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A banished Fae. A veil of lies. Once chance to return home. Reine will seriously do anything for redemption. Exiled to Earth after failing to protect her brother, she leaps at the chance to get back into Faerie when her scornful mother proposes a pact. But Reine knows she better be careful, because Fae bargains are always loaded with tricks… Ordered to smoke out a traitor on A banished Fae. A veil of lies. Once chance to return home. Reine will seriously do anything for redemption. Exiled to Earth after failing to protect her brother, she leaps at the chance to get back into Faerie when her scornful mother proposes a pact. But Reine knows she better be careful, because Fae bargains are always loaded with tricks… Ordered to smoke out a traitor on a team of supernatural scientists, Reine barely survives an attack by a vicious shifter. And after discovering a shadowy manipulator is intent on seeing her fail, Reine must confront a deadly conspiracy that could spell the end for her kind. Can Reine unmask a sinister cabal before she loses her ticket home...or worse? The Shadow Project is the mesmerizing first book in The Fae Files urban fantasy series. If you like snarky heroines, memorable creatures, and unique magical worlds, then you’ll love Cecilia Dominic’s spellbinding story.


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A banished Fae. A veil of lies. Once chance to return home. Reine will seriously do anything for redemption. Exiled to Earth after failing to protect her brother, she leaps at the chance to get back into Faerie when her scornful mother proposes a pact. But Reine knows she better be careful, because Fae bargains are always loaded with tricks… Ordered to smoke out a traitor on A banished Fae. A veil of lies. Once chance to return home. Reine will seriously do anything for redemption. Exiled to Earth after failing to protect her brother, she leaps at the chance to get back into Faerie when her scornful mother proposes a pact. But Reine knows she better be careful, because Fae bargains are always loaded with tricks… Ordered to smoke out a traitor on a team of supernatural scientists, Reine barely survives an attack by a vicious shifter. And after discovering a shadowy manipulator is intent on seeing her fail, Reine must confront a deadly conspiracy that could spell the end for her kind. Can Reine unmask a sinister cabal before she loses her ticket home...or worse? The Shadow Project is the mesmerizing first book in The Fae Files urban fantasy series. If you like snarky heroines, memorable creatures, and unique magical worlds, then you’ll love Cecilia Dominic’s spellbinding story.

30 review for The Shadow Project: An Urban Fantasy Thriller

  1. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    I’ve read this author before, so I was happy to dive into this new series. It has been a while since I’ve read this author’s other series, but I was happy when I recognized characters from them. I must confess I don’t remember Reine, but that’s OK. I don’t think I liked her as I had a hard time at first liking her in this one. However, it didn’t take long before I saw her softer side, and I really liked her from then on. I enjoyed the plot, the characters were fun, and as before, I really like t I’ve read this author before, so I was happy to dive into this new series. It has been a while since I’ve read this author’s other series, but I was happy when I recognized characters from them. I must confess I don’t remember Reine, but that’s OK. I don’t think I liked her as I had a hard time at first liking her in this one. However, it didn’t take long before I saw her softer side, and I really liked her from then on. I enjoyed the plot, the characters were fun, and as before, I really like the universe. I’m really hoping to move on to the next one. Recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    The Shadow Project has a direct tie to the author’s Lycanthopy Files series as it picks up soon after Blood’s Shadow left off. There is also an indirect tie to her Dream Weavers and Truth Seekers series. I imagine all Dominic’s supernatural beings to come together eventually. So, Reine was the enigmatic Fae from Blood’s Shadow. In that book, I liked her, but, as with all Fae, did not trust her. In The Shadow Project, we get to see her personal viewpoint, which is not nearly as arrogant, self-conf The Shadow Project has a direct tie to the author’s Lycanthopy Files series as it picks up soon after Blood’s Shadow left off. There is also an indirect tie to her Dream Weavers and Truth Seekers series. I imagine all Dominic’s supernatural beings to come together eventually. So, Reine was the enigmatic Fae from Blood’s Shadow. In that book, I liked her, but, as with all Fae, did not trust her. In The Shadow Project, we get to see her personal viewpoint, which is not nearly as arrogant, self-confident and all-knowing as the image she tries to perfect. In this book, Reine (also known as Doctor Renee River) seems almost human. Reine is tied to the earth. She loves and communicates with the earth, with plants, with the natural world. She gets her energy from nature. Her love and care of all things natural is a lovely part of her character. There is a mystery at the CPDC (Center for Paranormal Disease Control) in Atlanta. Stolen DNA samples. Reine is specifically asked to travel from Scotland to Atlanta to help investigate – for some mysterious reason. In the meantime, her mother asks her to go to Atlanta on a Fae mission and in return, upon completion, Reine will get to go back home to Faeland. Going home is something she wants more than anything. So, my question is: Are these two missions related? Reine ends up working with Selene Rial (from Blood’s Shadow) investigating the theft. They really make a terrible team due to a lack of trust. And you certainly can’t call them friends. So, since the story is Reine’s she will be the star mystery solver. There is a very attractive Gargoyle, Lawrence Gordon, to guard and assist. It should be noted that Reine does not like Gargoyles at all. Some family history thing, which needs to be made a little clearer. Maybe it will be in a future installment, since brother showed up at the end of the book. There is a soul eater on the attack and nobody knows why, but it appears to be threatening Reine from the very beginning. The threat begins even before she leaves Scotland. So, the soul eater appears to be a mystery separate from the DNA theft. The other mystery that started in Scotland is a kitten. A very mysterious kitten. An adorable kitten. A How-can-you-resist? kitten. Oh, and the kitten teleports. So, I say again: A very mysterious kitten. The CPDC mystery takes up most of the story, with character development as the really interesting background. Reine’s family is going to be fun, I can tell. After reading The Shadow Project, I am more inclined to appreciate the Fae Reine as a protagonist. She does not embody the image of her arrogant, conniving Fae family. Living near humans may have tamed her. Though with the Soul eater out there, I doubt we have seen the complete works of Reine as far as her supernatural powers go. And the relationship with Gargoyle Gordon is interesting. The potential Hate/Love thing could go anywhere. In terms of the ending, the CBCD mystery will be solved. However, Reine’s Fae mission is not complete. Plus, there is still something hunting Reine. So – much more to come! It looks like the next two books are scheduled for release in the near future (August and November). So, binge reading will soon be possible – if you are so inclined. Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorena

