Ivy Granger is a psychic detective, together with her best friend Jinx they have a detective agency "Private Eye" Ivy uses her gift (curse) of psychometry, by touching an object she is thrown into visions living through pain both psychological and physical on the memories and experiences of the owner of the object.
A demon Forneus engages her services to find the King of the Kelpie's Ceffyl Dwr's bridle as whoever owns the bridle of a Kelpie controls the Kelpie.
The outcome of this job could have far reaching effects not just to the Fae population but to the unbeknownst human populous.
I enjoyed this book, though some of the premise was similar to others in the genre, the female antagonist, the ignorant human populous to all these monsters living side by side, from vampires to trolls. That's pretty much where the similarities ended, Ivy is not the normal kick ass lead, she has issues mainly the obvious, fear of touch (given the whole psychometry thing) to many other little foibles. It was nice to see a character who didn't want to rush head first into the unknown and didn't particularly want to be the saviour of mankind. The book was a good read, the story moved on at a decent pace. The characters were pretty well rounded and you were left wanting more (always a good thing if your writing a series of course!)
I would have given the book five stars but it had a real flaw which (for me anyway) couldn't go unsaid. the reason for the drop in star is the ending. There was this sudden rush to explain Ivy' s parentage which in all honesty could have been left until the next book, it just felt as if it had been tacked on at the end especially as although there had been one or two hints through the book that all was not quite as it seemed there was no urgency for it, I enjoyed the mystique, then all of a sudden in the time frame of a chapter the truth was out by a character who had really only been mentioned until the last couple of chapters, this was disappointing.
And the one other thing it's a teeny teeny thing, Ivy seems to use the expletive Mab or Mab's Bones or Oberon's eyes SO many times every time you read it your head starts to jar, maybe it's just a personal thing but it absolutely drives me nuts!!
There are so many new series in the fantasy genre than (in my opinion) any other and it's difficult to get a foothold in this flooded genre, there are so many possibilities yet so many books seem the same .
E.J.Stevens has found a genuinely new angle in Shadow Sight. I have no problems recommending this book and I look forward to the sequel Ghost Light