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Shaedes of Gray

(Shaede Assassin #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,037 ratings  ·  278 reviews
"I'd learned the hard way that love is nothing more than the sharpest blade, and it can easily be turned against you. I refused to let anyone have that kind of power over me ever again."

Darian has lived alone for almost a century in the shadows of the night. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness
Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Signet Eclipse
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Just for fun, let’s make a list of ten clichées used in this book, shall we?
(There are many more than ten, but I had to limit myself somehow.)

1. The tough female assassin who thinks of herself as unemotional and cold-blooded.
She’s so badass, she just has to say it over and over throughout the whole book.

2. The tough, beautiful female assassin.
Of course she is beautiful, how can it be any different? And how can’t it be monumentally important what she looks like?
She describes herself as utterly ir
I’ve discovered that I’m not a big fan of a romantic connection being established prior to the start of a book. I don’t mind a preexisting attraction or a second chance, but I don’t like having an established connection plopped in my lap. I know I’m just supposed to go with it, but it’s hard. It can succeed if done well, but an author has to be careful to still provide supporting data to make me believe in the characters’ feelings instead of expecting me to swallow it just because it’s presented ...more
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I really liked the idea of this book and the concept of Shaedes, but damn if the author didn't make the heroine dumber than a turnip.

Darian is a Shaede and an assassin. She thinks she's the only Shaede left in existence because that's what her dead maker, Azriel, told her a hundred years ago. She receives her assassin contracts from Tyler, a hot human, and hangs out at The Pit, a club/bar. That's basically her life, until her newest assignment. She's sent to kill Xander Peck and gasp, he's a S
Anzu The Great Destroyer
It's been a while since a book annoyed me so much that I had to write a rant. Really. So lesgo.

I hate it when characters decide that they can't be with their love interest because insert most useless and nonsensical reason (ie we work together, or omg he's a humaaaan he will diiieeee if he wuuuvs meeee oh noooes!!1!) YET they waste no oportunity to hit on them and urge them on.
"I should have noticed the smell long before I’d come in. Hell, I should have learned my lesson the first time I’d been
Mrs. Badass
3.5 stars, but I think on the lower side of three, vs more four. Make sense? In my odd brain it does.

3 stars means I liked it, but it has issues.

This review is going to be difficult for me, because on the one hand, I fell in love with Shaedes of Gray's promise. And you know what they say about falling in love with the potential of a man or woman right? Well, it's true for books too.

Let's start with what I loved:

1) The matrix like feel of the Shaeding aspect, and the 'effects' of how they pop i
Pamela / SpazP
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at Heroes and Heartbreakers

In the first installment of what promises to be an exciting addition to the Urban Fantasy landscape, Amanda Bonilla has skillfully created a new version of Seattle where the heroine Darian is a shaede assassin.

Bonilla offers a unique take on lesser-seen Urban Fantasy mythological beings such as jinn, oracles, and sylphs. The heroine herself is able to become shadow and leave her corporeal form behind once the sun sets. Seattle could not be more perfec
Sandy Williams
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
I was able to finagle a way to read an early copy of this book, and it sucked me in so much I stopped working on my own manuscript. Bad! Bad book!

Or rather, great book! In short, I loved it. It’s about Darian, a shaede who kills bad guys for money. What is a shaede, you ask? It’s a totally awesome paranormal being who can disappear into shadow at will. This makes for some very kick@ss fight scenes that had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

And the romantic subplot? Divine. I always love me a goo
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it

Darian is a Shaede, created not born, one of only three Sheades that have ever been made. She has been alone for nearly a century after her maker and lover Azriel, disappeared. Alone in the world believing that she is now the only Shaede remaining and convinced that Azriel is dead, Darian takes on the job that Azriel left behind. An assassin.

Shaedes are supernatural beings who can pass as shadow during the night but take solid form during the day, with heightened senses, strength and speed, abl
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Assassin for hire is becoming a popular job for urban fantasy heroines. We’ve already got Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series from Pocket Books, going strong at five books with the sixth due out in early 2012. And this month we meet a new assassin in SHAEDES OF GRAY, the first book in Amanda Bonilla’s new Shaede Assassin series from Signet Eclipse.

Since comparisons between the two are inevitable, lets get those out of the way first. Like Estep’s
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Fans/ Fans of the Madeline Black series
Originally posted at A Bookalicious Story.

