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Review: Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill

★★★★ @edelweiss_squad @chloeneill #ShadowedSteel

Heirs of Chicagoland series continues to rock with Elisa Sullivan showing the paranormal world that she will not be pushed into something she does not want to do. This story picks up not long after the last book. This book should not be read as a standalone.

Not only should Elisa not have turned a human into a vampire, she shouldn't have been able to it at her young age. Elisa is special because she is the only known born vampire in the entire history of vampirism. Her difference and abilities make many leery of her untracked powers. Specifically, a group within the Assembly of American Masters wants to get back at Elisa's parents. They will stop at nothing to use her, her friends and others to get what they want.

I enjoyed the pace of this book. It kept me guessing as to what is really going on and who the real bad guys may be. Who killed a vampire and blamed Elisa? The intrigue and suspense woven into this books makes it more complex and enjoyable. This is more than just a story about the next generation. It is a story of the next generation of supernaturals growing into their own as well as trying to change the world to be a better place for humans and non humans.

The interactions between Elisa and Gabriel continue to heat up as they decide the next level of their relationship. A vampire princess with an alpha werewolf is so Underworld and I love it. Fortunately for Elisa, her parents are not like Victor in the Underworld series. There are those who find this pairing to be distasteful. Watching Elisa put people into their place with facts and veiled threats makes me so proud. To see this little girl grown up and ready to fight her own battles is fantastic. There are several new players in this series which wants something from Elisa. It will be interesting to see where Ms. Neill will take the story next. Because it seems as if Elisa is starting to finally reconcile her "other" self but to what end? I want to learn more. I love these dual nature plot devices and it fascinates me to see how authors write it out. This urban fantasy is recommended to readers who enjoy female leads who stand their grounds and won't let anyone push them or their friends around.

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