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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Book Review: A Cast of Shadows by Hailey Edwards
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Araneae Nation, book 2.5
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Source: From author for review
Buy it here: Amazon
For more information visit Hailey Edwards' website
Reviewed by: Stephanie
For the men of the Deinopidae clan, it's a rite of passage to follow the river and return with wealth and a mate. Daraja wants to same experience as her brothers so she sets out to find a mate of her own. Once the Paladin of a mercenary clan, Brynmor fell in battle to come back and have his spirit bound to the alpha of a canis pack. Brynmor thought he was content with his new existence outside the walls of his former home but when he crosses paths with Daraja, he begins to want things he may no longer be allowed to have.
I had a strong dislike for Brynmor when this series first started. How could I not after what he did to Isolde, the mate he claimed to love. But there are two sides to every story and after learning Brynmor's and seeing that he didn't make excuses for his actions, I've disembarked the Brynmor hate train. He's a passionate yet stern leader that cares for those he's been charged with protecting. Whether they walk on 2 legs or run in the wild on 4.
Daraja breaks her people's tradition when she decides to set out and find her own mate rather than wait for the river to bring one to her. I loved that about her as well as the changes she makes throughout the book. She goes from wanting to find a husband and riches she can take back home to wanting more of an adventure and perhaps someone to be at her side along the way. I can't really say I was convinced that person was Brynmor the entire time. There's an age difference that shows in the way they hold themselves and in Daraja's inexperience in a few things. Also, I can't really stand ghost/human relationships. Not that it's the case exactly, I don't want to give away too much, but there were a couple moments were it came too close for my taste.
Someone is hunting the canis and Daraja is persuaded to help Brynmor and the alpha he's bound to, Errol, catch who is responsible. Errol has a surprising amount of depth for being a wolf and if he was human, he'd make one heck of a hero.
Any time I can come back to the Araneae Nation is a treat. There's a lot packed into 100ish pages and though I wasn't won over by them as a couple, Daraja and Brynmor make each scene count. They're memorable characters and I'm not sure how they'd be able to come back but I hope to see them both again.