[Book Tour] Shadow Stained by Rachel Hobbs – Review

  • Publisher: independent
  • 362 Pages
  • Date: 14th April 2021
  • Paranormal fantasy
  • Amazon Goodreads

Synopsis: For her, it’s her late grandma’s legacy. For him, the mother of all black arts spoils, granting one demon the power of a God. Immortality.

When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex’s viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like. But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the throne, Ruby coerces him – the tyrant king with a soft spot for humanity – into helping her save her pokey old world village from becoming a ground zero of mass demonic carnage. Both invested in reclaiming the relic, the one thing Ruby and Drayvex agree on is that it’s in the wrong hands. Co-existing in a precarious arrangement between predator and prey, to save the planet they both love for different reasons, they must become a formidable double-team in the face of an apocalyptic takeover. Now, the fate of both human and demon alike rests with a killer that walks between worlds, and a woman with a curse in her bloodline.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for a blog tour.

Shadow Stained is a new, gory paranormal fantasy novel featuring sexy demon lords, dark objects, and family secrets.

Ruby’s most prized possession is the necklace she inherited from her grandmother, but even she doesn’t know just how special it is. It’s emitting a dark power, attracting demons like a beacon and putting her life in danger.

This is where Drayvex comes in – attracted by the stone like the others and motivated to get it by any means necessary, except he doesn’t know what to do or feel about Ruby.

He’s this the sexy, demon lord that’s ruthless and cunning, but completely captivated by all of Earth’s guilty pleasures. He was interesting, unpredictable, and captivating, and my favorite character to read about in this story.

Ruby’s a city girl living the country life and she feels miserable. I disliked Ruby, to be honest. She was incredibly reckless, made so many stupid life decisions, and was just infuriating.

(I was under the impression there would be some more romance in this book from the cover and the synopsis, and the lack of it is disappointing, but it does seem like there might be some in the next book….)

I was really intrigued by this story at first, but the basic quest gets resolved too quickly and it loses a bit of the excitement. The second half is fast-paced and full of action; I enjoyed it much more .

Also, I really liked the writing style, especially the descriptions of the demon world; it really made me want to see it too. But something I disliked about this book was the general lack of information/ explanations for some of the concepts that were introduced, especially regarding the demon world and types of demons. I thought it had pretty unique worldbuilding, but I wish it had been better explained because I was feeling somewhat confused while I was reading.

If you like unique, paranormal fantasy novels, please check out this book! I rated it⭐⭐⭐.

About the author

Rachel Hobbs lives in soggy South West Wales, where she hibernates with with her bearded dragon and her husband. By day she is a dental nurse at a small local practice. By night, she writes.

 Her debut novel SHADOW-STAINED is the first in a dark fantasy series for adults, inspired by her dark and peculiar experiences with narcolepsy and parasomnia. She’s since subjugated her demons, and writes under the tenuous guise that they work for her.

Fuelled by an unhealthy amount of coffee, she writes about hard-boiled monsters with soft centres and things that go bump in the night.

about the tour

This blog tour for Shadow Stained by Rachel Hobbs is being hosted by TheWriteReads ( @The_WriteReads / @WriteReadsTours ) and it will run from September 30th to October 10th.

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