Rising Shadows (World in Shadows, #1) by Bridget Blackwood

Rising Shadows (World in Shadows, #1)Rising Shadows by Bridget Blackwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rachel Ryan has woke up in a hospital with no memory of who she is or why she is there. She soon finds that she is being held captive by a group of humans that have forced magic into her known as Arcane to try to turn her into a weapon against supernatural creatures. Rachel quickly turns the tides on those holding her captive and finds herself in a world filled with shapeshifters, vampires, fae and many other creatures with the threat of war coming.

Rising Shadows is what I would call and extremely fast paced adventure from start to finish. There is somewhat a lack of world building and character development with it going from one thing to another but strangely I still found myself learning enough about this world that with the non-stop action I just didn’t want to put the book down.

The story does switch around from multiple characters points of view as it goes on but I always find myself enjoying getting into the head of all involved as I think it adds to a story. Some may find the fast pace a bit confusing but for me it helped learn about the world involved as it went.

I would warn there are several almost instant relationships involved in the book. I’m one that is usually more tolerant of insta-love so with this book it didn’t really bother me as with the world of supernatural beings who is to say how they form their relationships? What happened worked well into the story in my opinion but be warned for those that don’t tolerate it well.

Overall, fast paced and filled with excitement, would definitely continue on with the series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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