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Book Review: ‘Radiant Shadows’ by Sarah Baethge

Title: Radiant Shadows

Published: 9th April 2017

Author: Sarah Baethge

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahBaethge

Twitter: @22niel

 

Synopsis:

Say there is an official organization to control how vampires and humans interact. What would happen to violators of its ‘laws’? How would the breaking of its rules be fixed? What could even be the motivation for members of this alliance?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author with your first name. Another quick read to get through within the hour, which is a nice break from the all day reads.

A story of three parts with three different POVs to cope with, so something that may have made this easier to go from one part to the next would have been to put the characters name at the top of each part. That way you know whose head you are meant to be in, otherwise you may be reading straight in to the next part and not get what’s going on. Because it is in first person you almost feel like they are telling the story to you while reading, or that they are writing it down to read again later. Part one is Stephen – a human, part two is Marshall – Caroline’s clueless boyfriend who walks right into trouble and part three is Phyllis – the Counts would be daughter, protected by a lot of powerful vampires. They all kind of ‘sound’ the same though so there is not much distinction between them.

Vampires are alive and kicking – well as alive as they can be anyway – but the powers that be on both sides don’t think it is a great idea for everyone to know about them yet. This is how the Human-Vampire Alliance group was formed. A group created for the protection of both kinds. They can hold trials for the other but matters within races need to be dealt with by their own kind. Well unless you have a hunter that is. Someone called in the deal with vampires who have stepped out of line and drawn attention to their kind with their kills. This is what psycho vampire Randy has done and he is who must be stopped.

The Human-Vampire Alliance is called to discuss a way to handle the situation and it is decided that Stephen and Caroline, the huntress who quite frankly should know better, will go to Madame Olivia, a witch. They need her to cast a spell with Angel Blood using its light to make Caroline stronger so she can take on Randy. To pull all the light into her all her darkness would need to be pulled out and given to someone else or a battle will start. Think you can guess who that person is meant to be but in doing so they will have but a few hours before the darkness claims them fully and they die. Well unless they can get a willing vampire to turn them within that time that is. Best-laid plans don’t always go the way you hoped. Seems the Angel Blood calls to some more than others and the moment it does the course of events changes for everyone soon to be involved. Darkness is coming so you need to look to the light.

A few grammar issues throughout so could have done with another cleaner edit. Also calling a group ‘peoples’ didn’t really make sense in relation to what was around it. Instead could have used term like ‘groups’ or ‘kind’ when referencing the difference between humans and vampires, but that’s just me.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Radiant Shadows’ by Sarah Baethge

About the Book:

Say there is an official organization to control how vampires and humans interact. What would happen to violators of its ‘laws’? How would the breaking of its rules be fixed? What could even be the motivation for members of this alliance?

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am a 35-year-old woman in central Texas and I started writing to amuse myself.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I like sitting at my desk on weekdays while its still sunny.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I like to read.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I let the story carry me along.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I like fantasy because anything can happen.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I try not to cast my stories so the characters remain free.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I like to read anything by Stephen King.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am reading Revival by Stephen King.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I like Jurassic Park because it has several involved points of view.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write about what you like.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Website: www.sarahsreadings.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahBaethge

Twitter: @22niel

About the Author:

I live in Salado, Texas, on a donkey ranch.I’ve always been a fan of Science fiction, and I write Sci-fi/Fantasy.

I’ve done little more than read and write for most of my adult life.

You can read the book reviews I’ve written at: www.sarahsreadings.wordpress.com

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