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Review: A Shining in the Shadows by Beverley Lee


A Shining in the Shadows (Gabriel Davenport #2) by Beverley Lee 5/5

6tag_130817-200747Gabriel Davenport has been remade from darkness. Now, he must adapt to survive .

In a small seaside town, Gabriel’s maker unwittingly takes his wards into the throes of a deadly new game. There are rumblings on The Bloodvyne, the mental web of linked vampire consciousness. Whispers about a cleansing, about the ruling council hunting vampires with impure blood.

Gabriel finds himself thrust into a new nightmare, where the hunter becomes the hunted. When his maker is taken, he must battle to untangle the mystifying clues laid out in an uncovered labyrinth to find the only creature strong enough to fight against those that hunt his new-found family.

Gaze long into the darkness, and you’ll find old vampire foes out for revenge, new ones with their own agenda, and a witch who holds the key. But just who is the monster in the middle?


Another masterpiece from Lee. After relishing Lee’s effortless writing style in book one, I was yet again sucked into Gabriel’s world and led like a sleepwalker through the pages and plot twists with ease. Lee makes writing seem easy. The pacing, narrative, and character development has a superb flow, and as a reader, you wake up at the end wondering where you are and how you got there. Book hangover!

Some points that I have to mention:

  1. The relationship dynamics are on fire. There are some curve balls, and then relationships that blossom organically, despite initial thoughts.
  2.  Plot twists are subtley woven into the narrative. The ending is a weaving together of story pieces. Writing tapestry.
  3. Character development is a huge part of my reading experience. When you’re rooting for anti-heroes of sorts, you know the writer has got it right.

In summary, this is a vampire read that isn’t cliche. The characters and relationships are well crafted, and the story is littered with breadcrumbs that tie up effortlessly at the end. I highly recommend this series.

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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

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Review: The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

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The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee 5/5

14030950_1244762542241827_1938381680_nIn a house built on truth something lays hidden.

Beth and Stu Davenport moved to the English hillside town of Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic, rural childhood. But in a single evening, the Davenports’ dream is shattered by a hidden, ancient darkness– and their lives are forever changed.

Years later, Gabriel Davenport, now a capable, curious young man, makes the ill-fated decision to go looking for answers about his mysterious past. As soon as he begins his quest, his life becomes a place of shadows. The people he loves and trusts are acting abnormally. The strange woman who lives upstairs is even more haunted than usual. Even his most trusted friend seems to be hiding something.

As one fateful night deepens, and the line blurs between darkness and light, Gabriel must confront the terrible events that destroyed his family all those years ago. He is faced with a choice: continue living the life that was never his to begin with, or give himself over to a terrifying new reality more sinister than anything he’s ever known.

The darkness is watching.

Thanks goes to the author for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


A priest, an eccentric rich man who takes in people with gifts, a baby saved from a malevolent being, and a mother with a snapped mind. As a baby, Gabriel Davenport was saved from a being of darkness that left his mother mentally unstable and his father dead. The priest who saved him did the only thing he could- took Gabriel and his mother to a long time friend and governer to all things supernatural. Now, teenage Gabriel and his dysfunctional family have to face the fact that evil cannot be so easily defeated. It is back and it wants Gabriel.

This book is written with such confidence and clarity that you feel pulled into the narrative from the very first page. Lee’s writing style is incredibly easy to read and flows from the page and into the reader’s imagination. From capturing the essence of relationships with such ease, to then creeping me out, Lee seems far from a debut author. It takes a lot to freak me out, but I know my face was a picture of ‘oh dear God’ on more than one occasion.

The supernatural, religion, and modern day life is interwoven in a believable, undoubting narrative, and the characters came across with such subtly that they jumped from the page. I was hooked from start to finish. An author to watch in the future.

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review