With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone’s darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn’t know is that a biotech company has discovered her talent and intends to kill her and harvest her priceless DNA…

Gaven Matthias is forced to abduct Jessa himself so he can protect her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she can’t read. As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them to run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover if Matthias is her greatest ally—or her deadliest enemy.

Shadowlight is the first book in the Kyndred series, set in the same world  as the Darkyn series that Lynn Viehl completed in January 2009.  The Kyndred books will explore the lives of a group of genetically modified humans, who are searching for why and who modified them, and a way to be safe from exploitation.  Currently the Darkyn do not know about the Kyndred, but that looks set to change over the course of the series, as a Darkyn couple (Lucan and Samantha from Dark Need) are minor point of view characters in Shadowlight.

Some of the same issues that I had with the Darkyn series are present here.  There seems to be slightly too many point of view characters for me to keep track of easily and many subtle hints are dropped that need to be keep in mind. If I can remember to read the next book all in one go, these issues should be minimised for me, but I wonder if people who read slower than me have the same problem. (It could just be me!)

Shadowlight was fast-paced and I enjoyed Jessa and Matthias’ romance.  Drew and Rowan were interesting secondary characters I will enjoy seeıng more of.  Rowan’s story will be book 2, Dreamveil, and I hope Drew will have his own book as well.

The information discovered and the hints that are dropped about where the Kyndred have come from are very intriging, leaving me waiting to read Dreamveil when it is released.

Note:  This was an e-ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) sent by the author.  The only condition was that I post a review (positive or negative) before Shadowlight’s release date.

Lynn Viehl also writes science fiction as S L Viehl, I really enjoy the StarDoc series.  I also recommend Lynn’s blog. I check Paperback Writer every day, there is always something entertaining, interesting or informative to read.

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