Title: Between Ink and Shadows
Author: Melissa Wright
Series: Between Ink and Shadows #1
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Romance
Audience: New Adult
Narrator: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes (242 pages)
Publisher: Melissa Wright | 2022
Audio Release Date: April 25, 2022
Original Release Date: December 1, 2020
Source: Audiobookworm Promotions
Recommended for fans of: Sorcery of Thorns, The Shadows Between Us
Content Warnings: emotional abuse, death, body horror child abuse, confinement, infertility, pregnancy, fire/fire injury
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She’ll win back her freedom, even if she has to steal it.
Nimona Weston has a debt to pay. Her father’s dealings with the dark society known as the Trust cost Nim her freedom. There’s one way out of the contract on her life and that’s to bide her time and pay the tithes. But when the Trust assigns Nim to a task in the king’s own castle, her freedom is not the only thing she’ll risk.
Warrick Spenser has a secret. As king’s seneschal, he should be the last soul in Inara to risk association with dark magic, but long-hidden ties to the Trust are harder to shed than simply cutting the threads. When the Trust sends a thief to his rooms, Warrick thinks he’s finally found a way to be rid of them for good. But Nimona Weston is hiding secrets of her own.
Magical contracts, blood-debt accountants, and a deadly game. An epic fantasy with Regency flair, an improper and slightly stabby heroine with a penchant for trouble, clean slow-burn romance, and a dark and twisty plot that pits magic against kings, love against power, and a gothic underworld against a kingdom desperate to survive. Perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and The Shadows Between Us.
Between Ink and Shadows is a moody, epic fantasy book full of thieving, spying, dangerous magical contracts, and dark secrets.
Nimona is a classic YA/NA “stabby” heroine, trapped in a magical contract, who has such compassion and would do anything to protect her loved ones. Warrick is the mysterious and morally gray king’s seneschal with hidden ties to the dark magic he is meant to eradicate. When Nimona and Warrick become reluctant partners, they develop a slow burning forbidden romance full of angst and pining.
Even the secondary characters are vivid and complex. Calum is such a chilling and creepy villain, relishing the power he holds over Nimona through her contract and hungering for more. I have such a soft spot for Wesley, and I enjoyed Nimona’s other friends and allies as well.
The book is short and fast paced; however, it moved too quickly for me to keep up with. The audiobook narration was well done, but sometimes I had to go back and relisten to sections to pick up on the important details. I think this story could’ve used a bit more length to flesh out the world’s magic system and give readers more time to process events.
This is the first book in a series, and I’m curious to know what happens next!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Melissa Wright. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa is the author of more than a dozen YA and fantasy novels including The Frey Saga and BETWEEN INK AND SHADOWS. When not writing she can generally be found talking about a book, painting something from a book, or tucked between headphones listening to a book. It’s kind of a theme. She loves reasonable heroines in unreasonable situations, noble–if brooding–heroes, slow burn and sweet kisses, a lot of havoc, and a little magic. Stay updated on works in progress at Instagram or contact her through the web at http://www.melissa-wright.com
ABOUT THE NARRATOR
Mary Jane Wells is a British actress, writer, voice-over artist, and Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she held a recurring role on the BBC’s Half Moon Investigates and narrated the BBC Three television show My Children, which won a Scottish BAFTA.