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J C Steel

In J.C. Steel’s book Fighting Shadows: Survival has its costs, the author continues the story of Khyria Ilan and the Wildcat Cortia. Khyria is “saved”, but forced to take command of a new group of mercenaries. She continually has major issues with her second in command, and trusts next to no one. She was expected to create the new team she was to be in charge of, but there were many challenges in doing so. Filled with substories around a couple other characters, Fighting Shadows keeps readers enthralled as unexpected surprises come to light again and again. Steel wraps up this second volume of The Cortii series in a way that will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

For anyone who hasn’t read the first book in The Cortii, confusion in the storyline will run rampant. J.C. Steel provides a long vocabularly of terms in the back of Fighting Shadows, but it’s still quite complicated to figure out who is who and what this term means and what that term means. For some readers, that may be enticing, while others may find it stressful and so complicated that it distracts from the overall story.

J.C. Steel does a fine job of describing the characters though. Her skillfulness at displaying the characters’ traits through their actions and words is excellent. Fighting Shadows: Survival has its costs is a deep book with an impactful story and readers willing to dive in wholeheartedly will discover new depths to Khyria Ilan and her colleagues. The experiences within the pages of Fighting Shadows will make readers think twice about their own choices and decisions. J.C. Steel has developed a fascinating world in The Cortii series, which is sure to captivate sci-fi readers.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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