Publication Date: April 14th, 2020
Series: Stones of Power (Book 1)
Genre: Supernatural, Dark fantasy, Horror.
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.
“He was pure darkness, a devouring abyss. Darkness and light never truly touched. They created shadows when they tried, and this shadow-stained world was proof of their efforts.”
Ruby Peyton is a city girl stuck living the country life. She lives with her mother in a small town called Crichton. Her grandmother passed away, but not without giving her a precious stone necklace that holds great power of immortality. And now, a demon lord is interested in this human girl; a pawn that insists on being a queen. Turns out there’s more to this demon lord that meets the eye. When hell finally lets loose on planet Earth, Ruby will have to make a choice.
The debut novel, Shadow-stained by Rachael Hobbs is the first in a dark fantasy series for adults. The novel started slow initially but it didn’t drag. Although the character development is firm, the editing is a little bit lacking. I noticed more than five errors in the story which is not supposed to be. It was somewhat distracting.
I enjoyed the dialogues between Ruby and the demon lord Drayvex. Secondly, I love the way the author painted their emotions very convincingly. At some point, there were repetitions that were slightly unnecessary. I feel the book should be reduced further to make for a faster read.
I totally enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was well-written, entertaining and engrossing. Rachael is an awesome writer and storyteller and Shadow-stained is a proof of that. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. If you are a fan of the dark fantasy genre, then I recommend this book for your enjoyment. But I warn you, if you are sensitive to profanity, violence, death and battle gore then you’re advised to steer clear. Otherwise, get a copy for yourself when this book gets published on the 14th of April and trust me, you will enjoy every moment of your time with this amazing work.
I want to appreciate the author and Book Sirens for giving me this advance readers copy for free in exchange for my honest review.
About the author
Rachel Hobbs lives in soggy South West Wales, where she hibernates with with her bearded dragon and her engaged-forever fiancé. 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.