Friday, June 29, 2018

A Cast of Shadows by Hailey Edwards [Review]

 A Cast of Shadows by Hailey Edwards
A Cast of Shadows (Araneae Nation #2.5) by Hailey Edwards
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: August 18, 2017

Araneae Nation
0.5. A Heart of Ice
1. A Hint of Frost
2. A Feast of Souls
2.5. A Cast of ShadowsKindle
3. A Time of Dying
3.5. A Kiss of Venom
4. A Breath of Winter
5. A Veil of Secrets
5.5 A Solstice of Mischief

Hailey Edwards
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Daraja has grown up watching her brothers journey down the river on the traditional Deinopidae rite of passage. Each returned with riches from their travels, and lovers with whom to share their lives.

Now she has reached the age where she would strike out on her own to seek her fortune-if she were male. Instead, she is expected to sit patiently, weave her nets and wait for the river to bring a husband to her.

Patience, however, has never been her strong suit.

Brynmor haunts the forest surrounding the city of Cathis, his disembodied spirit inextricably bound to the wild canis roaming his lands. Until the day he stumbles across a brazen trespasser in his woods.

Compelled to step in when the canis suspect her of poaching one of their own, Brynmor fears he has lost a piece of his ragged soul to the feisty, adventure-seeking female. And when the canis confront the real poachers, he is forced to choose which life to sacrifice. Hers...or his own.

Warning: This book contains one heroine with a knack for weaving nets and one hero who relishes getting caught. Expect singing, some howling, ghostly shenanigans, and the start of a love that transcends death.
Thoughts on A Cast of Shadows: Confession: I read book 1 ages ago and I didn't have book 2 on hand when I decided to jump back into this series, so I skipped ahead and...I think I'm going to go back and get caught up before moving forward. Not because this book was confusing or anything, but because I REALLY like this world and want to get the most out of it.

Sooooo...Brynmor has some issues with being, you know, alive. Which is fine, once all's said and done, because his bond with the canis alpha allows him to take corporeal form. Something I'm sure Daraja appreciated. Eventually.

But before they got to appreciating, Brynmor had to convince the pack not to hunt her down, fight off some dirty poachers, and explain the whole dead thing to her.

Like I said, I'm really digging this world and all the layers that are being uncovered. I'm going to go back and reread book 1 and get caught up on book 2 before moving on. Because yessssss. Venom and hearts and all manner of craziness. I'M IN!

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