Series: Game of Shadows #2
Published by Berkley on February 4, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
Having finally reunited, and fought off The Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish The Deceiver – even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle unsure if they can trust either side, Michael’s loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him most.
The Game of Shadows series once again proves Thea Harrison's range as a writer. An altogether different beast than the popular Elder Races series, FALLING LIGHT is Paranormal Romance with a science fiction and action movie flair. Alien creatures in human form, endless battle with an evil foe, love that spans generations and incarnations, all of these elements make the scope of this series vast and intricate and interesting.
As much as I enjoyed the individual elements of this story, the complex world building and alien politics gets a little cramped within the confines of a single book. The opening chapters had a lot of backstory and inner monologues to cover, which made for a slow start. Michael and Mary burn up a lot of pages rehashing their insecurities and magical struggles, but it was not until the focus shifted to current events that the story gained forward momentum. All in all, FALLING LIGHT felt like most of the narrative was world building and character history, with only the last few chapters devoted to the present day struggle.
As much as I enjoyed the premise, and the way immortality and non-human motivations impact the story, FALLING LIGHT never fully immersed me in the characters or their world. More for fans of romantic SciFi or thrillers, FALLING LIGHT will be hit for readers who like intricate world-building, magical warfare, and romance.
- Rising Darkness - 4/5
- Kirkus Reviews - N/A