Title: Fade to Black
Author: Sue Duff
Author: Sue Duff
Publication Date: October 10, 2014
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Illusionist Ian Black has a talent for keeping secrets. College student Rayne Bevan has a gift for uncovering them. She suspects that the popular performer's skills extend beyond the stage and that he's the area’s mysterious and elusive defender of the innocent. In her efforts to uncover the truth, Rayne is swept into the hidden world of the Weir, a magical race who struggle to prevent Earth from self-destructing. Her inquiries expose Ian to those who would kill for his connection to the planet, and as he fights to keep Rayne, and those closest to him safe, they discover a force behind the Weir’s raging civil war—a traitor bent on launching Earth’s Armageddon.
First, Fade to Black took a long time to get into. It took nearly a month for me to finish this, so yeah. Loooong time. The story wasn't bad, nor were the characters, the pacing, all of that literal device jargon was fine. What really threw me off from this book was the way it was written and how information was given to me as a reader. So that leads me to the second part of the bad; it was just so confusing!! I understand that a lot of novels just throw you into the plot to hook you into the story. Many (myself included) typically enjoy a good hook. However, all good books needs a backstory, an explanation, some indication of what's going on in our characters lives before all the action stuff carries us away. Without this, readers get lost in the action, trying to figure out what is going on and what it means to the characters. At least, that's how I felt when reading this.
I want to say that the POV is to blame for my confusion, but I don't think I would have liked this book if the POV were shifted to just one character. We see this story through multiple characters. Each have their merits, and provide insight to what's going on, but again it did get confusing to me. I'm still not 100% sure what Ian is. Or Rayne. Maybe this book needs a prequel?
Other than the confusion, I really enjoyed this novel. The characters, main and secondary, were compelling. Ian and Rayne will make a cute couple, once the ball gets rolling. This is an instant attraction but! develops into a slow burn love. Thank heavens. I truly loved the fantasy aspect to this as well. Very interesting, just needed better execution.
Provided by the publisher via Roger Charlie for an honest review. Thank you!