Review by Riley
Sebastian Gage returns home to battle the ghosts of his past and prevent them from destroying his future with Kiera in the latest exciting installment in this national bestselling series.
July 1831. It’s been fifteen years since Sebastian Gage has set foot in Langstone Manor. Though he has shared little with his wife, Lady Kiera Darby, about his past, she knows that he planned never to return to the place of so many unhappy childhood memories. But when an urgent letter from his grandfather reaches them in Dublin, Ireland, and begs Gage to visit, Kiera convinces him to go.
All is not well at Langstone Manor. Gage’s grandfather, the Viscount Tavistock, is gravely ill, and Gage’s cousin Alfred has suddenly vanished. He wandered out into the moors and never returned. The Viscount is convinced someone or something other than the natural hazards of the moors is to blame for Alfred’s disappearance. And when Alfred’s brother Rory goes missing, Kiera and Gage must concede he may be right. Now, they must face the ghosts of Gage’s past, discover the truth behind the local superstitions, and see beyond the tricks being played by their very own eyes to expose what has happened to Gage’s family before the moors claim yet another victim…
Review of A Brush With Shadows
At last we get Gage’s story. Or at least a big part of it.
I am a big fan of this series and Kiera is the reason why. She is intelligent, vulnerable, hard-headed, insecure, strong and often even outright wise. We got most of her backstory up front in The Anatomist’s Wife, book 1 of the series. While subsequent books reveal little more about her past, they do continue to develop her as the character I described in the second sentence of this paragraph.
Gage is a different story. Sebastian Gage is about the most unforthcoming character that I have ever wanted to continue to read about. I like to get into a character’s head. Don’t you? But with Sebastian…..it is not going to happen. Early on, I often wondered what Kiera saw in Sebastian Gage. I don’t care how good looking or charming he is. If he wasn’t married to Kiera, I probably would not give him the time of day.
But Kiera and Sebastian are a couple, and as a couple, they succeed. Quite successfully. In A Brush With Shadows, the partnership is complicated by family matters overshadowing the detective work they are trying to do. Well, it does not help when other members of Sebastian’s family are also unforthcoming. But in the process of searching for Sebastian’s cousin Alfred, much of his past will be revealed, along with the rest of the family’s roles in Sebastian’s past. I’m pretty sure that there is still more to his story though. I think I would grow bored of Sebastian Gage if I knew everything about him.
The setting of A Brush With Shadows is Langstone Manor, in Dartmoor. The very word ‘moor’ always evokes memories of gothic novels I have read. No particular title, just the genre in general. Heroines running across the moor to escape some evil. A Brush With Shadows holds its share of evil, so I think I can use the work ‘gothic’ to describe the book. Especially the end of the story. Ah…now you will have to read it.
Fairly early on in the book, I was pretty certain I knew who the perpetrator was. Turned out I was right. While I prefer to be more surprised, it was fascinating to watch Kiera and Sebastian dig into the mystery.
Each mystery in this series is unique. So for each mystery, Kiera and Sebastian must use their creative problem solving skills to get to the bottom of it. This is not a cookie-cutter series by any means. The freshness of A Brush With Shadows should not surprise any Lady Darby fan. To me, that means, as soon as I have finished one book, I am ready for the next one!
Through NetGalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book so that I could bring you this honest review.
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