Review of ‘Ink and Shadows’ by Rhys Ford


Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy


Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows. For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair. And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake. The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine. Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased. When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.


I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this book, but the blurb really intrigued me! I was absolutely blown away by this storyline! It is incredibly unique and original and, quite frankly, it was a breath of fresh air from the usual books that I read.

It is mainly about the Four Horsemen. I’m sure we’ve all heard of them at one point or another. They are biblical figures who bring about many disasters to human beings (i.e., starvation, diseases, wars). The novel follows each of these immortal beings who are named: Death, War, Pestilence (AKA Mal), and Famine.

Their names are tied into their calling. It may seem on the surface as if they are evil entities, but they are quite the opposite.

Death is a stoic, thoughtful, and quiet person, but he is strong when he needs to be. War is the rowdy one. He is a bit of a troublemaker. Famine is tough on the surface and a skilled fighter. On the other hand, Mal is a huge contrast to the other horsemen. He is a bit naive, he doesn’t know how to defend himself that well, and he tends to make a lot of mistakes; much to the frustration of War.

Another character we get to know is Kismet. He has endured a lot for such a young man and, unfortunately, it has begun to take its toll on his sanity. He sees shadows that belong to the dead. He believes he’s going crazy and is finding it harder and harder to maintain control over his visions. Eventually, his path crosses with the Four Horsemen and he is tossed into a world full of danger and intrigue.

I can rave about this book for days. I really loved it! There was so much action, humor, and tenderness. I loved the characters. They all had very distinctive personalities. It had a lot of traits that I absolutely adored! I cannot wait to read more from this author!

This book officially releases tomorrow and I highly recommend it!

**ARC obtained from Netgalley**

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DSP Publications

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Glad you enjoyed it. The dude in the cover is hot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. He is! I’m obsessed with that cover! 😍

      Liked by 1 person

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