Darian has lived alone for almost a century in the shadows of the night. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.
Darian finds herself struggling to keep her employer, Tyler, at arm's length, especially since his seductive smile makes her want to break her rules about love. The work he offers is necessary to protect the innocent—and a welcome distraction. But when Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she has taken on more than her conscience will allow, but a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished.
What I liked: Shaedes of Gray is a unique entry into the Urban Fantasy genre. At least to me, it is. Ms Bonilla has a whole new world of "Others" as the star of this series. Darian's character grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go. As with any first in a series, the groundwork must be laid and the characters introduced. It was done very well. Tyler is just the perfect foil for Darian. There is just enough left unsaid throughout the novel to keep you reading.
What I didn't like: The beginning is slow. It took a bit to get into the story. There were other places within Shaedes of Gray where the pacing drug a bit. The big confrontation between Darian and Azriel was over rather quickly (in my opinion).
Overall a good solid, intriguing first in a series. Take your time and don't give up in the beginning, you'll be glad you stayed around.