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Shadow Kin (The Half-Light City #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,317 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
Welcome to the Half-Light City.

Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely...

I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place amongst her kind. They called me "so
Paperback, 1st Edition, 324 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Roc
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Paulina I'm only 120 pages in, but when I was reading the others titles while at the bookstore it seemed these were all novellas of the same world. (:

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I admit, I love my Urban Fantasy gritty, fast paced, action packed, with some great paranormal elements. Shadow Kin lived up to part of my expectations in the end.

Lily has been made into the perfect assassin by a Blood Lord, a wraith whose able to slip between the shadows. Until the next job puts her face to face with a sunmage, Simon DuCaine, whose light forces her from the shadows. Simon sees something in Lily, that makes him feel she can finally stop the most powerful Blood Lord of the city
Jul 07, 2012 Felicia rated it really liked it
I'm waffling with this book, but I really liked it. Certainly for a first in a series it was REALLY well-thought out and not with all the clunky stuff that comes with first-timers where there's a ton of expo dump and backstory friends. I LOVED how the lead guy was not a pushy Alpha dude, and this was a pretty interesting meld of Templars, Vampires and Faeries that didn't feel THAT contrived a stew of paranormal. I enjoyed the plot and how the main character went from cold to warm because of the ...more
Kerry Allen
Apr 19, 2013 Kerry Allen rated it did not like it
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I’ve found that I tend to drift more toward darker books. I read widely across the spectrum, but the ones that really resonate with me have that core of darkness. I like the complication of muddying the waters with gray characters and I like the complexity that comes from slightly twisted situations. I wouldn’t say that Shadow Kin is a dark book, per se, but I wouldn’t call it light. The heroine has that complexity to her and I found myself fascinated by the twisted existence she had been forced ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 06, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
I picked up Shadow Kin on a whim, not knowing anything about the book or author. I sat down to read the first chapter, and didn’t get up until I was over 100 pages into it. Shadow Kin presents a very engaging twist on an urban fantasy world. Before I can talk about how much I enjoyed the protagonists, let me set up the world.

In this world the baddies belong to the Night World. In the dark that is the Night World we have the head honcho Lucius, who is a vampire that leads the pack. In this world
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 23, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
I worried a bit about this book because while it sounded interesting enough, the setup seemed geared towards victim/angst pandering. And really, it does have that, so I suppose those expectations weren't unrealistic. Fortunately, Scott does a good job keeping her characters grounded and providing a realistic-enough character arc for her main characters—by which I mainly mean that it never feels like Scott had to manipulate either her characters or story to provide an atmosphere of oppressive dar ...more
8 February 2016: $1.99 on Kindle

1.5 Stars

First, this book is told in alternating first-person POV. There are, apparently, character-specific symbols that mark the beginning of each section, but I'll be honest and say that I never paid attention to these. Resulting in it taking me a couple of lines (or paragraphs sometimes) to get into who's voice it was.

I think that there's potential with this author, but unfortunately it just didn't hit the mark for me.

Lily, the main character, is a Wraith. A f
Dec 04, 2013 Esmeralda rated it did not like it
Shelves: giving-up, realms
Have you been to an art exhabit and you stop to look at a painting. The painting stops you for a moment and you are not sure if you hate it or like it. Then some smart people cames along talks about it like its the solution to world peace, you stare at it for a moment with mixed feeling than decide you hate it and move on without glancing back. This is what the book made me feel.

The characters in this book are flat. Lily is suppose to be the trained killer, but really lets herself be abused and
Per Author's Website, a new dark fantasy trilogy starting Sep 2011. Description: "Welcome to the Half-Light City.

Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty-and even then, just barely...

I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place amongst her kind. They called me "soulless." An abomination. Perhaps they're ri
Shera (Book Whispers)
This was the perfect book to get me out of my stupid female lead syndrome. Shadow was everything I wanted her to be (I won't use her name just incase you haven't read the synopsis. That way it will be a treat/surprise). A wraith assassin! A half breed of the Fae sold to an evil vampire named Damon. She's lived in darkness her entire life.

