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Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows For the young tattoo artist the shadows hold 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 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 than Death War and Famine Mal longs to be 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 diePublished by DSP Publications Reaching into a wide range of reader favorite genres including fantasy historical horror mystery paranormal science fiction and spiritual fiction

10 thoughts on “Ink and Shadows

  1. says:

    Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf InflictedHaving already read two Rhys Ford stories I knew I was going to enjoy her first novel in a new urban fantasy series I expected complex and believable characters frenetic pacing and a uniue storyline While the story mostly met my expectations there were a lot of flaws that were difficult for me to overlook First the pacing could have been consistent There was so much exposition in parts of the story that slowed my reading down enough that I had to set it aside and pick up something else At times the story moved along at such a blistering pace that I had to reread sections to make sure I didn’t miss anything important While I enjoyed the world building imagery grittiness and horror elements the wordiness and awkward sentences got to be wearisome confusing and painful at times The shifting points of view made me dizzy and I often found it difficult to figure out which character was performing the action “Standing against one another in the kitchen they touched casually although Death was cautious knowing Ari would take even the slightest hint of intimacy and run away with it Ari had laid siege than once around the dark haired immortal each time falling back and licking his wounds while promising never to approach again then swearing under his breath when he renewed pursuit Now they were at a rare peace Ari circling and looking for an opening while Death was seemingly unaware” Rhys Ford knows how to write scary scenes and conjure horrific imagery I really loved the descriptions of Kismet’s nightmarish dreamlike paintings of the sinister characters that dwell behind The Veil and the believable portrayal of his struggle with the heroin that keeps those visions at bay Unfortunately The Veil is thinning and the shadows of the immortal world are clashing with humanity I loved the relationship and banter between The Four Horsemen – Death Shi War Ari Famine Min and Pestilence Mal and the human Kismet This is not a romance though the budding friendship between Mal and Kismet and the love and respect between the two oldest Horsemen Shi and Ari lead me to think there will be some emphasis on the romance in future installments I appreciate the diversity of the characters and the inclusion of well rounded women Despite the flaws in this story I am invested enough in the characters and look forward to continuing the series Book by provided by author in exchange for an honest review

  2. says:

    35 StarsHaving now read 27 Rhys Ford stories I’ve discovered that I slightly prefer her fantasy over contemporary and this was no differentCommence rich world building with tortured characters gory violence self serving greed and heinous monsters whose only purpose is to kill all of which make for an enticing read Here humans live unknowingly protected by the Four Horsemen from the evil that lurks just behind the veil always pressing its advantage to wreak havoc by any means possible The Horsemen along with other vices and virtues are human constructs immortal beings whose purpose is to aid and guide and provide the concept of existence However when some of these immortals refuse to be tied down and serve any longer a partnership with a powerful magus threatens to unleash the worst of what the veil holds backWarning This is not a conventional romance There’s the promise of one and there’s also a long established one that simmers beneath the surface The potential is all there and sadly not fully realizedI’m pretty sure this was supposed to be the start of a series but it looks like after 4 years that’s probably not going to happen Again this isn’t a hardcore romance per se but there is love and yearning and feelings all over the place Suffice it to say I enjoyed it and I wouldn’t say no to

  3. says:

    I was lucky enough to get an ARC to read from Rhys I was warned it wasn't a romance and you know what? I went into the book excited becauseRhys FordShe was right There is no romance in this book It is pure Urban Fantasy And this is usually not my genre of choice I will admit this But her words captured me from the first page and I was completely enad into the storyRight away we start with thisAnd then the rest of the story isand I felt like this most of the timeandandand the characters we meet? Some are likeWhile others are likeAnd then I get to the endSo you know what Rhys Ford?

