Review

Review: An Heir in Shadow by Sofia Drake

Synopsis

Morrigan has spent decades hiding in plain sight as a celebrated agent for the Bureau of Preternatural Creatures. As the most powerful fae spell caster alive, she has long stood against the rising tide of evil stalking the innocent people in her home city of Baltimore. When her cover is suddenly blown, Morrigan must finally decide to either embrace the duty of her heritage or to abandon the people she has come to love to one of the greatest enemies she has ever faced.

***SPOILERFREE REVIEW***

The Writing

Sofia Drake’s writing reminds me a lot of Sarah J. Maas. In fact, I would recommend this book for fans of Sarah J. Maas. Definitely a lot of similarities to the ACOTAR* series – 2 of the characters even have the same names (Morrigan and Lucian). With the “mate” subplot, it felt like this could be a spin-off of sorts. Morrigan’s friends also feel a lot like the Inner Circle to me. But I feel this book did a much better job with the LGBTQ+ content than Sarah J. Maas did. I squealed when two of the same sex characters discovered they were mates. They were such a cute couple. Instantly added a star to my rating. Well done, Ms. Drake!

* A Court of Thorns and Roses

Editorial notes

There were a lot of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors in the book. The paragraphs weren’t formatting right in my Kindle edition either, which was a drag. Made it harder to read. (And I bought it from Amazon, too, which doesn’t usually give me problems.) It was hard to turn off my inner editor. Definitely could’ve benefited from another round of editing. Readers should know this going in – it’s not a clean read grammar-wise. I’m giving it 4 stars anyway because the story is captivating enough – but I’m hoping the sequel won’t have this problem!

Point of view

This book is written in third person from Morrigan’s perspective. I really liked her as a character. I do want to warn readers that this book is heavy on the graphic content. Trigger warning for graphic violence, torture and sex. Can’t decide whether this is New Adult or Adult. Leaning toward New Adult for the general feel, but definitely good to be informed – the adult content caught me off-guard!

Characters

The characters made the book for me – Morrigan is a strong, somewhat sassy main character, which is my favorite kind. We don’t learn much about Isaac in this book, but he’s intriguing and sweet. Rosalind is fun to read about, I love how supportive she is of Mor. As said previously, I can’t describe how happy it makes me to see a LGBTQ+ couple in a fantasy book. Doesn’t happen nearly enough. What I liked most about the book is seeing the dynamics between this large cast of well-written, realistic characters.

The ending

The plot is intriguing, and the book ties up loose ends while still leaving an obvious space for a next book. I believe this will be a trilogy, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book. The ending wrapped up nicely, which means I’m still looking forward to the next book but I’m not on pins and needles.

So, is this first book of the Shattering Darkness series enough for me to continue reading?

Yes, I’ll definitely be reading the sequel. The plot is intriguing, and the book ties up loose ends while still leaving an obvious space for a next book. I believe this will be a trilogy, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book. There’s also a novella called The Mother’s Flight that was really fun to read. Overall, I recommend checking this book out if you’re a fan of Sarah J. Maas or any epic fantasy, if you’re fine with some typos.

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