Anya J. Cosgrove
Publication date: January 17th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
A newborn witch is rescued by two smoking-hot brothers. Can she unravel their dark secrets? Or will she lose her soul trying?
Alana sucks at witchcraft. Healing, telepathy, seeing through illusions… she can’t master any of it.
Sparring with the six-foot-three muscular Walker brothers doesn’t help her focus. Alana’s not about to let herself fall for a man—or a demon—especially not the ones that abducted her in an attempt to save her life.
When a bitter demon learns of Alana’s existence, he’ll stop at nothing to possess her and drive a wedge between the two brothers. If Alana can’t learn to use her powers, she’ll die. If she can’t discern illusion from reality, she’ll lose her mind.
Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows.
Demons, witches, forbidden love… visit the otherworld today.
Anya Cosgrove has a fantastic gift for creating a world and characters that are engrossing and real. Shadow Walker is the first in a new series that is written as paranormal romance, but skirts closer to urban fantasy. The main story arc is less about the romance and more about Alana finding out who she is and what she wants. The love interests are intertwined with that, but they don’t overshadow the rest of it.
Alana herself is kind of annoying. She seems to give up any time there’s a hint of adversity, and then has the audacity to blame others for her failures. She’s childish and her constant denial about her new reality lasts for most the book, making it even harder to like her. She also has a Mary Sue aspect and while she struggles with her magic, she is a “natural” at martial arts and swords. It’s definitely a frustration point for me because there doesn’t seem to be any explanation for it…she’s just magically (without using magic) good.
I’m not a big fan of love triangles. Like, I have gotten to the point where I generally stop reading a book when a triangle becomes apparent. However, as shallow as Alana appears to be, the reason for the triangle is obviously not. There are hints at Alana’s nature that she is not what she seems. Honestly, I think I know what she is and her heritage…because the hints are not subtle. I think that her heritage plays a larger part in her attraction to both brothers than any of them realize. However, there’s still enough mystery left in the air that it sucks you in and keeps you reading. I still harbor hope that Alana and the boys come to their senses and decide the triangle is the worst shape, but I’m pretty sure that hope is futile. Cosgrove has managed to make the triangle slightly more palatable because the triangle is not the main focus of the story.
The action, world, character, and story development definitely make this an enjoyable and engrossing read that sucks you in and keeps you hooked until the end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and hopefully finding out more about Alana and seeing if her triangle rounds out a bit.
Anya J Cosgrove lives in Québec with her husband, her beautiful son, and two mischievous cats. She works as a veterinarian by day. She’s a travel and Disney junkie and is passionate about her favorite paranormal series.
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