Discovering a new urban fantasy book is always good. But finding a completed urban fantasy series that keeps up its quality in later books is even better. I just completed the Shadowchasers trilogy by Seressia Glass, and it’s one of those series. If you’re an urban fantasy fan and haven’t heard of it, you need to read it ASAP.
Let’s dive in book by book.
Kira’s day job as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she’s got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside-down in search of a four-millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira’s hands.
Then there’s Khefar, the dagger’s true owner–a near-immortal 4000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow force, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever….
This is one of my favorite urban fantasy novels of all time. Most of that is down to the awesomeness of the heroine, Kira. A monster-slaying, motorcycle-riding badass, she’s not without her flaws. She has powers that let her see the history of an object or person just by touching them–handy in an investigation, not so great when she can’t even shake a person’s hand without causing them serious harm. Going without human contact for almost her entire life has left Kira uniquely vulnerable, so when she meets an immortal warrior whom she can touch without hurting, it’s a pretty big deal.
The romantic subplot in this series is one of my favorite parts. Khefar isn’t overprotective or controlling; he respects Kira’s abilities, and the two of them are truly partners in battle. They’re just getting to know each other in the first book, but it’s immediately obvious that they belong together.
The plot throws plenty of complications at Kira, and the final showdown is epic. But there are just enough unanswered questions and dangling threads to leave a reader eager for the second book.
In a job like this, one mistake can cost you everything.
As a Shadowchaser, Kira Solomon has been trained to serve the Light, dispatch the Fallen, and prevent the spread of chaos. It’s a deadly job, and Kira knows the horror of spilling innocent blood. But now she has a new role, as the Hand of Ma’at, the Egyptian Goddess of Truth and Order, and an assignment that might just redeem her.
A fellow Shadowchaser has gone missing, and so has a unique artifact imbued with astonishing magic. Unless the Vessel of Nun is returned, it will cause destruction beyond anything the modern world has seen. Kira’s got a team at her back, including Khefar, a near-immortal Nubian warrior who’s already died for her once. But as complicated as her feelings for him are, they’re nothing compared to the difficulties of the task she faces. And the only way to defeat the enemy is to trust in a power she can barely control, and put her life—and her soul—on the line.
While Kira is my favorite character, no contest, I’ve got to mention what a great supporting cast these books have. Balm, Kira’s adoptive mother and the leader of the organizations she works for, was a mysterious authority figure in the first book. In Book 2, we get a huge revelation about her–so big that it’s also a revelation about how magic and the universe work in this world.
The last book had Kira accidentally hurting a friend when she was possessed by Shadow. This books deals with the fallout and Kira trying to push her friends away out of guilt and fear she’ll hurt them again.
She doesn’t try to push Khefar away. She knows he can handle himself, and their romance continues to develop (and be awesome). Honestly, this book just does a great job developing on everything the first book established. I felt the climax ended just a bit too quickly, but since it involves a fight against a giant crocodile, I can’t really complain. 😉
Truth is the most dangerous weapon of all . . .
Kira Solomon’s life has never been simple. Battling against the Fallen, serving the Egyptian goddess Ma’at, becoming romantically involved with a 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior—these are now everyday realities. But something is changing. Kira’s magic is becoming dangerously unpredictable, tainted by the Shadow she has been trained to destroy.
Matters grow worse when an Atlanta museum exhibit based on the Egyptian Book of the Dead turns out to have truly sinister properties. As the body count rises, even long-trusted allies start to turn against Kira. She can hardly blame them—not when the God of Chaos is stalking her dreams and the shocking truth about her origins is finally coming to light. As one of the good guys, Kira was a force to be reckoned with. But if the only way to stop a terrifying adversary is to fight Shadow with Shadow, then she’s ready to find out just how very bad she can be…
The past two novels have hinted at Kira’s origins, and in this one we learn her entire backstory–at the same time she learns it, and one theme of the story is her coming to accept the truth about herself. Compared to the first two books, this last novel is heavier on introspection and character relationships as opposed to action. This isn’t a bad thing, though, since Kira’s emotional journey is just as important as her quest to defeat the bad guys.
But don’t worry–it’s not all character growth and emotional stuff. The finale has plenty of monster-slaying action and Kira standing against literal gods who are threatening innocent lives. It’s a truly epic conclusion.
Not everything is tied up in a neat little bow in the end (plenty of room for fanfic writers, if you’re out there). The ending almost feels like a new beginning, with Kira ready to start a new phase in her life. And she and Khefar officially confess their love, so my inner shipper is happy.
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If you want to try this series, the first ebook is only 99¢ at most retailers (but not on Apple for some reason). Enjoy!