Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
on March 11, 2014
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A teen who is half-god, half-human must own her power whether she likes it or not in this snappy, snarky novel with a serving of smoldering romance.
Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changed when her sister was murdered—and Zephyr used a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.
On the run from a punishment worse than death, an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend upends Zephyr’s world—and not only because her old friend has grown surprisingly, extremely hot. It seems that Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess that is prophesied to shift the power balance: for hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.
But how is she supposed to save everyone else when she can barely take care of herself?
Promise of Shadows was filled with the high paced vast adventure with drama and action that quickly captured my attention. I love greek mythology with all of its drama and adventure and I liked the twists created within the story as well as combining multiple mythological creatures. From the first chapter I was thrown into the thick of things with Zephyr as she dealt with the aftermath of her sister’s death and her own sentence. I was really feeling the action and danger that Zephyr was going through as she fought to save her life and others and find the answers behind all the secrets and questions rising about her history, who she really was and evade the gods out to end her.
Zephyr was a great character, I really enjoyed the spunk and attitude that she possessed and I liked the juxtaposition of her character with the fact that she was supposed to be this hard badass harpy who’s only focus is on war and fighting since it’s the harpy way but in actually all she wanted to be was a regular girl. It made her a much more interesting character to watch as she deal with the stereotype of who she was supposed to be and who she really was with all of her fears, insecurities and vulnerabilities. Then through the story she really transitioned growing from fearing who she was to understanding and excepting what she had to do and welding her powers like a boss.
While things were interesting and fast pace with the unique twist on the greek mythology I did get a bit confused a minute there with the names of the different category of beings and their powers but it didn’t last the whole book and it didn’t really detract from the story a whole lot. I enjoyed Blue, Cass and Tallon who joined Zephyr on her crazy journey, they had just as much personality, secrets, issues as Zephyr.
Now there was a bit of childhood friendship that grew to nice romance element between Zephyr and Tallon. Giving all the craziness that was going on the romance between them didn’t play a huge role in the story though I wished it developed more with just as much intensity as the action, danger and suspense. There was a spark and chemistry between them and I wanted to see more of it.
Overall Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland was a crazy action filled dramatic adventure with chases, fights, death and edginess that made the story so enjoyably yummy for me. Now things did conclude not in a cliffhanger but with a clear understanding that there definitely was more to the story and I’m really looking to see what will happen next!