First-Time author Christine Morgan takes us into a world that many people have visited - that of an active fantasy adventure.
A previous reviewer proclaimed this book as "slash fiction". That couldn't be any farther than the truth! Ms. Morgan has delved into her "role-playing" background, and has produced a story that doesn't just tell a story, it LIVES the story.
Elven magic-user, Arien Miranda, has to stop a malovent curse - cast by the ancestors of an enemy Elven House onto his bloodline - from ruining his chances to love again. To this end, he enlists the aid of an Elfkin theif, Cat Sabledrake (Elfkin - half-elf/half-human offspring of a Human/Elf mating, which Pure Elves will kill, citing such crossbreeds as abominations).
Together, they travel with Alphonse Bugbedead (an Orckin), Sybil Narrin (an acolyte to the sex-goddess Talopea), and a few other friends to the feared tower of Archmage Selbon - a master of alchemy - to find a book that might free Arien from his curse. This serves a double-purpose, since it is rumored that Cat's mother might just be a prisoner in this same tower.
Along the way, Cat and Co. face many adventures and strange people - most noteworthy is the Archmage Solarrin; a deformed, dwarf-sized human who is a skilled necromancer, and his Minotaur sidekick, Bostich. (Note: Ms. Morgan affectionately refers to Solarrin as "The Dungeonmaster's evil twin; in reference to the animated show "Dungeons & Dragons")
Overall, this is a great book, which will give insight to the world of "Role-Playing Adventures" to a lot of us that don't play RP-Games. It's also a fantastic fantasy, filled with action, suspense, danger, romance, and a little twisted comedy that is a trademark of Ms. Morgans work; which comes from a long line of written fan-fiction; a fact which proves her dedication to the writing craft, by honing her skill and talent in what many professionals call "the no-mans land of writing".
Overall, if you are looking for a great addition to your collection of fantasy books, get "Curse of The Shadow Beasts" today. I not only say this as a reader and a writer, but as a long time fan of Ms. Morgan's work. This is a great story!