Book Review: Shadow's Curse by: Alexa Egan

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy featuring shape-shifters in Regency-era England.

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

Imnada Brotherhood series: Awaken the Curse (.5), Demon's Curse (1), Unleash the Cruse (1.5), Shadow's Curse (2), Vanquish the Curse (2.5), Warrior's Curse (3)

Review: Callista Hawthorne is a necromancer, gifted by the Fey blood running through her maternal side. She’s under the thumb of her brother, Branston, who uses her abilities for his own financial gain. He has also promised her virtue to a man, Mr. Corey, whose dark nature longs to consume Callista and her abilities for his own. David St. Leger is an Imnada exile, suffering from a terrible curse and its deadly palliative. He is captured by Mr. Corey’s men, a prisoner just as much as Callista. David knows she’s part-Fey, one of the Others – the Imnada’s ancient enemies. Yet right now they need each other to escape Mr. Corey and stay safe, but soon they may want each other, too…

I enjoyed ‘Shadow’s Curse’, the second book of the Imnada Brotherhood. I was intrigued by the unique aspects of Callista’s necromantic abilities and the traveling carnival David and Callista used for cover. I like how Ms. Egan’s shifters are different from the typical shifter. I didn’t feel very connected to Callista and David, but I enjoyed their adventure and romance very much. I’m looking forward to the next books in this series just to see how all the pieces and couples fit together to save the cursed Imnada. Fascinating settings, interesting characters, and a ton of exciting action, ‘Shadow’s Curse’ will have lovers of this series on the edge of their seats!

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