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Forsaken By Shadow (Mirus (1.1)) [Kindle Edition]

Kait Nolan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

**Forsaken By Shadow is also included in the omnibus Genesis, along with Devil's Eye and Blindsight. Buy all three and save!**

Kait Nolan's Mirus series is set in a paranormal world unlike any you've visited before—inventive new mythology full of fast-paced action, dark dangers, sparkling magic, and sizzling, undeniable attraction.

A Novella of the Mirus (1.1):

Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year’s Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn’t even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can’t remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands–not even the woman he almost died for.

Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to do is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what’s probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him.

And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.


“Do you have any idea how many rules Adan violated with you? Bringing a human into our world?” The demand came from the Walker on the left. His dark face was barely differentiated from the shadows in which he stood. The outlines of his broad body were still blurred.

“I know he gave me my life.” Gage edged backward, trying to push Embry into a corner.

“A mistake we intend to rectify before it destroys him,” said the wraith.

“No!” The heat behind him was instant, scorching.

Gage turned toward her, shouting, “Embry, no!” But the fireballs were already flying from her hands toward the two flanking Walkers. They phased out even as Matthias dove forward and caught Gage around the waist.

Matthias was the bigger man, but Gage was younger, faster. He twisted and threw the Walker into a wall, already scrambling toward Embry.

She was a living flame, more than ever the child of her fire elemental mother. Heat and light pulsed off her in waves, expanding, beating in a terrifying rhythm as the nimbus grew and grew.

If she went nova, she’d kill them all.

Gage dove into the light, feeling no burn, no pain, just desperation to save her. If he could drag her out of the light and into the shadows, he could get her away to safety. Drawing on the darkness, he reached out for her. “You have to shut it off!”

“No, you don’t underst—”

His hands closed around her arms. For a heartbeat everything stilled. Then, agony ripped through him, an insatiable inferno of pain as everything she was projecting shot into his body and ripped him apart.
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  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! August 1, 2010
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I enjoyed this novella very much. It was exactly the kind of quick PNR read I was in the mood for after a long day. The characters are intelligent and sexy and I found the paranormal aspects to be fresh and interesting. Definitely going to read more by Kait Nolan.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! June 14, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Kait Nolan has jumped straight onto my "read more" list with her debut novella. The story pulled me in and kept me reading from the first page. I found her characters intriguing and believable, both in themselves and in their relationships to one another. Settings, events, and the details of the paranormal world were all realistically described without any info-dumping.

My criticisms are minor and didn't prevent me from enjoying the story, and I say this as someone who is, for better and worse, a really critical reader. For those who, like me, get really distracted by things like grammar and punctuation, I'm happy to report I didn't notice anything but a few comma errors. There was one line of dialog that was a little awkward in its detail-explaining function. The shift from the first scene to the second took me a moment to catch up to, but I had no problem figuring out what was going on. As I said, minor issues, and they were easily outweighed by the strength of Ms. Nolan's storytelling.

In short, this is a well-written, very engaging novella, with a world and characters I'd like to visit again. Kudos to Kait, and I can't wait to read her next installment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done! June 5, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
It took me a little bit to get into this novella, but it smoothed out nicely, and raced quickly through all sorts of exciting events that leave one sort of breathless at the end (personally, I like that). I found it kind of predictable in spots, but not in a bad way, and I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters very much. The opening was quite original and unique...a fascinating way to start the story. The Mirus world is one chock-full of interesting and quirky "beings" that I'd really like to read more of soon. Bravo, Kait!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a short story! November 9, 2010
By Mei
Format:Kindle Edition
A man wakes up alone and with bandaged hands in a cheap motel room. His only memory is the need to protect a girl, but he can't remember what her name is. After a trip to the hospital, his finger prints reveal that his name is Cade and that he went missing 15 years ago. He makes a successful new life for himself as a UFC fighter, but everything spirals out of control when a mysterious redhead catches his eye in the front row of a fight. Can she help him fill in the missing years of his life?

I enjoyed this debut novella. While many of the familiar paranormals are on the scene, there are some new ones that I haven't seen before, like the Shadow Walkers. The pace of the novella was good, and the sex scenes were not overdone, which is always nice for anything with a tag of "romance." I would be very interested in reading more about the characters in a future novel.

My Recommendation
A fun read for a mature audience. The story feels like a quick introduction into a new series, and will leave you wanting more. I give it a 4/5.

