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Shadowdance (Darkest London Series #4)
     

Shadowdance (Darkest London Series #4)

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by Kristen Callihan
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
12/01/2013
Mary Chase, operative for the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, is thrilled to be on the hunt for a vile killer. She's less thrilled to be forced to work with her longtime rival and adversary Jack Talent. Jack's not happy, either, but the lethal Bishop of Charing Cross needs to be stopped, and they have no choice but to work together. VERDICT Intricately plotted, passionate, and totally engaging, this latest foray into Callihan's "Darkest London" world is a remarkable adventure. Callihan (Winterblaze) lives in the Washington, DC, area.
Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
In the fourth novel of her acclaimed Darkest London series (after Winterblaze), set in 1885, Callihan introduces Mary Chase, who was killed by a runway gin wagon and brought back to life by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS). Jack Talent is a tortured man, haunted by self-hatred and fiercely protective of those he loves—including Mary, who views him as a rival. When bodies begin turning up at Trafalgar Square, journalists dub the unknown killer the Bishop of Charing Cross, and Mary and Jack set out to hunt him down. Callihan’s solid worldbuilding draws the reader into 1885 London from the first page (though her use of the 20th-century term “ghosts in the machine” to describe the resurrected is disconcerting), and her lyrical writing will have readers racing to the thrilling finish. (Dec.)
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"Callihan spins a spellbinding web that entangles readers in a complex, carefully plotted story of great emotional depth, heated sexual tension, dark adventure and stunning surprises. Prepare to be awestruck."RT Book Reviews

"Top Pick! From page 1, Kristen Callihan had me. She weaved a tale so powerful, so compelling, that I had no choice but to follow it through to the end. It's a rare talent, being able to do that, but Callihan has it."—NightOwlReviews.com

"Callihan's solid worldbuilding draws the reader into 1885 London from the first page, and her lyrical writing will have readers racing to the thrilling finish."—Publishers Weekly

"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Like all good things, Callihan just keeps getting better and better. The third installment in the Darkest London series is not only a gripping novel, but also one that elevates the genre with its depth of emotion, passion and mesmerizing storytelling. Callihan doesn't just create worlds, she moves readers into them with unforgettable characters and stunning revelations. Once begun, it's impossible to put down WINTERBLAZE."—RT Book Reviews on Winterbalze

"This richly textured tale of 19th-century London interweaves intricately imagined and historically accurate scenes with red-hot sensual interludes...a deeply compelling and imaginative story."—Publishers Weekly, starred review on Moonglow

"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the flickering Firelight and get entangled in the first of the Dark London series. Combining Stephen King's Carrie and Beauty and the Beast, Callihan crafts a taut tale filled with sexual tension. This is one of the finest debuts of the season."
--- RT Book Reviews on Firelight

"Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end."—Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author

"Evocative and deeply romantic, Firelight was fascinating from the very first page."—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

"A sizzling paranormal with dark history and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent."—Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author of Immortal Rider on Firelight

