Blood Before Sunrise: A Shaede Assassin Novel
Series: Shaede Assassin, #2
Author: Amanda Bonilla
Published: July 3, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher (NAL/Signet Eclipse)
Reviewed by: Ellie
Favorite quote: “And when I’ve been offended, I’m not a runaway-and-cry-in-my-pillow type of girl. I’m a jab-someone-with something-sharp kind of girl, and is he wanted to be with me, he’d just have to get used to that.”
summary from Goodreads
For months Darian and her Shaede guardian Raif have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow the Shaede Nation—and kill Darian in the bargain. But now that they’ve finally found the half-crazed Oracle, for their efforts they are granted a possibility too painful for Raif to imagine, and too enticing for Darian to ignore.
Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead, but her mission quickly proves dangerous when her lover Tyler is almost killed. And when a brooding and mysterious Fae warrior offers his guidance—at an extraordinary price—Darian finds herself willing to risk everything. As her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession, and she and Tyler grow further apart, Darian finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother, and the man whose love she can’t live without…
Blood Before Sunrise is the second book in Amanda Bonilla’s amazing urban fantasy series Shaede Assassin and her heroine Darian. This books picks up a few months after Shaedes of Grey with Darian, Raif and Tyler still looking for the Oracle who escaped them and may hold information on the whereabouts of Raif’s long lost daughter. When catching the Oracle turns out to be too easy, Darian learns of a bigger force looking for her that will make her old enemies look like kittens. Darian has never had a family before or friends and she is determined to find Raif’s daughter for him even if it ruins her own happiness.
Blood Before Sunrise is not only the best urban fantasy book I’ve read this year but it tops my list for favorite book of 2012 so far. Darian has grown a lot since we first met her but she still has trust issues and is horrible about asking people for help. This comes back to bite her a lot in this book and even though I understand why she was acting that way it still drove me crazy. Amanda Bonilla is great at making you love and hate Darian at the same time. I love that she’s not perfect, is very flawed but would do anything for someone that she cares about.
Darian is determined to find Raif’s daughter and she is even willing to put her life in danger to do so. The journey that Darian goes on in this book not an easy one and it will twist with your heart strings over and over again. I love the relationship that Darian and Raif have and it seems to only grow stronger as time goes on. I did wish that there was more Xhander just because he has such a great way of getting to Darian and their banter is hilarious.
Darian’s relationship with Tyler is still going on but someone or thing is messing with their bond. The only times that Darian acts like a complete idiot is when she’s dealing with her relationship with Tyler. I was so happy that these two got together but it obvious that Darian still has issues and they come out in full force. I think what I love so much about this series is that the characters don’t have perfect lives or relationships. They are all fighting to be happy but no one is used to being happy and it’s a very big struggle.
The Shaede Assassin series is one of the best that I have read in a very long time and I am so sad that we don’t get the third book until March 2013. Amanda Bonilla has created a world and characters that are violent and dangerous but also fiercely loyal and loveable. Darian might not be the easiest person to like at times but she always means well and will fight to the death to save those she loves. Blood Before Sunrise is an brilliantly written book that all urban fantasy readers will love.