Review: Illumined Shadows – G.R. Lyons

Illumined Shadows Book Cover Illumined Shadows
Treble and the Lost Boys Book 3
G.R. Lyons
MM Romance
December 28, 2018

When Victor Lucius was sixteen years old, a few cruel words out of his mouth led to a brutal tragedy, one that Vic has been trying to make up for ever since. Now, working as a missing persons expert, Vic tracks down and rescues people from abandonment or abuse, trying to alleviate the guilt constantly weighing him down.

His latest case—a boy who was kidnapped at the age of two and then held captive for nineteen years—is by far the darkest of his career. If there's any chance of Vic finally redeeming himself, helping this boy might be it.

But rescuing Colby from his basement prison is only the beginning, and brings a whole new struggle to Vic's life:


(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

This book is the third in a trilogy, based on the members of a fusion string group. All of the books take place in a mythical universe and all of the characters are included in the books that follow. As such, while this could be a read as a stand alone, I truly believe the book is better when read in series order.

This is by far the most heart wrenching book of the series. It follows Vic Lucius, who is an insurance agent, which in this universe is more like a police detective. Vic’s specialty is finding lost and abused people. It is not only a talent for him, but his mission and purpose in life. He is driven by guilt from his past when he could not protect someone close to him. When he finds Colby, a young man missing for 19 years, he is astounded by the horrors that the young man has already lived through. The only thing more impossible is the depths of strength and kindness in Colby’s heart. As the two work through the trauma of Colby’s past, they learn to face down their demons.

The magic elements continue in this story, with the addition of more true paranormal storylines as well. I still think book two is my favorite of the series, but this was a great way to continue the trilogy. The subject matter made it a harder book to read. It was written so well though. There were times I was cheering with the characters and others where I felt their desolation and fear as if it was my own. It was good to see the characters I loved from the first two in snippets here as well. And as in the first two installments, the resolution was imminently satisfying. Now that this trilogy is complete, I really can’t wait to see what GR Lyons gives us next!

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