Claudette in the Shadows by M.J. Hearle

October 25, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Claudette in the Shadows by M.J. HearleClaudette in the Shadows (Winter Saga #0.5) by M. J. Hearle
Published: October 1st 2013 by Pan Macmillan AU
Format: eARC, 88 pages
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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4 Stars

Claudette Duchamp was born running.

Running from a man she has never met, named Victor Bonnaire. And the men who serve him, the Devil's Bane. She does not know why she runs. Only that she must.

Her family has a secret. One her parents refuse to tell Claudette or her twin brother, Blake. It has something to do with why Victor pursues them. And something to do with her dreams ...

For Claudette has begun to feel a strange stirring in her heart. A wildness that is both thrilling and frightening. Soon, she will uncover the truth of her family's haunted legacy. She will discover the world that lies on the other side of midnight. She will take her place in the shadows and embrace the darkness within.

Claudette in the Shadows is a prequel to the critically acclaimed paranormal novels Winter's Shadow and Winter's Light.

Claudette in the Shadows is a quick, thrilling read centered on Claudette, whose family is on the run from a mysterious group called The Bane. Claudette doesn’t know why, but she’s never been inclined to find out until now.

Nightmares plague her twin brother Blake, and one night Claudette finds out why. In the midst of a magical night involving world-hopping and exquisite magic, she finds out that her family has an incredible legacy, and her brother is having a hard time coming to terms with it.

Claudette is frighteningly cold and unfeeling, and I felt a deep thrill of fear every time the book alludes to her lack of emotion. This girl has some serious problems. I think she’s also incredibly susceptible to bad decision-making; there were many times when she couldn’t see outside of her self-centered bubble and understand that her family is just trying to keep her safe. Just like teenagers everywhere, I guess, but with Claudette there’s a dark stain on everything that happens to her.

I’m not sure how the prequel ties in to the original stories told in Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light, but Hearle’s writing has definitely impressed me and am looking forward to diving into the first full length novel. Claudette in the Shadows is a great platform for people to introduce themselves to the dark, magical world the author has created.

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