspiring, while her own self-doubt and problems with denial make her hard not to feel for and like. She's kick-butt but she doesn't always win and has some lessons to learn on the way. Her decisions and actions are not illogical but understandable, even when they aren't always right. In other words, she's easy to cheer for and cry with when things go wrong.
This is a vibrant world with plenty of action scenes. Something is always happening, and most of it hits unexpected. There are many questions to be answered, not all of which are tied up by the end of the book. But being a series, that only means there's more to look forward to. The beginning sails in quick and I did find myself wishing there might have been a book before this one to fill in some holes—ones which must have had exciting scenes to go with them. But everything stands fairly solid, with only a few unexplained stumbles toward the end when the pace suddenly comes across as rushed (which is too bad considering this book really isn't that long and could have been drawn out.) I really loved the characters enough to have wished they would have stuck around a little bit longer. But that will wait until book two as well.
The romance is a wonderful push and shove. There is a ton of dislike and uncertainty, but the hero has everything needed to knock it up a notch or two. The interest grows with time and fits nicely into Charlie's own emotional development. It's definitely a love story with lots of pricks and surprises.
This is sold as a young adult novel, and although the material is appropriate for this audience, Charlie does not come across as a teen. She's working in a normal career, waiting for marriage proposals and has both feet fully planted in life. In other words, it's a book adults will easily feel at home in. There are also a few editing hiccups, but nothing to ruin the story. I definitely can't wait to see where the next book goes.
And here she is. . .
Tiffany Shand started writing short stories when she was a child. She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens.
Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance. She writes both non-fiction and fiction, and love helping writers to build their author platforms.
After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s, she is now a freelance writer and professional editor.
Tiffany lives in Essex with her family and two very spoiled cats.
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