    The Shadow Project is the first book in Cecilia Dominic’s Fae Files urban fantasy series. This series takes place in the same world as Cecilia Dominic’s Dream Weavers and Truth Seekers series and her Lycanthropy Files series, and I love how the mythology of this world just gets richer and richer. You don’t need to have read those books to enjoy this one, but Reine and some of the other characters were introduced previously, and there are references to events in the other books. This is a quick-pa The Shadow Project is the first book in Cecilia Dominic’s Fae Files urban fantasy series. This series takes place in the same world as Cecilia Dominic’s Dream Weavers and Truth Seekers series and her Lycanthropy Files series, and I love how the mythology of this world just gets richer and richer. You don’t need to have read those books to enjoy this one, but Reine and some of the other characters were introduced previously, and there are references to events in the other books. This is a quick-paced mystery/thriller with lots of action and intrigue as well as a bit of paranormal romance and humor. The story is told entirely from exiled Fae princess Reine’s perspective, and much of the excitement is in watching her decide whom to trust as she attempts to unravel multiple mysteries. It’s also amusing watching her try to hide her feelings so as not to appear too soft. I liked some of the new characters introduced, particularly geeky gargoyle shifter Lawrence and Reine’s new “pet kitten,” Sir Raleigh. Those who dislike cliffhangers may be a little frustrated with the ending. The major plot of this novel is resolved, but several mysteries remain, and a new complication is introduced right at the end. I will be eagerly and somewhat impatiently waiting for Book 2. Try this if you enjoy urban fantasy series that feature many different paranormal creatures and include just a bit of romance. I received an ARC from the author via BookFunnel, and I volunteered to provide an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katheyer

    “The Shadow Project” is the first installment in “The Fae Files” series by Cecilia Dominic. This is a series fully embedded in Dominic’s wider verse, which also includes the “Lycanthropy Files” and “Dream Weavers and Truth Seekers” series, but despite of some already known characters reappearing in “The Fae Files”, the books can be read fully independently from the previous series without any detriment to the stories. “The Shadow Project” is a fast-paced story told from the POV of Reine, an exile “The Shadow Project” is the first installment in “The Fae Files” series by Cecilia Dominic. This is a series fully embedded in Dominic’s wider verse, which also includes the “Lycanthropy Files” and “Dream Weavers and Truth Seekers” series, but despite of some already known characters reappearing in “The Fae Files”, the books can be read fully independently from the previous series without any detriment to the stories. “The Shadow Project” is a fast-paced story told from the POV of Reine, an exiled Fae princess, stuck in the Earth Realm, who will try anything to get back home. As her mother proposes a pact, things seem to finally be looking up for her, but Fae bargains are notorious tricky. Reine assignment is to find the traitor who has infiltrated a group of supernatural scientists, but even before she can begin her investigation, Reine barely survives a heinous attack and unearths a conspiracy that threatens to bring Faerie down. The story is fast-paced, interesting, action-packed, and funny. Reine’s musings are a source of neverending entertaining, the secondary characters have a life of their own, particularly Sir Raleigh in all his awesomeness, never ever call him ‘kitty’ 😊 and Lawrence, the shifter-gargoyle. Add her werewolf partner, some vampires, witches and wizards to the mix and the perfect Fae/Urban Fantasy world is complete.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Spinneretta

