Thursday, September 1, 2011

SHADOWBORN by Alison Sinclair

Darkborn Trilogy, Book 3
Publisher: Roc/Penguin
Date published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-451-46394-4
Fantasy Regency Suspense
Trade Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

For the Darkborn, they believe that magic dies with the mage or so they think. For Lady Telmaine Hearne, being condemned to die for sorcery is something she never wants to experience again. On the run after escaping, she finds her mage powers bound and secrets all around her. Finding out that the Shadowborn are real and very, very deadly towards the Lightborn as well as the Darkborn shocks everyone involved. Now time is racing as the fragile peace between the Lightborn and Darkborn hang in the balance as the Shadowborn get ready to launch their final strike against the people of Minhorne.

I have got to admit, the final book in the Darkborn trilogy, SHADOWBORN, is one full of twists, turns and had me enthralled from the beginning. The writing was pure perfection as it tripped its way through the storyline. Ms. Sinclair delivers a strong, fast paced final story in the Darkborn Trilogy and she ties up all the loose ends with a nice size bow. Ms. Sinclair really ups the ante in this one as she ties up all the end sub-plots, careens toward the climatic ending and delivers a very well written ending that leaves you feeling like you were on a high speed roller coaster. The story is well written, the multitudes of characters are multi-dimensional and the writing is tight.

SHADOWBORN continues where LIGHTBORN left off and Lady Telmaine Hearne is now an ambassador for the hated Shadowborn as her husband Bathezar fights against magic and tries to keep his sanity as he finds out things about his family that leave him teetering on the edge of a cliff. I am absolutely thrilled to see the characters we first met in DARKBORN continue to be a presence in SHADOWBORN. The dynamics between all the characters are quite unlike I have read in awhile. All the characters, be they main ones or secondary ones, play an important role in telling the culmination of the Darkborn trilogy in some way. The storyline flows smoothly and swiftly as it lures the reader into its web until the very end. This is an author who really allows her characters to shine in this fantasy regency series.

SHADOWBORN delivers an engaging mix of angst, mystery, suspense amid a world where mages have to join with non-mages to fight an enemy that they were unaware of. Ms. Sinclair is a wonderful addition in the fantasy regency genre and I am eager to see how she tops this in the future.

If you are looking for a new author to try out, then give Alison Sinclair a try. Her Darkborn trilogy will captivate you till the very end. SHADOWBORN delivers a very satisfying ending to a wonderful series I plan to read again in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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