Cloak of Shadows by C.K. Dawn - my review.
"Well, she does like to say that you're drenched in arrogance."
C.K. Dawn brings us into the world of Lourdes Reese and Abigail Thorne, a hunter and apprentice in the King's Court. Everything we know about the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a lie; dark creatures lurk in the shadows (netherwalkers) and the hunters throughout the ages descended from the first Knights fight them. There are Courts all over the world and Lourdes and Abbey serve in the one located in New York.
Lourdes has a reputation nothing short of legendary; she is the only hunter known to create multiple orbs at once, a trait even she cannot fathom why or how. Abbey adores her mentor and strives for nothing but perfection, though she does fall prey now and then to caffeine highs, a teenage girl's mindset about attractive guys, and the wonders of gaming and Star Wars. Both characters are so relatable that one does not wish to stop following their adventures, whether if it involves Lourdes' wonderful battle of wits with Temple or Abbey's need to be stylish (steampunk influences for the win!) or to collect weapons in shades of pink.
When I realized I was nearly done with the book, I found myself going, "No, I still need answers! This can't end yet!" Fans of YA paranormal fantasy tales will enjoy this, especially if one enjoys twists on Arthurian myths and legends. Also, if you're a nerd like I am, you'll enjoy the gaming references as well.
Rating: 5 stars
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