Shadow Blade (Shadowchasers)

Shadow Blade - Seressia Glass Kira was born with a power – she knows things and people by touch. One touch and she senses thought, emotion and experience. And she drains their power, their life force and sometimes leaves them injured or dead.An orphan, her powers quickly confused and frightened her foster families – until she was taken in and raised by the Gilead Commission, a secret organisation that polices the magical beings of the world – and leads the forces of Light against the chaotic destruction of the Shadow. Kira was brought up as a member, a warrior, a Shadowchaser, one of the elite of the Commission to hunt down the most powerful agents of the Shadow.And there is one of the most powerful agents in Atlanta, hunting down a 4,000 year old dagger of incredible power. Her mentor died to bring it to her and the immortal owner of the dagger, Khefer, has followed to retrieve and protect it. Kira must fight through her grief, protect her friends and work with Khefer to banish the Fallen and stop more lives being lost- and to stop her own descent into the darkness.I found the story generally good – agent of light fighting the shadow isn't exactly original, but nor was it done in a way I found dull or boring. There is a growing romance between Khefer and Kira but, despite my worries, it never takes over the plot beyond odd moments of Kira's shock that she can touch him. The plot remains focused (to a degree) on the actual plot and decent characterisations. It was interesting and kept me engaged and never once made me think I should be cleaning the bathroom or some other unpleasant task to help me avoid readingMy main complaint with this book is one of pacing, especially towards the middle of the book. There's a time when there are no leads and no particular direction and Kira and Khefer just seem to drift around not doing a whole lot. There were a few incidents like that throughout the book – and it's exacerbated by the fact that they don't actually do a whole lot until the end. They wait for something to happen, then react – there's not a lot of pro-active activity from the protagonists, even though they're not passive people. Given the severity of the threat they're facing, it feels vaguely like picnicking in the path of a tsunami.Read more