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Sacrificed in Shadow

(Ascension #1)

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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,154 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Sometimes, you need a demon to fight demons.

Lincoln Marshall is a small-town deputy with a very big problem. Six members of his church have been found dead, killed by a rogue werewolf. He’ll have to make a deal with the Devil to save victims that have gone missing — maybe literally. Elise Kavanagh, preternatural investigator and exorcist, is the expert when it comes to vio
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 18th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 15th 2013)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Disclaimer: the fangirl in me might make an appearance at any given time during this review. As a consequence, said review might not make much sense. It should make even less sense if you haven't read Descent . Oh, and brace yourself because this should take a while. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Where to start? Oh yes. Elise is back.



Elise Kavanagh. Kopis. Exorcist. Father of all demons. Godslayer. Omnipresent shadow. Mother of all angels. Total badass. Bloody hell, I love you. You're one of the
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S.M. Reine
Jun 20, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Sláinte Wanderlust
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cover & Title - 4 out of 5
Favorite character - Elise

I stayed up so late last night to finish this book and after i finished it, it was all i could think about!
Elise was a brand new character to me as I have not read her own series, i found her really interesting. A kick-ass female protagonist is my major love. I enjoyed her throughout the story, I think i will have to go and read her series now actually. Not knowing anything about Elise did not hinder me in anyway, I still easily got into th
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Kelsy
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am always up for good supernatural fiction. Until now, I've enjoyed all that I've read by S.M. Reine. While Reine's writing is intelligent with clear imagery, complicated human emotions and an intricate back story, the novel as a whole was not enjoyable for me to read. Her creative theology is just plain wrong--Adam becomes God who gets drunk on his power, commits all kinds of violent acts; and, as a result, had to be destroyed (I know, WHAT?!). Furthermore, there is an interesting, if not con ...more
Mara
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BamaGal
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
I can't deny it. Reading Sacrificed in Shadows was a shock. No, I had no doubt going in I would have loved it. But I left Elise as an incredible strong hunter so in love with her Shield that she sacrificed everything to save him. I was really sad (and angry) reading what had happened to her.

But Elise is still the great kick-ass hunter that she was and I sincerely hope that she'll stop James and makes him pay. Yep, this is the strength of the emotion this book churned in me :D

The world-building i
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Carrie
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, calibre-library
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I could not get my hands on this book fast enough! I am absolutely in love with both of the series that come together in this book. After picking this book up, I seriously considered calling out sick from work just to finish uninterrupted.

Even after all the expectation I had for this series, I still don't think I would change a single thing about this book. It was filled with all the things I was hoping for: We get a good dose of J
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Marsha
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
First and foremost let me say that anyone reading this review should know that "Sacrificed in Shadows" is not my type of book; therefore, anyone interested in reading it should do so without any prejudice from me. I do not like books written about angels because they are always less than my vision of what angels are like. Had I known this book was steeped in angels, I never would have purchased it.

After reading the book description, I was expecting an exorcism type demon who was going to assist
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J.A. Belfield
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of the book.

When Ms Reine contacted me and asked if I’d like to read Sacrificed in Shadow, I thought Sure. I mean, I read Six Moon Summer a little while ago, and have the following books in that series of S.M.’s to check out (if I ever get five minutes to do so), and I enjoyed what I sampled of her writing, so I figured I’d be safe. What I hadn’t banked on was the
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Gerd
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shapeshifters, ebook
For clarity: I got this novel for free from the author.
For further clarity: I consider myself a huge fan of her "Seasons of the moon/The Cain Chronicles" series but couldn’t get through the "The Descent" series, sorry.

Frankly, I don’t like Elise much, she appears to me like the type of gal Eleanor could have been friends with, if she had been one to do friends with demons, hell, if she had been one to do friends at all. Elise is quite the polar opposite of Rylie, and here lies the beauty of the
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Stacey Brutger
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
DESCRIPTION:
Sometimes, you need a demon to fight demons.


Lincoln Marshall is a small-town deputy with a very big problem. Six members of his church have been found dead, killed by a rogue werewolf. He'll have to make a deal with the Devil to save victims that have gone missing -- maybe literally. Elise Kavanagh, preternatural investigator and exorcist, is the expert when it comes to violent deaths at the jaws of evil. She's also among the most powerful demons that Hell has spawned.


Elise j
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Beau
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author in exchange for a review, an honest one. So, I honestly have to say I have not been this frustrated by a book in a very long time! Sacrificed in Shadow was fantastic. I do have to say that it may be a bit easier to understand if you have read the Descent series, so you know Elise and James, and their story.

Someone else also mentioned you should read Reine's other series, Seasons of the Moon. (I think that's right, feel free to correct me if not!) Anyways, thi
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Julie Matthews
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished Sacrificed in Shadow. The author was kind enough to send me a copy (Thanks again!!). This is the first in a new crossover series featuring Elise from the Descent series and Rylie from the Cain Chronicles.

This is the first book I've read featuring Rylie and the author tried to write this as a book where you really didn't need to have read any of the two separate series in order to enjoy it. On that point, I think she succeeds fairly well. I felt a little behind when it came to Ry
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Kelly
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy Crud. Elise's life is full of twists and turns, isn't it? She was badass to the extreme when she was a mortal and now that she's gone all demony, she's even badder.

