Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Whisper of Shadows by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Publication Date: 4/15/2016

Series: Diamond City Magic #3

Rating: 4 Stars


Official Blurb: 

War is coming . . .

When the FBI uses an anti-magic law to arrest and torture Riley's boyfriend, they have no idea what hell they are about to unleash. If Riley can't rescue Clay before he breaks, the result will be a disaster of epic proportions.

With time running out, Riley and her family must rely on two people more likely to stab them in the back than actually help. And, even if Riley manages the rescue, she's still got to deal with two kidnappings and the return of her dad from the dead--the same dad who'd been willing to see her dead to protect his secrets.

What's a girl to do? Kick ass, take names, and protect those she cares about at all costs.

Miss Francis knows how to tell a story!  I fell in love with this series as soon as I finished Trace of Magic.  Her fictional world was so different from the others within the same genre.  Good guys became bad, and vice versa.  Riley is a strong yet feminine heroine that women could really look up to and learn from.  That being said, the series itself is intriguing and spell-binding.

Whispers of Shadows starts off in the midst of Riley’s turmoil from book #2. Things have gone from worse to hell on earth when her boyfriend gets kidnapped by the FBI and hidden away from her.  Add in the fact that they are now hunting her to the mix, and you get a heart-stopping read that will leave you on the edge of your seat.  This book is very well-written, and keeps the reader very engaged. 

But, Whisper of Shadows felt a little off to me.  Maybe it was the length of time between books that sucked away a portion of my love for this series, but I never truly got sucked back into while I read this book.  Don’t get my wrong, the story itself was great, but there was something lacking with this book that I still have not identified even weeks after finishing it. I could chalk it up to an off day of reading for me or possibly my mood, but I just couldn’t love this book as hard as I wanted to love it. I don’t want to outwardly admit my love for this series is waning, but I hope with the next book that I might be able to renew my love again. 

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