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Shadows Wake (A Ruadhan Sidhe Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
And Rowan’s sick of running scared. But she has to continue, because she also harbours a dark power that emerges only when she’s afraid or in danger.
A power that can kill indiscriminately.
When she moves to Australia, a street fight reveals Rowan's abilities to a stranger, Fynn, and she must decide whether to run again or stay and risk discovery by her pursuers. Her mother has found happiness with a new partner and Rowan is reluctant to wreck it. So, after foiling another kidnap attempt, Rowan makes her decision. The time has come to stand her ground.
Fynn becomes and unexpected ally, with promises to help fight her unknown enemy – and to reveal the truth behind her extraordinary abilities. But what’s his agenda? Can he be trusted?
And who are the Mors Ferrum operatives he says are chasing Rowan? What do they want? What is the ocair thing they keep asking about?
Rowan has too many questions and not enough answers; too many unknowns - including herself.
For what happens if the darkness lurking in her mind wakes and comes out to play?
(Author's note: Not a vampire, shapeshifter or zombie story, in case you were wondering)
- ASIN : B07B5ZZKRN
- Publisher : Computing Advantages & Training P/L; 1st edition (March 25, 2018)
- Publication date : March 25, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2739 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,189 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have to say, this began as a favour for a friend - beta reading a novel not really in my genre. Well before the end of the book, though, I was keen to know what was going to happen next - in fact I volunteered to read the next book purely so I could selfishly find out what happened next (I could tell you, but...)
Aiki has a lovely way with words. For a start, it's great to read something set in Australia, in places I recognised - although the descriptions are so vivid someone who's never been here would get the picture. And some of the dialogue was just hilarious. The fight scenes and descriptions of throwing knives were clearly written by someone who knows - Aiki regularly runs writer's workshops on fighting, especially for women, and in this book that knowledge and first-hand experience is on show.
Great stuff. I recommend it
Rowan has unusual abilities, abilities that set her apart from those around her and also make her a target. But it is when she meets someone who seems to know who and what she is that propels her on a journey of self-discovery she is not prepared for. Watching Rowan as she grappled with the darkness inside her, while trying to discover the truth about who she was, made for an interesting and intriguing read. I liked that she wasn’t perfect, her flaws bringing her to life. She had limitations on her powers and made errors of judgement. But she also owned up to the fact that she had made mistakes and was doing her best to protect her mother no matter what. This made her a likeable character, and one I could relate to.
The actions scenes were intense and realistic, putting me in the middle of the story even as I cringed in anticipation of when Rowan would discover how she had been deceived and who by. For Rowan, the story is one of self-discovery in which each new revelation pushes her further from the person she had believed herself to be. Yet rather than let her spirit be crushed by what she discovers, Rowan is determined to keep on fighting, to keep those she cares about safe. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to discover what new adventures Rowan becomes caught up in during her quest for the truth and to be free of her enemies.
The story opens with a young Rowan Gilmore backed into a corner at ChristChurch by two armed men who want to kidnap her for reasons she doesn’t understand. Her friend, Sarah, reveals the men threatened her mother and forced her to give up Rowan’s location. Angry and hurt, a dark power awakens within Rowan, and she ends up killing her attackers in cold blood.
Flash forward to the modern day, and we find Rowan and her mother Anna in Australia two years later. They haven’t had any signs of being pursued, and Anna is getting romantically involved with a mysterious Mitch in her company. Rowan, while training in the employee gym, makes the aquaintance of Mitch’s son Paul, who she accidentally knocks out in self defense. She’s able to convince him he fell and escapes having to explain her unusual strength, but ends up being forced to meander her way out of a date.
Paul, who isn’t used to being told “no” for anything, gives up after a mini-fit of disappointment and leaves. On her way home, Rowan gets mugged by two men and defends herself. Here she meets Fynn, a mysterious young man who seems to know something about why the men from her childhood were after her. Problem is, he has an agenda of his own.
What follows is a fast paced urban fantasy with strong sci-fi elements, combining Celtic myth, science, and young adult themes into a powerful action narrative. I really enjoyed the first person writing style and strong authorial voice that Flinthart employs throughout the novel. It kept me turning pages long into the night, as did the complex motivations of her supporting cast.
I also loved how Flinthart deftly avoids the “love triangle” trope so often foisted on female-led Urban Fantasy these days, and how she didn’t shy away from the sexually charged nature of some of the encounters between Fynn and Rowan.
The one complaint I have is that Paul felt a little underdeveloped, and the ending was less enticement and more cliffhanger. One of the major subplots in the book, the meaning of the mysterious word ocair, is left unsolved by the end, which was a bit of a disappointment. I would’ve kept reading to the next book either way, and it felt more like a tease than good storytelling.
5/5, thoroughly enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next one!
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It’s the many and varied fight sequences where the writing shines. The author gives a real, grounded physical feel to any conflict that attests to an attention detail that leads me to picture a suffering uke who the author has walked through many of these sequences to get the details just right.
My only minor quibble with the ‘empire strikes back’ ending is that leaves me wondering what has happened to some of the characters, but that’s the ideal way to leave the reader anticipating the next book in the series.