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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
An ancient relic stolen from a temple embodies a goddess-created beast; when a thief unseals it, lives are in jeopardy in the fantasy novel Shadow of the Jade Cat: A Tale From the City of Magic by Susan Ann Walker. A short time before the fair begins in Torrenbeck, the City of Magic, a killer targets and disembowels the city's immoral male residents. The Mage, Lord Bastian, and his bodyguard Cayden must locate the murderer before citizens from the far reaches of the region enter the city to attend the fair. As Bastian and Cayden investigate the murders, they uncover a religious source related to their killer. They realize they now face something more lethal than anything they have encountered before. Imbued with the power of a goddess, neither Lord Bastian's magic nor Cayden's sword will faze their adversary. With no way to fight it, what can Bastian and Cayden do? Can they find someone at the goddess's temple to bind it?
Shadow of the Jade Cat by Susan Ann Walker is an intense and dramatic fantasy novel. With lords, ladies, and skirmishes combining magic with swordplay, the author created a story world similar to medieval and renaissance Europe. It is an exceptional tale with an action-filled plot, dramatic settings, and fascinating characters. The story moves at a quick pace, never losing its momentum, holding the reader's attention. The solid plot and a good story arc build to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. This entertaining story promises to captivate fans of fantasy who enjoy stories including magic, adventure, action, and heroes.