Review: Sacrificed in Shadow (The Ascension Series) by SM Reine

Posted October 28, 2013, under Book Review, Books, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

The gorgeous cover for Sacrificed in Shadow caught my attention when I was scanning through my books for something to read. This is another urban fantasy. Surprise! After reading the blurb, I grew curious and had to find out more.



Title: Sacrificed in Shadow (The Ascension Series)

Author: SM Reine

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Red Iris Books via NetGalley

Release date: July 2013

Pages: 328

ISBN-10: 1490957413


Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Sometimes, you need a demon to fight demons.

Lincoln Marshall is a small-town deputy with a very big problem. Six members of his church have been found dead, killed by a rogue werewolf. He’ll have to make a deal with the Devil to save victims that have gone missing — maybe literally. Elise Kavanagh, preternatural investigator and exorcist, is the expert when it comes to violent deaths at the jaws of evil. She’s also among the most powerful demons that Hell has spawned.


Elise jumps at Lincoln’s case, and it’s not just because of his down-home charm. Someone’s laid a trap for her in Northgate, and she wants to find out who. She’ll have to team up with Rylie Gresham, Alpha of the last surviving werewolf pack, to figure out who’s trying to blame the murders on werewolves. Only together can they stop the killings — and uncover the secrets buried in Northgate.



The beginning of the book left me floundering a bit as I scrambled to figure out what was happening. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was engaging, but I had to stop after a couple of chapters to read the blurb again and see if I had the same book. Only after Elise began to dig into the investigation did the story really start to pick up speed. Dead bodies were piling up, mauled to death. Werewolves were accused of committing the crimes. The small town deputy doesn’t understand why nothing was being done, so he decided to hire outside help in the form of Elise Kavanagh. He knew she was a special investigator. Too bad no one told him she was a demon.


When Elise went into the woods to hunt the wolves responsible for the deaths, she soon discovered that all was not as it seemed. To stop the killings, she must team up with those accused to find the real murderers before all hell breaks loose…literally.  It’s only when I reached the halfway point in the book and discovered the truth about Elise, that my fate was sealed. I had to find out more. I enjoyed learning about Elise’s unique skills. The mystery kept me guessing, and I quickly became addicted to the action. The mixture of witchcraft and demon lore was fascinating. The romance on the other hand was a bit disjointed and disappointing. Though the last page might have resolved some issues, it left me feeling a bit sorry for Elise. I’ll read book two because I like Elise and want her to have her happy ending.



  1. Jennifer Bielman on October 28th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Reine does urban fantasy pretty good. I started with her from the beginning and she has improved a lot.

    • Stacey Brutger on October 28th, 2013 at 11:31 am

      This books says it’s book one, so I felt okay jumping into this series.

      I’ve since heard that these characters were in other books. Bummer. I prefer reading books in order.

      Oh, well. It was still a good read.

      Thanks for stopping!

  2. Ella Quinn on October 28th, 2013 at 8:53 pm