The book is up on Amazon ==> Niko and the Shades
When 15-year-old Niko moves from the one place in the world where magic doesn’t work to the ancient city of Aldemyr, he secretly hopes for magic wands, spells, maybe even a hero’s sword. Instead, he can see the scarpies, sinister little shadow creatures who live in darkness and feed on black magic. Most people can see one or two, here or there, but Niko sees them everywhere, scuttling along the streets, hiding in shadows. And when a powerful figure at the royal court is murdered by black sorcery, Niko begins to think the scarpies are involved.