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  1. says:

    First book report card Creativity above average Ancient Egyptian and general anthropology knowledge is a bonus.Magical system above average Based partly on relationships with Egyptian deities, with nary a werewolf in sight Female heroine above average Slightly Mary Sue in physical abilities, I suggest meeting with counseling regarding emotional issues Pacing needs focus on balancing action with investigation, flashbacks and information sharing.Plotting acceptable Light versus Shadow p First book report card Creativity above average Ancient Egyptian and general anthropology knowledge is a bonus.Magical system above average Based partly on relationships with Egyptian deities, with nary a werewolf in sight Female heroine above average Slightly Mary Sue in physical abilities, I suggest meeting with counseling regarding emotional issues Pacing needs focus on balancing action with investigation, flashbacks and information sharing.Plotting acceptable Light versus Shadow plot shows signs of tropism, so will bear watching Attitude acceptable While there is some tendency towards self pity, it is a relief to not have minimal snark or witticisms while facing conflict.Language needs work, particularly in dialogue with a 4,000 year old character that sounds inconsistently like a twenty year old AmericanRelationships Able to focus on issues at hand and not be unduly distracted by male physique, however, has tragic first love backstory Kissing appropriately put on hold to save humanity Attire above average Does not focus on midriff tops or high heeled boots.After awhile, parts of the UF paranormal fantasy start to look remarkably similar Shadow Blade stood out for me with an interesting underlying magical system, willingness to flaunt convention at least in the first book and well developed multi culti characters, without making a deal about it As a complete aside, one review I read commented on how odd it was that everyone was black, or at least, non white, and they didn t think that was very realistic in an American city I will now pause to let city people roll their eyes Seriously, it is nice to read a UF that doesn t focus on the scrappy white chick character Side characters are mixed some get a chance to shine, like Mr Nansee, while others are lacking the chance to distinguish themselves His scene making breakfast was priceless and that apron Yeah, that strains my brain a bit and I admit I might have smiled at the thought of him rousing people on the subway I also rather like the morally ambiguous psychic vampire he has a developed essence of creepy skeevy where you aren t sure if he s dangerous or just needs a slap with a sexual harassment lawsuit At times the writing is able to convey the alienation and age of Khefar, the four millennia old Nubian, and at times he is surprisingly and perhaps inappropriately modern I will say that despite inconsistency, Glass is able to better convey age than Hearne with the Iron Druid series Shadow Blade does suffer a little from first book syndrome, that collection of symptoms that so many series intent authors are prone to develop Those tantalizing hints at past issues,tantalizing hints at future issues made a mental note to check that out when she had time , the excessive explaining of self evident decisions The sooner she got back to the scene of the crime, thelikely the chances she d find some sort of lead.I suspect a few of my problems come indirectly from the author s background in romance novels Here s hoping she can individualize the conflict and romance so it doesn t have the whiff of cardboard about it.Overall, it was reasonably enjoyable In my UF scale, it rates above Chicagoland Vampires, and below Kate Daniels I ve already borrowed the sequel from the library, so I look forward to seeing if the series grows.Cross posted at


  2. says:

    The first thing I did when I finished reading Shadow Blade was make sure that my memory was correct, and that it was the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel Not because I didn t like how it ended, but because I was so impressed with Seressia Glass fully developed and vibrant world rich with ancient Egyptian and Africa history, not to mention the three dimensional characters, zippy narrative, and intriguing plot.I m thrilled to say that Shadow Blade hit all my happy spots All of t The first thing I did when I finished reading Shadow Blade was make sure that my memory was correct, and that it was the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel Not because I didn t like how it ended, but because I was so impressed with Seressia Glass fully developed and vibrant world rich with ancient Egyptian and Africa history, not to mention the three dimensional characters, zippy narrative, and intriguing plot.I m thrilled to say that Shadow Blade hit all my happy spots All of them I loved it.I m not going to summarize the plot here, as it s been done sufficiently in the product description and can be accessed through several links in this review and frankly, I m not totally sure I could do the job justice myself I need to express, though, what I most enjoyed about it I loved the setting, Atlanta I was really impressed with the flawless blend of history and mythology that never for me bogged down the story or stuttered the plot I found the lead character, Kira Solomon, to be a stunning blend of intelligence, confidence, and aptitude with her work both jobs , devotional commitment to her calling, and refreshing innocence and sense of yearning with everything else Some reviews have criticized that dichotomy, but for me, it made perfect sense The poor girl has been able to touch exactly no one in her entire life without it ending in coma or death or pain Twenty six years of complete physical solitude unless she s killing The wounds on a person s psyche under those conditions are unimaginable, horrifying, and entirely well represented by Kira s responses to events in Shadow Blade I believed it utterly and I sympathized completely with her, as my admiration for her as written grew and grew And kudos to Glass for the masterful development of Kira through the arc of the story And for me personally, the development of the relationship between Kira and Khefer not only worked and was realistic and believable, but it was laden with both tenderness, hope, and at one point, one of the most sizzling kisses I ve read in any novel this year Exceptionally well done, I thought.Also tremendously well done and refreshing for the very sense it made was Khefer s reaction to Kira s inquiries and curiosity about his four thousand years on the planet Brilliant scene and trulyfinally addressed one of the most niggling issues I ve always had when books include long lived races or individuals I ve gotten so used to just accepting that a thousand year old vampire has perfect recollection of his time as a human because that s how it almost always seems to be written But it doesn t make sense if you think about it A four thousand year old Nubian warrior who didn t even need to learn to read or write prior to the Roman empire Excellent I can t remember what I was doing fifteen years ago on this day Why should Khefer remember what he was doing fifteen hundred years ago Brilliant And I absolutely loved that line about history happening when you re just living your life There were some real truism gems in that whole scene.And while I was being impressed by the deft storytelling, the world building, and the character development, I also appreciated that the book included humor Nansee Anansi is my favorite secondary character in a book in ages was a perfect foil in that regard, but even Kira had a sardonic sense of humor that tickled me.All together, Shadow Blade is definitely standing out as one of the most thoroughly satisfying on every level, from technical to emotional books I ve had the pleasure to read this year I had onenot complaint, really,like an issue I felt the final conflict with the Avatar was never fully realized It seemed a bit short and underdeveloped for all the build up That one issue is not enough to dim my deep appreciation and admiration for Shadow Blade as a whole, however If you re interested in a genuinely unique and richly pleasurable urban fantasy series, I d highly recommend you give Seressia Glass Shadow Blade a try Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another


  3. says:

    It was nice to read about Egyptian mythology instead of usual Greek or Roman Still, the book is rather middling I am not grabbed enough by the story to read the rest of the series.


  4. says:

    I m not used to my urban fantasies being written in third person I realize this is an odd thing to start a review with, but it s the first thing that really stood out for me Shadow Blade is told in third person from two perspectives that of Kira and the Nubian warrior Khefar, and the transitions between them aren t neat or clearly marked, but rather random and messy This is the second time I ve come across something similar lately and I enjoyed it both times, although I m not the biggest fan I m not used to my urban fantasies being written in third person I realize this is an odd thing to start a review with, but it s the first thing that really stood out for me Shadow Blade is told in third person from two perspectives that of Kira and the Nubian warrior Khefar, and the transitions between them aren t neat or clearly marked, but rather random and messy This is the second time I ve come across something similar lately and I enjoyed it both times, although I m not the biggest fan of third person narrative in general For the most part, Kira Solomon was an admirable heroine She was strong, decisive and competent, not very trusting, but with good reason Psychometry is only one of her gifts, but it s the one that marked herthan all the others combined it made her weary of people and their secrets I think my failure to form a proper connection with Kira was mostly due to her story being told in third person, even though, as I already pointed out, it had its advantages It changed things for me while I knew what was going on inside her head, I still wanted to see things through her eyes It s a subtle difference, but it s a difference nevertheless As far as worldbuilding goes, Shadow Blade is one of the good ones Rich and imaginative, if a little rough around the edges, Kira s world of Shadows, Avatars and Chasers pulled me right in There are many details I needed to remember if I was to follow the story properly, but the abundance of information I had to absorb never weighed on me I just figured things out as I went and I liked it that way The worldbuilding was mostly based on the Egyptian myths, and I really loved how it was done I know very little about ancient Egyptian deities, but urban fantasy in general has already taught me so much, I ll undoubtedly catch up soon enough Ohh, but the love interest was truly something A four thousand year old Nubian, ancient warrior, worshiper of Isis and accompanied by a demigod on his road to redemption He only needed to save twopeople to earn his place in the afterlife, and Kira Solomon was one of them She didn t make it easy, of course, and things that mattered to both of them at the beginning didn t matter as much by the end The only thing I didn t like was that Khefar happened to be the only one in the world able to touch Kira without consequences Due to her psychometry, she was never able to touch another human being without hurting them in the process, but somehow, she is able to freely touch the Nubian To me, this somehow belittled their romance Would she have liked him so much if she had other options She laughed, a true laugh of unadorned delight that shook her entire frame Khefar wasn t prepared for it the laugh, the bright mood, his reaction to it It made him careless. This is a series I ll gladly continue It s been a long time since I truly enjoyed urban fantasy and I m so happy I finally found one worth reading Although by no means perfect, Shadow Blade is a decent enough read that left me eager to find outabout the world and our two heroes


