SHADOWING THE LIGHT
The Bearer of Truth Book 1
GAY URBAN FANTASY
RELEASE DATE: 12.17.18
Cover by Lou Harper
“Everybody has their own agenda. Everybody.”
Hunted for the unique blood that runs through his veins, half-angel, half-demon Gabriel Sinclair lives without expectations. On the run from forces on both sides of an ancient conflict, he searches for strength and peace in a world which only seeks to use him.
When Gabriel is forced to stop running, assigned a team—and a mate—he doesn’t want, and reluctantly tasked with a mission, he must overcome obstacles both real and imagined. Otherwise, the world as he knows it, and the mate he’s reluctantly come to care for, may cease to exist.
“I will do as the Creator bids me. Always.”
Evander Ryan is special, and he knows it. The final handcrafted immortal warrior for the light, he is the Creator’s greatest masterpiece. For fifty-eight years, he’s lived his life in black and white, coddled by his Maker, while leading his team to countless victories against their enemies. Those fights were easy. Working with a new, uncooperative mate who sees the world in shades of gray? Less so.
As Evander’s eyes are opened to the existence of light warriors who are not good, dark warriors who are, and the wider world of supernatural beings, he learns nothing is as he thought it was, and his mate isn’t who he thought he was either. Maybe there’s something to be said for not always following the rules. . .
Evander cleared his throat. “I want you to know that I did and will continue to take care of the Luc issue. He won’t be bothering you again.”
Gabriel scoffed. “Sure he won’t.”
“Are you questioning my leadership?” Evander glared at him.
“More like your faith in Luc’s ability to control himself. But now that you mention it…”
Evander’s entire body stiffened. Rigid as a plank, Evander seethed. “It’s been dealt with. I know how to handle my men.” Uh-oh, someone didn’t like to be doubted. Gabriel mentally shrugged. His doubt was justified.
Gabriel barked out an abrupt laugh. “You do? Since when? Because I seem to remember someone trying to beat the sh*t out of me not too long ago, and no matter how gingerly he may be moving right now, his first instinct is still to attack me. I can tell you all the lashes in the world won’t fix the actual problem, so how are you going to handle it?”
Evander immediately deflated, his eyes darting around the room nervously. He’d probably never had anyone besides Gabriel say more than boo to him in his entire life. He had no idea how to behave if everyone didn’t fall in line.
“See, this is your problem. You have no clue how to deal with the situation here. Have any of your men stepped out of line before now? I feel pretty confident saying no. The proof of a good leader isn’t if his men will listen to him when things are good, but how they behave when the chips are down. How are your men behaving, Evander? You’ve been an effective leader because you’ve had obedient men who are also leaders in their fields. With your power levels outranking every other Bellator and the fact that you are a decent strategist, of course men will follow you. But can you actually be what they need when they get out of line? So far, I’d say no.”
Evander slowly turned redder with every word that came from Gabriel’s mouth, but instead of exploding, he seemed to wilt, collapsing into himself. Quickly shaking it off, he stood to his full height and grit out, “Like I said, I’ll handle it.” And Gabriel grudgingly dipped his chin, letting it go because there was no use arguing with someone who wouldn’t, or maybe couldn’t, see the truth.
Shadowing the Light is a solid debut novel that gives a fresh look at the conflict of angels and demons, the dark and the light, as well as bringing into play some traditional supernatural beings. While there is a bit of a romance going on, significantly more of the focus is on the fantasy aspect of the story, and the conflict of the major story arc.
Gabriel’s unique half demon/half angel heritage makes him distinctive within the supernatural community of this particular world. His capabilities far exceed the norm, and even he doesn’t yet know everything he can do. He’s cocky and dominant, and is well aware of the advantage he holds over other beings. His mate Evander is highly resistant to their fated matching; and though at first it may seem like he gives in to it, that is far from the truth of things.
I liked the role Gabriel played within the community, he is a mostly neutral party who sees things in shades of gray and understands that light and dark don’t always equate to good and evil. Getting the rest of his companions to come around to that line of thought is another aspect of the story I enjoyed. It was disturbing though to see how Gabriel’s inner struggle manifested physically as he tried to rid himself of the feeling inside him.
At times the flow of the story wasn’t smooth, and those points felt more like the story was jumping from one thing to another. Some of the characters felt a bit rough-edged (including Evander), though I did like the group as a whole, and both Logan and Delsin were standouts for me.
The originality of the story and the fact that I want to know where things go with Gabriel and Evander have me placing this story at 4 stars. My curiosity is also piqued for Delsin given the encounter with the vampires in the story…so I’ll be checking out the next in the series to see where the author takes things from here. Besides, the author decided to leave things on a bit of a cliffhanger, and there is plenty of room for a lot more storytelling given the way things were set up in this book not just with Gabriel and Evander, but with the rest of their team as well. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content, and some scenes of self harm.
About the Author
Miranda Turner is a single mom of eight living outside a small, hippie town in the middle of Ohio. She's surrounded by children, chickens, and one temperamental editor kitty who is silently judging her on a daily basis. She is a voracious reader and an editor who decided she had different stories to tell. She firmly believes a happily ever after is there for everyone, but she likes to make her characters earn it.