Review: Shades of Treason by Sandy Williams (Anomaly #1)


Shades of Treason by Sandy Williams // VBC ReviewShades of Treason (Anomaly #1)
Sandy Williams
Published: July 1, 2015 (Brimfire)
Purchase: Amazon
Review Source: purchased

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Lieutenant Ramie “Ash” Ashdyn is part of a select group of individuals known as anomalies. They are stronger, faster, and smarter than your average person. They are ingrained with the need to uphold the ideologies of The Coalition above all others. Ash’s loyalty is tested when, on a mission to retrieve some very sensitive information, her entire team is killed.

Being the lone survivor immediately puts Ash on the suspect list. The suspicion doubles when she refuses to give up information gathered during the mission. What no one understands is that Ash cant give the information. It turns out the person who killed Ash’s team also telepathically put a lock on Ash’s mind. Thinking or speaking about certain events will send her into a blackout.

When Ash signed up to join the Coalition she agreed to loyalty training. It makes Ash unable to go against the orders of her Commander, no matter how much she tries anyway. Of course Ash’s former teacher Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus is sent in to try and get the truth out of Ash. When her mind-lock proves too much for even her loyalty training, everyone figures she’s somehow turned traitor. What no one counts on is Rhys’ feelings for Ash. Even Rhys himself is loath to admit he feels more for his former student than is allowed. But because of their past, he knows Ash is innocent, and he’ll do everything he can to prove it.

Writing this review and thinking back over Shades of Treason, I wonder how much different the book would have been if Sandy Williams kept, even from readers, the fact that Ash was innocent a secret. Probably could have avoided many irritating moments from the beginning to near middle of the book where I just wanted to shout ‘Someone look at this woman and realize there’s more going on than meets the eye!’ Rhys has his gut instinct that things aren’t right, but he honestly doesn’t know what to do to help. I guess you would think for a book that takes place in the future, with all the scientific advances, people would be able to think outside the box a little bit more.

Once Ash actually has concrete evidence and people firmly on her side, the book picked up for me.  Williams really did cross every t and dot every i when she wrote Ash’s restrictions. Just when I would think of how Ash could get the information across, she would squash that theory right away. Ash was the only female to ever be able to go through and complete the loyalty training set forth by the Coalition. That in a nutshell should tell you a lot about her character. But just in case: she’s a badass. It helps that Ash is in this situation where she’s extremely vulnerable and her training will only get her so far. She has to rely on others probably more than she ever has before. She becomes more relatable and I liked her quite a bit.

Rhys was also easy for me to like right off the bat. The way Ash would always bait him and he would, in turn, get flustered was great.  Williams paid extra attention to Rhys finally figuring out his feelings for Ash and I liked that change of pace.

If youre a fan of Williams Shadow Reader series Shades of Treason will not disappoint.

Sexual content: sex

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