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REVIEW: “Ink & Shadows” by Rhys Ford


Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows.

For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.

And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.

The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.

Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.

When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.

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Title: Ink And Shadows

Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: DSP Publications
Pages: 304 
Release Date: July, 7, 2015
Purchase Links: DSP, Amazon


When I read the blurb to this book I was extremely drawn to it, so I thought I’d go for it. While I enjoy Urban Fantasy, it’s normally the type of book I would normally go for, but like I said, something in this book called me.

This books sets the ground for what I hope will be an amazing series. The world was incredible, and the way Rhys built it was fantastic. This was my actual first book by Rhys Ford, and I enjoyed her writing style a lot. While I had read a short story by her in the past, I think that her style shines beautifully in this story.

The story revolves around the four Horsemen – Death, Pestilence (Mal), War, and Famine (Min). Aside from the four horsemen there is another character, Kismet (a tattoo artist and heroine addict who sees ghosts).

One thing that you should know about this book is that it is not a romance. While it gives you glimpses of how pairings will go, there is no romance, and honestly? I think it was amazing anyway. I hadn’t realized how much I needed to read a non-romance book, and this was perfect for that. So, please, don’t be discouraged by this. The book is absolutely worth it. It’s entertaining, fun to read, and really, it just grabs you.

I enjoyed the dynamics of the four horsemen. I always appreciate when authors write this kind of book where you get to see all the characters in the first book – to learn the role of each one of them and how they affect and influence each other. I personally think that this was worked greatly here.  I think that doing this sets a great pace for future books, and how we will see them grow both, individually and as couples. The personalities of all four horsemen are incredibly defined, and just absolutely attractive. I liked Kismet a lot, too. I found him interesting and appealing in a different way.

Like I said before there is really not a strong romance element, but I believe that what the book sets for future installments is amazing. The few glimpses I got to see were good enough to want me to know more about the pairings, but even if there was no romance at all in the future, I would still continue with the series because I liked it a lot.

Can’t wait to get my hands in the next book! Bring it!!!




About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

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This entry was posted on September 17, 2015 by in Genre, PNR / UF / SF / DYS, Reviewer: Gaby and tagged , , , .

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