Well, what a nice ride! This wonderful story opens with immediate intrigue. Hunter Astley is a normal guy, sitting at an out-door table having a beer. From this point forward throw normal out the window. Hunter is a professional witch hunter. So begins this adventure through colorful characters and the beautiful description of locales, extraordinarily creative writing on the part of K.S.Marsden. Only a couple of hundred pages long, The Shadow Rises, is easily absorbed in one sitting. However, not easily read only once. This one will capture your attention again and again. Great read.