Lots of promise in this new series but it felt a little bit rushed

Shadowmancer (Paladin Charm #1)Shadowmancer by Devin Harnois

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Only my second time reading this author and there’re lots of things to be positive about including a very interesting premise and look at magic.

I enjoyed the majority of this book but felt, overall, that it was a little bit rushed and the romance element in particular felt like it needed just a little bit more time taking with it.

The conflicts all came from Marius’ unusual magic type, something supposedly very powerful and dangerous but he himself was such a sweet-hearted man that all this opposed to him seemed to collapse like dominoes after just a little bit of time.

That’s my one real criticism as the word building is encouraging, the six characters of the Paladin Guild are nicely developed and the two main characters have a good amount of time devoted to them.

I think with perhaps just a few chapters more to dig deeper into the genuine fears before they were overturned would have paid off.

Now, as there are more books in the series, it may be that we get more of that development as the big plot with the bad guys in this one kind of ended rather abruptly.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for book two and I love the cover style on this book.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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