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Shadow Blade

(Shadowchasers #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,175 ratings  ·  149 reviews
For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.

Kira’s day job as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published January 4th 2010)
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Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of female protagonist UF
Recommended to carol. by: MrsJoseph *grouchy*

First book report card:

Creativity: above average. Ancient Egyptian and general anthropology knowledge is a bonus.
Magical system: above average. Based partly on relationships with Egyptian deities, with nary a werewolf in sight.
Female heroine: above average. Slightly Mary Sue in physical abilities, I suggest meeting with counseling regarding emotional issues.
Pacing: needs focus on balancing action with investigation, flashbacks and information-sharing.
Plotting: acceptable. Light versus Shadow
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The first thing I did when I finished reading Shadow Blade was make sure that my memory was correct, and that it was the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel. Not because I didn't like how it ended, but because I was so impressed with Seressia Glass' fully developed and vibrant world rich with ancient Egyptian and Africa history, not to mention the three dimensional characters, zippy narrative, and intriguing plot.

I'm thrilled to say that Shadow Blade hit all my happy spots. All of
It was nice to read about Egyptian mythology instead of usual Greek or Roman. Still, the book is rather middling. I am not grabbed enough by the story to read the rest of the series.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’m not used to my urban fantasies being written in third person. I realize this is an odd thing to start a review with, but it’s the first thing that really stood out for me. Shadow Blade is told in third person from two perspectives: that of Kira and the Nubian warrior Khefar, and the transitions between them aren't neat or clearly marked, but rather random and messy. This is the second time I’ve come across something similar lately and I enjoyed it both times, although I’m not the biggest fan ...more
Marshall Stephens
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Too many stories about monster hunters are just carbon copies of one another. Shadow Blade, however, does a good job of distinguishing itself from others. Certain familiar elements are here: strong female protagonist, trenchcoats and motorcycles, impossibly sexy immortals and a shadow organization who brings the toys but is never sure if the protagonist is an asset or drawback. That said, these pieces that regular additions to the genre are shuffled together with a great deal of original plot, ...more
The world building in the story was top notch. The author took her time to set up an interesting world with great detail. The writing was very descriptive and the mystery was well woven. My issue is that I didn't feel drawn to the characters and it lacked that humanizing effect that love adds to these type of UF stories.
There seemed like an emotional attachment was forming between Kira and Khafuer, but it didn't materialize. I will read book 2 because there is great potential here.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Kira had never been a normal child, but until the night when she almost killed her beloved adopted-sister after accidentally touching her she had never truly been alone. No ready to deal with a teen with Kira's 'problems' her foster-parents left under under the care of the mysterious Gilead commission who later taught Kira to not only control her 'gift' but to fight in the long-standing battle between Light and Shadow. Years later, Kira has become one of the few deadly ShadowChasers, men and ...more
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) In Shadow Blade, Seressia Glass creates a compelling urban-fantasy heroine, Kira Solomon, and kicks off what promises to be a distinctive kick-butt series.

For me, Shadow Blade got off to a bumpy start. There’s a lot of “telling” and exposition as Glass familiarizes the reader with her world and with Kira’s backstory. We learn that Kira can drain an ordinary human of vitality by touching them, which means she has to keep people at literal arm’s length. It’s a heartbreaking “gift” to
Mike (the Paladin)
I've "read" 3 books fairly closely together this week all of the supposedly action or UF genres. This is the first of the 3 that didn't turn out to a romance with elements of some other genre thrown in to suck in unsuspecting readers. I put "read" in quotes as these have all been "audio reads" it's Christmas season and one can listen to books while doing other things.

This book was not bad, I'd even put it in the pretty good category. If we had the much lamented half star system I'd probably go
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
You know what's awesome about this book? Kira, the heroine, seems smart enough and knowledgeable enough that I can totally buy into the idea that she's an archaeologist. (That's sadly rare for me in PNR/UF.) Ms. Glass not only presents elements of Kira's expertise in a way that demonstrates that she knows what things mean, not just details in isolation, but she also puts it together in a way that shows how those elements are important within the overall story.

