Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Shadow-Stained ~ First Chapter Review


For her, it's her late grandma's legacy. For him, the mother of all black arts spoils, granting one demon the power of a God. Immortality.

When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex's viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like. But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the throne, Ruby coerces him - the tyrant king with a soft spot for humanity - into helping her save her pokey old world village from becoming a ground zero of mass demonic carnage.

Both invested in reclaiming the relic, the one thing Ruby and Drayvex agree on is that it's in the wrong hands. Co-existing in a precarious arrangement between predator and prey, to save the planet they both love for different reasons, they must become a formidable double-team in the face of an apocalyptic takeover. Now, the fate of both human and demon alike rests with a killer that walks between worlds, and a woman with a curse in her bloodline.

Book source ~ Tour
Stones of Power, #1
14 April 2020
362 Pages
First Chapter Review ~ 3 bites and a nibble

Ruby is a human but she has in her possession a very powerful dark object. A necklace. A thing of myth, though she doesn’t know that. Drayvex is a demon lord who crosses paths with Ruby and now he wants that necklace for his own. And he’ll do anything to possess it.

I’m here today to share a First Chapter Review because Life isn’t cooperating with my Will to Read. Dammit. I have high hopes though that I will get to dive back into this book soonest. Because it’s sounding highly intriguing. 

A very basic foundation has been laid in this first chapter with Ruby and Drayvex being introduced to me and each other. They are both still a mystery though. An interesting puzzle. Ruby is human. Ok. Drayvex is some kind of demon, I think. Check. He seems to be fairly powerful, but he’s spied with his demony black eyes an object of power and he wants it. Wants it bad. Ruby seems to be clueless about her necklace, but I could be wrong. I know that Drayvex is an arrogant fucker who definitely needs to be knocked down several pegs. I have a feeling that Ruby is going to be delivering these blows. Well, I can hope anyway. Chapter 1 has my attention and I’m looking forward to moving on with the story.

Rachel Hobbs lives in soggy South West Wales, where she hibernates with with her bearded dragon and her husband. By day she is a dental nurse at a small local practice. By night, she writes.

Her debut novel SHADOW-STAINED is the first in a dark fantasy series for adults, inspired by her dark and peculiar experiences with narcolepsy and parasomnia. She's since subjugated her demons, and writes under the tenuous guise that they work for her.

Fuelled by an unhealthy amount of coffee, she writes about hard-boiled monsters with soft centres and things that go bump in the night.

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