Shadowed By Despair Book Review

Shadowed By Despair Book Review

Perin expected eternal darkness after his death, yet the land of Laith has other plans for him.

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Shadowed By Despair

Series: Laith #3
Author: Candace Robinson
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Publisher: The Parliament House
Page Count: 240
Format: eARC
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Horror
Cover Artist: Shayne Leighton
My Rating: ★★★

Shadowed By Despair (Laith, #3)Shadowed By Despair by Candace Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 1) Clouded By Envy: ★★★★
Book 2) Veiled By Desire: ★★★★1/2

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, The Parliament House, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Adult Content, Death, Gore, Cannibalism

What a fantastic end to a surprising series! When I first came across the land of Laith, I immediately wanted more, more, more. Take it from my review of Veiled By Desire:

I want to say that I love this world that Candace has created. It feels like anything is possible in Laith. Anyone can exist there, and only the surprising should be expected. While it felt like a place that was familiar due to some of the characters, the setting felt wildly foreign.

This land truly feels like one of fantasy. It holds a freedom in creativity that I feel many in the genre have lost or fail to explore. Robinson never resists to seek and discover, and Laith is no exception.

After a heart-wrenching ending in Veiled By Desire, Perin finds himself…alive. His vitality, however, exists in a foreign form and urges him to feast on flesh. Take it from a person who hates zombies, Perin’s situation was actually quite tolerable as he retained the majority of his humanity after being risen from the dead. Confused with his current state of existence, he seeks out the Stone of Desire to understand why, and how he’s alive.

Only wanting to be happy, the Stone of Desire promises to grant Perin true happiness if he can find a magical liquid and bring it back to stone. Set out on a journey for the liquid, Perin learns that his nefarious appetite is growing. Eager to get back to the stone, he crosses paths with a familiar face from his past life. With Tevarra’s help, Perin struggles to maintain his hold on whatever humanity he has left.

As she floated away, Tavarra thought about the Little Red Riding Hood story Perin had told her. She wasn’t a beast anymore, but maybe she wanted to be.

Shadowed By Despair is quite thought-provoking, and elicits a peculiar look at the concept of how monsters too, can have big hearts. The term “monster” itself is challenged with each of Laith’s characters, as all are monsters, in a sense. Shadowed By Despair is a strong finish to a fantastic and unusual trilogy.

Vulgarity: Moderate.
Sexual content: Markedly with some explicit content.
Violence: Moderate.

My Rating: ★★★★

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