Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 10 March, 2014 by Amanda / 12 Comments

Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Review}Shadowdance {Amanda} by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #4
Also in this series: Firelight {Kelly}, Firelight {Amanda}, Moonglow {Kelly}, Moonglow {Amanda}, Winterblaze {Amanda}, Winterblaze {Kelly}, Shadowdance {Kelly}, Evernight, Soulbound, Soulbound
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Victorian
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Once a heart is lost in shadow…

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights—even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack’s dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past…or risk losing Mary forever.

I need more Darkest London…now.

Thoughts on Shadowdance

I don’t think it’s really any secret that the Darkest London series is quite beloved on this blog. Both Kelly and I have reviewed each of the books thus far…

And Shadowdance doesn’t disappoint.

The relationship (or rather, the antagonism) between Jack Talent and Mary Chase has been brewing since Firelight. And while a seasoned romance reader can easily guess that antagonism often equals a future pairing, sometimes you’ve got to wonder how an author will pull it all together.

What simmers beneath the surface of the characters? We’re only offered a brief glimpse of Jack and Mary in previous books, so walking into Shadowdance was an experience that blew the characters into sharp focus. (I don’t know if that sentence makes sense, but it feels right, so we’ll go with it.) Let it just be said: Kristen Callihan knows how to pull it all together masterfully.

Jack Talent has always been an enigmatic character, but Shadowdance shows us how wrong we really are about him—and how right about things Mary Chase is. (And she has her own secrets too.) Shadowdance addresses what happened to Jack in Firelight and, like each book before it, deepens the world and its secrets.


And I only want MORE. So you can only imagine my delight when I found out there’s a book FIVE and it’s out this year. Now if only I can manage the wait…


Filed under: ESR: 8, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Review: Amanda, ,


12 Responses to “Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Yes to antagonistic relationships Amanda! They just might be my very favorite things ever. Followed closely by friends to lovers (or little sister/brother’s best friend setups, I always like those too, but I digress). Clearly if you and Kelly are such big fans, I need to give this series a try!

  2. I saw that my library has this series, I am going to have to give it a go. It sounds like so much fun. :) I love anything London and supernatural.

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