Nalini Singh
"Evocative and deeply romantic, Firelight was fascinating from the very first page."
Hannah Howell
"A dark, delicious tale of secrets, murder, and love, beautifully shrouded in the shadows of Victorian London."
RT Book Reviews
"Callihan spins a spellbinding web that entangles readers in a complex, carefully plotted story of great emotional depth, heated sexual tension, dark adventure and stunning surprises. Prepare to be awestruck."
Diana Gabaldon
"Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end."
Larissa Ione
"A sizzling paranormal with dark history and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent."
NightOwlReviews.com
"Top Pick! From page 1, Kristen Callihan had me. She weaved a tale so powerful, so compelling, that I had no choice but to follow it through to the end. It's a rare talent, being able to do that, but Callihan has it."
RT Book Reviews on Moonglow
"Top Pick! 4 12/ Stars! Darkest London glows with the light of Callihan's creativity...Callihan sets the mark for a new style of paranormal historical."
RT Book Reviews on Winterbalze
"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Like all good things, Callihan just keeps getting better and better. The third installment in the Darkest London series is not only a gripping novel, but also one that elevates the genre with its depth of emotion, passion and mesmerizing storytelling. Callihan doesn't just create worlds, she moves readers into them with unforgettable characters and stunning revelations. Once begun, it's impossible to put down WINTERBLAZE."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455520824
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Series:
Darkest London Series , #4
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
45,825
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers' Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Shadowdance (Darkest London Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Hfowler 3 months ago
The two main characters are so richly drawn out and depicted in this story, especially Jack. We met Jack in Ian and Daisy's book. He was Ian's smart mouthed valet with impeccable fashion sense. He was also the man violently tortured in Winston and Poppy's book. From the get go he and Mary Chase have been explosive together. They can't stand the sight of each other. In this book, they are forced to partner up to solve a serial murder case that Jake hasn't been able to solve on his own. I won't go into details about said case or Mary's other purposes for working with Jack, but needless to say, their story was explosive from beginning to end. The conflict and villain were super good (I know, not eloquently phrased but it fits--it was super good). The plot and the pace at which their relationship blooms and grows was great; they actually don't come together till very close to the end but man the story and passion are not lacking due to the late development of them coming together. Jack is such a complex character and Callihan does a superb job dropping hints about who he is without giving too much away. His character builds steadily and beautifully. Mary Chase is a great addition to the Darkest London scene and I enjoyed her in her small role in Ian and Daisy's book and her slightly bigger role in Poppy and Winston's book. But she doesn't truly come into being until she sets out to rescue Jack from his torture. At that moment, you know there is more to them than hate. In this book, she is strong and fights for what she wants but she also does not beg for a man's attention, and Jack has to fight to win her trust and love. This book, I think, I have to say is my favorite in the series. Loved every page and every detail.
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Great read!!
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D-B1 More than 1 year ago
Received the captivating, passionate free goodreads paranormal story Shadowdance (Book 4 in the Darkest London Series) by Kristen Callihan. Mary Chase has been given the investigation of the serial killer the Bishop of Charing Cross, but she has to work with another investigator who is already on the case and would rather work alone, Jack Talent. Mary and Jack's relationship is one in which the last person either would ever want to work with is each other. As Mary and Jack battle to overcome horrible past memories, their passion and attraction toward each other grows. The serial killer's means of murder changes to not only include demons but shifters and other supernaturals as well. Mary and Jack realize that the only way to stop the evil being is to work together. Read the recommended wonderfully, thrilling, paranormal romance of Mary and Jack in Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan.
Schemar More than 1 year ago
Kristen Callihan is a very talented writer. While I enjoyed the prior three books in the series, this one was too dark and convoluted for me.
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arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
Kristen Callihan is back with the 4th installment in the Darkest London Series.  This time we branch out a bit from the usual Ellis family members to some "adopted" members of the family--GIM (Ghost in the Machine) Mary Talent and shifter (or is he?) Jack Talent.  Both characters are part of the previous volumes in the series, so fans of the series have already been introduced to them.  In Darkest London #3, Jack had a horrific, traumatizing, and life-altering experience at the hands of demons.  He is now consumed with revenge and has shut everyone who loves him out of his life.  Mary Chase has been through trauma of her own.  For years these two have detested one another (or have they?), and now they find themselves partnered on a chase for the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to hunt down a vicious serial killer.  Can they refrain from killing one another long enough to focus on the case?  And what if one of them is the main suspect? I have enjoyed all of this series and look forward to the next one to come out in 2014, Evernight.  (The end of Shadowdance sets up quite nicely for Evernight, of course.)  I have waited quite a while for this one to come out, so my memory of reading the other volumes isn't the freshest, but I don't think I quite enjoyed Shadowdance as much as the others.  I just don't think I connected with Jack and Mary the way I did with Poppy, Miranda, and Daisy. 
Kayaditi More than 1 year ago
