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Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Title: Shadowdance
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, book 4
Genre: Paranormal historical romance, Steampunk
Publisher: Forever
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Once a heart is lost in shadow...

Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights—even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past...or risk losing Mary forever.”
Shadowdance is the fourth installment in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan.

Jack Talent is back to work and trying to live a normal life after what happened to him in Winterblaze (third book); something difficulty done thanks to the memories that doesn’t give him respite. He is now investigating a murderer known as the Bishop of Charing Cross. After months without any results in his investigation he is assigned a partner, the person he least wants to share his time with, Mary Chase.
Mary Chase is a GIM (Ghost In the Machine), she loves to work for the SOS (Society of the Suppression of Supernaturals) because she feels like she has finally found a place where she is doing something valuable in her life, for that reason she tries to prove her worth at every opportunity and even though she doesn’t want to work along Jack Talent, she knows that is a good career opportunity and will do her best to bring down the Bishop of Charing Cross, even though she suspects the man they are chasing is the very Jack Talent.

Jack Talent had a far from easy childhood, he was saved when Ian Randolf opened the doors of his house to him and gave him a home. But after what happened to him in Winterblaze he is more broken than ever. He feels he doesn’t deserve anything good, including the love of the woman he has been crushing on for years, Mary Chase.

Mary Chase doesn’t fall far from Jack in regards to her past. She was the victim of a vicious attack that cost her her life. Luckily for her a man named Adam gave her a second chance, a new life as a GIM.

Years back when Mary met Jack she thought him charming, but soon after and without any logical reason his attitude towards her changed for the worse. Jack’s behavior hurt Mary deeply and since that first encounter they have been at odds. Bickering is what they do best, but there is something deeper under all the aggression they feel towards each other and that’s is an attraction they won’t be able to negate much longer.
Seeing them come to terms with their attraction was incredible sweet and hot. I can say that Callihan wrote one the best first kisses scenes I have ever read. *swoon*

I have loved Callihan’s previous books, but nothing compares to Shadowdance. Her writing is at its best in this installment, she gives us a story packed with love, intrigues, deceptions, and more. Callihan shows us that the power of love is strong enough to save and redeem souls forever thought lost.

Callihan’s creativity doesn’t have limits and she proves it once again in Shadowdance. The world she gives us in this installment is more complex than the one he saw in previous books. We are not only privy to details of the Victorian Era; we are also gifted with steampunk elements that made of Shadowdance an even richer and more unique story.

In this installment we are also introduce to the couple who will be the protagonists of next book, Evernight, which releases on August 14th, 2014. I’m dying to read their story after seeing the seeds Callihan sown for them in this book, August 14th can’t come soon enough.

I can’t recommend enough Shadowdance and the Darkest London series in general. Callihan is a must read for all paranormal historical romance fans. Trust me, you can thank me later.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Ember (Novella-prequel)
Entwined (Novella)
Evernight (August 14th)

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I wish I loved Steampunk. I have heard this series is delightful and it looks like it is still going strong. I do love the covers.

    1. The Steampunk factor is not overbearing. I'm pretty sure non fans of the genre could still like this book very much.

    2. Felicia, I am not a Steampunk fan at all yet I really enjoyed the first book. I have yet to pick up the second book for some reason. I will, eventually, though lol
      Nice review Marcela!

  2. I love Callihan's writing! It's a neat mix of Steampunk, Historical, and PNR. There's definitely nothing else out there like it; these books just suck you right in. Great review!

  3. I really should read this series

  4. The best eh. I have yet to read this, I've been putting it off partly because the MC's are not related to the sisters. But as you said this is probably the best, I will have to take a peek and hopefully I won't be able to put it down.

  5. Oh I really liked this one as well, it was a nice surprise. Well I haven't read book 3 but now I can't wait for book 5!


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