Review: Shadowfae by Erica Hayes

Shadowfae

by Erica Hayes

ISBN-13: 978-0312578008

Steal souls.

Live in hell.

Never die.

In a city infested with psychotic fairies and run by sadistic vampire mafiosi, life as a soul-sucking succubus rarely involves lacy lingerie, hot guys or great sex.

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade must spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell’s minions.

Then, she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her senses. Rajah shares the same bleak fate as she, and yearns just as desperately for freedom. But the only way for Jade to break her bonds is to betray Rajah—and doom the only man she’s ever loved to a lifetime in hell.

This book was really interesting. I think that it’s the first one I’ve read, where humans are not a large part at all.  Even though I did just say that there aren’t any humans in it.  These paranormals really show the gray areas that, as humans, have in us. There are bad characters showing signs of a morality you wouldn’t expect. While some characters struggles to overcome their inherent nature; others remember life as a human. Remebering the past helps fight against what they are now.

The one question never really answered is just who is the “baddie”?  Its almost like there weren’t anybad guys just a bunch of screwed up people. I like this format I really do. For me this sort of book really fits the definition of urban fantasy. It puts paranormals right slap bang in the centre of a setting that you as the reader can go and visit.
Now, a sex scene is, for me, more sensual rather than the wham bam thank you ma’am. And that has unfortunately been becoming the norm in this genre of late. They suck you in and you just can’t wait to read each line to see where it’s heading.

I must say, about a week after reading this book, I went down to Little Italy for a work breakfast. Instead of concentrating on the meeting, I was looking around at the cafes and buildings and seeing this book. I personally believe that Ms Hayes has taken my home town (well sure I live in the country but it’s the capital of my state) and reinvigorated an area I haven’t been to in years. It really opens the realms of possibility. Bring on Shadowglass Also I don’t tend to read about succubus and incubus. Well, other than the Diana Gabaldon’s Lord John one, I don’t think I have read any. So as my first try read in this genre of book. I have to say that it was not bad.

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