In a post-apocalyptic future, the Agency works behind the scenes to take down opposition groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means, even when it comes to their own agents.
Sin is the Agency’s most efficient killer. His fighting skills and talent at assassination have led to him being described as a living weapon. However, he is also known to go off on unauthorized killing sprees, and his assigned partners have all wound up dead.
Boyd is not afraid to die. When his mother, a high-ranking Agency official, volunteers him to be Sin’s newest partner, he does not refuse. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair that he’d welcome death.
In the newly revised Director’s Cut of Evenfall, the first volume follows these two cast-offs as they go from strangers to partners who can only rely on each other while avoiding death, imprisonment, and dehumanization by the Agency that employs them.
Warnings: Explicit violence, physical and psychological abuse.
In the Company of Shadows is an M/M action/suspense series. Expect vivid descriptions of violence and psychological abuse.
While descriptive violence is NOT my forte, I forced myself to skip over it because, quite frankly, I was drawn into the story. Hsin Vega is an assassin – the best assassin The Agency has on hand. In post-apocalyptic America, no individual is free. The Agency works to keep the US gov’t, a wholly disturbed oligarchy, in power. Sin is so violent and uncontrollable that The Agency keeps him locked up in a box of solitary confinement, knocked out to where anyone can do anything to him and he is only slightly aware, when they aren’t in need of him. Given that he is claustrophobic, this just increases an insanity he seems plagued with. They are once again, in need. As if his life isn’t bad enough, they are forcing him to take on a partner. Now, considering he has either murdered or let die his former partners, this doesn’t sound like the job anyone would want. Enter Boyd, who has no reason to live, and accepts the job because his abusive, controlling mother tells him to.
The relationship between these two men is complex and deep. HOWEVER, so many times I wanted to take each of them and bang their heads together. They were such…men! What do I mean by that? They refused to spell out what they meant, instead assuming the other should figure it out and then getting pissed off when they didn’t. Sin makes demands without explaining why and then gets angry when Boyd doesn’t understand. And as Boyd has a past almost as bad as Sin’s, he can’t really explain his side of it either.
I have to admit, I LOVED the gift Sin gave Boyd – in any other book it might not work, but I have to say, that kind of gift was perfect because as soon I learned exactly what happened, I wanted the individual responsible to get their just reward. I just hope Boyd comes to appreciate it in time and can look back on it with, if not a smile, at least with relief.
I felt the book moved too slow, giving us information that wasn’t truly needed most of the time. They could have cut half of it out and still had an amazing book. And now, I am moving on to Evenfall Volume II to find out what happens with Hsin and Boyd.