I'm reading...mj scott
I’ve known MJ Scott for years. A fellow Melbournite we’d meet up at writers’ conferences, and even bumped into one another at the shops on occasion! She finalled in so many unpublished writers comps it was only a matter of time before some lucky publisher grabbed her.
SHADOW KIN is the first novel in the Half-Light City series, and it’s a ripper! I’ve been struggling with how to describe this book in a way that does it justice. I read it in a gulp, which shows how much I loved it. Why? For a start there was such clarity and surety and in the writing. I felt like I was in good hands. It’s a story of a woman, a wraith, who has lived a life of darkness, and servitude, bound to a Blood (a vampire) in a most unsavoury way, and yet the flavor is so beautifully light. Tenuous. Diaphanous. Like the whole balance of the heroine’s journey could fracture at any second. The setting, against a steam punk background, is complimentary yet subtle. The bad guys comfortingly recognizable yet unique. The hero and heroine both inventive yet true.
SHADOW KIN is great adventure of a story, with beautiful nuance and light and shade (true, but also hee hee if you’ve read the book) with at its centre a romance with heart and hurt and wariness and desperation and hope. It’s a story that will grab you by the shirtfront and tug you through the Half-Light City.
Thank goodness the second book of the series, BLOOD KIN is out in a few months. Can’t come soon enough for me!!!!
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