The Shade and the Unholy Priest by Tannis Skye
Publisher: Tannis Skye
Release date: May 2, 2012
Pages: 166File size: 666 KBFormat: eBookImage and summary from Smashwords.
SUMMARY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS In the sequel to The Shade and the Nine Lower Levels, Kai’s only hope at becoming human again is tracking down the allusive Unholy Priest. Sax does not want to be found and he won’t make it easy for the trio; a shade, a human and a new clairvoyant. But even with Sax’s power and knowledge, can Kai really break through the Nine Lower Levels and hope to stand a chance at stealing back his soul? This one thing is the all that keeps him from being human; the only thing keeping his lips from Riley’s infectious smile. Abaddon is not someone to be crossed, least of all by his creation. With Kai captured and right where Abaddon wants him, all seems lost. Then, out of nowhere, a brilliant light encasing Riley’s body and flashes within the Lower Levels, halting Abaddon’s deathly blow. Bound by a power stronger than his own, Kai is forced to watch as the human he has unwillingly grown to love, appears within the Lower Levels in the most unpredictable way. Was defying the impossible worth Riley’s catatonic state? Has Kai risked the girl he loves even more than his soul?
My first thought when I finished The Shade and the Unholy Priest was, "Wow." Tannis Skye really blew me away with this book. The writing in The Shade and the Unholy Priest is so much stronger than it was in The Shade and the Nine Lower Levels. Her descriptions are incredible. There was one description in particular of snow that just stunned me. It was on page 27, and the snow with the moonlight and the idea of pearls of water solidifying. . . . I loved it. It made me so incredibly happy, but then it made me wish that I could see that exact sight in real life. It's a small scene, but it's my favorite part of the book.
Like I did with The Shade and the Nine Lower Levels, I also loved the scenes where Riley drew, and I loved reading about what she drew. I learned more about Riley in this book, but it was the scenes where she drew that really told me the most about her, and that made her really come alive for me. I'm so glad I got to know her better in this book, too, because it made me like her so much more than I liked her in The Shade and the Nine Lower Levels. I liked it that she was vulnerable and willing to admit it, even if it was hard for her to do so. I loved seeing her relationships develop further with the other characters.
And the end of the book completely left me hanging! I've never read anything like this--a shade trying to recover his soul from hell--and I love it. (Side note: I also love it that there are vampires in this book, but they're not necessarily nice, like the infamous Cullens. I'm not really a vampire fan, but if there's going to be vampires, then they better be mean!) By the end of the book, I was surprised that it didn't end quite the way I thought it would (and the way I wanted it to!), and I thought, "How am I supposed to wait for the next book?! I need to know what happens NOW!" I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. I'm pretty sure that it is going to be made of awesome.