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Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Review: Rising Shadows (World in Shadows #1) by Bridget Blackwood

Rising Shadows (World in Shadows #1)
by Bridget Blackwood

October 28th 2015
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?

Rising Shadows, originally published in 2014, was rereleased November 27 with a new cover design. The rerelease combines Rising Shadows (World in Shadows #1) and the novella Winter’s Kiss (World in Shadows 1.5) as one text. The book chronicles the tale of super-human Rachel Ryan. Exploited for her psychic gifts, Rachel is held hostage in a medical testing facility and injected with ‘magic’ to make her a supernatural killing machine. Once Rachel breaks free, she is met with a formidable cast of characters including shifters, vampires, and fae. 

I tore through this book like a fanatic. I loved every moment of the action-packed tale as well as the burgeoning romance between a few character pairs. I enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of the book and the idea of the manufactured superhuman. The characterization in this book is first rate. Many of the characters are beyond intriguing, which will nicely propel the series.

My only head-scratching moment came with what I perceived to be an odd story arc. Upon research, I realized that Winter’s Kiss had been included as part of the book, accounting for the additional story line towards the end of the book. I’m torn, because as much as I adored reading more about the exiled fae princess Winter, the inclusion in the original text just didn’t flow for me.

Overall, a fantastic read. I look forward to reading and reviewing subsequent installments.

4 ½ sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
I'm a hopeless romantic and a sucker for love stories with a happy ending. I grew up in East Texas, where I met and married my high school sweetheart. Together we moved to Southern Illinois and have called it home for over a decade now.

The characters in my head are loud and bossy. I began writing down their stories in self defense. My first book, Rising Shadows, comes out on February 14, 2014, the first in a paranormal romance series called World in Shadows.

A social butterfly by nature, I love to talk. When I am not writing, I enjoys video games, going out for dinner so I don't have to cook, and laughing as much as possible. I am a big horror movie junkie, I watch gobs of them. I have an addiction to eye shadow, crazy hair colors, tattoos, and glitter.

At home, I'm a wife and mother of three children, Blackwood Boy, Ballerina Blackwood, and Baby Blackwood. I also claim my fur babies; a pug, a boxer, and four cats bent on world domination.


  1. Love the review! It's perfect. Thank you.

  2. No problem! Thank you for writing such an awesome book :)

  3. This looks like an interesting story. I'll have to look it up.