That eye for detail is evident in
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When I was little I wanted to be Indiana Jones (not his girlfriend, him) and I dabbled a bit with Lara Croft envy in my teens (the video game version more than the movie version) because I was obsessed archaeology, Egyptology in particular. When I heard about a new urban fantasy series featuring an antiquities expert, I got a little giddy. When I saw the cover featuring an Egyptian pyramid in the background I was downright euphoric.

May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found this book thanks to Dark Faerie Tales and the Debut Urban Fantasy Author Challenge that's going on. So very glad I found the challenge and this book. The challenge has led me to some fab UF and this books is definitely in that group.
The premise of SHADOW BLADE was a new one to me, Kira has abilities to read items by placing her bare skin on the object. Sadly, this also means no close contact with people unless she wants them in a coma or dead. She's kept people at a distance all of her
It took me about three chapters to immediately order the entire series. YES PLEASE!
I love a tough bad-ass woman, I love her as a woc with a mysterious past and a curse that leaves her unable to touch anyone without harming them.
Not only is the protagonist a woc, but the majority of the main characters are also poc. All of the yes please.
Plus the Bechdel test? Oh, just two women sitting around talking about ancient weapons and stuff!
The research and world building are spot on. The teasers are
Lynn Calvin
Feb 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
I wanted to have this work - heroine of color, antiquities.

Struggled through about chapter seven, and ended up not liking the heroine and finding the incredible mishmash of weird secret organizations and powers thrown together and infodumped at me in a way that left me going "who cares."

I had more sympathy for the supervisor she mouthed off to and it went downhill from there.

And you can only get away with leader/teacher called "Balm" of an organization called Gilead, if you have exactly the
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This stood out because this was built on the Egyptian pantheon. Good world building and world was interesting. Kira was a good heroine, maybe a little too perfect (in terms of her abilities - she's the strongest ever!). Because of all she could do, I think she could have been a little older (she's 25 if I remember currently in the book).
Overall, this was a good entertaining read. It just lacked that certain something for me.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked Kira she was snarky and kickass my fave type of heroine!!
Nicole Luiken
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy, ebook
Good world-building: ancient daggers, immortals, Egyptian mythology, Fallen, Avatars, Shadowchasers and the Balm of Gilead. A strong heroine with cool powers who grabbed my sympathy in the prologue and an interesting supporting cast (fave Nansee).

Quibble: I'd really like to know WHY one thing is exempt from Kira's powers. Hoping this is covered in later books.
Sharonda Isadora

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This is my first reading of a book by this author usually I’m not a sci-fi type of reader this wasn’t bad I would’ve liked more romance perhaps in later part of the stor this is my first reading a book by this author usually I’m not a sci-fi type of reader this wasn’t bad I would’ve liked more romance perhaps in the next book that’s part of this story I’ll see more romance between the two primary figures. If you like adventure definitely there’s that
Haley Mathiot
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
The thing about a book is that it should make you want to keep reading it. At least by halfway though you should feel like you’re halfway through a plot line, you know the characters, and you know what’s going on.

I have no idea what’s going on in Shadow Blade, and I’m more than halfway through it.

Now that’s not to say that I am not following it, it’s just that nothing is happening. Which kind of upsets me because the first few chapters felt great, and they were exciting, and I couldn't put it
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-stars
Plot: 3.5 Stars
The action and the plot were very engaging; the weaponry was very cool, especially the idea of infusing Lightblades with magic. I really enjoyed the Egyptian lore that was interlaced throughout the whole plot. My only complaint is that the idea of Light and Shadow was a little vague. There were so many terms for beings of Light and Shadow, and many weren't explained that in depth.

