Book Review: Chasing Shadows

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Title: Chasing Shadows

Tala Prophecy Book Two

Author: Tia Silverthrone Bach

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Paranormal

 

Reagan thought one night changed her life forever, but her fate was written long ago.

Merging creature and white blood,
One of flame, one of night,
At eighteen years it will commence,
Spiritual warrior and power,
Will bring an end to the lawless ones.

A war looms: One that pits brother against brother for werewolf supremacy. Angels and demons will each have a say before a victor is chosen.

With her eighteenth birthday only six months away, time is running out. Reagan must find a way to harness the two powerful, ancient bloodlines coursing through her: Werewolf and Wiccan. Then, she has to figure out her role in the century-old prophecy foretold by her great-grandmother.

However, if Reagan can’t save her family from her most vicious rival, Rafe, the forces of Hell will be unleashed and the war will be over before it starts.

 

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Chasing Shadows continues right were Chasing Memories leaves off. After escaping a mental hospital and finding out that a family member that was presumed dead is very much alive is the start of her journey of learning what she truly is. From being told that you have witch blood and now werewolf blood coursing through you veins is one thing, but learning that there’s a prophecy involving the fate of the world is something else entirely and Raegan has a hard time wrapping her head around it.

Running for her life and living in very decked out caves is all she can do until her training is completed. She might be powerful with the mixture of blood she possesses but Rafe, the son of the devil himself, is stronger. The story grows more complicated when her mother, father and brother get more involved. There are certain points within the story that say blood is thicker than family, especially if who you thought was family isn’t blood. Then there are certain scenarios where blood isn’t thicker than family, a new family that is.

Where there is heartbreak there is love and a not quite romantic but slowly growing relationship grows between Raegan and a man whose been fighting against this so called evil since he was a child. The relationship between them is not totally defined and you are trying to figure out if these two will even end up together.

The new characters that are introduced are good and each of them has their own story of how they are connected to Rafe. There is one character that Reagan becomes fond of, which is Madeline who has a very troubling past that is closely related to Rafe. Rowan is another character that has faced terrible things head on all do to Rafe as well. One thing that is stated multiple times from different perspectives is how evil Rafe is, but yet very cunning and persuasive. Lots of people have fallen for him and each of them have been scorned by him as well.

What it comes down to is Raegan against Rafe, but a surprise character is thrown in the mix that hopefully puts the odds in Raegan’s favor. The prophecy names one of fire and one of night, those are assumed to be Raegan and her brother. I’m not one for giving away spoilers, but I’ll let you ponder on that.

The sequel seems to go by slowly and by the end of it all questions aren’t given answers to. The pieces are falling together but yet another cliffhanger ending keeps you waiting for what you really want to see. Who is going win, good or evil.

Yet again, I can’t find any major criticisms besides the fact that some of the characters seem to love too quickly and fall out of love too easily. It was an entertaining read and I’ll definitely be looking out for book three.

4 STARS

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