- Paperback: 418 pages
- Publisher: Ashlee Nicole bYe (5 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0648107809
- ISBN-13: 978-0648107804
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Out of the Shadows Paperback – 14 Jun 2017
"This book was fantastic and promises to be a brilliant series." - Cheryl, Goodreads reviewer
"I loved Out of the Shadows. Sashi's world is amazingly complex, full of supernatural creatures, competing factions and a complicated process for managing what happens to souls when they die." - Cassabdra Page, author of the Isla's Inheritance series.
"How come no one knows about this book? It would be a best seller if they did!" - Malissa, Goodreads reviewer
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Set in Melbourne, Australia, where a string of vicious murders are being investigated by the Shadowlanders, paranormals hidden from human society, who suspect that the crimes are not being committed by humans.
The further that I read into the book, the more intrigued I became and the more I fell for the characters, the LOL humour and the incredible Shadowland world. By the 30% mark, I was totally hooked and ignoring my family and other responsibilities altogether.
I found it to be a rewarding read, well written, and entertaining. It is a delicious blend of mystery, romance and action, and I laughed out loud at some of the clever moments and one-liners.
I’ve fallen for these characters and their paranormal world, and I cannot wait to continue on with this series.
I loved Out of the Shadows. Sashi's world is amazingly complex, full of supernatural creatures, competing factions and a complicated process for managing what happens to souls when they die. It's mostly set in Melbourne, and I loved the Aussie touch (although the reapers, the main supernatural faction to which we're exposed, can teleport, so there are scenes in New York, London and elsewhere -- it's a bit like Paula Weston's Rephaim series in that regard).
Sashi, the main character, is Australian-born but with Japanese ancestry. She is tiny and fiery and quick with a joke. Her voice was one of my favourite things about this story -- she had me giggling more than once at one observation or another. For example, it's a bit of an urban fantasy trope that supernatural leading men are all ripped hotties. At one point, Sashi actually calls some of the lads out on it, asking if there's a pill or something, subtly undercutting the trope while leaving the eye candy safely intact for our reading pleasure.
My other favourite character is the reaper Moss, again just because he is hilarious. He and Sashi quite often have movie quote exchanges, and every T-shirt he owns has a funny line on the front. Given my own T-shirt collection, I approved. (Oh, and Beelzebub, Prince of Hell, is hysterical too, in a "I suspect he's unstable and might start killing folks at any moment" kind of way.)
I know I've talked a lot about the humour, because it was one of my favourite things about the book, but I should also mention that Out of the Shadows has its darker moments. There's a supernatural conspiracy going on, one with a body count and a reach that I can only guess at from the first book. There are plot twists I didn't see coming, and one exceptionally sad and shocking moment that was a dagger to the old feels.
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The setting takes place in Melbourne and as someone who used to live in Australia, I think the author does the place justice with her descriptive details. This book is eloquently written which helps me a lot in imagining the characters and The Shadowlands itself.
The main idea of this book is complex and unique, the plot is wonderful and the pace is consistent. The author clearly builds up the tension since from the beginning as a lot of mystery is being unveiled without any possible answer. I like that the author writes about the backstory of the characters; how Sachi lost her best friend, Gabe in front of her own eyes. It just makes the characters development is more prominent. I like how the author interlaces romance elements between Sachi, Julian, and Moss but in the same time, it didnt take away from the focus of the story.
The only thing that Im not really a big fan of is that this story has a lot point of views; I was confused at the beginning of the story. Its hard for me to differentiate which character is involved with The Order and who isnt.
I honestly couldnt wait for the sequel and I hope that the second book will be as good or even better than this one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who reads The Mortal Instruments series; you would be amazed by how creative the author gets with this book.
One of the many joys of Ashlee’s writing style is the degree of eloquence that pervades even the opening Preface – a technique designed to seduce the reader into the long story ahead: ‘Once, there was nothing but shadows. An entire world made only of darkness, absent of all light. One day, so it is said, a star exploded to set the darkness aflame and with the light came life. Creatures of all shapes and sizes came into existence, with names like angel, demon, faery, and dragon. They existed together peacefully, these new creatures of The Shadowlands. Until, eventually, they did not…’
Then she invite the mystery that is to come with the opening paragraphs – ‘As Julian studied the mangled remains of the boy who had once been Campbell Locke, it was easy to see how the humans could have mistaken the death for a homicide. The latest in a string of vicious murders by the now infamous ‘Melbourne Slasher’, who had plagued the streets of this city for near on three months now—or so the papers said. The teenager’s throat had been slashed with what, to human eyes, looked like a knife. But Julian knew better—that wound was the result of an incredibly sharp claw.’
The complex and involving story is well distilled in the synopsis the author provides – ‘From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake. Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper. Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, not-so-grim reapers, and even the Horseman of Death. With a mix of heart, humour and hair-raising action, this is an adventure of an afterlifetime.
Kudos to a young and obviously gifted writer! Grady Harp, July 17
I really enjoyed the concept of the book it being where reapers have a secret society among the humans and there are different jobs for each of them. Some are trackers who keeps the order than there are those who actually plan out when someone will die. Which has became a problem since there are people who where supposed to accidents turn into murdered. So its up to the trackers to find out who is messing up the order of things.
Beside that mystery we have Sachi who is trying to still get her life together after her best friend was murder a couple years ago. She currently live with her brother and feels safe in her little bubble that she's made for herself. But of course that doesn't last when she unknown can see through the veil which start drama.
This book has a slow burn type of feel and it jumps around a lot to different characters. Which sometimes confused me because I either forgot who some are or get introduced to new ones and get there backstory. The characters themselves where nothing special to me. I didn't attach to any of them, which isn't something that usually happens with me.
I dont think am in the right mind set for this book because its very detailed based and am currently not it the head space for it. I want to revisit this book again later to see if my opinions has changed. However I do recommend to those who enjoy Shadowhunter but with this one it has reapers.
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