- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sandy Williams; 1 edition (June 28 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996323112
- ISBN-13: 978-0996323116
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,109,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shades of Treason Paperback – Jun 28 2015
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About the Author
Sandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn't suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn't sneak in novels there, but her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into novels. Sandy writes books with high-octane action adventure infused with a strong shot of romance. She is best known for The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a college student who becomes caught up in a fae civil war. When she’s not reading or corralling her twin boys, she enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, Castles of Burgundy, and Caverna. For deleted scenes and exclusive content, subscribe to Sandy’s newsletter: http://bit.ly/1tPjxGE
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I am a big fan of Ms William's Shadow Reader series and was delighted to hear that she had a new series out. And she did not disappoint. Shades of Treason is an impressive first book in the Anomaly series.
Loved the characters. Loved the sexual tension and banter between Rykus and Ash. Ash is one tough woman with a steely determination and iron will. Rykus is just as tough and determined as Ash, though unfortunately most of the time they are trying to achieve opposing goals.
Loved the originality and the action. It was adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping action from start to finish and I loved the original, unpredictable plot.
I eagerly await the next book in the series so that I can dive back into Rykus and Ash's world again.
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Though SHADES OF TREASON is science fiction, it really felt a lot like an urban fantasy story just in a sci-fi setting. The main character, Ash, is an anomaly. Though just what an anomaly is was never explained, anomalies are stronger, faster, and in some ways smarter than other humans. All those extra abilities made Ash feel a lot like your standard supernatural urban fantasy heroine.
SHADES OF TREASON is filled with intense battles, political intrigue, and a solid romantic subplot. Though, what really made this book shine for me were the characters. The two main characters really came to life on the page. Sandy did a wonderful job of creating realistic characters that worked well together, and were very likeable. Even the side characters were well fleshed out, and I wish I could’ve gotten to know some of them better.
This book is a five bat book with one scene that makes me take it down to a four bat book. While the characters are on the run from an enemy that has dropped bombs near their location, then sent soldiers after them, that are potentially only minutes away from finding them, and with both characters suffering injuries from broken fingers to bullet wounds, the two main characters stop running and have sex. While the scene itself is well written and even fits with the characters personalities a little bit, I just couldn't get over how dumb it was for the characters to be having sex while running for their lives. That being said I do feel that scene was necessary to create a stronger bond between the characters, I just wish there'd been a better time and place for it.
SHADES OF TREASON has a very solid ending, so I assumed that it was a stand alone book. I was thrilled to find out that this is the first book in a new series. I can’t wait to see what Ash has in store for us in the next installment of the Anomaly series. Until then, I highly recommend SHADES OF TREASON, this is a book I intend to reread many times.
But I got to agree with the hero of the story - the romance should not have happened. Not ever, under any circumstances. The definition of "handler" goes way beyond what we normally see in spy movies. You can't have an equal relationship with someone who has gone through the Anomaly loyalty training; this goes way beyond the Stockholm Syndrome. Because of this Every Time the romantic element of the story came up, my stomach churned.
And yet, I still would like to see the next in the series.