Those of you who read my blog with any regularity will know that I have already read and reviewed the two previous titles in the series and loved them both. Shannon A Thompson is a talented writer with a big future, mark my words.
Death Before Daylight picks up at the aftermath of the showdown between the Light and the Dark. It had been prophesized that the battle between Shoman and Darthon would bring about the end of the war between the two fighting factions. It would be a battle that only one could survive.
Until Jessica came along.
Without giving too much away for those of you who haven’t read the first two books in the series, Jessica’s arrival in the small town of Hayworth has a devastating effect on the battle between the warring sects and a prophecy that has been set in stone for years.
Since the battle, everything has been turned on its head, leaving Jess and Eric confused and mistrustful of those closest to them. Members of both sides find their powers weakening, except for Shoman, Darthon and Jess. Since discovering that Jess holds the key to Darthon’s success or demise, the Dark have been on full alert as to the possibility of another attempt on Shoman and Jessica’s lives.
It’s not long until Darthon makes the first move, and with devastating consequences. Both Shoman and Jessica are forced to confront a reality which they would rather didn’t exist. Both discover that there is no being ‘normal’ when living life as a Shade. Life not only for Eric and Jess, but everyone in the town of Hayworth (humans included) becomes increasingly complicated and confusing.
With Eric acting erratically and Jess revealing a devastating truth, the lines between fact and fiction, truth and lie start to become blurred. Long-buried secrets as well as hidden identities are revealed as Death Before Daylight brings the Timely Death trilogy to a thrilling climax.
With Darthon confident of his position in his continuing confrontation with Shoman, the Dark seem to be a disadvantage, one which could see the Lights finally become victorious in the age old battle between the sects. Yet again, it is Jessica who holds the key as to which side will end up victorious.
Jessica finds her faith and trust tested repeatedly, leaving her confused as to which side she is truly on. With Shoman and Darthon each attempting to convince her to ally with their side, could their persistence in fact cause her to do the opposite of what they intended?
Jessica seems faced with an impossible choice – no matter which side she chooses, people will die.
From start to finish, The Timely Death trilogy has been a thrilling roller-coaster ride full of romance, suspense, mystery, intrigue and a healthy dose of teenage angst. Shannon deftly carries the story between two of the trilogy’s main characters (Eric and Jessica) and this dual point of view makes the unfolding story all the more intriguing. There’s something quite fun about having a greater knowledge of what is really happening than some of the trilogy’s characters do.
Even with the dual storytelling, Shannon manages to weave in a number of twists and turns that leave the reader guessing, right until the very end. Though the trilogy is classed as ‘Young Adult’, I would recommend this series of books to anyone who enjoys a tale woven with romance, angst and the supernatural.
Unfortunately, Shannon received some devastating news last year when her publisher went out of business. Thankfully, Shannon has now signed with a new publisher! This is fantastic news for fans of her work, Shannon’s books will be re-released by her new publisher later this year and you will be able to get your hands on the work of this up and coming writer!
Please visit Shannon’s site by clicking on the link. Shannon is offering a number of services to fellow writers and if her writing is anything to go buy, those who employ her services are likely to great value for their money. Even if you are not in need of writer services, please check out Shannon’s site and show your support for a talented young author.