Monday, 19 October 2009

Review: Shadowlight – A Novel of the Kyndred © Lynn Viehl


Title: Shadowlight

Author: Lynn Viehl

Publisher: Onyx (Amazon Link)

Main Character: Jessa Bellamy & Gaven Matthias

With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone's darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn't know is that a biotech company has discovered her talent and intends to kill her and harvest her priceless DNA. Gaven Matthias is forced to abduct Jessa himself so he can protect her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she can-t read. As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them to run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover if Matthias is her greatest ally-or her deadliest enemy.


Jessa Bellamy is at it again, that is according to her employee’s and after finding out yet another secret she is not saying anything of how she does it, because she is carrying her own secret known as shadowlight and she is not willing to give up her secret for anything.

Jessa is one of those gifted - and her skill is in her hands, with one touch she is able to see the darkest secret of anyone. This comes in handy in her professional life as a background checker of people who are hired into all type of high end companies. Jessa however is not unknown to the powers that be and these fall into two groups.

Firstly their is  Jonah Genaro operating under the guise of his company GenHance Corporation – he has made it his life long mission to build something the world has never seen or will ever see again. To build this however he needs a few special attribute and one Ms.Jessa Bellamy is just another step  to making his creation a more real thing.

Secondly there is Gaven Matthias and his band of merry men – who will do anything or as close as possible to protect these gifted people from falling into Jonah's hands and ultimately preventing him from carrying out his dastardly deed.

Gaven gets to Jessa first and in doing so sets of a chain reaction that see Jonah having to up his anti and see Gaven having to take extreme measure to ensure Jessa is kept safe and secure while they figure out how to get her away from the action so to speak.

Some things are not meant to happen and Jessa has been through enough in her life to accept Gaven’s word and she places herself on a collision course with the enemy and not even Gaven or his merry band of followers may be able to help her this time.  

First thank you Ms. Lynn for coming back so quickly with a new series. After Darkyn series ended I thought what could fill this gap and yes – SHADOWLIGHT does it for me.

This is the first book in “The Kyndred series” and it is a little more than I expected but also a little less as well.  We are introduced to two opposing element in this book and if you have ever read any of Lynn’s work the first book is always wordy and SHADOWLIGHT is no exception – there is alot of back detail as well as thought process’s and devilishly conniving plans.



With the scenes jumping between the characters I only actually caught up to speed about a third into the book as everything is written in little  scenes that seems to pull together about a third in and from there it was all good.

The characters are all attitude – even the good guys are so off and I was loving them. They had an aggressiveness to them  that feels like killed or be killed – and these people had no hang ups about taking the law into their own hands.

I love the unsaid and as much as I was used to the “hide and seek” sort of plot from Ms. Viehl – I felt it was well played in SHADOWLIGHT.

A pretty decent set of characters filtered through this book and they all had their uses – love them or hate them, they all served a purpose.

I like a book where every available opportunity is used and at no point did I think “the author could have done that or use this” every moment was an event.

One of the big highlights of the book was the introduction of Lucan and Samantha as support cast – if you have not meet them before – as soon as you hit their scenes there is an immediate change in the air – because Lucan was just that, a force of nature and he was letting Samantha know he is her lord and master. 

“I’m a jerk,” she said into his shirt.
“You are distraught.” He lifted her face, urging her to look at him. “I will allow you
to go, Samantha, but not alone.”
“He can’t do anything to me.” She sounded so tired, even to her own ears. “He’s
only human.”
“Fangs do not make the monster, my love.” Lucan tucked her head under his
chin. “But while I am your lord and master, which will be until eternity comes to an end, I
will not let you face such nightmares alone. Now stop sniveling. You promised me, no
more weeping.”

Shadowlight © Lynn Viehl

Right from the outset the name “KYNDRED’ brings up shades of  DARKYN and I was pleased Ms. Lyn nipped the connection right in the bud', so as a reader – I knew they had some connection, however as this is a series I am expecting to learn more about the link in future books.


With Urban Fantasy there is always a head honcho – and in SHADOWLIGHT he is definitely the head bad guy. I was hoping to see some one strong enough to take him on – but I was not seeing Gaven as a forceful talent in SHADOWLIGHT to take on this particular baddy. I look forward to who Ms. Lynn will have step up to the plate to deal with Jonah Genaro

As much as I liked this book – I was not feeling the connection between Gaven and Jessa, they argued too much, they were two distrustful of each other and had too much secrets between them – funnily these are the things that I love about the book but not within their relationship.


Bottom Line

As an opening book I am pleased to have read SHADOWLIGHT, it is a fast paced book that mixes the past and the present nicely to give a captivating hunt and chase scenario with everyone having their own agenda – even when you think the team player should be working towards the same goal.

This book can stand alone and proudly, however readers of Ms. Lynn’s previous works will be ahead of the game as her style comes across really strong, her female characters are really the spine of the book and the more meatier portions of the book will take some slogging through.

I found SHADOWLIGHT a treat to read and am already looking forward to the next one in the series.  



Check out Mandi’s review – One of the first to review this book

While Shadowlight definitely kept my interest throughout the book, I had a little trouble connecting with Jessa. She has been special her entire life. She can see every one's darkest secrets so she obviously knows she has a supernatural talent….

I liked the premise of this book. The other Kyndred, Rowan and Drew who you later meet have a lot of spunk and Rowan is the next heroine to be featured. I already have a feeling I will like her much better..

Mandi © Smexy Bookblog


8 Speak To Me:

Mandi on 19 October 2009 at 21:33 said...

I think we are on the same page - not a huge fan of Jessa but liked the world she has created. Really looking forward to Rowan's story! And loved Lucan and Samantha. I need to read that series!! Nice review!! (thanks for the blurb!!)

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) on 20 October 2009 at 01:25 said...

Nice, honest review. I like her other series and will probably give this one a try.

Blodeuedd on 20 October 2009 at 09:01 said...

Hm, sounds good, a but torn. Maybe one of those I can hope for to just come to me magically lol. I have to big of a wishlist anyway

Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 12:51 said...


Yup Jessa was little too stilted for me - But a boy needs a girl and Jessa was Gaven's girl...

Rowan story - I so can't wait. That little tease that Ms. Lynn Gave was too much...


Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 12:52 said...


If you have read the Darkyn Series- you will fall into this quickly...

Lucan and Samantha was a nice touch and gave me a chance to see their relationship now...


Erotic Horizon on 20 October 2009 at 12:53 said...


A know the feeling about the TBR list - I am making list within list just to get rid of some of these books...


Sassy Brit @ on 20 October 2009 at 23:37 said...

I'd quite like to read this, it's always interesting to discover a new series, and one where future books look promising.

Love the cover, too! Corrrrrrr!

Erotic Horizon on 21 October 2009 at 11:59 said...


Yup this first one was like a intro - but from the except of the second book - that looks to be a scorcher of a read...

You NEED to try Lynn.. NEED TO..