Thursday, December 04, 2014

Review: Death's Shadow by TJ Hamilton

Release Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: T. J. Hamiton
Genre: Adult Dark Romance
Source: copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★

My name is Tatiana Pavlenka. I am the Russian Ballet’s Prima Ballerina. It’s been a tough journey to reach the pinnacle of my career, and it has come at a great cost … my soul. 

I have been known by many names throughout my young life, but no one knows the true identity of who I really am.

War is about to break out around Russia, and it is the perfect opportunity for me to kill every man who has hurt me; who had his way with me.

The evil that’s about to strike down on Russia’s powerful men isn’t from their neighbouring countries. It’s from me, the one they call Ten' smerti … Death’s Shadow.

Oh boy! Death's Shadow is anything but an easy to swallow story, it is terrifyingly humiliating and darkly beautiful.

Tatiana is Russia's Prima ballerina. She wasn't always. At one time, she was girl. Stolen from her home, her innocence destroyed, her will broken.  She fought through the filth of her situation to a somewhat better life, but it still isn't her life . She is owned. Property of the Russian mob.  In trade for the life she currently lives, favors of the most depraved kind must be paid.

When chance takes the life of a powerful man, Tatiana uses the opportunity to collect on a massive debt owed her. A blood debt.  The only way for her to have a future is to exact revenge on those her stole her past.

Tatiana is a strong and compelling character. She has moments of a shy, inexperienced young woman followed by moments of a fierce blood thirsty warrior.  The back and forth between those kept me interested in her from start to finish.

Those that surround her paled in comparison, but that didn't fully effect the story.  As it really is her story.  Her story of survival and tragedy and love. Her story of what you will do for justice and to find some semblance of happiness.

As I said, it's not an easy story to wade through. I had moments of held breath, clenched teeth and real nausea. It's not a book for everyone. It's not a happy story, but tales of stolen innocence and revenge rarely are.  Girls who go through the tortures Tatiana does in Death's Shadow don't end up on the side of sunshine and rainbows.  Trauma like that haunts your life. Hamilton did not deliver the  story I expected her to and that made it infinitely better.

If you are a fan of dark and deadly reads, you might consider giving Tatiana's story a try.

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