Rising Shadows

Rising Shadows

by Bridget Blackwood

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Overview

Labeled an Arcane, Rachel Ryan wonders if she's human anymore. After she's thrown headlong into the world of The Preternatural Rachel learns Shapeshifters, Faeries, and Vampires aren't legends. They've been living hidden in plain sight among humans. In her quest to save a child she will set off a cataclysmic chain of events. Her actions will disrupt the carefully balanced political chess board, casting once powerful pieces to the floor. A werewolf protector, a lost princess, a mad vampire, and an exiled Fae named Winter will rise up to challenge the status quo. A war that has been brewing in the shadows for centuries is ready to explode. Rachel must choose where her allegiance lies, tipping the scales, but who is an enemy and who is a friend?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494891756
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/06/2014
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Rising Shadows (World in Shadows, #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 26 days ago
REAL READER Interesting and we'll written. Fast for a first bookbut still covers all it needed to. off to buy second one. enjoy I did. so happy to fine a new author.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This book was a fantastic read. It could be a little confusing the first couple of chapters depending on you, it wasn’t for me. This book has romance, violence, alpha, all kinds of preternatural creatures, and more. Rachel wakes and some learns she is about to be thrown into a world she knows nothing about. The Richland Institute has done something to her and they want her to be the weapon in their first against the supernatural world. She meets several other supernaturals along the way. A little girl Livia, a wolf named Bastian, and his sister Madalaina just to name a few. The supernatural world is about to be turned upside down with the presence of Rachel and Livia. This book had me laughing out loud at times; it has some sarcasm in it. I love supernatural books of any kind so this book was right up my alley. I was immediately sucked into the book and read all in one sitting in just a few hours. I will definitely book on look for other book in this series. A lot happens in this book and it is a bit fast paced. I love all the characters and can’t wait to read more about them in the future. Rachel and Bastian are hot together and as with any mated shifter couple he is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her. I liked that there were different types of shifters not just wolves. Then you throw vampires, witches, and the fae and the book is just that much better. It is the first book by Bridget Blackwood that I have read and look forward to reading other books by her in the future. I will be recommending this book to other for sure. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
caitbellleigh1 More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that I don't think I've read an introductory book that is quite as WOWing as this one. Rising Shadows pulls you in from scene one full of question and anticipating outcomes. The world building is almost seamless, each little piece of information given feels like it fits right in. The mysteries and secrets add to the story and pull you into the the world of the Shadows and encourage you to dive in head first.  When first reading, I worried Rachel would be a character I'd loathe. She was confused and seemed kind of naive at the start of the book. That doesn't last to long though, as slowly Rachel comes back to herself. While she adjusts to her new circumstances, she definitely isn't wallowing in self pity or feeling woe is me. She longs to fight back and when she gets her chance, she does.  I absolutely love Rachel's snarky sarcasm, It's palatable. It comes off the pages whether it's in her head or outwitting her captors. She might be trapped, but she's not giving up or giving in. It's strong heroines like this that really fit into a paranormal world.  Bastien, sigh, oh Bastien. I kind of fell in love with him from the get go. Before he speaks. Before he meets up with Rachel, just the description of his first sighting and I digress. He's a great character, Hard Core Alpha Male, when he needs to be, and quite the opposite much of the time, when he so chooses. He feels an instant connection to Rachel, though that's more something you read into based on his actions throughout their initial meeting and afterwards.  The true nature therianthropy was great, I love how it all ties together. The different twists to certain things add a unique layer to this World in Shadows.  Rising Shadows introduces a bevy of characters, so its is a lot to take in, but I think that each new character brought up is important and has their place. From Claude and Madalaina to Cleary to Winter and Varian, you get a feel for how each "species" connects to and interacts with each other in this world.  Though things happen suddenly, the relationship between Bastien and Rachel does not feel forced, rather it is fitting. They continue to grow as a couple throughout the book.  I am fascinated by this new World and look forward to reading more of the books centered in it. The interactions between certain characters build up quite an anticipation for future stories that I am hopeless to ignore. If you are looking for a sometimes steamy, often Hilarious, full of Kick Butt Fun characters, look no further than this series
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I don't usually go with half stars on a review, but this book was too good to be considered average, but had just a handful of small things that kept it from a four. The beginning of the book was incredibly confusing at first. We are thrown into a world with very little explanation - very much like the main character is. The author does a good job of showing the reader the confusion Rachel experiences, but I just don't like being confused - a personal thing.  Once Rachel hooked up with the paranormals things got much much better. I love the world Bridget Blackwood has created. It was a great mix of reality and fantasy with the paranormal trying to fit in, but never quite being able to all the way. But Rachel is an anomaly, she doesn't fit in either world and her abilities and trust will be pushed to their limits.  I don't want to give too much away about the romance because it comes fast and sudden and is a turning point to the story. They are incredibly sweet and loyal to each other and seem like a great match. Their relationship was a great way to develop and really show off the good and bad of both characters.  There were tons of side characters that I would love to know more about. I think the politics and relationships Blackwood has started to develop here could turn into a very successful series. *This book was received in exhange for an honest review*