  4. says:

    A new series from Rhys Ford?????gets spoon ready

  5. says:

    So this was different Full Disclosure hereI listened to this audio book for 2 reasons and 2 reasons only1 it was written by Rhys Ford 2 it's narrated by Greg Tremblay because I'm telling you this is so much 'NOT' my type of book butRhys Ford? Really there's no way I was going to never readlisten to this story I admit I've owned the book for a while butdamn when I saw it on audio wellwillpower I has none Thank heavens because I loved itI really and seriously loved it This is a bit of urban fantasy with a dash of horror with a smidgen of romance and a solid dose of good vs eviland don't be to hasty thinking you know who the bad guys are because you will probably be wrongjust sayin' The main characters in this story are 'The Four Horsemen'We have Death War Famine and Pestilence otherwise known as Shi only War can call Death by this name though Ari you guessed itWar Min short for Famine and Mal commonly known as Pestilence and a young heroin addicted tattoo artist named 'Kismet' who happens to not only see ghost and other 'otherworldly' things but he comes complete with his own ghostthat of his little brotherand that's a story all on it's own While this is by no means a romance story that by no means is meant to imply that there is no romance here because War and Deathwell let's just say there's some definite history there and Kismet and Mal have so much potential Kismet's ironically far street savvy than Mal and these two are adorable together even if Mal has yet to fully realize that his feelings go beyond friendship where Kismet's concerned Mal is by far the most innocent and sweetly naive horseman ever to attend an apocalypseI'm not sure how he managed that one Add in the fact that much of what happens in this story is directly attributable to love and while it's not a romance story there's definitely a lot or romantic implications I can't say that this will be on my '10 Best Books' for this yearmostly because I've been lucky and read a lot of really good books this year It is easily one of the most unusual and surprisingly good books that I've read this year I was honestly surprised at just how much of this story I enjoyed I loved the spin that it gave to the concept of 'The Four Horsemen' I lovedseriously I LOVED Warhe hands down win's the award for book character with the driest sense of humor EVAH I admit it my sense of humor is a little wonky at times and I clicked with War his comments were so spot on and in contrast to himDeath worked He was the ideal contrast to War Their personalities played off of each other to perfection War's sense of humor was witty sarcastic and often dryer than a James Bond martini Ok enough about Waryou get it right? He was my fav The other thing I liked about this story was the plot which I can't really say a lot about specifically becausepretty much anything beyond the blurb is going to spoil things so I loved the story line again it was filled with some twist and turns that gave a fresh touch to a whole lot of age old and traditional characters all done up in a modern day setting So wrap up all of this in an audio book narrated by the incredibly talented Greg Tremblay and should I have been surprised that I loved this book a whole lot than I was expecting to? No but I was and the only thing I'm left wondering now iswhen is the next book being released? And how soon can I get it on audio?

  6. says:

    ARC of Ink and Shadows provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This review has been cross posted at Reviews by JessewaveFirst I need to say that Ink and Shadows is not a romance Though we see the beginnings of a relationship between DeathShi and WarAri we only see a hint of one between PestilenceMal and Kismet There is no sex at all The story focuses completely on the Horsemen solving the mystery of the Veil thinning and breaking and how Kismet plays into it all I loved the story and I cannot wait for next installment of it though I hope some romance and smexytimes develop in there But if you are expecting a romance you will not find it here However if you like this author and the lack of romance isn't a hard limit for you I think you will enjoy this story a lotI found the world building vivid and done very well It was a bit gritty The heroes in the book aren't your normal run of the mill heroes We're talking the Four Horsemen and a heroine addicted artist I like the use of mythology in a paranormal book and I like how the heroes are so flawedDeath is very introspective He does not enjoy his job at all but he does it anyway Someone needs to make sure the newly dead shed their mortal coil and go to the other side and since that is his calling it is what he does He is especially needed when a mass disaster strikes and at those times he is greatly troubled and left exhausted War conversely loves his calling He finds a good fight to be exhilarating and life affirming War is also Death's oldest and closest friend War has been in love with Death for so long and though Death is reluctant to embark on a relationship War is not discouragedThe other two Horsemen Famine Min and Pestilence Mal are fairly solitary Mal in particular feels alone He's the youngest of the Horsemen and the least able to come out ahead in a fight War is always poking fun at Pestilence and calling him things like Cooties or Pest or just plain useless I felt bad for the guy but I think War just wants to toughen him upAnd then there's Kismet He's a heroine addicted artist and sometimes tattoo artist Kismet sees dead people And shadows And all manor of horrors He uses the heroin to keep the shadows at bay And that worked pretty well until a bad batch of heroin makes it all worse and Kismet finds himself in the middle of a battle he doesn't want And Mal takes a liking to Kismet and wants to protect him but Kismet isn't a trusting sort Still they are drawn to one another and they save each others lives I'm really looking forward to reading in this series I want to know where the story will go And I do hope that there will eventually be a romance angle but even if there isn't I'll read it anyway I want to know where they go and how they get there

