Shadow Caste: The Lone Strider

Rated 3.00/5 based on 1 reviews
. El is a part of a secret network of monster hunters who have spent hundreds of years ridding this world of all its forms, men and monster alike. Yet El is a monster in her own right, carrying a secret, that no one in her network knows, for centuries. She soon learns she's not the only one with secrets. More
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About Jessi Jeffrey

Jessi Jeffrey lives in Knoxville, TN, with her wife and son. They all enjoy movies and books dealing with anything paranormal or superhuman, which inspired Jessi to write the Shadow Caste series.

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Review by: Serena Yung on May 29, 2016 :
First of all, I want to say that the book cover is beautiful, and I love those fonts!

On to the book itself, I thought the ideas in the story were pretty intriguing, particularly the concept of sun striders and night crawlers, and the legend of how the striders and crawlers came to be. There was also enough setting description so the reader gets a strong sense of the environments the characters are in.

Yet, the main reason why I'm giving only three stars, is because I personally couldn't connect to Eliza, nor to her romance. In fact, the only characters I liked were Ian and maybe Merissa; Gruff was okay. This is not to say that Eliza, Cera, or David are bad people; I think they are decent (though David is sometimes questionable!), but their personalities just didn't click with me. A possible reason why I couldn't empathize with or relate to Eliza and Cera's romance, is because the relationship started so early, and Eliza fell in love so quickly. Even though I kind of get why Eliza fell for her after such a short time, it was still too fast for me to connect with emotionally.

As for the prose, it was okay, but there were too many grammatical and other errors for me to enjoy it much.

Another thing that made the book less enjoyable for me, was that there was so little dialogue compared to the countless paragraphs of narration, description, and exposition. This isn't a problem per se, and is a stylistic choice, but for me, the lack of dialogue slowed down the pace too much and made the story far less exciting than it should have been.

So basically, I liked the ideas, as they are very interesting, but I didn't quite like the execution.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
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