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Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.
First, I have to say that Bow created a character that I cared about and a story that I wanted to follow to the end. However, the book failed to live up to the story’s potential. I found the pacing of the story to be too slow. The beginning spark of the story seemed to just die away. It was hard for me to finish this story. I have a rule about life being too short to finish books you don’t have to read. I stuck it out with this book because I did care about Kate and wanted to know how her story ended.
The ending was the best part of the book – not because it was the ending, but because I didn’t see it coming. Though not a happy ending, it is one where the right things happen.