Review: A Cast of Shadows (Aranea Nation #2.5) by Hailey Edwards

on Jan 31, 2013
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance

Series: Araneae Nation #2.5

~ Advanced Readers Copy - Release Date: February 28th, 2013

Blurb: Daraja 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.

Review: A Cast of Shadows was amazing!

I really enjoyed the deeper look into Brynmor's character, as I think a lot of readers will, especially as they finish A Feast of Souls. Brynmor's story was very interesting, one reason being that it has so much to do with the past of several important present characters.

I think Brynmor just might have replaced Vaughn as my favorite character of the series. ;)

Brynmor was fascinating in the previous Araneae Nation installment and his own story definitely lived up. I was curious as to how the author would work it out, considering Brynmor was sort of, well, a spirit. But I was so happy to see him get his happily-ever-after!  

The romance between Brynmor and Daraja was steamy and page turning. Daraja was a perfect match for Brynmor and she certainly kept him on his toes! They fit together seamlessly. Daraja's journey of self discovery as she was falling in love with Brynmor was so wonderful to read.

I've been reading and reviewing this series since the first book and it just keeps getting better and better! I cannot wait to read more!

About the Author:
Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her kindles screen or squinting at her moniter as she write her next happily-ever-after.
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About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She enjoys read, drinking tea, gaming, writing, and spending time with her many cousins. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of books. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab


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