Top positive review
Well Written and Fun YA/NA/Adult Urban Fantasy.
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2018
Nice first book in this new YA/NA UF series. There is a (free) prequel, Penumbra, that you can read beforehand. It isn't necessary to have read it, you do get caught up pretty well in Shadow Magic, but I think it would be helpful to read it first - it's not a long novella.
This time there are minor gods/entities being killed, which creates a rift in the environment and the system, and the Lorica are investigating. Dustin gets to brush up on his shadowstepping and learn some magic creation as well. Oh, and there are portals. Everyone seems to like Dustin. He's charming, and good looking - just ask him, he'll tell you. He's still reeling from his premature and nasty death and coping with the new world he finds himself in, but he still cruises past his dad's house and wishes he could go in and tell him he's okay. It hurts to see his dad obviously grieving.
The same characters in Penumbra pop up - lovely, kickass Prudence and handsome, motorcycle riding, and annoying-to-Dustin, Bastion. Thea, Dustin's Lorica boss. Herald the archivist/alchemist. Vanitas the telepathic sword, and quite a few new characters, like Gil the werewolf, Sterling the vampire and their... interesting boss, Carver.
All in all I’m really enjoying the Darkling Mage world so far. It’s a good series for YA/NA and adult readers alike. I’m very much looking forward to book #2. I hope the author brings it and doesn't spare any action - for better or for worse. You better believe I’m counting on it all. Mwahaha!!