Chasing The Darkness (Book Review)

This is the debut novel of author Cassie Sanchez, an action-packed fantasy adventure story with a blend of romance. 

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Chasing The DarknessPain is inescapable. Suffering is a choice.

Azrael, the Angel of Death, knows pain. The deaths of his mother and sister, as well as his harsh experiences in the Watch Guard at age twelve, have brutally shaped him into the most feared assassin in all of Pandaren. Azrael’s role as a Hunter requires him to search for those with magic, called Spectrals, which he is happy to do. Hunting allows him to pursue his true goal—exacting revenge on the Fire Spectral who altered the course of his life.

Azrael’s obsession with revenge and power leads him to undergo an experimental procedure that gives him magic, but when this procedure has unexpected and dangerous side effects, he becomes a liability to the Hunters and the Watch Guard. Rescued by the people he has sworn to eliminate, Azrael finds himself questioning everything he once believed as years of secrets and lies are exposed. His very nature is challenged as he battles unfamiliar emotions and navigates relationships that contradict the heart of a killer.

Can the Angel of Death have a conscience? Can Azrael?

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Firstly, this book starts fast and doesn’t really ease up on the pacing at all.  It’s a real page turner.  You are thrown into the world that has a rich build.  The characters are well developed and I love morally-grey characters, of which the MC, Azrael is definitely one.

It can make you a little uncomfortable at times watching what he does in his role within the Watch Guard and living up to the moniker of Angel of Death, but then showing him changing to becoming something different.  I love characters like this, real anti-heroes.

I’m a big fan of found familities, so when I learn this book had one I was super excited.  It’s one of the main things that will have me reaching for a book!  Meeting Kord and Kenz, their dynamic was great and I loved how things changed with them and Azrael. 

Sometimes the enemies to friends can be a little jarring, whereby the change to friends part can happen a little too fast.  I found that didn’t happy here, there was a tentativeness, which is what you would expect.  There was also a lot of conflict at times between the characters due to their clashing personalities.

I ended up reading an ebook copy due to a shipping issue with the paperback.  With this, the only issue I had was the formatting, mainly with the hard breaks and the lack of soft breaks.  I don’t know if this was just in the ebook or whether it would have been in the paperback as well.

There was also a great pronunciation guide right at the beginning of the book, which was super helpful.  I prefer them at the front so I can figure out how to pronounce names before I read the book!  What is the point of sticking it at the end so when you finish you realise you’ve got the names completely wrong!

Finally, the cover is gorgeous and really eye-catching.  Overall, I loved the story and the characters.  Great debut novel!

My Rating:

Review system - 5 stars

 

Genre: Fantasy Adventure Romance

Length: 295 pages

Availability: Buy it on Amazon

About the Author:

Headshot of author Cassie SanchezGrowing up, Cassie Sanchez always wanted superpowers and to be a warrior princess fighting alongside unlikely heroes. Suffice it to say, she lost herself in books, from fantasy to sci-fi to a suspenseful romance.

Currently, Cassie lives in the southwest with her husband, Louie, while pestering her two adult men-children. She can usually be found drinking too much coffee while working in her office with her dog, Gunner, and Bullet, warming her feet.

When she isn’t writing about magic and sword fights, she enjoys golf, spending time with friends, or partaking in a satisfying nap.

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