Early Review: Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan #4) by Kelly Gay

July 26, 2012 Review 1

*This title will be released on July 31, 2012*

Cover Art: Chris McGrath

Shadows Before the Sun

(Charlie Madigan, #4)
by Author

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: Yes
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (July 31, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1451625480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451625486


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Attempted sexual assault. Scene of sensuality/brief sex scene


The electrifying sequel to the acclaimed urban fantasies The Better Part of DarknessThe Darkest Edge of Dawn, and The Hour of Dust and Ashes!

After filling out mountains of paperwork, Detective Charlie Madigan sets out for a death-defying trip into heavenly Elysia to rescue her partner Hank and bring the siren home. Of course, she doesn’t expect to leave behind an all out siren revolution or return home to find that jinn crime boss, Grigori Tennin, has begun a massive search for the divine being, Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death and awakens Ahkneri from her long sleep. And when Vengeance rises, Atlanta will never be the same.


Who would have thought heaven would be scarier than hell?  After venturing to Charbydon in the last book, Charlie is visiting the glorious Elysia in SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN.  While it is beautiful to behold, Elysia is where Hank is being held and tortured beyond human comprehension.  Never one to shy away from heavy emotions, Kelly Gay forces her readers to the brink with Charlie and Hank, and then begins to piece them back together in a way that will have you cheering.

For the first time in the series, Charlie shares POV space with another character: Hank.  The majority of the story is still told from Charlie’s perspective, but those few scenes from Hank are fantastic.  He’s long been the character I’ve been craving to know more about, and this glimpse inside has only made me want to know more.  His chapters are often delusional as he is repeatedly brought to the point of death and his mind begins to shred as a result.  The Hank that emerges is damaged, though not as much as I would have expected…hopefully the ramifications are just further reaching.

The Charlie Madigan urban fantasy series has been a favorite since it’s debut, and it’s books like SHADOWS BEFORE THE SUN that ensure it stays a favorite.  The mythology is utterly unique, and introducing Hank’s perspective, along with a willingness to resolve long running storylines while setting up new ones are just further indications that this series has plenty more to give.  Bring it on.

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