Tuesday, 18 December 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Lady of Shades - Darren Shan

Release Date: 30/08/12


Ed, an American author on the hunt for a story for his next book, arrives in London looking for inspiration. A stranger in a strange city, he's haunted by a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot escape the manifest sins of his past. What Ed wants is answers, what he finds is something he definitely didn't bargain for: the beautiful and untouchable Andeanna Menderes. Andeanna is a woman who is dangerously bound to one of London's most notorious crime lords, and if they are caught together it could mean death for them both. Ensnared in an illicit affair that can only be conducted in the shadows, Ed's world is turned upside down as a series of shattering revelations blurs the line between what's real and what's not...


Whilst I’ve had this book for a while, its been one of those ones that been sat on a backburner for a while for a number of reasons, firstly because I was hoping to be highly entertained when I was feeling down, and secondly the plotline didn’t quite grab me but I know that Shan’s writing usually exceeds the books blurb.

What unfurls within this is a book that takes the reader on a journey but not until half way through when things start to make a lot of sense when the plot picks up pace. Don’t get me wrong it does have all the usual Shan whistles and bells including solid pace, great characters and of course a plot line that twists enough to keep you guessing for most of the book, but not being able to really get into it until half way through left me feeling that had it not been a known name, a fair few people may well have quit before getting to the payoff.

All in a reasonable title but it is one you have to keep going with regardless of how hard you find it to begin with.

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