Firefighter Reed Williams and his bride, Lily, are enjoying their long-awaited honeymoon in Paris. But bliss turns to agony when they’re assaulted along the Seine and Lily is murdered.
Now Reed is plunged into a world of bloodlust and horror, led by a woman who offers immortality at the price of his humanity.
Nothing makes sense. Reed doesn’t breathe, doesn’t have a pulse, and doesn’t even cast a shadow. His loss of Lily is all the more terrifying as he experiences visions of crows stealing his memories of her and all that he holds dear. Overwhelmed, he flees his relentless pursuers for home in Philadelphia.
Back in the States, he stumbles upon three unexpected allies, who, like Reed and his attackers, have non-beating hearts and shadowless bodies. The trio–a brilliant, but socially graceless linguistics professor; a grifting ladies’ man without a past; and a penitent hitman trying to atone for the widows he’s made–must pull Reed back from reckless despair and help him remember his heroic self in order to defeat those who want to claim his soul forever.
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Start with a honeymoon in Paris and kill someone. You don't have to be a fan of vampire stories to enjoy this tightly woven tale of Reed and his bride Lily as their embarcation into a new life is torn asunder though what turns out to be a twisted first act of a revenge play. Desparation and desire drive the plot into a mix of interesting characters that leaves the reader wanting more. In short, J.P. Cane nails a good read in this first book of the Shadowless series. A must read, though I may be a bit more wary of street performers in the future.
Shadows Within is an off-beat, fast-paced novel that reads like a thriller but has well-developed and interesting characters. Cane takes the time to find out what makes his characters tick, especially the ones who've been around for a long, long time. There's no vampire romance here - it's strictly a game of survival in the shadows. A great read - really enjoyed it!
A Paris honeymoon turns macabre when the immortals (shadows) kidnap the groom and murder the bride. Turns out one of the shadows lusts after Reed and is determined to dispose of his new wife, Lily, and make him one of them. Reed is confused—he no longer seems to have a pulse or a shadow and he has developed some astonishing physical capabilities. Escaping from his captors, he makes a dash for home—Philadelphia. Pursued by the Parisian un-dead, he acquires some unexpected help from sympathetic American shadows as he tries to reclaim his humanity