Title: A Cast of Shadows
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Araneae Nation
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2013
I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: The strongest net is no match for destiny.
Daraja has grown up watching her brothers journey down the river on the traditional Deinopidae rite of passage. Each returned with riches from their travels, and lovers with whom to share their lives.
Now she has reached the age where she would strike out on her own to seek her fortune—if she were male. Instead, she is expected to sit patiently, weave her nets and wait for the river to bring a husband to her.
Patience, however, has never been her strong suit.
Brynmor haunts the forest surrounding the city of Cathis, his disembodied spirit inextricably bound to the wild canis roaming his lands. Until the day he stumbles across a brazen trespasser in his woods.
Compelled to step in when the canis suspect her of poaching one of their own, Brynmor fears he has lost a piece of his ragged soul to the feisty, adventure-seeking female. And when the canis confront the real poachers, he is forced to choose which life to sacrifice. Hers…or his own.
Warning: This book contains one heroine with a knack for weaving nets and one hero who relishes getting caught. Expect singing, some howling, ghostly shenanigans, and the start of a love that transcends death.
Thoughts: Daraja is a Deinopidaeon on a traditional journey to find her one true love. Shade Brynmor comes across Daraja fishing with a net. From then on Daraja is on his mind and he feels very protective of her.
A fun, quick read. A Cast of Shadows is a novella - telling the story of Daraja & Brynmor. Brynmor was featured in the last book. If you wanted more of the character you won't want to miss this story. After everything Brynmor has been through, I'm glad he finally found some love and happiness. I loved the story, and have been really enjoying the series. If you haven't check the series out yet, I highly recommend you give it a try.
If your not familiar with Brynmor I would suggest reading A Feast for Souls, but it's not required to be able to enjoy this novella.
Score: 4 Stars
Author Website: http://haileyedwards.net/
Araneae Nation Series
A Hint of Frost
A Feast of Souls
A Cast of Shadows
A Time of Dying - July 2013