Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Posted December 22, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Review: Shadowdance by Kristen CallihanShadowdance by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #4
Published by Forever on December 17th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Pages: 427 pages
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Once a heart is lost in shadow...

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights—even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past...or risk losing Mary forever.

Callihan has suckered me into reading historicals. She does an amazing job of blending the paranormal with historical and with Shadowdance she has given us another element, steampunk. Don’t worry, if steampunk is not your thing. The elements are not heavy but where Callihan hinted at steampunk in the previous books in her Darkest London series she gives us a heroine with a clockwork heart, Mary.

And who has the key to that heart? Master Jack Talent. The surly and handsome hero of Shadowdance. At the end of the 3rd book in the series, Winterblaze we get to see a physically tortured and broken Jack but his torture goes deeper than skin deep and we get to learn all his dark series.

If you’ve read much in the romance genre then you’ve seen your fair share of tortured heroes that find a heroine that “fixes” them. But it’s rare to find a book that has not just a tortured hero but almost a tortured heroine of need of “fixing” as well. And oh boy is both Jack and Mary broken emotionally by past events in their lives. 

Shadowdance is an emotionally charged and beautiful ride, seeing this snarky couple finally come together and mend each other’s hearts and souls.

Kristen Callihan continues to bring her A game and weaves a darkly rich world with her Darkest London series and it has earned an a place on my auto read list. I can not wait for Evernight to be released with the nice step up for the next couple. So while I wait for its release I’ll busy myself with reading the novella, Entwined. Look for that review soon.



About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee, and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

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2 responses to “Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

  1. Wonerful review — I completely agree! I loved this book, and now I have to play catch up with books 2 & 3 (not a hard thing to do, I assure you, as I so love Callihan’s writing!). I can’t wait for Evernight!