In the Company of Shadows: Afterimage by Santino Hassell and Ais
In the Company of Shadows is a series about two people who are thrown together as partners in a secret agency; their mission is to disband rebels who have propagated in a post-war future, but they have to deal with everything that comes with an unlikely partnership as well.
Miscommunication, periods of distance, fleeting smiles and learning to trust someone when a person can’t even trust himself, these are what they struggle with while still trying to do their jobs. One is a psychopath, called a murderer and monster and generally deemed subhuman by nearly everyone who knows of him; the other is an introvert, cold and emotionless and so lost in thoughts that he would agree that he can be called a monster of inhumanity. But what makes a person human; is it humanity, compassion, or is it simply the ability to reason? Can a monster be human, and general humanity breed monsters?
While they learn about each other, they learn about themselves; where their loyalty and morality lies, and how learning to trust another person can be incredibly difficult, bittersweet, and rewarding all at the same time. Join Hsin Liu Vega (aka “Sin”) and Boyd Beaulieu as they struggle to find where they fit in a world slowly recovering from war.
If you are a fan of Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopic books this is a series you HAVE to read. Each book is really long but the writing is superb. The characters are very anti-hero. Sin is…just psycho and doesn’t really understand himself. Sin really didn’t grow up in a world like a normal child. Abused by his mother, raised by his father to be the perfect assassin/agent, and tormented further by The Agency, Sin is a broken character. Boyd grew up in an environment devoid of love. After the death of his first love and his own institution Boyd has learned to isolate his emotions. You learn all of this in the first book. These two men find each other and become each other’s whole world.
In this book that world breaks apart. Sin’s emotions have awoken but so have his memories and he becomes even more depressed and dysfunctional. Boyd decided to go through a selection process to become a level 10 agent, which is as high as agents go in levels. Sin’s “world” is going to be gone for 3 months just when he needs him the most. Needless to say Sin’s world implodes.
Lots of action goes on throughout the book. It goes all over the whole and shows some of the devastation done by a world nuclear war. One of things I enjoy about the series is the descriptions that they give. Places are described before and after and it makes the world seem more real. The characters are so well done that it’s easy to get sucked into the story.
This book varies from the first. The first seemed to be all about Sin and Boyd and their relationship. This second book they are broken up and apart throughout most of it. It shows how each character is growing and changing even some of the side characters. (I’m interested if we will find out what ends up happening with Cade.) The particular book isn’t as much a romance since the main couple isn’t together. I think it really gets you even deeper into the characters by showing you more of what is going on in their lives and how and why they are changing.
There are a few editing problems but this isn’t a “published” book and there really aren’t that many considering the length. The authors of this series really give you a wonderful read. It is very hard to imagine that this isn’t even a published series and offered for free. Since I didn’t review the first book in the series I will state I would have given it the bouquet!
Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013, in Book Review, Five Roses, Futuristic, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Ais, Five Roses, Free, M/M Romance, Novel, Online Fiction, Santino Hassell. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.