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Review – Shattered Under Midnight

Dorothy Grant’s new novel, Shattered Under Midnight, mixes action with romance, and is not the kind of book you want to start reading while you’re trying to fall asleep.

Raina escaped to Freeport with a tour booked under a stolen ID, and a plan to lose herself in the city. Instead, she found a city in revolt, and now both sides are after her to control the alien gifts engineered into her DNA.

Her only ally is an offworld investigator trying to get to the bottom of the explosive mix of on-planet and alien politics… but his secrets are even deadlier than her own.

From the back alleys of the souk to the depths of alien ruins, they’re now in a desperate fight to stop the revolution before everything is lost!

The action in Shattered Under Midnight starts in the first paragraph and keeps coming until the very end.  Raina is a gifted young woman who is running away from oppression and worse.  She meets up with Akrep, a dangerous man who may or may not be one of the good guys, and together they have to fight to protect new friends and ancient artifacts.  The book has romance, ancient aliens, and gunfights, so there’s something for everyone.

The pacing in the story is pretty good.  Mrs. Grant does a good job of convincing the reader to keep turning the pages without making you feel like you’re sprinting through the book.  At the end of the story, I wanted to know more about both principle characters, so I hope that this isn’t the end of their story.  There’s definitely more to tell, both before and after this particular novel.

Raina develops quite quickly in the short time span of the story.  Like I said, there’s more of her story to tell, so I hope Mrs. Grant can flesh both her and Akrep out in future works.

This is a quick read, and the way it’s told is appropriate for teenagers to senior citizens.  I whizzed through it in just a few hours.  Shattered Under Midnight is a perfect, light story for when you just want to climb inside a book for an evening.

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2 Comments

  1. OldNFO

     /  June 26, 2018

    Yep, she done good! And she does leave us wanting more of both characters.

  2. Thanks, Daddybear! Glad you liked it!

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