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Shadowfae (Shadowfae Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Erica Hayes
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Imagine a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs. And once you’re in, there’s no escape…Welcome to the world of Erica Hayes Shadowfae.

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell’s minions. Then she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her senses. Rajah shares the same bleak fate as she, and yearns just as desperately for freedom. But the only way for Jade to break her bonds is to betray Rajah—and doom the only man she’s ever loved to a lifetime in hell.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the intriguingly dark version of modern Melbourne depicted in Hayes's debut, succubi and incubi tempt mortals with erotic rapture; vampiric mob families war over territory and women; and fairies are dying of an unknown cause. Succubus Jade and incubus Rajahni Seth, both in thrall to a demon lord for 1,000 years, discover a way to escape, but as they compete to collect the soul needed for their separate spells, they discover they're falling in love. The numerous erotic scenes are compellingly emotional and intense, and are perfectly in place as a plot about sexual predators develops. Urban fantasy readers will love the atmosphere, but not the rules of soul collecting and demon serving, which seem confusing and incongruous, or the centuries-old characters who act like jealous 20-somethings without perspective, maturity or patience. (Oct.)
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"A thrilling and darkly erotic tale of betrayal, passion and redemption, SHADOWFAE is a rich novel that will ensnare the senses with lush prose and a deadly vision of the Fae that conjures fairy tales of old."  --Caitlin Kittredge, bestselling author of Second Skin

“SHADOWFAE is a mind bending blast into a darkness that enfolds and ensnares you from the first page...Pure magic from the word go" –Bitten By Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312578008
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H4I47C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Disclaimer: I rarely provide a story synopsis and haven't done so for Shadowfae. Other people do--and they do it better than I can. Amazon itself always offers a professional review. Why should I reinvent the wheel?

I should point out, too, that I definitely prefer the more erotic side of the bigger paranormal/dark urban/fantasy/etc romance field. If a book doesn't have some colorful sexuality in it, I get bored. (I have relatively little time for pleasure reading and when I can read, I want what I want.) In this book, with Jade the succubus and Rajah the incubus as protagonists, there is definitely a bunch of sex.

So--GOOD book! Go buy/read it!

The author offers a fully-realized world contained within a delightfully unique premise. This is a valuable setup because romance books in general and urban/dark urban/erotic/supernatural/paranormal romance books in particular, seem to be suffering from a stupendous lack of creativity these days. Many, far too many, books written inside this genre have become boringly derivative of each other. Like lemmings, the majority of what is out there follow one another right over the "I Am An Utterly Predictable Romance Genre Book" cliff.

But Shadowfae breaks away from that stultifying sameness with one masterstroke of plotting: All the protagonists are amoral. Everyone in the book is a "bad guy", so to speak, at least in the beginning. Everyone is highly sexual. Furtive (e.g., dark alley, back room, and hallway) acts of grasping sexuality between entities most often results in damage of some kind to one or both. In fact, dark and abusive sexuality seems to be one of the coins of the realm for those who inhabit this world.

The other is magic. And oh does the magic sizzle!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Both leading lady succubus Jade and leading man incubus Rajah are enslaved to a demon and both long for the end of their servitude, they are forced to seduce and sometimes kill unable to resist the compulsion of their master's orders. But Rajah has discovered the way to win his freedom, a secret he shares with Jade - to be free, four special souls must be harvested, the only catch is one of the key souls is the same for both Jade and Rajah which means that only one of them can be free.

Shadowfae was an interesting read, and Aussie writer Erica Hayes' tale blurs the line between good and evil. Almost all of the characters in Shadowfae are predators, and even the `good' characters are morally gray. Just as Jade falls under the control of one of the villains of the tale, who uses his vampiric thrall as sort of a date rape drug, eventually the predator falls prey to the sensual power which allows Jade and Rajah to enrapture their victims. And that blur allows for moments where it is possible to actually feel sympathy for the villians even as they pay the price for their misdeeds and also for moments where Haye's reminds us that the leads, though capable of sacrifice and love, are not classic hero/heroine material.

