ARC Review: Shadow Fallen by Sherrilyn Kenyon

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon returns with Shadow Fallen, a brand-new entry in her Dream-Hunter series.

For centuries, Ariel has fought the forces of evil. Her task was to protect the souls of innocent mortals when they die. Captured by a powerful sorceress, she is transformed into a human who has no memory of her real life or calling.

And is plunked into the middle of the Norman invasion of England.

Cursed the moment he was born with a “demonic deformity,” Valteri wants nothing of this earth except to depart it and will do his duty to his king until then. When a strange noblewoman is brought before him, Valteri realizes he has met her before…in his dreams. When others come for her, bringing with them preternatural predators, he is faced with a destiny he had no idea was waiting. One he wants no part of.

The truth is that Valteri isn’t just a knight of William the Conqueror. He is the son of one of the deadliest powers in existence, and if he doesn’t restore Ariel to her place, she is not the only one who will be in peril. The world itself hangs in the balance, and he is the necessary key to hold back the powers of evil. But only if he can find a way to work with the woman who stands for everything in the universe he hates.

My thoughts

Welcome back Sherrilyn Kenyon! The literary world has not been the same without you or your hunters.

From Author’s FB Page.

I am a HUGE fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon. When I see one of her books on the shelves, it is an automatic buy without even looking at the blurb. Kenyon is in that club of authors for me. I don’t want to get into the drama that has been going on behind the scenes, but Kenyon has been out of the picture for a while, so I was beyond excited to read a new novel from her.

Shadow Fallen is a historical romance that focuses on the dynamics of trying to get Ariel and then Valteri’s souls for evil purposes. The story is filled with subterfuge and plenty of threatening conversations. We get to learn Valteri’s back story, which is not as bad as Acheron’s, but he is trying for second best. Of course, there is true love too.

Oddly enough when I was designing this post, I thought this page count was going to equal or come close to Acheron’s page count at 728 pages. This book only came in at 288 pages according to Goodreads (I received a .mobi file). I was shocked because as I was drafting this review in my head, I was thinking that Fallen could have been edited to be shorter and therefore more fun to read. There seemed to be a lot of filler to me, hence why I thought the page count was much higher.

Sadly the sex scenes were not the usual Kenyon style either as they were very tame and with little detail. Maybe it is a by-product of what is happening in her personal life and she is just not feeling sexy, but I really do like a Kenyon sex scene.

There just seemed to be something missing in Shadow Fallen. This is not to say that the overall story isn’t enjoyable – it is. I just wanted more of what I am used to from Kenyon and that is on me – not on her. Please don’t take my own personal greediness as a negative against the story. Read it. Let me know what you think.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Tor Books, 9781250773869, April 12th 2022

Narrator: Fred Berman

Series: Dream Hunter #6; Hunter Legends #31

Settings: abt. 1066 in England

Pages: 288

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