Review – Ink and Shadows (Ink and Shadows) by Rhys Ford

July 15, 2015 Review 0

Review – Ink and Shadows (Ink and 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.

Title: Ink and Shadows
Author: Rhys Ford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fish and Ghosts, Duck Duck Ghost, Murder and Mayhem, Fish Stick Fridays
Series: Ink and Shadows
Published by DSP Pulblications
Source: Publisher
Published: July 7th 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: one-half-flames

I usually write my reviews immediately after reading so that I don’t forget anything. This isn’t the case with this one. I’ve had to sleep on this, just to make sure that I’m giving it the proper rating and review.

You see, typically, I hate too much detail in a story. It drives me nuts. Just get to it and let MY imagination take me there. Well…I had to trust the author to not only develop my imagination, but keep interested throughout this book. Yes, it’s an Urban Fantasy. Yes, it’s M/M Romance. But it just felt more than that.

This author has created a world that made me sit back and wonder if this world (in the book) really could/does exist. You see, we read about the Four Horsemen and other Vices saving mankind. It took a little while for me to figure it out and a little bit longer for the Author to actually “describe” it in the book, but it was that “ah ha” moment that puts everything into place. I thought that the use of a druggy who could “see” both worlds was brilliant. What better way to transition, right?

I’m not going to go into detail about this read because to be honest, you really have to read it with fresh eyes to understand it. And I’m afraid that I’ll spoil it as well. Ok, I’ll say one thing, but it’s really about the title. Kismet is the Ink to the worlds Shadows. Ok, one more thing. This was also a very well written love story. No, there’s no sex, so if you’re not into reading M/M, don’t worry. It’s just about love, pure and true. No matter who you are or what you do. A beautiful message all the way through.

One critique…I thought that it was drawn out in places that weren’t necessary. But that goes back to my too much detail issue, which is mine…lol

Yes, I recommend this book. Just give a few chapters to suck you in.

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