Favorite Lines: “It took a moment for her brain to comprehend what her eyes saw. Kira had seen death in many forms. She’d seen ritual animal sacrifices and animals disembowel their prey as they tore into still-living flesh. This . . . this was worse, much worse. Evisceration of a human victim was horrifying, even for a Shadowchaser.” (p. 26)
Kira’s day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she’s got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira’s hands.
Then there’s Khefar, the dagger’s true owner — a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever…
If you’re looking for a kick ass woman who can hold her own, look no further than Seressia Glass‘ Shadow Blade. Its heroine, Kira, has dealt with many of the downs in life and it doesn’t get any better in the opening chapters of the story when Kira’s mentor is killed. This sets her up for a new companion, the story’s hero, Kevin, aka Khefar.
Khefar is introduced as a man in shadows. Though it’s cleared up quickly, at first it’s hard to tell if he’s a good or bad guy. Khefar travels around with his “sidekick” who happens to be one of my favorite characters in the story. The sidekick is multifaceted and I look forward to reading more about him almost as much as I want to watch Kira and Khefar’s relationship unfold.
Kira and Khefar have a slow building romance that surpasses instant attraction. After a lifetime of not being able to touch people or objects, Kira is able to caress Khefar. It creates a longing inside of Kira while unleashing a torrent of emotions that Ms. Glass keeps in check by avoiding a quick (or long) sex scene.
In this world, Ms. Glass has created a place where light, with the Egyptian Gods at the very top, battles dark. The same war rages within Kira. Each encounter with her enemy puts a piece of the dark inside of her. She will have to battle herself to do the right thing and is a lucky woman to have found a man like Khefar who is willing to fight by her side even as he makes amends for his past.
Shadow Blade brings energy to the urban fantasy scene with its engaging, but damaged lead characters and their deceptive, evil enemies. I look forward to the next installment of Ms. Glass’ series, Shadow Chase that will be released in July 2010.