My Summary

Darian is a Shaede made by another - a past lover, in fact, one that abandoned her almost a century ago. She's the last of her kind, or so she was led to believe, and with only stealth in her arsenal, she trains herself to be one of the best assassins in the field. She can become incorporeal after twilight, and move in the shadows as nothing more than a ghost.

Tyler has been a long-standing friend (a friend who makes her body feel all warm a
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shaedes of Gray was an enjoyable read for me. This is an urban fantasy without the requisite vampires and werewolves. Instead, the reader is immersed in a dark world full of shaedes, lythans, and other intriguing creatures.

I found the world created by author Amanda Bonilla fascinating. The shaedes were really neat and their abilities were awesome. Imagine a creature that is corporeal during the day and able to mist in and out and through things as a shadow at night. Ever cool. The Lythans were
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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When you hear “debut author”, you sometimes cringe just a little bit. Don’t know why really. I mean, after reading amazing first-time books by authors like Carolyn Crane with Mind Games, Allison Pang with A Brush of Darkness and Jenn Bennett with Kindling the Moon, you would think that the stereotype surrounding debut authors would dissipate. But still, when I picked up Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla, I took a deep breath and crossed my finger
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Shaedes of Gray almost felt like two separate stories that were merged into one to make a full length novel. Normally the cracks would show from attempting such a feat but in this case a neat reverse funnel effect was created. I admire Amanda Bonilla for taking on such a challenge and even more so for succeeding at it so beautifully. The end result is a uniquely crafted story that flows like water. Inhaling the pages of this novel became as important to me as breathing ai
Jen Davis
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've seen mixed reviews on this book, but I want to start by telling you how much I really enjoyed it. The story pulled me in from the beginning and I read the entire thing in one sitting. I didn't want to put it down.

Darian is a Shaede and an assassin. She knows very little about what she is. Her maker, Azriel, abandoned her decades ago. She only knows that she is fast, ageless, and seemingly invincible -- and at night, she can become incorporeal, at one with the shadows. She works under Tyler,
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
SHAEDES OF GRAY has such an amazing cover and intriguing synopsis, so I was very surprised that this book just didn't do it for me. I became so frusterated by the characters in SHADES OF GRAY that I just went into one of my angry fangirl moments.

SHADES OF GRAY does however start out incrediably amazing that I was at the point of being sold on the book, but once I got through a few more chapters and a few more after that I wanted to flush this book down the toliet. I thought SHAEDES OF GRAY becam
I should start reading more urban fantasy books. I love it when the plot is always intense and moving. Not emotionally moving, but the kind of moving where it's always BAM! BAM! BAM! BOOM! EXPLOSION! KICKASS FIGHTING! RAIN! BADASSERY! BOOM! BOOM! BOYAAH! BAD GUYS DIED! Know what I mean?

Also, I love it that in urban fantasy the authors (generally) do not just take a mythical creature and write a story, they actually take the creature, make them their own, and then make up their own little incredi
My impressions or rather...a list of sins with the appropriate quotes to illustrate my problems better :

"I wore my signature black—tight pants, low on my waist; long-sleeved black nylon turtleneck that clung to every curve of my body; black boots (of course); and, to top it off, a long black duster. I admit, the coat was a little over the top, but I love dramatics."

Dear Darian- are you an assassin or a fashionista ? Who cares what you wear to work? A tip – not me. Wardrobe descriptions are so
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My english review

Mon avis en français

What can I say about this book? "Waouh" is the only word that comes to my mind now that I’ve finished it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read since a few months. The Amanda Bonilla’s ideas are awesome; there are no other words to say it. I think it’s always difficult to make a difference with Urban Fantasy’s books because there are a lot today. But the author succeeded in this challenge, and even more. She created an explosive, dynamic mix which leads u
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The

Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Signet
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Shaede Assassin Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Utterly alone in the world, assassin Darian is a Shaede — a being who can dissolve into shadows, move with unbelievable speed, and who cannot be killed. Havin
Home. Love. Books.
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You can see this review and others like on

I can't even begin to explain how excited I have been about this book coming out. The cover blub was super intriguing and it made me want to read the book, but for me it was more than that. Amanda is, in my opinion, an author who is truly awesome at using social networking. She has a twitter, facebook, and blog, and why this is important is because she feels accessible. Over the past few months, every time I left a comment on her faceb
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of urban fantasy that I love to read. It contained everything an urban fantasy should have: lots of action, a kick ass heroine, romance, a horde of supernatural beings and loads of drama! It’s exactly what I was in the mood for, and Amanda Bonilla delivered it perfectly.

