Shadows Before the Sun by Kelly Gay

Charlie Madigan, Book 4

Synopsis: Between life and death lies a chasm of pain beyond imagining. . . .

Elysia may be a heavenly off-world destination, but beyond it, in the siren city of Fiallan, the Circe have punished Charlie Madigan’s partner, Hank, into a tortuous state between life and death. With all the proper legal channels cleared, Charlie heads to Elysia, not knowing what she’ll find, or if she’ll ever see the siren again . . . while at home, jinn crime boss Grigori Tennin has begun an all-out hunt for the divine being Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death, and stirs Ahkneri from her long sleep—and if Vengeance wakes, Atlanta will never be the same.

Review: I waited impatiently for this volume since the end of last one. I must say that we had a terrible cliffhanger and I couldn’t wait to hear the rest of the story. Indeed, with the departure of Hank, I wondered what Charlie was going to do to save him. Well who wouldn’t be curious to know more about the sirens city? Yes, I know, I’m too curious!

This volume follows perfectly the third one. Charlie is determined to get Hank back from Fiallan whatever it may cost, although everyone tells her he is already dead. Thing she can not believe and therefore chooses to go there to be sure of that fact. Accompanied by Sandra, the Oracle, she may enter the city as her bodyguard and then tries to browse around to learn more about her friend. However, it is with surprise that she befriends with the young woman, who tries to help her in her own way. We will discover soon enough that Hank is the prisoner of three crazy women who torture him until he dies to start each time, making him a little crazier with time. But our heroine is determined to find him and does not lose hope for his recovery.

I loved how the book was written. We follow the Charlie’s adventures throughout the chapters but we also occasionally have the perspective of Hank. It really broke my heart to read his passages, to see what he was enduring. We can only sympathize with him and hope that Charlie or death can release him. He showed a lot of courage, and even if he lost his head, he got to stay lucid enough to understand what was wrong.

This volume was really good and full of surprises. As in the previous one, a lot of things happen and some of them have a big impact on the lives of our heroine. The story passes in one moment from joy to pain in a fairly amazing way. I struggled to release the book before the end and I hope with all my heart that we will have the opportunity to see more. Kelly Gay has an undeniable talent and her writing captures us from the beginning of the story. Another very good series to discover.



25 thoughts on “Shadows Before the Sun by Kelly Gay

  1. I really need to read this series Melliane! Though I’m sort of glad I’m a little late to the party since you mentioned an epic cliffhanger in the book before this one. Now I can just binge read and get caught up without having to wait. Love those books that are nearly impossible to put down:)

  2. I’m very happy to hear you LOVED this instalment so much, Melliane! I admit the series sounds really great, I should definitely have a look at it… Fingers crossed there’s going to be more!

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