Oct 222014

Review: Fade to Black

Review: Fade to BlackFade to Black (The Weir Chronicles #1) by Sue Duff
Published by Self published on Oct 10, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Author
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Rating: three-stars

Illusionist Ian Black has a talent for keeping secrets. College student Rayne Bevan has a gift for uncovering them. She suspects that the popular performer's skills extend beyond the stage and that he's the area’s mysterious and elusive defender of the innocent.

In her efforts to uncover the truth, Rayne is swept into the hidden world of the Weir, a magical race who struggle to prevent Earth from self-destructing. Her inquiries expose Ian to those who would kill for his connection to the planet, and as he fights to keep Rayne, and those closest to him safe, they discover a force behind the Weir’s raging civil war—a traitor bent on launching Earth’s Armageddon.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book took a while to get into and understand, but once I did, it was worth the effort. It starts out smack in the middle of action, but without some explanations given about the who/how/why, I found it quite confusing. While I don’t want an info dump, some information would have been helpful.

Those explanations did come, but not until almost halfway through the book. Once I learned the background and ground rules, everything snapped into place, and I started to really enjoy the story. There is a touch of predictability in the “last Heir of a dying breed” setup, but the paranormal creatures and abilities are unique enough that it still felt fresh.

Something else that was fresh and exciting was the author’s willingness to take risks with the characters. What do I mean? Well, she’s not afraid to kill them. I obviously won’t spoil who dies, but knowing this could happen to any of the characters adds an unpredictable element to a story that I love.

Overall, this book takes some effort and patience to get into, but once you get past the first part of the story, it’s really quite enjoyable. This is definitely a series book with more to come, but it’s a good start, and now that I know how everything works, I’ll likely enjoy future books more.

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