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Sins & Shadows (A Shadows Inquiries Novel)


Lyn Benedict


Sins & Shadows (A Shadows Inquiries Novel)


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Ace; Original edition (April 28, 2009)





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Sins & Shadows (A Shadows Inquiries Novel) by Lyn Benedict

Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual, in a world where magic is real-and where death isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. But when an employee is murdered in front of her, Sylvie has had enough. After years of confounding the dark forces of the Magicus Mundi, she's closing up shop-until a man claiming to be the God of Justice wants Sylvie to find his lost lover. And he won't take no for an answer.
I loved everything about this book! Sylvie Lightner P.I. extraordinaire is having a very bad day and it's about to get worse. Syl had the unfortunate experience of interrupting a group of Satanist during their power ceremony. Well, we all know Satanist, right? They just have no sense of humor and now she's the object of their fixation. As if being stalked by Satanists isn't horrific enough, try having a god as a client...... Syl has decided to close up her P.I. business after the Satanist incident but as she's walking out her shop door, the God of Justice (GOJ) appears and insists that she use her skills to locate his lover. The GOJ lover Bran has gone missing and is suspected of being kidnapped. Unable to locate him, GOJ needs Syl and compels her, by means of threats, to take the case. Tension is rising between various gods who covet GOJ's power and would like to use this vulnerability to siphon more power for themselves. During these conflicts, earth is going to hell in a hand basket with widespread cataclysmic events, as a consequence from having too many gods and too much power on earth. Meanwhile, time is not on Bran's side and Syl literally has the fate and weight of the world on her shoulders. Following leads Syl crosses paths with the utmost unwavering and timeless wickedness that she must defeat to retrieve Bran. How do you out-smart a timeless being who has honed their malicious skills and through their relentless cleverness is determined to succeed? I was literally enthralled by this story and actually lost sleep over it, it was so good. This book is creative, fast paced and action-packed. Syl's character is strong, mean and always gets the job done. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series.

I also recommend:

Blood Engines (Marla Mason, Book 1)
Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, Book 3)
Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, Book 3)
Bloodring: A Rogue Mage Novel
Storm Born (Dark Swan, Book 1)
I liked this book. Sylvie is a complex, deeply flawed character, and I found myself really interested to see how she was going to muck things up from situation to situation. I gave this review only three stars because, like other reviewers have mentioned, a lot of things in this world went unexplained, and this novel felt like a later book in a series, rather than the first. Some terms became clearer through repetition, but the author teased about characters and places that never actually appeared in this novel's present, which just seemed lazy. Dunno. I would probably read future entries in this series, and I hope that they continue to build primarily on the world introduced in this novel, rather than introducing entirely new things and not accounting for them in any satisfying way.
"Sins & Shadows" is set in the modern day, with magic & ancient Roman gods/myths come real. The main character, S--, is a private detective who is closing her shop (to protect her partner) when she is coerced into taking a case from J--, who used to be an ordinary humand and is now a Roman god. J--'s gay lover, B--, has been kidnaped and despite vast powers, J-- cannot find him. Amidst the case, we meet a witch, mythical figures, and government agents. There are a few interesting surprises, and strong supporting characters. The book is written from S--'s point of view throughout.

What I liked best about this book is that J-- was the traditional ancient Roman god -- a "small g" god as one of my school teachers once said. Put another way, J-- is basically an incredibly powerful wizard with more than his fair share of human failings. Some other reviews seem to indicate otherwise, which made me reluctant to give this book a chance.

I liked S--. She was strong without being a bully, capable without being perfect, and just plain likeable. The setting descriptions are nicely done, the writing smooth, and the characterizations different (depth & variety). My only major complaint was that the ending was a bit weak, but I cannot say why without spoilers.
It took me a minute to get into this book mainly because the beginning almost read like the middle. I actually stopped and went looking online for the first book thinking maybe I had missed something due to all the references to past experiences.

Once I moved past that and actually sat down to read with an open mind I enjoyed the plot line. Not overjoyed mind you but still all in all a good read.

The main character isn't the best person in the world and she knows it, honestly none of the characters outside of the furie and Anna D were all that interesting or well defined with the reason/character that started this all being the one I liked the least.

The action once it starts was almost over the top at times with scenes appearing to bleed into one another.

Waiting on the next one in the series to see where she's going to go.
I loved the action and story in this book...definitely had detail in it (I did not find it hard at all to I think some others did). The author provides a very good world-building...I love (and want more of) the romance with Demalion!! Definately a heroine that you root for...
I was glad to see that others thought this read like a second or third series book. I actually stopped reading and looked it up to see if I might have missed the first book. But no, there just was no intro. into the world. There was very little background, description or character development.

I did not connect with any character and disliked most of them including the main one. The only character I remotely liked did not fare well in the end. I will not be continuing this series.

There are so many better series books to read I would not recommend wasting time or money on this one.
Wow a lot of urban fantasy has a tough heroine with a soft center. However, Benedict's Sylvie Lightner is just one hardcore tough chick. I loved the story from beginning to end and having the main character willing to sacrifice it all just to survive was great! Can't wait to read more.

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