In this first book of the series, we are introduced to the world of Shaedes through Darian’s eyes, who, for a century, thought she was the only Shaede in existence. She even thought she was the only supernatural
Dahlia (yadkny)
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Lovers
“I am a killer and I answer to no one, I am my own woman, my own kingdom, and I am afraid of nothing.”

She's been marked as a wanted woman. Some want her dead and others alive, but no one asked her what she wanted. Before Darian knew it she'd become embroiled in a war with supernatural races she had no idea existed. Having thought for many years that she was the only one of any kind, Darian struggles to comprehend what a Shaede really is and why she was purposefully left in the dark about it.
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like Elemental Assassin
Recommended to Danielle (Danniegurl) by: Penni
4.5 Stars

Shaedes of Gray was awesome. Darian is a very interesting character, don't let this cover fool you the book is great. Darian's whole existence has been alone, she's sworn off love due to her previous lover using her. Azriel, her previous lover is also the one who made her, he was with her for 20 years told her they were the only Shaedes left, beings who can conform to shadow. He said one day he was going to be back, but he didn't and thus started Darian's lonely existence. She's an assa
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
At first I was slightly skeptical to read an Urban Fantasy, being a huge fan of completely made up worlds, but Amanda Bonilla really took to blending her fantasy world into the world we know. I also appreciate, being from Seattle, the author was correct in her map of the city. Though I'm sure you are not worried about that! Moving on...

The writing style of the book really drew me into its pages. I honestly bought the book and couldn't put it down, till very late at night mind you, but I hadn't e
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

One thing you must keep in mind when reading Shaedes of Gray is... Tyler never disappoints.

And nether does Amanda Bonilla writing skills. It's been a while since I stayed up past my bedtime to read a book. Bonilla has crafted an exciting world with all kinds of paranormal species. One being Shaedes, that can hide in the shadows of night and turn into a floating like mist during the night hours. But they are trapped in their human form during the day while their polar opposites the Lyhtans; can "
Elena Love
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
can anyone tell me how it's possible for me to wait five months until the second book is out?i mean, can't they just publish it and get over with,first of all, the whole idea, the plot, the characters was amazing and while i was reading the last chapters where the lyhtans, amazing name by the way, kidnapped darian, i was something between shocked and dreamy, because while i was trying to figure out what happened, when i learned that tyler didn't betrayed her, i was relieved and ready to ...more
Tracey Graves
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been looking forward to reading Amanda Bonilla’s debut UF novel since I read the first chapter on her blog. I wanted to know more about the Shaede world, and especially the relationship between Darian and Tyler. This book did not disappoint on either count, and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. The world building is excellent, and I loved the Seattle backdrop; I could almost feel the damp environment and was intrigued by the other supernatural beings living in the city.

Sara Kate
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a surprise. I went in it a tad reluctantly wasn't sure if I would like it. I'm so glad I read this. Such a unique and differnt PNR. I haven't read anything quite like this before. Dorian can be too stubborn for her own good at times which did slightly annoy me but other than that I throughly enjoyed this one.
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Favorite Quote: “All of this is because I am so god damned irresistible. It must be my shining personality and lighthearted spirit. I feel so sorry for them both. “

Darian spent the first half of her life as an abused wife. When a friend of her husband’s appears on the scene, he frees her from her life of pain and transforms her into a Shaede-a creature able to transform from solid to shadow. She spends her time with her inhuman lover only to have him abandon he
Katherine McCarthy
My Thoughts

Shaedes of Gray is a great first novel in Amanda Bonilla’s Urban Fantasy series, Shaede Assassin. The plot is interesting, well structured with lots of action and conflict. The story is expertly delivered with a gradual recounting of background information, smooth transitions from scene to scene, told at a pace just right for the story.

This story has great characters: kick-ass heroine, dangerous love interests, and an array of supporting characters that all have a special role in the
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Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. When she’s not writing she’s either reading or talking about her favorite books.

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