Taming Shadows

Revelations Trilogy Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
388 Pages
Reviewed on 01/19/2016
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Author Biography

Fiona Skye is a fantasy author, currently living in the deserts of Southern Arizona. She shares a home with her husband, two kids, three cats, a betta fish, and a Border Collie.

Fiona’s passion for storytelling began early in life. She loved playing make-believe and inventing elaborate fantasy worlds to play in. At age twelve, she wrote her first short story, which was based on a song by a 1980s hair band. After giving it to her English teacher for editing and rewrites, she learned to love the entire writing process and has dedicated her life since then to story craft, only to be occasionally distracted by her insatiable love of yarn and crochet, and the dogged pursuit of the perfect plate of cheese enchiladas.

She counts Diana Gabaldon and Jim Butcher as her favorite authors and biggest influences. Joining these two on the list of people she would wait in queue for a week to have a coffee with are Neil Peart, Kevin Hearne, and Brandon Sanderson.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Four years ago, reporter Riley O’Rourke’s mentor, a 3,000-year-old vampire, destroyed Tucson police headquarters during a fight with a sorcerer. Footage of the fight went viral on the internet, and the existence of Preternaturals — vampires, witches, and other were-animals like Riley — was revealed. After the chaos and worldwide panic caused by the incident, aptly called the Night of Revelations, the government had passed an actual amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America that gave Preternatural citizens the same rights as humans.

Taming Shadows (Revelations Trilogy, Book One) by Fiona Skye has a fresh spin on the supernatural beings theme. Usually they stay hidden from humans, and it was Riley’s job to prevent news that could expose Preternaturals to the world. Instead, she let it slip and even decided to let the world know about her being a were-jaguar and others like her. The Night of Revelations wasn’t entirely her or her mentor’s fault, but that doesn’t stop the Queen of the Winter Faeries from trying to kill her.

As a whole, Skye gives readers a different take in terms of premise and plot. Together with Skye's solid characterization, these factors successfully make Taming Shadows stand out from the rest in the supernatural/fantasy genre. I like the recipes that are included in the book. The reason for the recipes' addition as an appendix is funny but quite a bonus for readers. Simply put, this is an enjoyable, engaging, and eminently readable story and a great start for the series. I look forward to Book Two.