Series: Shadows of Salem
Published by Self Published on August 16th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: One sex scene
Reviewed by: James
Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.
Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible.
If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?
SHADOW BORN is a really fun read, with an awesome female protagonist. Brooke Chandler is a character that I could read about all day. She's intelligent, no nonsense, kick-butt, highly independent, and an amazing detective. Then she gets placed into this awesome urban fantasy police procedural, which after reading SHADOW BORN and NIGHTSHADES, is fast becoming my favorite niche in urban fantasy.
My favorite thing about SHADOW BORN was Brooke's guns. So many authors like to stick to just ancient weapons being able to kill the supernatural, but that's not the case with Brooke Chandler. She packs her police issue gun for the mundane problems, but she also carries a special gun that has special wooden stake bullets for taking on vampires, and cold iron ones for the fae. (I will admit that the science behind the wooden bullets may be lacking, but we are talking about vampire so I'm willing to give the authors some leeway.)
What would normally be my biggest complaint (insta-lust) was actually well mitigated in SHADOW BORN. One of the tropes I get so sick of is the protagonist getting swept up into the world of the supernatural and instantly falling for the first sparkly thing she sees, completely forgetting about her normal boyfriend in the normal world in the process. Brooke doesn't do that. She does have an insta-lust for her counterpart, but she actually fights it, and they manage to not even have sex so far!
SHADOW BORN is an awesome book. It does have a couple of obvious plot devices, but the ending of SHADOW BORN had so many plot twists that I hadn't predicted any of it. And at the end of the day, I am eager to read more of Brooke Chandler and am grateful for the world of self-publishing where I only have to wait a couple of months for the next book in the Shadows of Salem series.Series Titles:
- Shadow Born
- Shadow Marked
- Pop Culture Beast - 8/10
- If you're looking for another great Urban Fantasy Police Procedural try Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson