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Sacrificed in Shadow

(Ascension #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,295 ratings  ·  197 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
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)
🖤 Elise Kavanagh Thou Art the Sunshine of Our Black Withered Hearts Buddy Reread (EKTAtSoOBWHBR™) with the MacHalos 🖤

And the moral of this reread is: color me bloody shrimping surprised, I didn't hate Lincoln Officer Uptight as Fish (OUsF™) or the Silly Werewolf Clique (SWC™) as much this time around. Okay, so I still strongly slightly dislike them, but I no longer feel like unleashing my murderous children on them. Well, I still do. A little. But not as much as I used to. That's progress, rig
S.M. Reine
Jun 20, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elise's story continues!
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 the st
well oops...
Might have rated this higher- but I read this one without reading the prequels.


Although it wasn't too difficult to understand all of the lingo and background history going on-I don't think I can go back now and read them with out the current relationships coloring how I feel about some of the characters

*cough (view spoiler) cough*

We'll see if I continue on with this particular series either way, or if I just say screw it and go back and read the other books in
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Finally a good book from kindle freebies. I thought the day would never come. *cries a little*

I loved Elise, a total badass that did not suffer fools. I didn't find it hard to get into but knowing that there is a prequel where Elise was just a normal human makes me curious. I'm also hoping there is some degree of romance to this series as well.
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
Sep 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
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🎁 FREE on Amazon & on iBooks today (9/11/2020)! 🎁 ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Stacey Brutger
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
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.

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
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
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
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
I did love this book, I was unable to put this book down! I love paranormal. Its a fantastic genre for young adults to find love and horror in one
BUT, I just felt like it went on for two long.. It just kinda dragged, I bought this book in a box set of 6 books by different authors. And I did think this was a great book to start with, I am doubting whether I will buy the other books in this series...
1) Because it was good but was it series worthy?
2) I wasn't too keen on her writing style
The fi
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
S.M. Reine has done it again! I am wrapped up in her new series and can't wait to see where we're headed next. Elise Kavanagh is one of my favorite characters and looking forward to getting to know the new ones . Thank you, Sara, for sending it to me!
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
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
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
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
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, read-2017
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
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
Interesting character or should I say characters. One second I'm following Elise, who I thought was the lead, then it goes into different characters, the wolf pack, a coven, etc. I get that this is a crossover between another series, cause oftentimes it felt like I am missing a lot of something. Then there is the backstory which talks about Adam and Eve, a godslayer, then a betrayal. Seriously, I'm confused. But the plot is so far quite interesting and different. The fight scenes were fun to rea ...more
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.
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