Title: Ink and Shadows (Ink and Shadows #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: July 7, 2015 – 304 pgs
Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows.
For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.
And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.
The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.
Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.
When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.
Published by DSP Publications: Reaching into a wide range of reader-favorite genres, including fantasy, historical, horror, mystery, paranormal, science fiction, and spiritual fiction.
Wow. It has taken at least an hour to pull myself out of Ms Ford’s new fantasy world and back to reality. This is a wild ride and I loved every moment of it.
What if the four horsemen of the Apocalypse were real? What if they lived together in a penthouse in San Diego? What if they existed with every other creature of faith and fantasy in the veiled shadows between the human world and the eternal? Just when I imagined that every Urban Fantasy possibility had been written to death, Rhys Ford offers us something new and wonderful.
First, this is not a romance story. This is an action-adventure Urban Fantasy story. This is world building on par with Patricia Briggs or Kelley Armstrong and snarky characters worthy of JR Ward without any of Ward’s self-loathing angst. This is really, really well written. Ford borrows characters from classic fantasy, Grimm’s fairy tales and the Bible, neatly sidestepping the ubiquitous vampires and shifters common to most Urban Fantasy. The result is a gripping, gritty new adventure series.
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.