Publisher: Rogue Gargoyle Books
Publication Date: August 2, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Order Links: Amazon
Synopsis: Natalie’s parents weren't the nurturing type—and she has the physical and emotional wounds to prove it. For sixteen years she’s hidden behind a wall of sarcasm and decadent desserts, but now her father is back, and she has only one thought: to kill him before he can hurt the family that took her in.
But there’s more to his darkness than even his own daughter can understand, and a gun is no defense against magic that can raise the dead.
It turns out those scars he left on Natalie’s back were more than just a sadistic hobby. Now her father demands that she finish a ritual so ancient, so terrifying, that even the vampires and werewolves are nervous.
Can anyone protect her?
Review: Natalie grew up being tortured, emotionally and physically, by the very people who were supposed to love her – her parents. When she was 16, she went to live with her best friend, but she still lives with the scars. Now 32, Natalie has decided to find her father and end him before he can come back for her again. What Natalie doesn’t know is her father is already back and determined to complete the complex ritual he began when she was born. When even supernaturals are scared of what her father can do, how does Natalie stand a chance against him – especially when she has no idea there is another world beyond her own…?
‘The Darkness of Shadows’ is a unique urban fantasy novel with a very normal main character in Natalie. She’s physically and psychologically scarred, but she’s a lot stronger than she knows. I was quickly drawn into Natalie’s world. As Natalie discovered the hidden world her parents belonged to, so does the reader. There’s not a lot of mythology to remember as you read, which I think is good, but plenty of magical action. I loved Natalie’s sarcastic wit, determination, and undying loyalty to her family of the heart. With the surprising ending, I can’t wait to see where the author takes Natalie next! Full of mystery, magic, and action, ‘The Darkness of Shadows’ will captivate your senses!