Callihan does it again, pinning me to the page with her impeccable world building, incredible characters, and breath-catching romances.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Two wondrously developed characters who are struggling with mental and physical wounds from horrendous pasts come clashing together in Shadowdance. Mary Chase has been making a life for herself with the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals. Her only torment is Jack Talent, a difficult, wounded agent that she saved from being a blood whore. A new revelation in an on going case reveals Jack might be their culprit, Mary requests to join Jack's investigation to find the proof she needs. What she never expected was the bond they share. Jack Talent's psyche might be damaged beyond repair. He yearns for revenge on those who used him and fed on him. When he is paired with Mary his tenuous hold on himself is tested beyond his limits. He has always yearned for Mary but holds a secret that can destroy them both.  Kristen Callihan out did herself in Shadowdance. This extremely dark world explodes across the pages and sucks you in. Mechanical men, demons and creatures of the night haunt the historical London streets. Brilliantly written, the love/hate relationship between Jack and Mary builds to a crescendo that balances on trust. We are kept on the edge of our seats till the end and left wanting more. Shadowdance immerses your senses into the fabulously imagined world of Callihan's creation. I didn't want the story to end and was only teased by the possibilities to come. I received this ARC copy of Shadowdance from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication December 17, 2013.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog The Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan has quickly become one of my favorites. There’s something to be said about Callihan’s imagination. There are no boundaries with her, no feat to difficult to accomplish. With larger than life characters, Callihan breathes passion and life into each individual, making it so easy for readers to fall in love with them. Jack Talent has had a difficult past. But his blood is the most sought after thing in London at the moment. With a murderer on the loose, he is paired up with Mary Chase, his one-time savior and is reminded of all that was bad that happened to him. As he fights those memories – and his attraction to the feisty GIM- Chase and Talent find a camaraderie of sorts and this is probably more frightening to Talent than the mechanical men and the various demons lurking the night.  There is no other way to say this so I will tell it straight – SHADOWDANCE is brilliantly written. Incredible pacing, elegant writing and perfect timing with those twists and gut-wrenching turns make this book a wild ride that was so fun to experience. It takes true talent in a writer to be able to accomplish this time and time again, and Callihan manages to hit it right every single time. For fans of the Infernal Devices or Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series, trust me when I say this is a series you need to read. Even if you’re tired of Historical or Paranormals, Callihan’s series is a refreshingly vibrant gem in a well-loved genre. *ARC provided by publisher
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Dark, romantic, and thrilling, Shadowdance was a fantastic steampunk romance. The creepy demons of mysterious murders had chills going down my spine, while the romance dark, sweet, and steamy. I really enjoyed reading this book. Mary was a strong heroine. She wasn't the type to sit and wait around. She fought for what she believed in and what she wanted. She was tough, brave, clever, and likable. I thought she was great. Jack was also amazing. He had one hell of a dark past, not the least of which was what he suffered at the hands of bloodthirsty demons. He quite understandably wanted revenge, but even with all that anger and bitterness, he wasn't corrupted. He was still a good, sweet man at heart, one who was determined to protect those he loved. I adored him. He was just wonderful. The romance was great. Despite the years of animosity between these two, you didn't have to dig deep before their real feelings were revealed. I thought that is was so sweet how, despite everything they still loved each other. And, the chemistry between them was hot, from the moment they met (even though they refused to act on it until much later). There were certainly some hot scenes in store. The plot was well paced. Though I was hooked for most of the way through, there were some points where things started to drag a bit. But, then the story would pick back up, so it wasn't a huge problem. There were tons of thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat, and some dark secrets that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect. Shadowdance was a brilliant steampunk romance. It was dark, romantic, and full of shocking secrets. I loved every bit of it. Lovers of romance, if you want a dark and lovely read, this is your book. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
heytuesday More than 1 year ago
This romance has been two books in the making. And thank goodness it was worth the wait. Shadowdance continues in the footsteps of the rest of the Darkest London series, giving us a wonderfully fascinating and dark story. The Scenario; Jack Talent, shifter, and Mary Chase, GIM (Ghost in a Machine!) are forced to work to together as agents of the SOS to find the serial killer known as The Bishop of Charing Cross. By now, Jack and Mary have a history and quite the rivalry. At first the murder seemed like a pretty open-shut case, but than things start to change and it becomes even more dangerous with the killer attack the elusive shifters and suddenly revelations (of both the secret type and heart) are realized. Callihan weaves in a great paranormal murder mystery story that definitely had me wanting more with it’s dark and dangerous undertones. The story was well paced and had me thoroughly invested. The Romance; This attraction between Mary and Jack has been simmering on the back-burner for a while, but now it’s time for the main course and damn is it delicious. I loved watching their relationship progress. Especially as the friction between them sets of some sparks. And oh do the sparks fly (underlying attraction and tension (of the steamy sort) will do that to you). Suddenly it ignites a whole slew of wonderfully adorable and sweet moments that definitely had me swooning a bit. The secret heated looks, the bantering, the teasing, the little stolen moments, the realizations were a perfect build-up to fireworks. “A kiss,” he said “is a conversation.” Easing closer, he continued to speak as he caressed her cheeks with featherlight strokes of his thumbs. “A first kiss” – his lips neared hers- “is an introduction” And then his mouth brushed against hers. The contact sparked, sharp and bright like lighting. Yet his lips soft, unexpectedly so. Her breath caught the same instant his did. Against her mouth he whispered. “That was hello.” Jack and Mary are definitely the highlight of this book. The fact is I adore Jack. Jack was so broken, that I just want to give him some hot coco and a big hug. It totally breaks my heart and definitely breaks Mary’s. He makes himself a totally worthy hero. I adore Mary too, she’s so adorable but also confident and strong. Watching her realize how important Jack had become to her was so endearing. You I just wanted to root for Mary and Jack so badly to get their happy ending. They are the anti-thesis of insta-love, the epitome of the bicker your way to love couple and every moment was worth it for their happily ever after. She snuggled in closer, letting him curse, letting him pet and kiss her, Because Jack Talent, in all his imperfect glory, made her perfectly happy. Oh P.S. Kristen Callihan, you are killing me. MY GOSH THE SET UP FOR EVERNIGHT! Why do we have to wait?!!?!?!? /tears. Seriously, every book just gets better. I neeeeeeed to know.
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Loved this one the best of the 4 so far and I liked the other 3 a lot!