Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Shadow's Edge by Brent Week's - A book for older Teen Boys

I am not your typical female reader. I don't like many Chick Lit novels and I detest Romance novels, especially the Harlequinn genre, sorry to all you Romance writers, but I am just not a romantic at heart. I love the dark fantasy genre, even though it's not the genre I write.

In Shadow's Edge Kylar has given up the darkness inside him for love. That's right, love. He wants to be good enough for the pure innocent and scared Elene. Can he be worthy of her love and will she ever give in to his nightly requests?

Giving up a part of oneself isn't easy and Kylar can't help but becoming the Night Angel, exacting justice and saving the innocent.

He does his best until a friend dies asking him to save another friend from the depths of the Mah. He must now chose, love and Elene or death and loneliness. Sometimes the choice is easy.

First book in the trilogy, The Way of Shadows
Second book in the trilogy, Shadow's Edge
Third book in the trilogy, Beyond the Shadows

From Brent Week's website:

Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin’s life. The Godking’s successful coup has left Kylar’s master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession. 
But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

A Novel for Older Teen Boys and New Adults  

As a mom, I wouldn't want my son reading this book 'til he was 20 due to the content, however that would be very naive and unrealistic of me. The most comfortable I feel recommending an age is 16 and over, by then they can handle the adult content and their mouths are filthier than the cursing in the book. 

As a story the novel does twist and turn enough to keep a reader interested. The author introduces new characters and leave the reader wondering why some of them are there until later in the series when the threads weave back together and tie up. 

The stories of Vi, Elene, Kylar, Logan, and Jarol weave around each other in a dance that doesn't seem to have a purpose until a new layer is revealed. This is fantasy, a world of magic, so anything goes and the author did have to push a bit to get things to go where they needed to, but we get there in the end and that's the point - right? Predictability in story crafting is death and Brent Weeks takes his readers on a journey that's anything but predictable. 

Shannon Peel is the author of THIRTEEN and is currently working on Book 2 in the series about a boy, his mom, a cop, and an invading army. She has brought war to a North American town to answer the question, what if it happened here?

Click to go to her website and find more about THIRTEEN. 

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