Several sex scenes.
"Powerful and fast-paced . . . a riveting read." –Nina Bangs on Shadow Bound
They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.
It survives even death. And Kathleen O’Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.
He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken. . .
After enjoying Erin Kellison’s novella, SHADOW TOUCH, I jumped at the chance to review SHADOWMAN. Though this was my first full length book in the Shadow series, I was swept up in the story from page one. SHADOWMAN is such a satisfying stand alone novel, it was just icing on the cake that I could finish it and then immediately go back and enjoy SHADOW BOUND and SHADOW FALL.
SHADOWMAN provided just enough background to quickly orient someone new to the series without over-sharing for established readers (quite an accomplishment considering the complexity of Layla and Shadowman’s family life). Layla’s connection to Talia was a definite surprise, and I loved Adam Thorne’s unflappable response to this revelation. To be fair, just about everything with Talia and Adam was wonderful (though balancing a global war and a set of colicky twins is no joke). Even with this great couple in the background, Shadowman and Layla steal the show. Of all the preternatural romances I’ve read this year, including those in the Shadow series itself, the bond between Death and the bright, strong soul of Kathleen O’Brien is one of the most convincing. Pair that with the breathtaking chemistry between Layla and her newly rediscovered lover, and this is a romance to remember.
I am beyond impressed by how easy it was to leap into the series with this book, despite the fact that I read the series backwards. Even with all the Shadow books under my belt, SHADOWMAN is still my favorite (with SHADOW FALL a close second). With interesting, accessible world building and characters that just grow more and more likable, I’m going to make sure that I keep up with Kellison’s books in the future.