Welcome to the world of the Penumbra Papers. These "Cases from the Shadow's Edge" explore the forces of light and dark as they dance through shadows humans barely glimpsed prior to the Big Rip. Since then, all manner of preternatural magicks intermingle with humans in ways mysterious, magical and, in some cases, criminal. Much to humanity's surprise, there really are monsters under the bed and the things that go bump in the night are bigger and scarier than anyone ever imagined.
That’s where Special Agent Sade Marquis enters the mix. A human FBI agent with an X-Files mentality, Sade's been handpicked to fill a new slot within the Bureau—Preternatural Liaison Officer with the MAGIC Unit. The Magical Activity, Grievances, and Inhuman Crimes unit is in charge of investigations involving magicks. It's her job to deal with all the monsters.
Along with her FBI partner—and werewolf best friend—Caleb Jones, Sade is sent to New Orleans to investigate the murders of several high-ranking magicks. The Big Easy is neutral territory so Sade must find and arrest the culprit before war breaks out between the Realms. Things look up when the gargoyle Sentinel, Roman, a permanent fixture in Sade’s childhood, arrives to keep the peace. Maybe.
The investigation is hampered by Sade’s faerie nemesis, Ariel—the King’s Seducer. Oh, and then there’s the new dragon in town, Nikolas Constantine. Sade can’t decide whether to arrest his ass or admire it.
When guilt and innocence come to play in the French Quarter, it’ll take Sade’s brand of crazy to sort it all out.
About the Author
Silver James likes to take walks on the dark side and coffee. Okay. She loves coffee. LOTS of coffee. Warning: Her Muse, Iffy, runs with scissors and can be quite dangerous. She’s the author of the best-selling Moonstruck series and new urban fantasy series, The Penumbra Papers. She's been a military officer's wife, mother, state appellate court marshal, airport rescue firefighter and forensic fire photographer, crime analyst, technical crime scene investigator, and writer of magic and mystery. Now retired from the “real world,” she lives in Oklahoma and spends her days at the computer with two Newfoundland dogs, the cat who rules them all, and myriad characters all clamoring for attention. She writes dark paranormal thrillers, time travel romance, and light contemporary with a kiss of suspense. To find out more about Silver, visit her at www.silverjames.com, email her at email@example.com, or follow her infrequent tweets at @SilverJames_.
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That Ol’ Black Magic indeed! pe•num•bra (p -n m br ) [ Latin paene, almost + Latin umbra, shadow.] n. pl. pe•num•brae (-br ) or pe•num•bras 1. A partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination This novella begins the new series by author Silver James, a paranormal author with more than a dozen titles to her credit, including the Moonstruck Series. This book is a short read, only about 133 pages, and gives us a little taste of what her newest series “The Penumbra Papers.” will be about. In the story we meet FBI Special Agent Sade Marquis, a sassy, aggressive young (human) woman raised in the world of Magick. She’s the kind of woman I like to see in these stories; smart, sassy, and isn’t easily pushed around! She has a sharp wit and a backbone. That’s a good thing when her closest friends and work associates are a Werewolf, a Gargoyle, and a Fae, all of whom think of her as family. And they will do almost anything to keep her safe, even from her newest admirer, a Dragon. (That relationship looks like it’s going places!) Ms. James has included everybody from the realm of Magick, not just one or two species! The story takes the reader to a new world of today, where the veil has torn. As children we were told these creature were to be feared, as adults we were told they didn’t exist; now they’re living next door to us! There’s even one running the country. What!?! Oh yeah. We’re in New Orleans with Sade investigating the murders of several magical creatures, and this serves as our introduction to many of the major players in the future series. Two things I found lacking in the story are, probably, much to be expected from a preliminary story like this. First, I wish there had been more action, such as the investigation and capture of the main antagonist. Second, more information about Sade’s past would have been helpful. I also want more information about what happened when the veil ripped. There are clues but not a lot of substance. Third, I just wanted more! But that’s what the full length novel The Penumbra Papers #1: Season of the Witch promises to give us. MORE! My first love in literature has always been mythology and the paranormal so this book was a fun read for me! I love the direction it’s going in, and the promise of the future books; I’m recommending it to everyone!