Not all things born in the shadows are meant to be pulled into the light.
Slated for execution, shapeshifting assassin, Dahlia Nite, flees her world to hide in the human realm. As payment for the shelter they unknowingly provide, Dahlia dedicates herself to protecting humans from what truly lives in the shadows. Moving from town to town, she hunts the creatures that threaten an unsuspecting human race; burying the truth that could destroy them all.
But the shadows are shifting. The lies are adding up. And when Sentinel City is threatened by a series of bizarre brutal murders, light is shed on what should never be seen. The secrets that have kept humanity in the dark for centuries are in danger of being exposed.
Wrestling with a lifetime of her own deceptions, Dahlia investigates the killings while simultaneously working to conceal their circumstances. But with each new murder, the little bit of peace she has found in this world begins to crumble. Each new clue leads her to the one place she thought to never go again. Home.
Flash Point is the award-winning first book in the Nite Fire Series, an immersive mashup of urban fantasy and murder mystery—with shapeshifters, dragons, and parallel worlds.
I’m a great believer in following the work of outstanding authors in their fields, and Schneider is one of them. I devoured her previous series, The Crown of Stones, and it set a very high standard for storytelling. So when I heard this series was coming up, I had very high expectations for this book, and Schneider didn’t disappoint. I feel honored to have been able to read Nite Fire: Flash Point through her Advanced Reader program, in return for an honest review.
Dahlia Nite is a character who you should probably dislike, because of her past, but is actually trying to find some kind of redemption for what she has done. Having been an assassin for the Guild, the manifestation of a new gift causes her to split from her employers, and flee the world she knows.
Somehow, having escaped those sent to bring her back, she finds herself working for another of her kind, to solve problems with creatures coming to our world from elsewhere. Her latest job starts as a less than simple homicide/coverup, and quickly escalates into a situation that is far more than it seems on the surface. But then what do you expect when your job was to work with the investigating team, and hide the fact that one of your own might have done the deed?
Dahlia is a very strong lead character, and the ties to those around her are about as complicated and complex as one would expect for someone who has lived longer than most in our world can even contemplate. But it’s the people around her that really reflect who, and what she is, in ways that are so well written that it’s hard not to want Dahlia to succeed.
Once I stated reading, I found this book very hard to put down, and I am expecting great things from the author, as the series progresses. If Dalia goes through even a fraction of the trials and tribulations that the protagonist of The Crown of Stones went through, she will be transformed in ways I can’t even begin to predict. And it’s those twist, turns and surprises that make Nite Fire: Flash Point a shining example of Schneider’s work.