Published: July 3rd 2014 by Text Publishing
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
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Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.
She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim - a 140-year-old half-angel - whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.
But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.
It’s a race against time - and history. And it may already be too late.
There are things I cannot put into words: how agonising the wait for Shimmer, the third book in The Rephaim series has been; how excited I was when a copy showed up in my mailbox (with Mands and I quoted inside it!); how quickly I devoured it. How desperate I am for Burn, the next and final instalment in this explosive and richly imagined series about the half human offspring of the Fallen Angels.
Gaby’s settling into her life as a member of the Rephaim, and with her twin brother finally by her side, she’s becoming comfortable with everything that’s been happening. It’s interesting to see Jude go through the re-initiation process because he’s so different from his sister: he’s more comfortable with his heritage, the Rephaim mandate, and their violent and bloody lifestyle. He’s also respected and accepted among the Outcasts in ways Gaby may never be.
The secondary characters in this series are great and again I’m impressed with the roles that Ez, Zak, Micah and Mya play in Shimmer. The author cleverly uses these characters to show what Gaby and Jude might have been like if their memories had not been mysteriously wiped. One of my favourite scenes in the book is between Gaby and Micah, and just has them reconnecting as friends. Gaby hasn’t been able to connect with the person they know her as – bad-ass Rephaite warrior Gabe – and this scene very sweetly shows us that she had a good life with them, full of friendship and love and acceptance.
Ok, I’ve held off talking about Rafa for this long (do you know how hard it is to not make any review of these books all about Rafa?). But now it is time to discuss this gorgeous embodiment of angelic whoop-ass. He’s actually absent for a large part of Shimmer, because of THE THING that happened at the end of Haze, but the author cleverly makes sure his presence is unchanged. I have always loved that the attraction between Gaby and Rafa never takes over the exciting, blood-filled plot, but instead simply permeates every interaction they have. They are among my favourite literary couples. I know things are about to get difficult for them but I hope there’s a happy solution waiting for them in Burn.
There’s a lot going on in Shimmer. The incredibly short time-scale between books (it’s been a few weeks since the beginning of Shadows) means that things that happened very early on are still of great importance and regularly come up in conversation. Characters we met briefly in the earlier books are still important. Weston does an admirable job of helping her readers keep everyone straight and I didn’t have difficulties following the complex storyline.
Paula Weston is the queen of cliff-hanger endings, and this one’s going to blow your mind! I have absolutely loved reading Shimmer, and can’t praise The Rephaim series highly enough. This book won’t disappoint fans of the vivid world that Weston has created with an Australian backdrop! If you aren’t reading these books, then I submit the following for your consideration:
That’s how I pitched Shadows to the #ozyachat crew! (OK I know he’s not an angel per say.)