  5. says:

    Too many stories about monster hunters are just carbon copies of one another Shadow Blade, however, does a good job of distinguishing itself from others Certain familiar elements are here strong female protagonist, trenchcoats and motorcycles, impossibly sexy immortals and a shadow organization who brings the toys but is never sure if the protagonist is an asset or drawback That said, these pieces that regular additions to the genre are shuffled together with a great deal of original plot, c Too many stories about monster hunters are just carbon copies of one another Shadow Blade, however, does a good job of distinguishing itself from others Certain familiar elements are here strong female protagonist, trenchcoats and motorcycles, impossibly sexy immortals and a shadow organization who brings the toys but is never sure if the protagonist is an asset or drawback That said, these pieces that regular additions to the genre are shuffled together with a great deal of original plot, character exploration and vibrant settings such that the story becomes its own thing, a tale the will keep the reader interested and ready forThe novel s strongest points are in building strong settings and characters with unique voices, all of whom have a part to play in the story, without any stragglers just acting as filler I feel like I got to know these characters well as I was reading The novel s weakest point is pacing the time taken to weave together a world sometimes leaves the reader waiting to get to the next fast paced part The imagery and settings are enough to keep one entertained, but occasionally I felt that detail slowed the reading down a bit in places It also helps to remember that this is the first of a series and that the last third of the novel will raise as many questions as it will answer The second novel the series was much tighter in this regard and if I were taking them together as a whole, I would argue they were much tighter as a pair than individually It s definitely worth a read and definitely worth following up on


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    The world building in the story was top notch The author took her time to set up an interesting world with great detail The writing was very descriptive and the mystery was well woven My issue is that I didn t feel drawn to the characters and it lacked that humanizing effect that love adds to these type of UF stories.There seemed like an emotional attachment was forming between Kira and Khafuer, but it didn t materialize I will read book 2 because there is great potential here.


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    Kira had never been a normal child, but until the night when she almost killed her beloved adopted sister after accidentally touching her she had never truly been alone No ready to deal with a teen with Kira s problems her foster parents left under under the care of the mysterious Gilead commission who later taught Kira to not only control her gift but to fight in the long standing battle between Light and Shadow Years later, Kira has become one of the few deadly ShadowChasers, men and wom Kira had never been a normal child, but until the night when she almost killed her beloved adopted sister after accidentally touching her she had never truly been alone No ready to deal with a teen with Kira s problems her foster parents left under under the care of the mysterious Gilead commission who later taught Kira to not only control her gift but to fight in the long standing battle between Light and Shadow Years later, Kira has become one of the few deadly ShadowChasers, men and women who are specifically trained to take out the biggest and baddest of the Shadows Exceptionally brave men and women who don t tend to make it past age 40 Or 30 even.Dangerous as her job may be, Kira happens to be quite good at what she does and has carved out a small, happy existence in Atlanta with a few trusted friends to rely on That is until Kira s world is turned upside down after learning that her much admired handler and mentor was killed by a vicious Seeker Demon searching for a centuries old blood thirsty knife that her handler had previously passed onto Kira for authentication Hurting and not sure of whom to trust, Kira is forced to join forces with the dagger s previous owner Khefar a Nubian warrior almost as old as the dagger itself who has his own agenda where the knife is concerned Though the pair constantly but heads, they agree that the demon and its guide must be stopped before it can loosedestruction on the unsuspecting city And if Kira happens to take a little vengeance in the course of things, so much the better.Although Shadow Blade started out fairly slow, I quickly fell into the rhythm of Kira s intense narrative I usually really enjoy it when an author plops me firmly into their story, forcing me to find my way around, but I sort of floundered around until I felt I had a good grasp on Kira s background Once I began to understand her motives, her history her thoughts and feelings became muchrelate able and quite believable Kira and Khefar also had some nice moments together I ve said it before, but I really appreciate an author who knows how to take their time developing relationships Seressia Glass does an admirable job of slowly building tension between Kira and Khefar without neglecting the story itself Always a good thing in my book Additionally, the layered mythology and Kira s fascination for antiquities laid a very solid foundation for Ms Glass tough leading lady Not all of Kira s many secrets were revealed and her relationship with Khefar was far from resolved, leaving Ms Glass plenty of room for her likable characters to maneuver around in the next ShadowChasers novel, Shadow Chase


