Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat. After a terrifying car crash, Ashla Townsend wakes up to find that the bustling New York she knew is now eerie and desolate. Just when she's convinced she's alone, Ashla is confronted by a dark warrior who draws her deeper into a world she never knew existed. The bond between Ashla and Trace is a mystery to both, but searching for answers will mean confronting long-hidden secrets, and uncovering a threat that could destroy everything Trace holds precious.
©2009 Jacquelyn Frank (P)2012 Tantor
"This romantic and strongly sexual story between complicated characters is made even richer by an intriguing secondary cast and efficient world-building that's familiar without being lazy." (Publishers Weekly)
Romantically, deliciously, dramatic.
I liked the entire story, but loved watching Ashla grow strong and brave and watching Trace's relationship with her change.
She is a great narrator. Have listened to her in other book and think she does a wonderful job. Men's voices could be a little gruffer, but not really a complaint.
The only complaint I had about the book was the ending. Without giving anything away and letting readers/listeners know it in no way detracts from the story, I would like to have had more of a "finish" to the main characters' story.
Probably not. The book was all over the place.
The story line was all over. I love her other books, but this one I had to keep going back because I felt like I missed something. But I didn't the story changed without explanation. It just seamed this was hastily written.
The ending was left open, but unless I am desperate for a read, I won't read the next one.
I love the narrator and have looked for other titles just based on her narrations.
Wish the series spinoff had started with the characters known from the other series.
This is a great launch to the world of the Shadowdwellers. Jacquelyn does a superb job introducing us to this exotic dark vampirism culture. It’s always interesting introducing the struggle between religion and state. The strong females and males that take on governing this usual world are dynamic and fascinating. And with all that is going you are still drawn into the heat that Trace feels for Ashla. But more important is you want them to make it and you them to over come. Yes, this is hot and steamy, but more important it is good start to what we hope will be a great series. Kristen Potter does a great job with the narrations.
great story love it when i read it. but listening is fantastic and very addicting ,I didn't stop listening for 2 days.
i love the narrator she makes you know which person in the story it is she playing very good
Yes. All of Jacquelyn Frank's books are worth a second listen.
I enjoyed the whole book... it'd be to hard to choose just one
Again... I couldn't choose just one i loved the book so much i had a hard time not listening to the whole thing in one setting
Get lost in the world of the shadowdwellers
A great start to another great series by Jacquelyn Frank
I am audio book addicted. Lets me do two things at once, multi-tasking to the inth degree. Love series, and hot and spicy books best.
Took a chance, and was ever so glad. Third in the series comes out this month cant wait. If you enjoyed nightwalkers, you will like this series, and narrator. I devoured the first 2 books, and I know I will listen to them again. Im so grateful for the honest reviews, I use them a lot to help choose my books.
worth the money or credit, good narrator, good story.
Once you get into story can't stop...JF captures the characters emotions that pulls you along.
JF other series "Nightwalker"...read those as well.
Glad to start on this first book of this next series by JF...love, action & suspense, what more can i ask for...recommend highly...awaiting "Rapture" next book.
I need more ears!
I love the Nightwalker series and have listened to it at least twice. I've been needing a Jacquelyn Frank fix, and I wanted something new from her. I also love Kirsten Potter, so I thought, why not!
I never expected to become so immersed in this fascinating and erotic look into a new (to me) Nightwalker species. The Shadowdwellers live their lives in darkness, but their eye sight is such that they see as well in the dark as we do in the light. It took me a minute to be able to visualize this world, but I imagined that their world is pretty much like ours, full of a light they can see very well by, while normal sources of light blinds and burns them.
I especially loved the eastern flavor of their world -- the colors, fabrics, textures are brought to vivid life by JF, and the culture is gorgeous. Shadowdwellers are given advanced learning in sexual arts, (similar to tantric practices, or the karma sutra), from and early age, and they are taught by their priests. I loved the religion their society is based upon. It was so exotic and sensual that I wanted the story to go on and on.
The political landscape is just complex enough, and the villains interesting and threatening enough to build suspense. I loved their use of swords and other weapons, poisons, assassins -- just amazing.
If you haven't read these, give them a try. All three books in the series are amazing. My only regret is there are only three -- but they are fantastic, rich and full of memorable characters.
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