So when her job to kill a Sunmage clearly turns into the setup of a romance I wasn't bummed. Because Simon was actually a cool character. Not to mention it fel
Sarah Mayberry
Sep 30, 2011 Sarah Mayberry rated it it was amazing
This was an fantastic read. I used to be a huge fantasy reader, but for some reason have dropped away from this genre a bit lately. I still have my faves - George RR Martin (although I am waiting until there are more books available before I start reading again. Too long between installments, Mr Martin) and Robin Hobb and Anne McCaffrey, to name a few. I read the opening scene in MJ Scott's Shadow Kin on her website just before her book was released and was utterly entranced by the crisp, origin ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 22, 2011 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Shadow Kin started off slowly, probably due to the fact that it's the first book in The Half-Light City series so M.J. Scott had some world/character building to do. Once that was out of the way though then this novel really started to shine. The element that pulled me in the most was how the seemingly "bad" protagonist struggles with doing the right thing and wavers between her allegiances. Usually the heroine fights for good, it's pretty much a given, but not this time. I really enjoyed experi ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Sep 20, 2011 Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines) rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Solid world building and a fascinating protagonist. I can't wait to see what Scott will come up with next!

Gray eyes narrowed at me, looking like she wanted to kill me.
She looked beautiful. Beautiful and deadly.

Lily is a wraith. She's a complex creature of mysterious origins who can move invisibly through the dark and walk freely through any solid object or magical ward. Wraiths are rare, dangerous and make perfect assassins.

As a child, Lily was sold to the viscious Blood lord, Lucius. A very pow
Ms. Nikki
2.5 Stars

Potential. This author has it. This book is like a box of chocolate, they look good, smell good, the outer layer is scrumptious and melts in your mouth but, when you get to the middle you realize it has nuts in it and you're allergic. This read had fae, beasts, Templars, Healers, and a Wraith, but none of them were "real" in the fictional sense. Simon, if you pay attention, does not come off manly at all. He was naive and sometimes petulant. When he screamed 'no' in one scene I imagined
Aug 12, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, lost-steam, 2012, pnr
I had high hopes for this one and unfortunately it didn't meet any of them. The heroine talks the talk, but her wishy-washy tendencies and constant need to retread the same ground over and over again in her frequent inner monologues was irritating and boring. Simon was likable enough, but even he became tedious and predictable (and more than a little naive). The characterizations felt hollow and I never really felt immersed in the world the author was trying to create. Even the bad guy was blah ...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Oct 20, 2011 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it did not like it
This book was really dumb :(

The main character is supposed to assasinate this she creeps up on him..but is caught.

She gets tied up by her intended victim. Is she scared? Angry at him? No she checks him out,because hes so totally sexy,rippling abs,pretty hair etc. Um...hello? Thats not a very natural reaction.

And there is her victims reaction,wich is even more unbelievable.

Who would get concerned for their murderer-to-be? And then let her loose to have another go at him?

I thought the worl
This one was meh to me.

I think the problem was mostly that I didn't like Simon. I found him to be a judgmental douchecanoe. And Lily was ... eh, she had no backbone.

I was disappointed, because I thought the world was interesting. But the combination of the hypocritical Simon (I can lie to you and manipulate you, but if you keep one thing from me, you're an irredeemable whore) and the doormat Lily (no one will ever love me, I don't deserve it *gets emo snake-bite piercing*)... plus the asinine se
Sep 20, 2011 Betty rated it did not like it
I had high hopes when I picked this book up. Reading the back had me so excited and it held up for the first chapter. But it did not take long for my excitement to die. I found Shadow's(I will not use the main character's real name in case you have not read the book yet) lacking. There was no real heart to any of the characters. The dialogue is boring.

Most the book to me was them walking in hallways and talking.The action is lacking. There was some good pages that sucked me back into getting ex
Maya  ~the Pessimistic Happy Cat~
Sep 13, 2014 Maya ~the Pessimistic Happy Cat~ rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, pnr, 2014

I just couldn't.

The story was: Meh
The world was: Meh
The characters were: double Meh
Oct 05, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
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Another fabulous cover that reeled me in. Lily is a wraith. She is hated by every Fae because she is a wraith and feared because she is the assassin slave to Lucius. The day Lucius sends Lily out to kill a human named Simon everything in Lily's life changed.

The world that Lily grows up in has made her think very little of herself so she keeps to herself, doesn't show any feelings and kills who and when she is told to. She is sent out to kill Si
3.5 Stars

Eh, I really really wanted to like this more. Don't get me wrong it was a good book but the first half seemed to draaaaaaaaaaaag by. Maybe it was just me and my lack of concentration that day but it took my ages to get half way. Now the end half, that was heaps better I flew through it. I'm not sure why I couldn't get into the start of this book, the characters were great and the word building is fantastic.

