Crimson Shadow: Noir

Crimson Shadow: Noir

by Nathan Squiers


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ISBN-13: 9781940634371
Publisher: Tiger Dynasty Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2015
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

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Crimson Shadow: Noir 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew a little of what to expect from this book starting out, as far as lore goes, as I have already read several of Megan Parker's novels (I know, that was backwards), which is set in the same world. However, nothing could have prepared me for the level of darkness in this book. Noir is definitely aptly named. I must admit that it took longer than normal for me to finish this book, as the intensity, pain, and heartache was such that I had to put it down and separate from it several times (especially during the accounts of child abuse), but I normally review romance and fantasy novels, lighthearted things mostly, so this was quite a switch for me. That said, I found myself being drawn into this book, into this world, and caring deeply about Xander and his story. Nathan Squiers did an excellent job of weaving all the intricate details of the story together, while keeping the intensity way up the entire time, never letting the story stagnate. I swear there was never a dull moment. Each character is incredibly detailed and had their own distinct voice. The story was engaging, and my heart broke for Xander and all that happened to him, while I hoped and hoped he would triumph in the end. I loved the overall story, even if it was exceptionally dark. I'd say that this was a solid introduction to hopefully a fantastic series. I have a sneaking suspicion that the next one might be more what I am used to from reading the blurb. I can't wait to find out where the story goes from here!
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HeatherMuzz More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Xander Styker is a teen who has been abused by his stepfather and his classmates his whole life. The rage that burns inside of him and the self destructive behavior he exhibits, makes you want to take him home with you. I fell in love with the kid right from the start, I love an underdog. But is he? Xander has only had 2 friends in his lifetime, A girl named Estella and the voice in his head, named Trepis. He alienates himself from Estella, but Trepis is always there. He also has a teacher at his school who he is somewhat comfortable with, named Sam, who isn't what he seems. Throughout this story Xander will discover who he really is, who Trepis is and What they both are. Xander is attacked one night by things that he doesn't understand, luckily he is saved by another group of supernaturals. He comes to find out that the things he thought were myths, are actually based in reality and he is a big part of it. Marcus, one of his rescuers, among others, will be his mentor. After an attack on the safehouse and the death of the supernaturals that were there, he is taken by Marcus to Sam, who it turns out is very, very powerful. Xander learns about the Mythos, creatures of all kinds, based on mythology. Xander is a hybrid of 2 different types of vampire and his father was a very powerful vampire as well. He is being hunted. These aren't your everyday vampires though, Auric vampires feed on emotion & energy, Sangs feed on blood. Xander is both. Stan and Marcus only have a short time to train Xander, and during that time he will learn secrets about himself, his family, and the mythos that will change everything. In the end it all comes down to an epic battle that you will not believe. I cannot wait to see where this goes next. I thought this was a very original take on vampires as well as being a refreshing relief from the same old vampire stories
Evelyn-Agnes-Rae More than 1 year ago
I want to start out saying I rated this 3 stars because it really wasn't my thing. But it had the makings of a good book and people will enjoy this, I just don't. So this may very be a five star read for most people out there. Now that being said, I am going to say different is good, and this is a good book. It just didn't grab me. However the graphic imagery was a nice change, so many people are tending to shy away from graphic scenes in most main stream fiction. Xander's story is filled with pain and emotion and end the end growth all the great things for a book. Nice fight scenes. Why wasn't this book for me? Can't really say, but it didn't grab me at this point in time. I was waiting for something to grab my love, but it just did not happen. It could be because I am vampire burned out (which I don't think is possible I have studied vampire lore for years on my own time) But it just wasn't my read. The issues that Xander faces affect people every day in the real world. And I would suggest giving it a try, but it is dark and not for the faint of heart. This is one of those that you hit or miss... and it could be one that in 2 years I will go back and read again and love (which has happened with more than one book) but for the time being, though it is perfectly written it was just not my cuppa tea.
Phoenix-princess More than 1 year ago
I am one with a taste for vampire novels. I thought I had read them all. I was wrong. This is a wonderful approach to vampire lore. It has a bold freshness that I have not seen in a very long time. The story it self has the ring of true honesty from the author. It is dark and enticing a book you just cant stop reading. As a woman I utterly fell in love with Xander and I must say the hot guy they have on the cover helps, but it truly is the way he is written. I felt his pain and would offer what ever to sooth his pain. Xander do you like O+ ? LOOK OUT ANNE RICE NATHAN SQUIERS IS HERE!