Out of the Shade by Diane Barr
Publisher: MuseItHOT! Publishing
Length: Full Length (265 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Dahlia
Faeries that carry katanas and guns instead of sprinkling magic dust and granting wishes. Dragons that reanimate the dead. Drug-crazed goblins terrorizing neighborhoods. Illegal demons attempting to conjure the alter ego of an Egyptian goddess.
Sounds like something out of a nightmare, right? Wrong. It’s my everyday life.
Welcome to the Shade, where all the creatures of myth hang out and where I, Detective Gabrielle Tate of the Supernatural Task Force, police them. My partner is AWOL and my sexy dragon boss is leaving nothing to chance as we deal with goblins high on Escape and a serial killer—or worse, a nest of rogue vampires—leaving the drained corpses of faeries and cops all over town.
And then there’s the psychotic demons trying to conjure the goddess Hathor’s alter ego, Sekhmet, to destroy humanity. As a faery and direct descendent of Hathor, I’m eager to manifest her power and use it to combat evil. At the same time, I need to learn how to control the accompanying bloodlust. How? By taking lessons from the charismatic leader of the local vampire clan, of course.
If you thought the mean streets of Detroit were tough, you’ve never seen the Shade.
The body count is rising and time is running out.
Katana-wielding, gun-slinging, Gabrielle, has seen it all before in her line work, but with a pattern of Hathie fae murders to solve, things take a more personal turn. As a faery and direct descendant of the goddess Hathor, Gabrielle begins a journey of self-discovery to solve the murders and the mysteries of her heritage. With so many supernaturals as possible suspects and the gruesome murders becoming more violent, Gabrielle must also learn to curb her own innate desire for blood and violence. It's a different world out in the Shade where myth and legend are reality, but so is the stuff of nightmares. Unfortunately for them, this faery doesn't run away from danger, shy flies straight towards it.
This story kicks off with a major bang! Nothing like being throw into the thick of the action with a goblin trying to eat our heroine. That’s just all in a day’s work though for Detective Gabrielle Tate of the Supernatural Task Force. Her boss/partner, Captain Raymond Jettowski (“Jett”), keeps things interesting with his alpha male take-charge personality, while the mysterious head of the Komora Vampire Family, Damien, keeps the story sexually sizzling.
I very much enjoyed Gabrielle's character. She's clumsy, quirky, foul-mouthed, but very kick-butt. She says and takes what she wants and this extends even to the bedroom. Her character is confident in the best possible ways, while maintaining an innocence that is adorable. Perhaps her most admirable trait is that she's not afraid to admit ignorance nor too proud to learn something new.
There are just too many fantastic secondary characters/supernaturals to list, but I would like to make special mention of a house Brownie by the name of Chance. He totally captured my heart in this story and I am sure he will be favorite among other readers as well.
Ms. Barr's imagination brought about several different kinds of lovely creatures that bring so much color and life to the story. Although, there were moments when I felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the characters being named, the descriptions in both characters and scenery are brilliantly done and easily bring the reader into this incredibly built world. Most surprising is the fact that the reader will learn early on in the story who is behind the murders, but it's the suspense of not knowing the who/what/when/where of the victims that kept my attention.
When I learned there would be some facets of Egyptology built into the story, I was concerned that there would be many things unexplained and I would have to take the time to research. Fortunately, that is not the case with this story. Ms. Barr does an incredible job of explaining things in a way that is relative to the characters in the story, so it becomes part of the storyline. It also helps that the reader follows along to Gabrielle's point-of-view with just a few breaks to that rhythm by another character.
The conclusion leaves room for Ms. Barr to continue the storyline and I certainly hope she does. Readers who appreciate a very well written urban fantasy with sensual erotic romance will absolutely want to read this story.