Today I’m very excited to bring you a spotlight and my first impressions of Shadow-Stained by Rachel Hobbs! This spotlight is part of the Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads. Thank you, The Write Reads and the Author for providing me with a copy of the book and promotional material, in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book (From Goodreads): For her, it’s her late grandma’s legacy. For him, the mother of all black arts spoils, granting one demon the power of a God. Immortality.
When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex’s viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like. But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the throne, Ruby coerces him – the tyrant king with a soft spot for humanity – into helping her save her pokey old world village from becoming a ground zero of mass demonic carnage.
Both invested in reclaiming the relic, the one thing Ruby and Drayvex agree on is that it’s in the wrong hands. Co-existing in a precarious arrangement between predator and prey, to save the planet they both love for different reasons, they must become a formidable double-team in the face of an apocalyptic takeover. Now, the fate of both human and demon alike rests with a killer that walks between worlds, and a woman with a curse in her bloodline.
First Impressions: I love the world building that’s going on so far. I want to learn more about the demon world, and more about the village that Ruby lives in. I’m interested in the characters, I want to know how they found themselves in the situation they’re in. Drayvex has had some amusing moments so far, and I’m hoping there are some more amusing moments. I’m also very curious about the stone on Ruby’s necklace, how her grandmother got it, and how powerful it is. I’m looking forward to finishing this book once things calm down a little bit for me and I have time to actually read.
About the Author: Rachel Hobbs lives in soggy South West Wales, where she hibernates with with her bearded dragon and her husband. By day she is a dental nurse at a small local practice. By night, she writes.
Her debut novel SHADOW-STAINED is the first in a dark fantasy series for adults, inspired by her dark and peculiar experiences with narcolepsy and parasomnia. She’s since subjugated her demons, and writes under the tenuous guise that they work for her.
Fuelled by an unhealthy amount of coffee, she writes about hard-boiled monsters with soft centres and things that go bump in the night.