Blood Before Sunrise (Shaede Assassin #2) by Amanda Bonilla
July 3, 2012
Favorite Quote: “I truly had a knack for getting the shitty end of the stick. “
Note: There are some spoilers from book one below, so read at your own risk.
Recap from Shaedes Of Gray: Darian spent the first half of her life as an abused wife. When a friend of her husband’s appears on the scene, he frees her from her life of pain and transforms her into a Shaede – a creature able to transform from solid to shadow. Her lover keeps her well hidden, telling her that she and he are the only of their kind in existence. He disappears suddenly from her life, leaving her alone and unsure of her place in the universe. She becomes an assassin for hire and falls in love with her boss, Tyler. When she takes a job and finds out that she just tried to kill the King of her kind, she realizes her lover and maker lied to her. When Darien’s old lover reappears and attempts to use her to overthrow the king and take the throne for himself, Darien uncovers secrets, gains new powers and defeats her lover.
Blood Before Sunrise picks up where Shaedes Of Gray left off and once again submerges us into the dark and dangerous world that Darian lives in. Set in Seattle, this noir and Machiavellian Urban Fantasy will have you clinging to the edge of your seat. Darien’s past comes back to haunt her when she blatantly ignores everyone’s advice and sets out to find Raif’s daughter. I would classify this book as a character growth book. Especially for Darian. Having spent a majority of her life alone, she has a hard time allowing anyone in to help her. Her protective instincts are strong and they often blind her to the fact that she is guilty of doing what she adamantly hates being done to her. Her pit bull mentality causes a considerable amount of grief and pain but it is an experience she must go through if she is to grow beyond the boundaries originally set up for her character.
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