3 star review

Review – Enveloping Shadows by Lauren D. M. Smith

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A fierce and beautiful warrior.

A man of secrets and shadows.

Only together can they stop the awakening horror.

Rumors of monsters and dark magic are circulating through the court, but Terrwyn is little concerned. Her superb sword skills are all she needs to protect the princess Aricia—and as chief bodyguard, the princess’s safety is Terrwyn’s only mission.

Too late, she realizes her mistake: a stranger cloaked in darkness snatches the princess before Terrwyn can react.

When a handsome stranger emerges from the shadows to save her life, Terrwyn has little choice but to allow him to accompany her. Zelek, shrouded in secrecy and on a mission of his own, has special skills that Terrwyn needs.

Together the warrior and the shadow-whisperer forge a plan to rescue the princess, and find themselves plummeting not only headlong into evil, but into the depths of passion and love.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

I found this book to be kind of middling. The heroine was all that a feminist warrior heroine should be…only she was a little to perfect and chivalrous. Think about the alpha male knight from older romance novels, then take out the mysogyny and rapy vibes and you have Terrwyn. To me she just wasn’t that clearly defined or wrought as a person, there was little more to her than her duty. And Zalek was fairly one dimensional as well.

But the story itself was very well written and entertaining, despite what I felt was some filler in the form of the two additional knights that initially accompanied her. I don’t actually get what the point for them was. And, I would have liked to have spent more time on the trip home and the developing relationship between Terrwyn and Zalek.

Honestly, I don’t have a ton to say about, but if you are looking for a fantasy adventure with a capable heroine, this might be your bag. But it did prompt me to dig up the author’s first book from my shelves and give it another go, so in that respect I consider it a success.

Enveloping Shadows

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  1. Pingback: Review – Emperor’s Arrow by Lauren D. M. Smith | ...Burns Through Her Bookshelf

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