For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.
Kira's day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she's got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira's hands.
Then there's Khefar, the dagger's true owner - a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever....
Seressia Glass's Shadow Blade is a mix of fantasy and an urban action adventure. Kira Solomon is a mysterious heroine: supernaturally strong and psychically gifted with a strong sense of justice. Kira spends her days fighting the darkness in the world; each evening, she offers up the violence and trials of the day to Ma'at, the Goddess of Truth. Kira's biggest fear is that the light that she works for will be overpowered by the darkness of her actions. As Kira struggles through each day, she relies on her personal code of honor, the guidance of Ma'at, and the training from her mentor Balm of Gilead.
In Kira we have a strong action heroine, her physical and spiritual battles draw you in. When Kira and Khefar finally connect, we find that they both share a sense of isolation, a commitment to justice, and a superhuman strength. As Kira and Khefar face a deadly evil and risk the loss of everything that they value, Shadow Blade combines fast-paced action with fantasy to give us a fun, satisfying read.
ISBN-10: 1439156794 - Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (January 26, 2010), 352 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author:
Seressia has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on comics, cereal boxes–anything at hand. So it came as no surprise to family and teachers when she began creating stories featuring some of her favorite characters. One of her earlier works included the autobiography of a piece of bubble gum, and a short Halloween story was turned into a PTA play in elementary school.
Her proudest writing moment remains winning the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “Living the Dream” essay contest as a high school senior and getting to meet Coretta Scott King. Since then, she’s channeled her belief in the power of the written word by creating rich, emotional stories of diverse people coming together to achieve the universal goals of love and acceptance.
When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an international home improvement company. She spends her free time people-watching, belly dancing, and watching way too much anime. Learn more at Seressia Glass's website at http://www.seressia.com/
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