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About the author:
Seressia has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on comics, cereal boxes–anything at hand. So it came as no surprise to family and teachers when she began creating stories featuring some of her favorite characters. One of her earlier works included the autobiography of a piece of bubble gum, and a short Halloween story was turned into a PTA play in elementary school.
Her proudest writing moment remains winning the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “Living the Dream” essay contest as a high school senior and getting to meet Coretta Scott King. Since then, she’s channeled her belief in the power of the written word by creating rich, emotional stories of diverse people coming together to achieve the universal goals of love and acceptance.
When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an international home improvement company. She spends her free time people-watching, belly dancing, and watching way too much anime.
Find Seressia (& the above) at her website, www.seressia.com.
About the book:
For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.
Kira's day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she's got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira's hands.
Then there's Khefar, the dagger's true owner — a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever....
I really enjoyed reading Shadow Blade, but I feel like there's a dearth of distinct characters in the genre. Maybe that's because I read Spider's Bite, Shadow Blade, AND Faith Hunter's Rogue Mage series, all in a row... Gin hunts her victims. Thorn hunts demonspawn. And Kira hunts Fallen.
I did like the characters. Kira and her friends are cool, and yet smart enough to get freaked out when things get crazy. I liked the Egyptian mythology incorporated into the book, it was not only entertaining, but creative as well (who isn't fascinated by that stuff??). And the spider god reminds me of Coyote from C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers--but a lot more likable!
I think that urban fantasy fans will dig this offering from Seressia Glass. I can't wait for the next one!
Check out an excerpt of Shadow Blade!
drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good
Title: Shadow Blade (Shadowchasers #1)
Author: Seressia Glass
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon
Challenges: 100+, Pub
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