Imagine a city divided. On one side, the Night World, ruled by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans protected by their steadfast mages. A city held together by nothing more than a treaty—and even then, just barely . . .
I was born of a Fae mother, but I had no place among her kind. They called me soulless. An abomination. Perhaps they’re right . . . I am a wraith, a shadow who slips between worlds. I was given into the service of the Blood Lord Lucius, who raised me to be his most feared assassin. Still, I’m nothing more than a slave to my master and to the need that only he can fulfill . . . .
Then Lucius orders me to kill Simon DuCaine, a powerful sunmage. In the blaze of Simon’s magic, my own disappears. Instead of seeking revenge, he shows me mercy. He wants to free me. But that’s one thing my master and his kind will never allow.
And even if I thought I could trust Simon, stepping from the shadows into the light isn’t as simple as it sounds . . . .
Half-Light City Book 1
Praise for Shadow Kin
“M. J. Scott’s SHADOW KIN is a steampunky romantic fantasy with vampires that doesn’t miss its mark — I loved it.” — New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs
“The solid worldbuilding creates a believable city and mix of cultures. All in all, it’s a compelling read from first page to last.” — New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop
“M. J. Scott weaves a fantastic tale of love, betrayal, hope, and sacrifice against a world broken by darkness and light, where the only chance for survival rests within the strength of a woman made of shadow and the faith of a man made of light. Lovers of fantasy, romance, and magic will fall into these pages and never want to come out again.” –National bestselling author Devon Monk
“Had me hooked from the very first page.” — New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur
“Exciting and rife with political intrigue and magic, Shadow Kin is hard to put down right from the start. Magic, faeries, vampires, werewolves and Templar knights all come together to create an intriguing story with a unique take on all these fantasy tropes..the lore and history of Scott’s world is well fleshed out and the action scenes are exhilarating and fast.” — RT Book Reviews
“Trust me, you are not urban‐fantasy‐ saturated enough to risk skipping this debut novel from yet another Melbournite (is it in the water?). It’s … actually, you know what, urban fantasy isn’t quite right as a descriptor. It’s not steam punk either. It has a historical feel, and a mystical feel, and there is urbanism, and there is fantasy, and there’s sly war and tenuous peace, but you’re not going to be able to label it that easily. There’s beasts, and blood, and fae, and humans—and a wraith, our heroine, who lives in both worlds, and apart from them. She’s brutal, actually, and you’ll love her. You’ll also love Simon, her target, who’s just so too intriguing to kill.” — Kate Cuthbert, Australian Romance Readers Association
“If you are looking for a good solid fantasy book to read that is built on a bloody (pardon the pun) good plot and filled with great action and some fairly smoldering moments of, erm, ‘action’ between the two lead characters, I’ve got to say that I don’t know that I could recommend another book more highly than Shadow Kin.” — Michael Jones, Blogcritics.org
“Scott’s debut launches a new urban fantasy series set in a city divided by shadow and light where the beings of the Night World battle against the Fae of the Veiled World as well as human mortals. VERDICT This tale of redemption and impossible love features a unique setting and holds promise for future stories.” — Library Journal
“A significant and wonderful debut…” — Heather K Australian Romance Readers Association
“This world and the characters really stand out in this book. I think there is so much we can explore and we have just tipped the iceberg. Fans of urban fantasy need to check this one out. I can’t wait for the next book.” — Mandy Schreiner, Smexy Books