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    3.5 stars In Shadow Blade, Seressia Glass creates a compelling urban fantasy heroine, Kira Solomon, and kicks off what promises to be a distinctive kick butt series.For me, Shadow Blade got off to a bumpy start There s a lot of telling and exposition as Glass familiarizes the reader with her world and with Kira s backstory We learn that Kira can drain an ordinary human of vitality by touching them, which means she has to keep people at literal arm s length It s a heartbreaking gift to h 3.5 stars In Shadow Blade, Seressia Glass creates a compelling urban fantasy heroine, Kira Solomon, and kicks off what promises to be a distinctive kick butt series.For me, Shadow Blade got off to a bumpy start There s a lot of telling and exposition as Glass familiarizes the reader with her world and with Kira s backstory We learn that Kira can drain an ordinary human of vitality by touching them, which means she has to keep people at literal arm s length It s a heartbreaking gift to have, but it s mentionedtimes than it needs to be We learn that Kira s mentor, Bernie Comstock, is like a father to her and this, too, is repeated several times Then there are a few random non sequiturs, like a description of the hero s honed runner s build smack dab in the middle of a sentence and paragraph that otherwise have nothing to do with his physique.It gets smoother from there, though Glass immerses the reader in two intertwined plotlines one externally driven, and one that takes place within Kira s psyche The outer plot is exciting adventure story stuff Comstock gives Kira an ancient Egyptian dagger rud to possess tremendous occult power Soon, Kira finds that the dagger is an artifact people would literally kill for She is pursued by a demonic entity who lusts for the blade s power, and by Khefar, a millennia old Nubian warrior, who is the original owner of the dagger and wants it back.The inner story, to me, is eveninteresting Kira has spent most of her life keeping people at a distance, both physically and emotionally As Shadow Blade progresses, she becomestrusting andwilling to accept help from her friends and allies Meanwhile, she is struggling to maintain the balance of Light and Shadow in her soul and stay in the good graces of her patron goddess, Ma at Kira s emotional and spiritual journey takes place alongside her physical battles, and raises the stakes in those battles tremendously.I also have to commend Seressia Glass for the uniqueness of her mythology How often do you get to read an urban fantasy based on the Egyptian pantheon, or have breakfast with Anansi the spider god Shadow Blade comes to a satisfying close no cliffhangers here but also serves largely to introduce the cast and set the stage for further installments There are plenty of plot hooks left to explore as the Shadowchasers series continues


  9. says:

    I ve read 3 books fairly closely together this week all of the supposedly action or UF genres This is the first of the 3 that didn t turn out to a romance with elements of some other genre thrown in to suck in unsuspecting readers I put read in quotes as these have all been audio reads it s Christmas season and one can listen to books while doing other things.This book was not bad, I d even put it in the pretty good category If we had the much lamented half star system I d probably go 3 I ve read 3 books fairly closely together this week all of the supposedly action or UF genres This is the first of the 3 that didn t turn out to a romance with elements of some other genre thrown in to suck in unsuspecting readers I put read in quotes as these have all been audio reads it s Christmas season and one can listen to books while doing other things.This book was not bad, I d even put it in the pretty good category If we had the much lamented half star system I d probably go 3.5 stars here It only misses a 4 star rating because FOR ME that s FOR ME it seemed to bog down badly in a few places There were a couple of times when I laid it aside that I wasn t really in a hurry to get back to it There were other books I wanted to start I did however get back to it, mostly I suppose to see how it tied up The ending was fairly predictable but okay We have a bit of action and a bit of magic here while there is a big dollop of romance in the book for you who need that It just doesn t completely overwhelm the rest of the novel Our protagonist is another in the long line of people born with extraordinary talents and totally misunderstood She doesn t know anything about her parents the parental mysterywho is she, where does she come from she had trouble controlling her powers and almost killed someone She ends up being raised by a mysterious person and ends up part of a mysterious group in which she s known to be a rebel and very powerful There s concern at times from her allies about which side she d on..etc., etc., etc.The book itself is centered very heavily in ancient Egyptian mythology with touches of other older andpagan religious systems Our hero heroine interacts with the deities and the climax of the book leans on a fairly well known part of the Egyptian mythology.All in all a fairly interesting story with a fairly well done set of characters I may not run right out and grab the next book but next time I find myself wanting a UF and not having one handy I ll probably pick up the second in this series Try it for yourself, it s pretty good