***FTC Disclosure: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book kept me interested from the beginning, it was well written and fast paced. i enjoyed it more than some paranormal books I have read from well known authors. I will keep an eye out for her next book and recommend this one!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Intrigue July 27, 2011
By Chels
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is interesting and action-packed. Embry is now in control of her own flame-making abilities and works for the Council of Races. However, she decides to leave the job when they refuse to help her find her "kidnapped" father. She hunts down Cade Shepherd, a man who doesn't remember his past, but is just as lethal. The only problem? Cade must remember his past as a Shadow Walker. The romance doesn't take forever to take hold, the reader isn't left bored at all. Cade and Embry tend to skirt each other and their feelings for each other in the novel, though. The novel contains action, drama, mystery, and romance. The action is continuous with very few lags. This book is a novella, it will not take long to enjoy. This novel is recommended for adults/young adults who enjoy romance mixed with action and mystery.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining, quick read March 31, 2011
By sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Forsaken By Shadow by Kait Nolan was an exciting, interesting read. I do not remember ever reading a book about shadow-walkers before, which immediately makes this one standout. It's an urban fantasy/paranormal romance that does not center around werewolves, shape-shifters or vampires. To me, that is a feat all it's own.

Yes, it is a novella, but I still wanted it to be longer. It's not that the story was confusing, because it wasn't. Nolan provides a glossary of terms at the beginning of the book that proves to be extremely helpful and makes it possible for her to skip drawn out explanations during the story. It's simple that I wanted more story. I am a greedy reader and I honestly enjoyed the characters and unfortunately, I didn't get my fill of them. It looks as though the following books in the series don't deal directly with Gage and Embry; they are take place in their world. A 165 pages were not enough for me.

Embry (or as Gage calls her, Ember) is determined, strong-willed and tough. She will do anything to get her father back, even open painful doors to her past. Embry is a fire elemental; a sort of witch who can produce, control and manipulate fire.

Gage is equally as awesome; he is a shadow-walker, which means he can travel from shadow to shadow. I am a bit iffy on the details, but from what I was able to gather, he just needs to envision the shadow he wants to appear in and he can bounce amongst them. Does that make sense? He can teleport between shadows - that is probably a better description. When we first meet Gage, he is living under the name Cade; he has lost his memory and has now made a career for himself as an ultimate fighter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it!
Really enjoyed this book. I hope Kait Nolan will get time to finish writing "Blindsight". In the meantime, I'll read the others...
Published 15 months ago by Elaine Louw
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read
First off, I have to say Forsaken by Shadow had an awesome set up. Chapter 1 begins with Cade Shepard (age 23) waking up, not knowing who he was, and trying to piece a life... Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Reena Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
An interesting introduction to a hidden paranormal world. The writing was excellent and I loved the plot and the characters. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by R. Scott Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars This PNR novel of the Mirus world is just terrific!
Cade is the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Champion, but has no memory of his former life when he awakened ten years ago. He is about to learn who he was and what he could do. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Karyn-Anne Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Forsaken by Shadow
I was disappointed in this because I thought it was the whole novel. I did not see where it was listed as a sample.
Published on August 7, 2011 by Planet.pearl
4.0 out of 5 stars ;o)
3.95*** stars

Cade woke up not knowing who he is. All he knew from a report is that he was reported missing since he was 9 years old under the name Cade. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Lady Raven RAVE!
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please!
FORSAKEN BY SHADOW is a dark and sexy story. The author, Kait Nolan, hands out twists and turns throughout the novella like small pieces of candy, to which I say--more, please! Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by Tori Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars New awesome paranormal world
I love the beginning of this novella, even if ultimate fighters aren't really my thing (I can only think about them getting chipped teeth, and that's not very sexy). Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by Rinne Katja Kristina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great novella!
This was a really fun read for me. I normally don't read novellas, (thinking that will change now, though) and I must say that "Forsaken by Shadow" was a refreshing change! Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Wow. I normally avoid novellas because they can be so unsatisfying. Lots of loose ends. Not in this case! Kait Nolan can write! Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Adriana M. Hunter
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Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear--sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to action-packed paranormal--all featuring heroes you'd want to sweep you off your feet and rescue you from work-day drudgery. When not working or writing, Kait's hanging out in her kitchen cooking and wishing life were a Broadway musical.

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