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Shadowed Threads: A Rylee Adamson Novel (Book 4)

Author: Shannon Mayer
Rating: Five out of Five 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Format: ARC
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing
Release Date: August 15, 2013 
Recommended Reading: 18+

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: This is the fourth in a series and I’m enthusiastic for this book.  I love the heroine, Rylee.  She is smart, compassionate, and kick-ass. Rylee surrounds herself with this funny rag-tag team of characters and every book gets better and better at taking me along for a fun ride.

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“My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.”
When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

O’Shea is AWOL, and Tracking him is proving to be harder than I expected.

Not to mention the small fact that I have the Beast of Bodmin Moor chasing me across Europe, in a race against the odds, and my life as the prize.

But those things are minor compared to the secrets that finally come to light.

Secrets I wish had stayed hidden in the darkness . . . .


THE LOWDOWN: The thing is, if you haven’t read the previous three books then you will be lost with this one.  There is a large cast of characters that grows with each book and you’ll have fun getting to know every one of them.  Part of why Rylee appeals to me is that she has this raggedy bunch of supernaturals that she takes care of.  She really loves her team and they work well together.  So let me give you a taste.

The Team:

Rylee – Foul-mouthed tracker and kick-ass heroine

Pamela – Powerful teenage witch

Alex – Stunted werewolf and comic relief

O’Shea – Hunky, newly transformed werewolf

Eve – Young but seriously scary harpy

They sound pretty interesting, right? Right! So if you haven’t read the first three books, go and do that now.

If you have read the other books then, proceed.

This book has a good action-packed plot. Rylee’s sexy man, O’Shea, has been turned into a werewolf and due to some magical manipulation he is stuck in wolf form and currently terrorizing the European countryside. Rylee is keen to track him down but first, she has some things to take care of.  Her supposed mentor, Jack, has been less than forthcoming with the additional training he promised. Before she gets fed up and leaves to take care of O’Shea, Jack drops an ominous prophecy on her.  Like most prophecies, it is threatening, vague, and you don’t understand exactly what it means until after it comes true.  Oh goodie.

In the meantime, a ticked off Druid sends an indestructible puma shifter after Rylee just to make things more interesting.  While hunting down O’shea, Rylee gets more ominous warnings from a creepy vamp, then makes friends with dragons, and other crazy adventures.  It all culminates in a big plot twist.

This book is a fun ride from beginning to end.  The author, Shannon Mayer, does a great job of juggling many characters and plot developments without losing me as the reader.  Mayer has created a heroine who faces many huge emotional dilemmas with strength and intelligence, not just blind luck.  Many authors drop the ball when trying to explain a complicated supernatural world or they just make up magic to get their characters out of a bind at the last minute.  She also does a good job of setting up the rules for magic at the beginning of the book so that even though its later use may be surprising, it doesn’t come  out of nowhere to save the day.

This is exactly what I look for in urban fantasy.  Fun! My girl Rylee uses a sword, a whip, and a freaking crossbow with badass proficiency.  Violent? Yes. Entertaining? Heck, yeah! Also, there is a steamy scene with O’shea thrown in for good measure.  Not bodice ripper steamy, but still good times.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Definitely read this book if you like supernatural action, but don’t if you haven’t read the first three.  Try it! I know you’ll like it!

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