With an incubus and a succubus in the starring roles, it is not surprising that sex plays an important part in Shadowfae, making it somewhat erotic as well as dark. But the sensual language is not as in your face crude as most of the few erotic books I've attempted - I tend to stick to the steamy side of main stream paranormal romance - and not all of it is meant to titillate, much of it is almost setting and texture. But if you are not an erotic reader, you should be forewarned that the sexuality woven throughout Shadowfae comes in pretty much every flavor.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Erotic Horror (B-Grade) January 10, 2010
Dark, seductive and erotic are the perfect words to describe, Shadowfae, the debut release from Erica Hayes. Jade is a one-hundred forty year old succubus who is indentured to the demon lord Kane for a thousand years. She is forced to seduce and suck out the soul of the current victim she is with. She uses sex as a weapon, known as the rapture. Jade hates her immortal life but has no choice to do what Kane orders her to do. Kane loves Jade and wants her to love him, but because of his evil and somewhat degrading ways, she refuses to give him any piece of herself. And because of that, Jade suffers.

Jade is forced to go undercover and find out what one of Kane's enemies has up his sleeve. If Jade has to use her body to do just that, she will, even if she continues to lose her own soul in the process. What she doesn't know is that she has a possible way out. Rajahni Seth is an incubus also serving Kane who's found a way to break away from Kane's hold. Rajah wants to team up with Jade because he believes she can help him achieve his goal. Jade doesn't trust Rajah because he can use his sex magic to enthrall her. But after Rajah explains that all they need is to harvest four special souls, Jade makes a pact with him.

Jade and Rajah enter a very dark world filled with dark erotic and sexual horrors. Vampires use their blood to conquer their victims sexually and one such vampire has Jade in his sights because he wants revenge against Rajah. As Jade slowly loses her own sanity because of the intense lust she has for Rajah and those supernatural creatures who tap into her desires, Rajah must make a decision where he can either manipulate Jade into giving him what he wants, or save her soul and find a small taste of happiness for them both.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a pretty good story
This was a pretty good story. The prose was a bit off in that there were times I had to go back and re-read a sentence or two due to some unusual sentence structure. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Shadowfae (Book1)
I am totally reading this series out of order, but it doesn't appear to impact my enjoyment of the series. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful escape!
I love this series due to the fact it is a great escape into a whole other world. Full of lust, love, moral struggles and the like.
Published 21 months ago by A.J. Thacker
4.0 out of 5 stars fun, racy, erotic urban fantasy
Jade is a succubus enthralled to a demon lord. She is humiliated by what she has to do to survive. Someone is poisoning fae. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kamilah S. Bryant
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of time and money
I was so excited to find a new author writing the paranormal genre. I was so disappointed and disgusted with what I read. Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Carol A Gronli
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I was Expecting
I read a short story by this author in "Hex Appeal". It was very good so I decided to try this book. Honestly, it left me feeling very unfulfilled. Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by CandleLight
4.0 out of 5 stars I found Shadowfae exciting and sexy.
I found Shadowfae exciting and sexy. An underlying sense of urgency and danger made it thrilling. And frequent passionate and erotic scenes satisfied my love of paranormal romance. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Book Love Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Descriptions
This highly erotic title has more going for it than steamy sex and a delicious hero. The author's voice is such a treat. Read more
Published on December 11, 2010 by Hailey Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars could be 3.5 - I'm still on the fence
This was a unique story compared to all the others out there. I liked the story, but it was a little choppy for me. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by J. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars EROTIC HEAVEN!
I think that Erica needs time to let the characters grow, Their always quick to swap body fluids, but not enough is known about them. I'm not sure who to hate or to love. Read more
Published on July 29, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer.

She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colourful heroes with dark secrets.

She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she's terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.

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