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    You know what s awesome about this book Kira, the heroine, seems smart enough and knowledgeable enough that I can totally buy into the idea that she s an archaeologist That s sadly rare for me in PNR UF Ms Glass not only presents elements of Kira s expertise in a way that demonstrates that she knows what things mean, not just details in isolation, but she also puts it together in a way that shows how those elements are important within the overall story.That eye for detail is evident in pr You know what s awesome about this book Kira, the heroine, seems smart enough and knowledgeable enough that I can totally buy into the idea that she s an archaeologist That s sadly rare for me in PNR UF Ms Glass not only presents elements of Kira s expertise in a way that demonstrates that she knows what things mean, not just details in isolation, but she also puts it together in a way that shows how those elements are important within the overall story.That eye for detail is evident in pretty much every aspect of this book, from Kira s childhood experiences as a psychometrist in a Normal world to Khefar s interactions with his trickster companion, who added a lovely splash of humor to the story.I also likes how Kira and Khefar s relationship develops there s an attraction and a growing sense of affection and trust and loyalty, but no insta love, no love triangles, no immediate jumping into bed, no 3 day HEA It s so refreshing to have romantic leads who 1 focus on the mission and 2 actually take the time to get to know each other.I enjoyed reading this and look forward toby this author.Favorite quote, a conversation between Kira and Anansi Fighting a seeker demon doesn t freak me out Having an ancient warrior rise from the dead in my bed doesn t freak me out But having a demigod in my kitchen making breakfast and that apron Yeah, that strains my brain a bit Why Why She blinked at him as he brought the plates over to the table You re a god You ve met them before You talk to Ma at quite often How does he know thatYeah, but she doesn t come to breakfast Have you invited her


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Shadow Blade For Kira Solomon, Normal Was Never An Option Kira S Day Job As An Antiquities Expert, But Her True Calling Is As A Shadowchaser Trained From Youth To Be One Of The Most Lethal Chasers In Existence, Kira Serves The Gilead Commission Dispatching The Fallen Who Sow Discord And Chaos Of Course, Sometimes Gilead Bureaucracy Is As Much A Thorn In Her Side As Anything The Fallen Can Muster Against Her Right Now, Though, She S Got A Bigger Problem Someone Is Turning The City Of Atlanta Upside Down In Search Of A Four Millennia Old Egyptian Dagger That Just Happens To Have Fallen Into Kira S HandsThen There S Khefar, The Dagger S True Owner A Near Immortal Year Old Nubian Warrior Who, Kira Has To Admit, Looks Pretty Fine For His Age Joining Forces Is The Only Way To Keep The Weapon Safe From The Sinister Shadow Force, But Now Kira Is In Deep With Someone Who Holds Secrets Than She Does, The One Person Who Knows Just How Treacherous This Fight Is Because Every Step Closer To Destroying The Enemy Is A Step Closer To Losing Herself To Shadow Forever

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 344 pages
  • Shadow Blade
  • Seressia Glass
  • English
  • 05 October 2019
  • 1439156794

About the Author: Seressia Glass

Seressia Glass is an award winning author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance and paranormal romance Her current series include the Shadowchasers urban fantasy series and the Sons of Anubis paranormal romance series Seressia lives north of Atlanta with her guitar wielding husband and two attack poodles When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an international home improvement company She spends her free time people watching, belly dancing, and watching way too much anime.