“Shadow is a skilled Assassin, trained by the best, and controlled by the ruthless Blood Lord Lucius. She is his weapon and slave, until the night he sends her after the sunmage Simon DuCaine. Simon is determined to save the woman sent to kill him. He sees something good in her, and yes, she's attractive. Now they are going to try and save the city from the machinations of Lucius and hopefully, in the process, save themselves.
I liked how the book started. Shadow, which I like better than her real name, is a strong but vulnerable character and she is very likable. Simon starts out okay, a bit of a crusader but he's nice enough. However, my opinion of Simon goes down throughout the book. He is too much the crusader, irrationally afraid of his "dark side," and all too willing to believe the worst in Shadow. I wanted to punch him several times at the end of the book and I was annoyed that Shadow didn't do it herself. There really isn't enough story outside of them and the "need." The plot is otherwise fairly boring. If there is a next book I hope it's about his brother. ”
ButtonsRam wrote this review Monday, September 19, 2011.