Long Shadows by Cecilia Dominic: A Review

It took me awhile to get around to this book - what with a little baby in tow, trying to work out, leading bible study, and having about five different projects going at once - but I finally did! And I'm glad because Long Shadows, the second installment of Cecilia Dominic's Lycanthropy Files, was the perfect escape from some of the longer days I've had in the last few weeks.

Long Shadows: A Summary

Being unique isn't always what it’s cracked up to be.

By day, Lonna Marconi’s busy career keeps her mind off the fact she was turned werewolf against her will. By night, a dose of wolfsbane lets her inner wolf out to play while her physical body stays safe at home.When an overheard phone call at work warns her a trap is about to be sprung, she turns from hunter to hunted in the blink of an eye.

She finds refuge with the Ozarks pack she never claimed as her own. Upon discovering a family secret that explains why she’s unique among her own kind, Lonna finds heat in the arms of Max, who’s the one thing she cannot trust—a wizard.

Another kidnapping attempt sends her navigating the treacherous metaphysical borders of a centuries-old war, pursued by rogue sorcerers, a band of ghostly wolves, and repressed memories that prevent her from reclaiming her heritage. All the while, trusting her back to a wizard who demands the price of her heart…and who may not have the luxury of giving his in return.

Warning: Some sexy scenes, adult language, and alcohol consumption. Also descriptions of Italian food that might offend carbophobes.

Long Shadows: What I Think

The summary of this book alone had me hooked. But I'll admit that after years of vampires and wizards and other supernatural creatures permeating the entertainment industry, I always feel a little hesitant to go back down that road. I'm kind of a snob about it since Harry PotterThe Chronicles of Narnia, and The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris (the books upon which True Blood is based) are some of my absolute favorite stories. But the truth is not every supernatural story has to be the same and what I loved about Long Shadows is that, most of all, it's humorous. It plays on the popularity of these kind of narratives without demeaning its own place among them. There's some self-deprecation there and whether or not was purposeful on the part of Dominic, it works in Long Shadows' favor.

I also like the idea of a love story between two supes (or supernaturals) that I haven't seen before, especially when the female plays the role of the werewolf. It's unique and further separates this novel from others because, in reality, Lonna doesn't have to be strong if she doesn't want to be. She can always take wolfsbane. Vampire women don't have that choice. So when Lonna does choose to embrace her inner wolf, it's because she's the kind of woman who is brave enough to take on the consequences.

I haven't had the opportunity yet to sit down and read this series from the beginning, but Long Shadows is strong enough to stand alone and I think readers will enjoy it on its own. But I'll be going back to the starting line if anyone wants to join me!

Oh, and Cecilia, if you ever want to meet up for coffee and swap writing tips, I live in Decatur, too! Have fun on the rest of the tour!

To learn more about Cecilia Dominic and The Lycanthropy Files, visit her official website. Or stop by her Facebook page and Twitter to say hello! And if you're interested in getting a preview of Long Shadows, click here to read the first chapter.

*Everyone who leaves a comment on the tour page will be entered to win 1 eBook copy of Long Shadows and 1 Long Shadows T-shirt (pictured below). Sizes are L or XL and will be available to US residents only!*


Samantha said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Cecilia Dominic said...

Thanks so much, Wendi! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I'd love to meet up for coffee some time.