Shadow Kin (Half-Light City Series #1)

Shadow Kin (Half-Light City Series #1)

by M. J. Scott
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Shadow Kin (Half-Light City Series #1) by M. J. Scott

On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages...

Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451464040
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Half-Light City Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 288,428
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

M. J. Scott is the author of the The Shattered Court and the Half-Light City novels: Shadow Kin, Blood Kin, Iron Kin, and Fire Kin. She is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily, Scott grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books, and these days she's surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction. When not wrestling with one of her own stories, she can generally be found reading someone else’s. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate, and fabric. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Shadow Kin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I believe the synopsis for this book is misleading. Prior to my download of this book, I was under the impression that this was going to be a dark urban fantasy. This book turned out to have more than just a flair of romance. Even though this series had more romance than I was expecting, it was still a was a good entry into a new romantic urban fantasy. I have to admit I hated the sun-mage. He seemed like a manic-depressive. One minute he's into the heroine and the next he's spouting horrible insults and sulking. Most of the times I wish he would harness the power of the sun to set himself on fire. Besides the fickle sun-mage, this book was really good. It's not exactly what I thought it was going to be, however it was still interesting. I was expecting the "Shadow" to be harder and more ruthless than she was. Don't get me wrong, she was a fierce killer, however she did have a soft side that I wasn't expecting to see as often as we did. I recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to reading the next book Blood Kin due out 6/5/2012. I also recommend a book that B&N does not carry: Shea MacLeod Kissed by Darkness
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Lucius of the Blood is spoken of in hushed tones by all because they fear him. Yet speaking his name is nothing compared to how Lucius's Shadow is spoken of. Shadow (Lily) or wraith is Lucius's pet assassin. Lily's current assignment is to kill human male while he sleeps but nothing about this assignment is as it appears. The human male is in fact a Sunmage and healer named Simon DuCaine. Simon claims that he doesn't know why he's to be killed. Lily is shown kindness and honesty where she expected none from Simon. Simon is puzzled and inrigued by Lily(who stubbornly refuses to give her name). Simon offers Lily a truly unique idea redemption in exchange for her testimony against Lucius to The Veiled One. Lily hides a terrible secret. Will Lucius ever free Lily? Will Lily accept Simon's offer? What's the real reason for the threat to Simon's life? Your answers await you in Shadow Kin. I will most definitely continue with this series. I loved Lily and Simon! This book is not like any other book I've read recently. The author did a wonderful job of creating this universe and leaving it open for more books. I can hardly wait to dive into the next one.
DuncanWatson More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The steampunk mentioned on the cover was not much in evidence but the book is an enjoyable fantasy. I recommend this book if you like modern style mongrel fantasy novels. It has an interesting combination of human magic, Fea, vampires (Blood), and weres (beast-kin). A good read, I look forward to a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. Very well written, highly political, with strong themes of acceptance through out. The charcters are very emotional and are all extremly well rounded. This book was a good first book to the seires. Although, this was not the best book I ever read it was worth the 8 bucks and I will read the 2nd book in this series. I really liked that it was written more for an adult base audiance with real issues.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Blood Lord Lucius orders the "soulless" wraith he raised as an assassin to kill human sunmage Simon DuCaine. Lily goes after Simon, but he defeats her. Instead of killing Lily, Simon lets her live though he is not being altruistic. He and his Templar knight brother believe Lily is the proof that Lucius broke the City's treaty signed by the Blood Lords, Beast Kind, the Fae and the Humans. He pleads with his captive to testify against the master who raised her. He is attracted to the "Nightseeking whore" who glides like a shadow between worlds. She believes joining him in the light is impossible though she is falling in love with the mage who showed her mercy though she knows he condemned her as being like his sister Edwina. The Shadow Kin political fantasy is a fabulous tale as the world of Scott comes vividly alive through the competing machinations between the prime groups. Blood Lords and the Beast Kind rule the Night World; while Fae and human mages guard the rest of the Half Light City. Fast-paced from the onset, fans will relish this strong thriller though the romance never quite gels with the pasts of the two protagonists except when they curse at each other. Harriet Klausner
ShadowStalker More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was okay. Like many of the other reviewers, I share a distaste for the sunmage, Simon. He started out being a pretty genuine and caring character, but then mid book, he seem to just randomly transform into this guarded, mistrusting douchebag. I get that he has issues about fighting, but I would have liked it better if it didn't feel like "Shadow" was constantly taking care of herself, not just in the beginning of the book, but in the middle as well. I wasn't satisfied with the crappy apology in the end. That being said, it was entertaining. There were parts were I couldn't stop reading, there were parts that made me roll my eyes. I'll probably still read the sequel. I haven't decided.
Kronoberger More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Lily, but the male protagonist (I regret that I have forgotten his name), seemed to change his personality a bit in the book. In the beginning, he was very much into Lily, but then became quite resisting towards her in the middle of the book. Still, it was very enjoyable.
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Rarely does a writer catch my attention so dramatically. Not every writer can weave so seductive a spell with language alone. Then there is the story and the characters. This is a world I will come back to with pleasure. Well done!
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Endureil More than 1 year ago
Good book with decent action and not too many plot holes.
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susie3154 More than 1 year ago
for the two main characters, written in first person was confusing to know who was telling the story. at times, when i thought Lilly was speaking, it was actually Simon and vice versa.
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LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Lily, a wraith plays the role of assassin for a Blood Lord. She is sent to kill a sunmage and that is where everything changes in her life. There is a connection between Simon and Lily that cannot be denied and you find yourself hoping that they wind up together. Lily and Simon have a lot of character growth through out the book. You will be intrigued and not want to put the book down once you start reading it. The story has an alternating point of view between Lily and Simon. The way the author did this is perfect, you can easily tell what is going on and what each character is thinking without being lost. All in all, the book was an awesome read and I am really happy I was exposed to the talent that is M.J. Scott.
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