She's also been softened somewhat by Eve's influence and that makes her frightening. She has a touch of empathy now and yet she's still willing to kill when she needs to.

I seriously respect her level of badassery and the fact that she has the ability to EAT people and travel by shadow. The years have allowed her to learn a smidge
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Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited about the Ascension series! I loved Sacrifice in Shadow because there was action right from the beginning. S.M. Reine is a master at creating characters that are very well developed, this coupled with gripping, edgy description, a fast paced plot, Ms. Reine’s books become addictive. I enjoyed how in Sacrificed in Shadows I saw a dimension of old favorites such as Rylie, Seth and Abel in a new light. From an outsider’s point of view, I was privy to a completely in depth view of th ...more
Anne
Dec 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I love urban fantasy, it's my #1 favorite genre and I wanted to try SM Reine's work. I thought Sacrificed in Shadow would be a good choice since it was the start of a new series. While Elise is an interesting character, her back story is a confusing mess at 53%. I really think this book is not a stand alone start of a new series. To me, I think you really need to read at least Elise's previous series. I also gave up because Elise and the other characters never talk to each other, there's no chem ...more
Linda
3.5 Stars

A tough one. The characters were not very likeable for various reasons. Lincoln was a rigid, judgmental deputy who is told to find Elise, but not bring her back. I'm not sure he deserved what happened to him at the end, but if he truly lied to her, then perhaps it was fate. The wolf pack was cool enough, but I don't like how they treated her at the end, especially since she did go out of her way to help them and was considering them friends. And her "thing" for her old partner and lover
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svnshowers
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ah, more Elise (I love her)! More murder! More angels! Werewolves, this time! And more of the now-familiar refrain... wait, can you guess? All together now: "I HATE JAMES FAULKNER."
Never in my LIFE have I wanted to strangle a fictional character so badly, and what's worse is that not only does he not even seem to be truly atoning for any of his MANY egregious misdeeds, he's come up with an even worse idea to "fix" things, rather than probably like... truly holding himself accountable for any of
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Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
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3.75 stars

I enjoy SM Reine books. I think the writing is good, with only minor grammatical issues. The characters are likable and the stories are exciting.

I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but what I DON'T like about SM Reine books is that all of the worlds and series are connected. So even when you read book #1 in a series, it's actually book #34 in the world. There's usually a lot of back story you've missed and character drama that's alluded to but never outright said.

If I ev
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Denise
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017, own
Small town deputy Lincoln Marshall has a supernatural problem on his hand: multiple dead bodies, apparently viciously torn apart by a werewolf. For help, he calls in preternatural investigator and demon Elise Kavanagh. However, werewolves are just the beginning of the troubles she encounters when following Lincoln's invitation - there's a lot more going on than it seems.

Meh, what a convoluted mess. Werewolves, angels, demons, murderous priests, there's entirely too much going on and at most half
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Victoria
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan of this new series based on the first novel. The plot just didn't interest me much. There's a bunch of characters from a different series that I haven't read and it felt like I was missing a lot of background info.
I'm disappointed cos I really liked the first series, just something about this book irked me. I liked the relationship between James and Elise in the first series; as in, I found the whole he's in love with her but still gonna betray her thing to be really interesting. And i
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Roger G
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A outstanding read, with good characters at the best known heroin I've read and sometime. Please continue to write this series, it's more human storytelling the most books I've read. What are the best books I've read this year thank you to the author, and thank you through the publisher keep me in mind for future books for

I'd like to see a group of characters in this style to be developed. Maybe a team effect would also be good. The author has established break characters in this book. Keep them
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Gareth Farrow
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Started this book with no expectations and found that I very much enjoyed it (decent bit of modern day set era fantasy). Demons, angels; both are given a slightly different look to what we are used to which was refreshing. Having the main hero as a demon was great and her abilities were simply a brilliant piece of writing. Hopefully the subsequent books will be as good.
Michael
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It feels good to review this book

The author of this book is an artist. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I got angry when I finished. The story continues however it is time to explore Elise a whole lot more
Gbolahan
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ugh-won-t-go-on
Did not finish at...somewhere...

How can a book about angels and demons be this uninspiring? There were werewolves too...and some other stuff...and a demon that shattered in sunlight??
I'll pass.
Chris Schroeder
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Improved writing and story getting some substance

I started reading at the begging of the saga (seemed like the logical place to start) and the writing has improved (not that it was poor, but you can tell it's maturing) and the story is growing depth with each book)
Faticia
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I WANT THEM ALL!!! I. NEED. THE. ENTIRE. DESCENT. AND. ASCENSION. SERIES. NEED. THEM.
Patricia A.Bunn
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

Great Book I love it it was great and I know that you will find out that this book is good I love it
Thank You For Letting Me Read This Book I love 💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘
Kelly Russell
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good, nice character development, nice unique story, I'll look for the rest of the series...I'm hooked.
Tanya Smart
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Just not my cup of tea. It is unlikely that I'll continue the series.
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