Review: Shadow Marked by Rebecca Hamilton & Jasmine Walt
For years, Detective Brooke Chandler has been deliberately shielded from the supernatural world. But now that the supernaturals know about her, there’s no line they won’t cross to harness her powers for their own wicked needs.
To stay alive, Brooke needs to learn what it means to be a Shadow. Unfortunately, the one person willing to help her may be just as guilty of using her unique skills for his own gain as the people she is trying to escape.
Her training comes at a price: helping a fae lord find several dangerous artifacts and shadowing them from his enemies. But the more she uses her abilities, the deeper she becomes embroiled in the cutthroat societies closing in on her. Soon, Brooke finds herself hemmed into a corner, condemned to make an impossible choice that might destroy the human world as she knows it.
Find out what happens next in SHADOW MARKED, the second novel in the hit new urban fantasy series readers are comparing to early Anita Blake and the Fever Series.
“He might have pulled the trigger,” Tom said, backing me up against a tree, “but it was because of you, you little bitch.” He grabbed me by the throat and hauled me up against the rough bark. I clawed at his grasp; his hand was cold, the skin peeling off to reveal the dead, rank flesh beneath. “I was a good soldier, and I did everything I was told. And still I died, because of his obsession with some silver-haired bitch.” Brooke. Maddick’s voice whispered in my head as I struggled for breath. Don’t let it do this. Yer stronger than this vile creature.
REVIEW: Shadow Marked is a continuation of The Shadows of Salem series. In this novel, both authors find a wonderfully enticing flow with their words. Readers who have enjoyed reading any of either authors’ work, will be mesmerized by this paranormal fantasy series as well. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a rare type of magic flowing through your veins? To be the instant talk of the supernatural community? Detective Brooke Chandler has already figured out that life can be pretty tough, getting by in the real world after her transfer to Salem PD—but she is just starting to learn about the supernatural realm that no one knows exists right under their noses. As if vampires weren’t enough, how will Brooke deal with the witch covens, ghost haunts, and fae lords, too?
After the death of Father James and her fiancé, Tom—Brooke Chandler becomes filled with guilt. Her partner, Detective Baxter, was supposedly the brother of Father James—even if it was a ruse, fictitious memories planted to aid the wrong-doings of the evil warlock who was after her magical energy. It doesn’t change the fact that it is now what he believes to have always been true. The hurt in his eyes alone, as he tries endlessly to find evidence that just isn’t there…it eats away at her conscience. With the help of a fae lord, Maddock, Brooke is beginning to understand her powers and use them—the training that has long since been denied to her by her Uncle Oscar as a way of protection after her parents were murdered. She has been given quests to accompany Maddock on occasion to find four powerful artifacts, but she doesn’t quite understand what his intentions are for them yet. With an uninvited guest visiting her apartment, requesting that Brooke now repay her debt, providing the artifacts to her instead—Brooke is at an impasse. As if that is not enough, the local coven—her mother’s coven—has set to blackmailing her to join their coven under pretense of outing her deep dark secret to the world about what really happened to her fiancé and Father James on the night of their death. Can she keep her secrets and appease all parties that want something from her, or will the end come quickly?
Both authors, Walt and Hamilton, have really shown that they can work quite well together. They have formulated a wonderful story line with superb character development and an interesting world. The pace of this novel is fast, making it easy to read; however, there are some spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. It is recommended that the first in the series is read prior to reading Shadow Marked, since there are various quips and explanations that would not be understood without previously reading Shadow Born. If you are a reader of paranormal suspense and fantasy, this may be perfect for you.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Rebecca Hamilton, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Shadow Marked by Rebecca Hamilton and Jasmine Walt.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: REBECCA HAMILTON & JASMINE WALT
Somewhere in between using magic to disappear booboos and sorcery to heal emotional wounds, she takes to her fictional worlds to see what perilous situations her characters will find themselves in next.
Represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, Rebecca has been published internationally, in three languages.
JASMINE WALT: NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL Bestselling Author Jasmine Walt is obsessed with books, chocolate, and sharp, pointy objects. Somehow, those three things melded together in her head and transformed into a desire to write. Usually fantastical stuff, with a healthy dose of action and romance. Her characters are a little (okay, a lot) on the snarky side, and they swear, but they mean well. Even the villains sometimes.