Monday, August 20, 2012

{Review} Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla


A Shaede Assassin Novel #1
by Amanda Bonilla
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Pages/Format: 316; Mass Market Paperback & e-book
Source: Purchased

"I'd learned the hard way that love is nothing more than the sharpest blade, and it can easily be turned against you. I refused to let anyone have that kind of power over me ever again."

Darian has lived alone for almost a century in the shadows of the night. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

Darian finds herself struggling to keep her employer, Tyler, at arm's length, especially since his seductive smile makes her want to break her rules about love. The work he offers is necessary to protect the innocent—and a welcome distraction. But when Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she has taken on more than her conscience will allow, but a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished.
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Shaedes of Gray is the urban fantasy novel that immediately flicks on the curiosity switch inside of readers. Amanda Bonilla paints the picture of a naive but strong Shaede, and gives her a destiny that can only be defined in terms of time.

Darian only knows how to be an assassin. When Azriel made her, he only taught her how to fight, and left her in the dark regarding the supernatural community surrounding her. The world Bonilla creates is unique and as close to reality as an urban fantasy novel can get. The abundance of familiar creatures featured makes it easier to adjust to the idea of a Shaede and the unusual powers one possesses.

It's all in the words when it comes to understanding the plot of Shaedes of Gray. When Darian isn't threatening the king of Shades, Xander, or training with the guard of all guards, Raif, she's learning about what she is and what she's meant to be. With a little bit of romance thrown into the mix, Shaedes of Gray is branded as a fabulous beginning to the series of Shaede Assassin novels. 

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