Top positive review
One of my favorite Shadows!
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
OK, what can I say that hasn't been said before? Kris Michaels always writes an excellent story. Smoke and Charley are a fabulous addition to the Shadow/Guardian family, especially Charley.
Charley's mysterious past will keep new readers guessing but those who have read the first 22 Guardians (Kings, Defenders, and Shadows) will know who she is. Smoke's past and present bring some angst to his story, especially concerning Sage (he needs to come back and get his own story). More of the second generation of Shadows are introduced (Phoenix is standing out as my favorite, so far) and they are just as interesting as the first generation and their assignment of a codename for Charley is adorable. Between the action scenes, there is plenty of time for conversations between the characters giving us more insight into their personalities. Of course, no Guardian is ever alone anymore, so there are several guest appearances from familiar faces including a man that really does know everything about Guardian (abso-freaking-lutely loved his cameo).
Overall, fast paced, well written, great characters (both new and old), and most of all, keeps your attention through the whole story. You don't have to read all the books before this one but to get the background and understand all of the players - you should start at the beginning and work your way to Smoke.