Book Review: Shadow Fall by Erin Kellison
Author: Erin Kellison
Series: Shadow, book 2
Source: Purchased by reviewer
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Review by: Beth
Custo dies with a secret, someone at Segue has betrayed Adam, but he can’t pass on the information from heaven. That is until he makes a deal with Shadowman (Death) who is intent on looking for his lost love. Custo escapes to the shadowlands, lost, until he finds a way back to the mortal world. He isn’t the only one to escape the shadowlands. Wolf (the wolf) follows Annabella, a ballerina with the power to thin the lines between the mortal world and shadow world with her dance. He is intent on her power, but when Custo finds her, he also has an obsession with the ballerina.
Shadow Fall is the second book in Kellison’s Shadow series. I’ve read the series out of order, starting with the third Shadowman. Shadow Fall switches point of views between Annabella, Custo and the wolf.
Annabella has just gotten her big break and landed a huge role with her company. That’s when she starts getting stalked by a wolf, and Custo tumbles into her life. Custo vows almost at once to protect her. He seems as mystified by her as the wolf. Annabella spends a good portion of the novel either sexually frustrated or just frustrated in general. She is attracted at first by Custo and the wolf, but the wolf turns dangerous.
Although Annabella is the heroine here, she played a kind of side role to Custo. This is after all already Custo’s world. He worked with Adam to help with the wraith situation before he died, and even died protecting Adam’s location. He soon discovers that he isn’t human anymore. He is able to give Adam his message, about there being a mole, and then his focus moves to Annabella, their budding relationship, and her issues. While I thought Custo’s story was better than Adam’s, I still felt like there was too much distance between the reader and characters.
The story takes readers to both heaven and the shadowlands. Both are very interesting, and while heaven wasn’t that memorable, the shadowlands is very intersting. It’s a place where monsters and fairy tale creatures live. The use of art through dance and painting to blend the storyline together was enjoyable. It gives a nice back drop to the romance in the series.
The romance was heated, and while I believed there was chemistry, I wasn’t sold on the characters as individuals. Custo isn’t my kind of swoon for man. On the other hand both of them show self-sacrificing natures, even if it sometimes creates a knee-jerking reaction from this reader.
Shadow Fall wasn’t my favorite out of the three books in this series. I do enjoy Kellison’s world and what came out of the series as a whole. This isn’t a series that you have to read from the first novel. Each novel stars a different couple. Each couple is interconnected through the main problem (wraiths) running through the novels. Some characters might be better understood if starting from book one, Shadow Bound. The series is a darker paranormal fantasy series with a spin on fairy tales.
Elizabeth is a constant reader from down south. If she doesn’t have a book open she can often be found behind the computer or with a gaming console. She is an eccentric bookworm who enjoys all types of genres: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, and Horror.