Star Review five out of five stars
San Francisco Book Review, October 2013 issue
Shaky Ground: a novel of the Schattenreich
narrowly surviving a series of brutal attacks, Caitlin is ready to move
on with her life. But fate still has plenty of supernatural surprises
in store for her. Caitlin is still experiencing “Otherworld visions” -
shared metaphysical dreams with magical, mystical people who possess the
ability to walk between our world and the Schattenreich.
When her brother Gus’s, car blows up and a car tries to run them
down, it is obvious that the same people who previously set Gus up are
still intent on causing Caitlin, Hagen (her lover), and Gus harm. To
discover more about what is threatening his friends, Hagen leaves on
family business for an undetermined amount of time, and Caitlin is left
to get to know two mysterious members of his family.
As the story progresses, Caitlin learns more about the Schattenreich
and her own heritage. Shaky Ground picks up shortly after the conclusion
of Primary Fault, the first novel in Reamer’s Schattenreich fantasy
series. This suspenseful novel combines current-day, real world science
with romance, intrigue and conspiracy theories.
Reamer flawlessly blends contemporary issues with historical
themes and elements. She switches between telling the story from
Caitlin’s point of view and revealing more of the mystery from inside
Reamer’s dialogue is engaging; the author is a master at writing
personal exchanges between her dynamic characters. And at the same time,
she has an amazing talent for writing descriptive scenes. Explanations
of what new characters and locations look like are never boring - they
are insightful and reveal even more about the fantastic story and
fictional world Reamer has created.
Shaky Ground is action packed and exciting. Reamer also knows when to
slow things down and let readers appreciate the essence of each
character’s personal story and the evolution of the tale.
To fully enjoy the story, it is necessary to read the first book in
the series, Primary Fault. You won’t regret it. Readers will be
anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series.