Shadowing the Light
by Miranda Turner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a truly impressive first novel. Well done, Miranda Turner.
Warning, this book does have a cliffhanger ending. There is no HFN in this, just a 'to be continued'. This didn't bother me at all as I really enjoy book series that build on one another, but for some readers, this may be a problem without a warning, so consider yourself warned.
The world building was phenomenal, the characters were captivating and the plot was intriguing. She had a good mix of villains, hero's and anti-heroes to keep things complex and keep the reader invested.
In a world where angels, demons and all sorts of supernatural being exist, the main character - Gabriel Sinclair - is not only an aberration, he's an abomination. The child of an Angelus and a Daemon, he should not exist because Angelii and Daemons are forbidden to mate. And yet he does.
Hated and feared by both sides of his nature, he is hunted but the Bellators - warriors of the light - and Tenebrix - warriors of the dark. Both sides seek to destroy him and yet the most powerful of all of the Creator's children - Michael - has helped raise and train Gabriel along with a defected Daemon called Barrabas. In fact, Gabriel calls them both 'uncle'.
In this world, these supernatural beings have a sodalis vitae - a soul mate - and Gabriel's happens to be Evander - leader of the _best_ Bellator team in the biz. Oh and Evander's tried to kill Gabriel a time or two, despite knowing that Gabriel was his mate. Talk about a doomed relationship. But Michael and Barrabas have a mission for the Bellator team and in order to accomplish it, they need to work with Gabriel. Find Gabriel's parents and prevent the end of the world.
The Bellators will have to get over their prejudices and ignorance of how the world really is, stop seeing it in black and white, and stop trying to kill Gabriel. And Gabriel will have to learn how to trust the Bellators to have his back in a fight rather than trying to stab him in it.
But Gabriel's half daemon side is rearing it's ugly head... and it's less than pleased that Evander is less than on board with the whole mate thing. Add to it, someone or something is gunning for Gabriel, hunting those he's helped, and basically trying to make Gabriel's life a living nightmare.
Will these disparate beings learn to trust and perhaps even like each other? Will Gabriel's darkling half win the fight for his soul? Will Evander get his head out of his... posterior and realize what a good thing he has with Gabriel?
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