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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
K.C. Finn continues the Shadeborn series with Book 2 (consisting of two novellas), The Bloodshade Encounters, retracing the dark history between Baptiste Du Nord and Lemarick Novel. Readers familiar with Book 1 will get the chance to know more about the enigmatic proprietor of Theatre Imaginique through his past. With the late 18th–19th century Paris as the setting, and vampires roaming the city’s streets, the atmosphere somehow reminds me of Anne Rice’s Lestat. The difference is that the vampires are not so keen to be presentably debonair toward the humans or the shades. As I learned about his history, the reasons behind Lemarick Novel’s peculiarities become clearer.
The second novella, The Songspinner, is about Novel’s father, Salem Cross, who’s now weak and powerless. We trace his past back to 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, his association with the werewolves, and his encounter with Novel’s mother. Readers will also be introduced to the Pritchard Potioneers, the skilled apothecary family. Salem’s troubles with women go way back. It is hard to sympathize with this character and his wayward behavior. Still, I found his story fascinating and wonder about his fate in the next book.
Both novellas flawlessly switch back and forth between the past and present day Pinkerton. Character development is evident and excellently done. Finn maintains the attractive qualities of the series. I’m sure there are more secrets and dark pasts to be discovered that will come back to haunt the members of Theatre Imaginique. Simply put, another outstanding installment from Finn.