Erin McLane is an assassin, a spy and a thief, trained as a Hunter by the Illuminati, the shining light that stood against encroaching Darkness, keepers of the peace between humans and supernaturals, protectors of mankind and all things pure and holy, seeking to purge the world from Evil and … oh wait! When a mission shed light on the shady nature of the Illuminati, Erin McLane did something unforgivable, that led her to hang her sword and move to a town called Westpost, in search of a new life. But as soon as she starts working as a bartender at Rosie O'Grady's Bar and Grill, she comes to realize that you can’t escape the past. Vampires going rogue and committing massacres, murdered supernaturals and rumors of a Hunter set the underground Westpost on fire, and Erin is the only one who can uncover the web of death and deceit, but the price might be too great.
Shadow Hunter is an urban fantasy that sticks to the usual recipe: badass female of extraordinary skills butts heads with conspirators and evil in general in a world with a heavy paranormal element and amidst curious phenomena. And you know what? It was fun! An easy, enjoyable story, that kept me great company during the scarce hours I actually find the time to read. The whole concept reminded me of Kate Daniels (please, do read Kate Daniels), and while it wasn’t exactly original, BR Kingsolver delivered on many levels: action, mystery, bloodbath, dubious characters, secret cults and sarcasm.
The first book of the Rosie O'Grady's Paranormal Bar and Grill series was particularly well written; the author created a wholesome story without plot holes and gaps in the understanding, paying meticulous attention to the way she expressed herself. My only complaint as regards the writing was the abrupt time jumps in the narration and the rather awkward way the chapters ended (it was somehow unceremonious). As for the characters, Erin was an interesting heroine to follow; a seasoned assassin yet so young when it came to social interactions and true relationships. I really liked the secondary characters that embraced her on her new life, they were an intriguing, mismatched group, with their quirks and secrets that added to the story.
All in all, Shadow Hunter was a fast-paced, diverting novel and a worthy contestant. I wish the author all the best in the competition and her future endeavors.