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Urban Fantasy Review: Destined for Shadows by Susan Illene

Destined for Shadows by Susan Illene (Dark Destiny #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
When you’re human in a supernatural world, life can have unexpected twists.

Cori has spent the last few years trying to get herself back on track after tragedy struck in the worst possible way. She’s opened a business, made new friends, and even helped save lives. Sure, she doesn’t tell anyone about the dark deeds haunting her, but she does her best to make up for them whenever she can. That includes helping her new neighbor, a half-angel who has just spent a hundred years in Purgatory, adjust to modern life.

Bartol is damaged inside and out. The torture he has suffered left him with no desire to interact with the outside world, and so far he’s pushed everyone he knows away. Cori can’t help wanting to do what she can for the traumatized immortal—even if it requires being a little pushy—because she’s drawn to him for reasons she can’t explain. And, anyway, a little crankiness has never been enough to scare her off.

But her plans are about to come crashing down when a man from her past returns with vengeance on his mind. He’s not human anymore, and he wants Cori dead. In the end, it might not be her saving Bartol, but the other way around.

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As a spin off, this is off to a solid start. It sets the scene nicely, it delves into the backstory of two main characters, and it's keeping us up to date with what's happening in Fairbanks.

My only complaint is that Cori & Bartol's interactions are very muted and sparse until they aren't. I needed them to build themselves up to that spark and sexual heat slower, especially considering how damaged they both are.

So, on one hand, it took me ages to get into the flow of things, on the another hand, I was glad that things ended on an uncertain note.

Going with the past experience, I know that Cori and Bartol will grow on me, it's just right now I am not enamoured yet.

Apart from the main storyline, there were plenty of gems to keep me satisfied: I got a glimpse of how the supernaturals of Fairbanks were doing, of Melena's work with the federal agents and of course of Cori's complicated past. The world-building was excellent.

So, as I said, it's a good start, but I'll be needing to read more to decide on the series in general.

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Как спин-офф эта серия начинается с хорошего фундамента. Она выстраивает декорации, углубляется в прошлое главных героев и продолжает рассказывать о том, что происходит с паранормальными существами Фэйрбэнкса.

Моя единственная жалоба в том, что встречи Кори с Бартолом очень редкие и сдержанные пока внезапно не прыгают в интенсивную близость. Мне хотелось, чтобы эта близость была выстроена постепенно и неспешно, особенно, учитывая тяжелые душевные травмы и сложное прошлое героев.

Так что, с одной стороны, мне было тяжело вчитываться в эту книгу С другой стороны, я рада, что все закончилось на неразрешенной ноте.

Учитывпя предыдущий опыт с этим автором, я знаю, что понравятся мне герои не сразу. Я к ним буду оттаивать постепенно.

Коме главной сюжетной линии здесь было много интересных моментов, не дающих мне скучать: я увидела как сверхъестественные существа Фэйрбэнкса живут в новой реальности, как Мелена работает с федеральными агентами и что скрывается в прошлом Кори и Бартола. Построение мира было превосходным.

Так что, как я и сказала, это хорошее начало серии, но я пока не знаю, нравится ли мне она или нет. Поживем, увидим.
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