TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 August 2013
Shadowed Threads (Rylee Adamson #4) by Shannon Mayer
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I love this series, its one of those that's so full of content and adventure, loves lost and found, sad loneliness and then friends and new family - its one that I love to read and re read, each time finding subtle clues I'd missed first time round. A novel that leaves you feeling content with what you've read, sad that's its ended and wanting more from that world.
This book, fourth in series, is my favourite so far. I missed O'Shea in the last book - he and Rylee are so good for each other and she's so much on her plate now with the responsibilities of people she's taken in that she need someone strong. Cat shifter Will would like it to be him, he's seems t have a real fancy for Rylee, Faris the vampire wants it to be him, he wants the power she will bring him, but it's no good for any of them as her heart is lost to Liam O'Shea. Sadly he struggled to cope with becoming werewolf and ran off, Riley needs to track him but its difficult and others needing her help now keep getting in the way. She was asked to track children taken in the UK in the last book, and met Tracker Jack. Jack is dying from cancer and has said he'll teach Rylee what she needs to know, but he's dragging his feet and she's still in UK and now been waiting three weeks. Rylee doesn't do waiting well....so it typical Rylee form she forces the issue.
What follows is the usual roller-coaster we've come to expect. Jack has some dangerous magic books that indicate Rylee is the subject of a prophecy, sister Berget is still alive and seems to be happy, Milly has trapped Liam, has him under her control and is using him for her own ends. Liam is in danger the longer she traps him in his werewolf form and Rylee has only limited time to rescue him. Meanwhile Doran the daywalker comes visiting - and that's never a good thing, the vampire Child Empress wants to kill Pamela (the child witch we met in last book who has become one of Rylees' menagerie) the Druid leader bitch queen Dr Daniel has managed to compel a guardian to kill Rylee and time is running out for Liam. The longer he remains wolf the harder it will be to get him back to his man side with the wolf finally taking over completely. Its all business as usual for Rylee then :)
What I love about Shannon's writing is there is magic all through, and yet no sudden new powers or spells that Rylee pulls off at the last minute, no quick fix answers that leave reader feeling cheated - it's thinking and hard work, along with courage, occasional dangerous last minute risks, and answers we know from powers or pre made spells she carries that provide the solutions. I hate it when the hero/heroine in a book is in a tight spot, and suddenly gets out by way of some new power we've never heard about. We know about Rylee's talents, what she can and can't do and when something new comes to her, such a the ability to track groups of people - we learn in advance not at the last minute just when she needs it.
The menagerie she has gathered reluctantly, but through her softness of heart and inability not to help people in need have left her unexpectedly with a strongish band of helpers, Pamela is shaping up to be a very strong witch, Alex the werewolf who's so childlike at times, is also very strong and absolutely loyal to Rylee, Eve the harpy is young in harpy years, but strong and has has knowledge Rylee often needs about the supernatural world. As usual the threats coming fast and furious and from unexpected angles and poor Rylee doesn't always know what to do or who to trust, sometimes having to take risks with trusting those who she wouldn't normally, and hoping it doesn't come back to bite her on the ar se! (I'm English- we spell words differently, but Amazon often doesn't like it)
A great book in the series, and one that was very satisfying to read. We gained some answers in this book, along of course, with more questions about Rylee and her place in the prophesies. She's not sure how to take them. They seem incredibly dangerous but are they real, still - even if she doesn't take it seriously she'll be under threat from those that do, and she needs her little band of loyal helpers if she's any chance at surviving.
My emotions were shredded in this book, tears of sadness at losses, heart in mouth at the dangers - and Shannon doesn't wrap through danger and solution over one or two pages as so many authors do, but lets them play out naturally and in their own time, with solutions that aren't a quick fix and often carry their own danger. Rylee seems to be between that Rock and Hardplace very, very often, having to trust her instincts and hope for the best. Sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn't and there were some bad moments and amazing surprises along the journey. I ended the book with a feeling of satisfaction, many of the worrying lose ends were tied up, but its clear there's much much more in store for Rylee and she needs her gathered band of friends to survive. Priced at £2.06 for 200 pages, 366kb it's a good buy and I was so engrossed it felt like a much longer book.
Stars: Fabulous read, riveting throughout and a well earned five stars.