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Oct 6, 2013

Editorial Review of Shaky Ground

Star Review five out of five stars
San Francisco Book Review, October 2013 issue
Shaky Ground: a novel of the Schattenreich
(Volume 2)

After 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 the Schattenreich.

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.