Review by (Xanthe)
Reviewer for The Paranormal Romance Guild
What a fantastic sequel to book one in this urban fantasy series. Miranda Turner has carried on the superb story line that follows two men and their team as they fight for the side of Light against Dark and look to stop paranormal occurrences/events. The series is a continuing story line, so you have to read the books in order. I recommend reading them close together or at least refreshing your memory to ensure you remember where book one left off!
Book two starts very closely to where book one ended. There is already trouble for Gabriel as he has been taken and in need of help from Evander and his team of Bellators (remember to read the glossary!). This is just the start for the group as they get closer in their search for Abbadon, Gabriel’s father. So much happens throughout this story and again, I just wanted to consume it all straight away. There are several epic action sequences that kept me enthralled to see who would come out on top. Different bad guys that you just love to hate kept our team active and on the go, searching out ways to stop them and try to prevent any further consequences. The mystery of who was doing what behind the scenes is something to keep everyone guessing and the daemons that are created to fight against the team sound so gruesome! I’d love to know how the author came up with the ideas for them.
Relationships develop with highs and lows often caused by external forces but also from within the team. There is a huge blow that affects everyone, including Michael and Barrabos, but it makes for heartwarming reading as loss can sometimes bring people together and appreciate what they have even more. Evander does not help himself when it comes to moving forward in his relationship with Gabriel, such as it is, but his own character grows in a lot of ways because of what he’s experienced so far and gets to see things from a different perspective as he and the team work with Gabriel. Gabriel goes through so much in this book and truly shows his inner strength and how much he is willing to fight, especially as he bonds and becomes closer with people, an experience he was not expecting when this task first started. We get to meet a few new characters who help the team in their own personal development and have a great impact on the plot.
There is a lot that I could rave about with this book, along with the first in the series, and I cannot recommend them enough. The first surprised me with how great of a story it was and even though I was expecting it with Surviving the Shadows, I was still blown away and can only say thank you to the author for such an incredibly well thought out story and written world that she has created. I’m so excited for book three to see how the team move forward in their task and if more happens for Gabriel and Evander.