When the Allens rescue Lenore from certain torment, she’s offered a new life, a life that can save her from the underworld of crime in which she’s forced to live. The universe is keeping score, however, and Lenore isn't the only one caught in this web of debt. Can she truly escape her past when it comes to find her or will she be drawn back into the darkness?
Homeless, orphaned, living in secret as a thief—Lenore Crowley just wants to survive, but the city of Springhaven has no sympathy for cases such as hers. She chose her path, and the consequences are hers alone. Being caught would mean certain death; her odds of survival are beginning to look bleak. When she meets the Allens, she’s offered a new life. In a world where debts and oaths carry very real weight, however, this second chance comes at a price. Lives entangle, and Lenore soon find that her secrets aren’t so secret. Someone is looking for her, someone who knows who she really is. One wrong move and everything around her might fall.
Fans of Gail Carriger, Garth Nix, and Marie Brennan will delight as this new world unfolds for them. A multi-layered realm of history, subterfuge, colorful characters, potential, and lost magic and technology promises to entrance readers of all ages.
Dana Fraedrich is an independent author, dog lover, and self-professed geek. Even from a young age, she enjoyed writing down the stories that she imagined in her mind. Born and raised in Virginia, she earned her BFA from Roanoke College and is now carving out her own happily ever after in Nashville, TN with her husband and two dogs. Dana is always writing; more books are on the way!
Five stars from Reader's Favorite!
Out of the Shadows (Broken Gears) by Dana Fraedrich is a gripping story with a great plot and interesting characters. We meet Lenore, a woman on the run from her past, risking everything because the consequences could be unbearable if she is caught. When she is rescued by the Allens, she thinks she can live a new life and even abide by the code of conduct imposed by her new friends. But then can she really outrun her past, can she outrun herself? At a time when she is almost convinced that her past is history, someone appears who seems to know everything about her underworld activities and who is just watching, like a hunter, waiting for the least mistake on her part to expose her. Can Lenore embrace the second chance she has been given and beat the threats that loom over her life?
Dana Fraedrich has a great imagination and she has created a story that will enthrall readers. The plot is beautiful and it has many surprises for the reader. Evenly paced, it will keep the reader's eyes riveted to the pages. I enjoyed the fact that the story begins with action. The reader meets Lenore who is running away from an enemy that could make her life miserable, and the reader sees her taking a serious risk. My curiosity was piqued by this action and I longed to know what she was running away from. I loved the complex, multilayered characters and the fact that the protagonist's personality is unveiled little by little. Out of the Shadows (Broken Gears) features great prose, a gripping plot, and characters that will remain with readers long after they are done reading the story.