Review – The Shade of Things


The Shade of Things


Magic After Midlife #5


Deborah Wilde


Urban Fantasy


Miriam Feldman’s life has become Running Man with a side of Squid Game when she’d much prefer The Great British Bake Off.
When I partner up with my detective ex-husband on an off-the-books magical missing persons operation, I expect buddy cop adventures galore. Instead, I get more than I bargained for, starting with a mouthy golem who’s forced onto the team. Our mission? Crash a secret—and deadly—competition targeting non-magic humans to rescue the young woman at the heart of our case.
So, a regular Thursday nowadays.
If that funhouse of horrors wasn’t enough, I still have to fulfill my oath to a master vamp by locating the artifact bound up with my parents’ murders almost thirty years ago. He refuses to say why he wants it, but all signs point to “Danger Danger Will Robinson.”
All of that leaves no time in my schedule for sexy times with a certain wolf shifter. Which is probably just as well, seeing as he doesn’t know I’ve been forced to keep secrets from him, too.
Laugh? Cry? Coffee!


3.5stars rating

The fifth book in the series, and we’re not done yet!! 😀


We pretty much continue where we left off in book 4, though it took me a short while to get back into the story and get my bearings. Again, scenes and environments were well described and clear enough for total immersion.

Character development:

Miri hates not knowing everything, and keeping things from her is the worst. So it’s pretty safe to say she’s majorly conflicted about keeping the Ascendant a secret from both Laurent and Tatiana. Zev’s protection of her home and family is too important, however.
In this instalment, she really goes deep into her conscience; how far is she willing to go.
Laurent is his usual brooding and mysterious self 🙂 Nothing new there, but he is hiding something that could have something to do with Miri’s quest, bringing tension to a fragile relationship(?).

Pacing & Flow:

The book starts with a bang! We get thrown into the special mission that Miri and Eli go on, and it doesn’t stop. Of course, there were moments where we could catch our breath, but overall? Nope, a wild ride till the end 😀 And, as always, great balance between all the conversation and the action!

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable) errors. There is sex described (if that is important to you).
It has 332 pages, spread over 29 chapters and is told from Miri’s point of view.

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book, and all in all, I liked it! It had so many twists and turns I didn’t know who or what to believe anymore! That said, it felt a bit too drawn out, so I would say that I liked the previous instalment better. However, I’m really looking forward to book 6 (I think it’s the final book), where all the puzzle pieces will come together!