This book is about a Wraith named Lily, she's never met another of her kind. She
Aug 30, 2011 Kt rated it really liked it
In Lily's world, the many different species are ruled by a treaty that has granted a fragile peace. Of course, that treaty cannot help her as she really doesn't have a kind. She's a wraith and can fade herself into nothingness. She was abandoned by the fae and called soulless, left to be raised by the leader of the Blood, to become his personal assassin. He rules with an iron fist and mistakes carry grave punishments. She's made sure to never fail him and fall subject to his torments, yet all th ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Lily is an assassin for the Blood Lord Lucius,bound by a need seemingly greater than herself to do his bidding,and his killing. When Lucius sends her to kill the handsome sunmage Simon DuCaine,she fails,and in Lily,Simon sees someone he can save,and maybe even love. What follows is Lily’s journey in finding herself and her inner strength,and also allowing someone else in,when she’s suffered a lifetime of prejudice,abuse,an
Kylie Griffin
Nov 13, 2011 Kylie Griffin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fr
OK, first thing I want to ask is where is the next in this series? I'm hankering to read it after devouring this book and I want to find out if Guy gets his own story! :-)

MJScott crafts a rich, complex world filled with intriguing characters. It has a vague steampunk-y Victorian feel to it but there's a whole other side to it that places it squarely in the fantasy realm.

The characters types are familiar (ie.vampires, fae, wraiths, humans etc.) but each have a different twist that makes them uniq
May 31, 2012 Susana rated it liked it
Shelves: m-j-scott, 2012
I liked it. This story had a really promising start. I really liked the way Lily and Simon are introduced to one another. (LOL) The first chapter is great in capturing one's interest. But then, things became a little dull, mainly because i think that the author wanted to give us an insight of the real dinamic between Lily, "The shadow" and her "master" Lucius. She's nothing more than a possession. A weapon, his assassin, that exists only to do as he bids. She's truly in his hands, like a slave. ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


In a divided city between light and dark, Lily. a Wraith, is the most dangerous being in existence. On a mission to eliminate Simon DuCaine at the behest of her vampire master Lucian, Lily finds herself drawn into the reality that her master is a conniving, evil son-of-a-bitch who will send her to kill anyone he thinks is a danger to his goals of ruling the city.

The problem is that Simon is a powerful sun mage and healer whose powers stop Lily in her tr
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
I remember the first time I saw this cover, and I was thinking to myself “I have to get my hands on that book!” For the cover alone, I would have bought the book…but the synopsis actually sounded very fascinating. The story is told between two narratives, Lily a.k.a Shadow, a wraith that can fade into nothingness and Simon, a sunmage. Lily was raised by a blood lord (vampire) because her own mother, a fae didn’t want her. Lily is a half-breed and in the eyes of everyone, she is an abomination. L ...more
I was very much looking forward to reading Shadow Kin & had been holding onto it as a reward book. I wasn't disappointed and look forward to Book 2.

I loved the world building that came through seamlessly as Lily and Simon told the story. The story was interesting all the way to the end and I ended up doing the sign of a very good book - I stayed up until I finished it (1.30am) to see what happened to both Lily and Simon. I also very much enjoyed the way the story was written, using two 1st p
Sep 22, 2011 Eileen rated it it was amazing
I just read Shadow Kin by new author M.J. Scott from Australia. For a first time author I would have to say, she hit it out of the park! If your looking for a book about the fae, warrior's, vampire's, with suspense and action thrown in, this is for you. I started reading and every time I tried to put the book down something else grabbed my attention and I had to keep reading. The main character Shadow was raised a killer who never knew love. Simon came from a loving family and grew up to be a he ...more
3.5 stars

Good book. Interesting world that this story is set in. Vampires, fae, humans, wraiths. Shadow, Lily, was a very interesting character, Lucius's assassin. Simon, a sunmage, was also very interesting. Want to learn more about the Templars. Who is Lily's father? Glad that Lucius is dead. Can't wait to read Blood Kin!!!
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M.J Scott is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction. When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone else’s. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate and fabric. She lives in ...more
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The Half-Light City (4 books)
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“He was so full of life and confidence part of me wanted to slap him. But another part wanted to let him show me how to feel like that. That part made me want to slap myself.” 5 likes
“I wasn‘t talking to Simon. Talking might lead to something foolish like wanting to kiss him again. Or punch him. One of the two.” 4 likes
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