Karen Dales
Shadow of Death
The Chosen Chronicles, book #2

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Death is the beginning. Life is the shadow. Released from more than one hundred years of revenge, the Angel of Death is no longer a tool for the Grand Council of the Chosen. He is finally free to return to a semblance of a life with Father Paul Notus. Haunted by nightmares of his past misdeeds and failings the Angel wants nothing more than to be left alone. It is across the Atlantic, in a foreign country, that he joins Notus, taking up the mantle once more as a protector in a land where those who would see him dead have flourished. Corbie Vale has not forgotten what the Angel has done. His own burning need to see the Angel humiliated and destroyed sets into motion a carefully seeded plan despite warnings of greater retribution from the God of Death himself. Now in Corbie’s territory, the Angel’s sword becomes the lure to a trap, one that changes the Angel by giving him what he never dreamed of – mortality. (From Amazon)

This installment of “The Chosen Chronicles” picks up with the heartache of the last.  “The Angel” Gwyn, is now called to North America and becomes a target for other menacing vampires.  A surprising twist of fate finds him now only mortal with no protection.  Along the way, he finds new love, new pain and something he thought that he had lost forever.  Dales doesn’t disappoint with “Shadow of Death.”

“The Angel” finds himself at his most vulnerable in this book and enemies come from unexpected places.  He is hunted and betrayed and the ending left me gasping in surprise.

“The Chosen Chronicles” continue to be a good read for fans of Karen Dales.   I found that “Shadow of Death” was by far the best in the series so far and I will certainly be devouring any future additions.