Review – A Step into the Dark by Donna Augustine

About the book:

Ollie Wit is the strongest Shadow Walker born in decades but it’s a gift with a steep price.

Walking in the Shadowlands can bring untold powers and spells, and even greater risks. Every step into that other world brings her closer to the monsters that have haunted her since a child, destroyed her family and wreaked havoc all around her.

Kane knows Ollie is the key to getting the spell he needs and he’s the answer to ending her torment. But it’s a bargain that brings her closer to her own destruction. Even if she succeeds, will she be able to walk away from the newfound power that comes with walking in the Shadowlands?

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Review by Katy Haye:

This was recommended by a friend whose opinion I value. And it’s probably just as well. A first chapter that mostly comprises someone sitting around moaning about their life isn’t going to captivate me – even if she can see monsters (and even if she has very good reasons to be aggrieved – yeah, I’m a tough audience).

But thanks to Kelly St Clare I persevered and gave it a chance. It wasn’t long before I got what she meant. Oh my, Ollie was SUCH good fun when she got her sass back!

This was entirely glorious – a fun world, vivid characters, and a fabulous, romping magical plot. The ending was spot on – matters well resolved and then a final twist raising a new matter for the sequel.

It was a delight to spend time in Ollie’s company and I’m glad there’s more. Give her a chance – you’ll be glad you did!

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Try steampunk short, The Replacement Princess, set in an alternate, war-torn 1840s England, for free.

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