Review: Forsaken by Shadow by Kait Nolan

Posted 21 September, 2011 by Amanda / 11 Comments

Forsaken by Shadow by Kait Nolan (Mirus, #1) 
Genre: Paranormal Romance, UF
Format: ebook from Stella @ Ex-Libris
Read: 8/26/2011 [Bout of Books Read-a-Thon]
In Six Words: Much shorter than I actually expected.

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Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year’s Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn’t even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can’t remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands–not even the woman he almost died for.

Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what’s probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him.

And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

Forsaken by Shadow was originally recommended to me by Tara, gifted to me by Stella, and read as part of my Bout of Books Read-a-Thon.  It was a quick read, and a welcome break from the three vampire novels I had read before picking up this one.  This fact alone probably added the + onto the rating for Forsaken by Shadow.  I liked it, but it was short.

A More In-Depth Look

And not just short as in the equivalent of 165 pages, but short as in the story was over at 80% on my Kindle.  Of course, being more of a novella also explains why the story felt rushed and that everything happened really fast.  It was, as I said, a nice break from the previous books I read, but I do believe that Forsaken by Shadow would have been better as a full length novel, with more space to flesh out the characters and their story, which was pigeonholed into a few events that we’re aware of.  I wanted to know more.

There is a lot of potential in Forsaken by Shadow and it provides a glimpse into a new world, but doesn’t give us much world building.  Which wouldn’t have been bad necessarily, except I wanted to know more about how their powers worked.  Perhaps if I had known this was supposed to be shorter (or that it would end at 80%), I would have liked it more.  Or maybe I’m just being overly cranky and critical.  One never knows.

Ultimately, Forsaken by Shadow is a good, quick read that provides a good escape.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

If you’re a paranormal romance or urban fantasy fan looking for a short read, you might enjoy Forsaken by Shadow.

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11 Responses to “Review: Forsaken by Shadow by Kait Nolan”

  1. Hmm… I think I have this one somewhere on my Kindle. I’ll have to go look.

    You…overly cranky and critical? As if! ;)

  2. It does sound interesting…and a lot to cover in only 165 pages. Ditto that it sounds like I’d be wanting more page space to delve into the world and characterizations more. I’m a sucker for engaging, well-blending world building!


  3. Don’t you hate it when you can’t remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room? (From the blurb, of course!)

    I usually like novellas, but sometimes there’s too much going on to fit it all in. I would want to know how their powers worked too.

    • Yes. It totally happens to me all the time. (not)

      I think if I had known this was a novella, I might have liked it better. Expectations, and all that.

  4. Great review. I’m glad that it gave you a break from the 3 previous books that you had read but I’m sorry it didn’t completely give you all you wanted/needed. I enjoy a good novella here and there but there are some that should be made into full length novels just to give it more substance.

    • Novellas that should be full length books disappoint me. Not that I read a lot of novellas, but if the story doesn’t fit for the space its been given, then it’s hard to really love it.

  5. Felicia

    I am just not a fan overall of novellas—I always want more. At some point, it is more about my expectations than the book.

    LOL @Diana — I hate that too :)

    • I can like novellas, but only if the story is well fleshed out and is fully developed. I think it’s possible, though perhaps not necessarily easy.