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June 3, 2014

SLEIGHT OF HAND by Jennifer Fales

Sleight of Hand: Shadow Games

Shadow Games
Jennifer Fales
 In the sequel to the award-winning novella Shadows and Fire, the tale of a future where humans and human/animal hybrids known as Supernaturals exist in separate societies continues. Adult twins Lilith and Laydon, the product of a violent act that bridges both worlds, each struggle to find their own identity, one leading to darkness and one into light, as they develop their powers deep in the shadowy world of the domes. Meanwhile the threat of war looms on the horizon. Lilith and Augustin, the retired warrior priest she considers a father, find the house they have aligned themselves with faces a critical threat to its voice and power. Lilith, the Dragon House, and its allies are set on a dangerous race against the clock to unravel the truth behind jealousy, lies and blackmail before it's too late.

Paperback, 308 pages
Published December 27th 2013 by Outskirts Press
1432799738 (ISBN13: 978143279973


The award winning author Jennifer Fales was born in Jacksonville, FL. She lived in Cocoa and Melbourne Florida during her high school and college years and moved to Southern California in 2004. She has worn many professional hats over the decades - in the clothing and automotive industry as well as financials. Her first book, "Shadows and Fire" is a ForeWord Reviews Book of The Year Award (BOTYA) winner. Her second,"The Seraph Contingency" is a Readers Favorite International Book Awards winner. Jennifer's third book, Sleight of Hand: Shadow Games (sequel to Shadows and Fire) was released 12/30/2013 and has received four star reviews from both Indie Reader and ForeWord Reviews. 
Shadows and Fire     Jennifer Fales

SHADOW GAMES: Sleight of Hand by Jennifer Fales has a glossary of the characters the reader will meet in the fantasy world of games, secrecy, mystery, fascination and magic.  The author introduced the futuristic setting of the book and its human, animal hybrid characters.The lady rate was known as Margaret Munidae. She was a colorful and humorous character;  Her attire seemed to be made of mismatched scraps with colors that defied any coordination.  Her perspective was that "the lack of wealth  was a point of pride in the struggling city." "It was better to be poor and proud than corrupted."The author uses creative imagination, straight forward informal dialogue that makes the story easy to follow for lovers of the fantasy genre.The author brings the book alive with magic "sleight of hand".  The reader is introduced to a flock of tattooed canaries playing cards; a crying cake, dreams and reality; one character that has two different versions, and attitude. The attitude is what I really liked.   Without a little attitude, the book would have been boring to me.  The author gives us a combination of mystery and magic.  What a combination?  I think Magic can be a mystery and a mystery can be magic. To me the twins were the most interesting. One twin was headed toward darkness and the other towards light.  The author uses them to set forth the main themes, plots and sub-plots.  The reader is never bored, always turning the pages to find out what mystery or magic lies ahead. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and magic or the combination of both.  You will have to find out what the twin sister, Lilith tells her twin brother.   Does she feel he should stop playing "Mind Games" and perhaps "Shadow Games"?

The author gives the reader an award winning sequel to SHADOWS AND FIRE. Will it be a race against time to find out the truth amidst the lies, blackmail and jealousy, before it's too late?  Grab a copy of both books and let yourself go into the world of mystery and magic.  It's an interesting ride.

I was given a complimentary copy of SLEIGHT OF HAND from the author, Jennifer Fales and OutSkirts Press for my personal view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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