    Good Reine is a Fae exiled from the Fae realm. Asked by her mother, royal heir to the throne, to investigate some goings on at a lab in Atlanta, her reward to be access to the Fae realm. She is surprised to be asked by the same lab to investigate there, and she and her accomplice, a lycanthrope, go to investigate. Paired with a gargoyle, and a with a new, unusual kitten to take care of, Reine finds herself battling invisible attackers, and trying to make friends with people- not her strong point! Fir Good Reine is a Fae exiled from the Fae realm. Asked by her mother, royal heir to the throne, to investigate some goings on at a lab in Atlanta, her reward to be access to the Fae realm. She is surprised to be asked by the same lab to investigate there, and she and her accomplice, a lycanthrope, go to investigate. Paired with a gargoyle, and a with a new, unusual kitten to take care of, Reine finds herself battling invisible attackers, and trying to make friends with people- not her strong point! First in a series, this is a spinoff from the Lycanthropy Files by the author. It’s an interesting take on the paranormal world; a virus causing lycanthropy, Fae with unknowable powers, vampires and legendary creatures, although they don’t like to be called creatures... The series works alone, you don’t have to have read the Lycanthropy files first BUT I think it might give just a little bit of context to the book. It was an enjoyable read, urban fantasy with only a hint of romance in it. Recommended for urban fantasy and paranormal romance fans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christina M Condy

    The Shadow Project has a direct tie to the author’s Lycanthropy Files series and it was fun to revisit some of those characters. I'm imagining that the author will eventually bring all of her characters together. And truthfully I can't wait to have them all meet up! Reine is a fae and as such is tied to all things nature. She loves and communicates with the earth, with plants, with the natural world. She gets her energy from nature. And can actually recharge her powers when communing with the ear The Shadow Project has a direct tie to the author’s Lycanthropy Files series and it was fun to revisit some of those characters. I'm imagining that the author will eventually bring all of her characters together. And truthfully I can't wait to have them all meet up! Reine is a fae and as such is tied to all things nature. She loves and communicates with the earth, with plants, with the natural world. She gets her energy from nature. And can actually recharge her powers when communing with the earth. In this story, we get to meet a loveable character names Raliegh. He is a magic kitten who literally disappears at will. He seems to be a guardian for Reine and I can't wait to see what happens in the next books with them both. I won't go into details because I hate spoilers. But I will say, grab a copy and give it a go! I was given an ARC to read by the Author for my fair and truthful review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Fae,werewolf,gargoyle, witches, wizards and shifters oh my! Just finished reading book one The Shadow Project of the Fae Files. Loved it! I’m routing for Reine the fae fairy princess to end up with Lawrence the gargoyle! This book had much adventure, mystery and mischief, set in a modern setting. Oh and there were Vampires too, something for everyone who loves paranormal fantasy! Now, I’m going to get the next book in the series Shadows of the Heart. I highly recommend these books. ❤️💕🐈

  8. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    This is a wonderful addition to this thrilling series! Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and action with wonderful world building that adds so much to the story. Such a thrilling read that I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more of these. Recommend reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This is a wonderful addition to this thrilling series! Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and action with wonderful world building that adds so much to the story. Such a thrilling read that I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more of these. Recommend reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    The first book in the Fae Files series a great start to a new series. This is Exiled Fae princess Reine's story there is suspense, drama, danger, a deadly conspiracy, villains, a sinister cabal, and a woman desperate to get bad to the Fae world. I want to read the next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. The first book in the Fae Files series a great start to a new series. This is Exiled Fae princess Reine's story there is suspense, drama, danger, a deadly conspiracy, villains, a sinister cabal, and a woman desperate to get bad to the Fae world. I want to read the next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elvira

    This is a great start to the series. Exiled Fae princess Reine Has made a pact with someone who is worse than the devil (mom) lol. The characters are well developed and engaging and the storyline flows smoothly from beginning to the end. I am looking forward to reading more of this series. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Richardson

    This is the 3rd book I've read written by Cecilia Dominic; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I loved the characters. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review. This is the 3rd book I've read written by Cecilia Dominic; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I loved the characters. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosario Barrera

    A really cool paranormal thriller that makes you angry it ended! I loved this book, full of werewolves, witches, Fae and a really cool cat. A well spun tale. Highly recommended and highly entertaining. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lakeshia Gilbert

    Pretty good mystery. I don't like unresolved endings but thankfully the next book is waiting to be read! Pretty good mystery. I don't like unresolved endings but thankfully the next book is waiting to be read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Milligan

    Amazing read this is a first book for me by Cecilia and was a great read I will be checking out the rest of the series it's well written and I enjoyed the characters! Amazing read this is a first book for me by Cecilia and was a great read I will be checking out the rest of the series it's well written and I enjoyed the characters!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Guava

    Really good I did feel a little confused though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lucy at Rain and Cupcakes Book Blog

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Murlin

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Cook

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie Mills

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cori

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deborah S. Lambert

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Hancock

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liz V

  25. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah W

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Dean

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carl Parker

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

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