Pace: 3.5 Stars
The book had a pretty steady pace; I never wanted to take a break because I was
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Kira was born with power. The power to read emotions and events by touch. As she grows this power gets stronger and dangerous because not only can she 'read' someone when touching them, she drains life force as well. At twelve, when puberty hits, her powers become out of hand. Her adoptive family are aware of her 'special needs' and makes sure she wears gloves and do not touch her. Unfortunately, during a thunderstorm, her younger sister climbs into bed with her and is accidently put
Jun 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Shadow Blade is an interesting entry into the urban fantasy genre. Kira is a Shadowchaser, trained to be the best. But when a 4000 year old dagger comes into the picture, it seems that Kira cannot catch a break: her handler dies, she must seek revenge, and to top things off, some uber sexy 4000 year old warrior claims the dagger is rightfully his. What is a girl to do?

While the writing and the plot are spot on, I must admit that I am a little disappointed in this novel. Personally, I love strong
I read to about 63% and then this became a DNF for me. I liked that the book incorporated African and Egyptian mythology; so much (not all) of the urban fantasy and PNR that I've read uses European mythology, so this was a nice change of pace. However, I can't get past the Mary Sue-ish main character.

Kira is only 25 years old and yet she's the most bestest, smartest Shadowchaser the hero and his sidekick demigod friend have ever met. She can fight any baddie that comes along. The demigod--the
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Kira Solomon is a Shadowchaser. She was born with great powers. Kira thought her gift was a curse; especially when her father took her to Santa Costa, home of Gilead and left her. As Kira grew up, she came to embrace her powers. Kira emanates magic from her body that if someone touches her, they will be killed instantly.

Kira’s mentor and good friend, Bernie Comstock has come back from a dig for ancient artifacts. He brought back with him a dagger known as the “Dagger of Kheferatum. This dagger
Anna Richland
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I am not normally a reader of dark paranormals / end of the world if we don't chase the demons type of books, I picked this up because of recommendations at Smart Bitches Trashy Books and an urge to shake up my reading (and it was on 99 cent sale, which it is again now as I review).

The use of Egyptian mythology was my favorite part of the book. It felt very fresh, intriguing and it just fit the character and the story so well. I also liked the hero and his relationship with his blade
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I picked up Shadow Blade because it was a new urban fantasy book and I was pleasantly surprised to find out it had ancient Egyptian themes. Learning about the characters and their history was enjoyable in the beginning. I instantly liked Kira and found her supernatural power interesting. The introduction of the mysterious ancient dagger and the mystery that followed were also interesting to me. I started to lose a bit of interest during the middle of the novel, however. All of the characters ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The first work I've read from this author and I was thoroughly impressed. I'm a big urban fantasy reader. It took me a bit to get into the story, and most first books have a lot of detail and world-building. But once I got to the "meat" of the story, I was like a dog with a bone. Not letting go until I'm finished!

Kira is a wonderful character. You have sympathy for her back story, but she doesn't let it rule her life. She builds character and strength from her weaknesses. A fascinating and
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
'Shadow Blade' is the debut of a new urban fantasy series by author Seressia Glass, and this book is pretty awesome. It has the normal concept good vs evil, light vs. dark, etc with a bit of an Egyptian twist. It was very interesting to learn a bit about Egyptian mythology as well, and it is well researched and presented in the book. I had a slight problem of getting lost in the book, I enjoyed it immensely but could easily put it down and come back to it.

The characters are pretty awesome as
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Nyssa by: Fantasy Aficionados

A strong start to what looks like an interesting series!

The pluses for me were having a heroine of color, the Egyptian themes - including the gods & goddess, a very unique magic system and subtle romance.

The one bobble was Kira's moment of "temporary insanity", like those thrown into just about every other novel with a strong female lead, where the woman in question does exactly the opposite of what should be done, due to panic, fear, and/or misunderstanding, despite her usual nature of
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Seressia Glass is an award-winning author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance and paranormal romance. Her current series include the Shadowchasers urban fantasy series and the Sons of Anubis paranormal romance series.

Seressia lives north of Atlanta with her guitar-wielding husband and two attack poodles. When not working on her next story, Seressia is an instructional designer for an

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