  7. says:

    ETA link to my review GayGuyReading and FriendsI'm writing a review for GayGuyReading and Friends I'll add a link when it's available45 immortal stars I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review Highly recommend

  8. says:

    There is something I don't like to admit about myself I get scared and startled easilyYes I am a wuss I turn into a uivering pile of shuddering terror around horror stories It's true I get nightmares easily and figure hey No reason to bring that shit to my playground right? So I avoid horror movies and books whenever I can Which is most of the timeWhen I was offered Ink and Shadows for review I did read the blurb but what I was thinking was Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay together? Winning combo sign me right up I saw this as Urban Fantasy sure but I didn't really think anything of itI should have Oh god I really should have Because this story creeped me outbig timeThe story scared the shit out me Straight up left me clutching the sheets trying not to fall asleep for the images in my mind scaredI played a chapter for a co worker that had me straight up gasping and tremblingAnd she looked at me like I'd grown a second head That's not scary I was told But it was scary for me I didn't want to keep listening but I couldn't stopBetween the awesome world building and the fabulous narration performance by Greg Tremblay naturally I was hooked I was really into the story which for someone who's not a wuss will probably work out a lot better than it did for meThis is a great stepping stone story into this new world While not a cliffhanger the story is an introduction to the world and the characters and certainly not complete The end lends itself to many unanswered uestions which I assume will be answered in later installments Also good for some to know is that though there's some hints of affection and longing between characters this is by no means a romance Maybe there'll be some romance later you can see the potential of it but there's none hereThis one is for those people who love a good paranormalurban fantasy story with lots of deep dark crevices to explore More for say a Stephen King type fan than a Nora Roberts type fan if you know what I meanMy problem? Now I'm hooked I need to know what happens next So I'll just have to put on my big girl pants and suck it up and get ready for book #2Recommended Audio copy of Ink and Shadows provided by DSP Publications in exchange of an honest review This review has been cross posted at Gay Book ReviewsWow I did it I finished I feel like such a badassReview to come

  9. says:

    Lots of dark creepy imagery Ford can clearly do horror Not sure I'd want to sit in the dark and listen to this oneA little confusing at times as its sets up a new verse could be a lack of focus on my part do feel I need to re read to get to grips with it Veil and shadow worlds wrapped around human reality is a tricksy concept to graspNot a romance yet though the groundwork is here for two of them; this is the start of a series and I think my opinion of it will be set by reading the next book once it's out and knowing what path it'll take Not really sure what to rate this I do want to know the characters and will be reading on they're interesting as people and for their role and what it costs them Looking forward to the next story and where it'll take usThere's a lot of interesting ideas and the story is something very different often chilling not sure what else to say it's a hard book to describe

  10. says:

    This is not a romance it's an epic adventure These are the four horsemen of the apocalypse but completely reimagined in how they work why their parts to play in the universe and who they are as beings away from the tasks they perform There's simmering erotically charged sexual tension between War and Death and the whole will they won't they let's not mess up our friendship and of course there's the world to consider was amazing Death was my favorite he's the leader the soul of the group but War he's the Dean Winchesterish bad boy that you lust after The battles are huge big moments and uiet ones woven together so beautifully I did not want this book to end I could have read hundreds of pages I'm hoping for a seuel because Kizmet is a guy to get to know Don't miss it