Daughter of Shadows by Wil Radcliffe
Monsters fighting monsters for the greater good….I think.
Publisher’s Description: Beyond the maddening edges of creation lurk nameless horrors greater than the Whisper King himself. To find his kidnapped daughter and save his hometown David Kinder must face these horrors, even as he tries to untangle a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the Whisper King’s empire in the Shadow Mountains. Along the way he reconnects with old friends, makes new alliances, and discovers that sometimes to destroy monsters you must become something… worse.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
“Now the shadows bitch slapped us… threw wadded up dollar bills at us for cab fare.”
“Crowns don’t make kings… crowns blind fools.”
First of all, this story falls into the horror genre. It’s also an adventure with characters thrown together by fate (or was it?) and no clear cut villains. The relationships are complicated and the twists are many. There is no HEA, as the series doesn’t appear to be finished, but yet it’s also not a cliffhanger. There is a ton of f-bombs dropped, but since I hear that daily, I wasn’t disturbed. There is no sex, no descriptions of weapons and definitely no fluffy bunnies.
The story picks up shortly after the ending of Book 1. David, the protagonist and narrator of this story gives the reader a sit rep and begins the adventure immediately. The adventure isn’t a “sit back and let it roll by.” This adventure grabbed me by hood of my sweatshirt, kicking and screaming onto the Night Road that is pitted and potholed with monsters lurking in the darkness and spies around every corner.
There are multiple story arcs going on in this book. There is David’s life story and where his destiny lays. He is a hero, but he’s going to be the tortured hero. The hero that never gets a life not fraught with danger and monsters. There are outside forces that are destroying the Night Road in the Whisper King’s dimension. Why should he care? The Whisper King should be left hanging, BUT there is more to it than that. There is the rescue of David’s daughter who is held by who? and why? There is the conspiracy that is consuming the Lan Croi to what end? Who is the mastermind? Why are they doing this? There is the family element – David’s friends, Donna’s family and the father figure of the Whisper King. The loyalty David feels for the Whisper King. The torment between no clear cut good vs. evil. It’s a good mystery to unravel.
This story is a well written, edge of my seat page turner that kept me wondering where the adventure would take me. I’m not convinced that David is on the good guy side, but I don’t think he knows either. He’s making decisions by the seat of his pants and hopes that his instincts aren’t leading him in the wrong direction. I hope they aren’t leading him astray either because if they are, it could easily be the end of the world.
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