Series: Shaede Assassin #2
Published by NAL/Signet Eclipse on July 3rd 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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For months, Darian and her Shaede guardian, Raif, have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow the Shaede Nation--and kill Darian in the bargain. But now that they've finally found the half-crazed Oracle, they are granted a possibility too painful for Raif to imagine and too enticing for Darian to ignore.
Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead, but her mission quickly proves dangerous when her lover, Tyler, is almost killed. And when a brooding and mysterious Fae warrior offers his guidance--at an extraordinary price--Darian finds herself willing to risk everything. As her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession, and she and Tyler grow further apart, Darian finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother and the man whose love she can't live without....
Really wished I hadn’t waited about 2.5 years between reading Shaedes of Gray (book 1) and Blood Before Sunrise. It took me a while to get back into the feel of the world and remember what happened in Shaedes of Gray. But Amanda Bonilla did a good job of recapping some of the events in the first few chapters without it being an information dump. I won’t wait as long to read the next book, that’s for sure!
Bonilla took her world building from Shaedes of Gray and kicked it up a notch. There’s more Fae mythology through in and the plot that revolved around it kept me guessing. And just when our heroine, Darian thinks she knows how to play the game, the chess pieces are changed on her.
One thing I got a little tired of was Darian doing what many UF heroines do, runs off to fight the “world” by herself. She tries to keep all her loved ones safe by running into danger without their help. I can only hope that she will learn to let them in. Even a kick-ass heroine needs help from time to time.
I was all about Tyler in the first book but he got on my nerves a little this time. But the Jinn couldn’t help it. He was under the influence of some serious magic mojo so I’ll forgive him for his caveman attitude against Darian’s friendship with Raif. Although Darian needs to learn to balance her relationships between the to guys.
I liked seeing more of Xander. He’s the perfect character that you love to hate and hate to love. I can’t wait to learn more about him and see him and Darian interact.
I’m enjoying the Shaede Assassin series by Amanda Bonilla and I’m going to continue with book 3, Crave the Darkness but first I’m going to read the two short stories, When Shadows Call (a prequel about how Darian became a Shaede) and Lost to the Gray (book 2.5 told from Tyler’s POV).
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