- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Ace (November 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441016340
- ISBN-13: 978-0441016341
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,002,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Flame and the Shadow Paperback – November 4, 2008
“Sparkles with excitement! An inventive tale of magic and erotic adventure.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Shana Abé
“Denise Rossetti is a stunning new voice in futuristic romance. She hits the scene with a thrilling view into a magical world of fantasy, magic and intrigue….I’ve not read anything like it….I’ve put Denise Rossetti on my list of authors to follow as I expect to see new and out of the box literary greatness from her.”
–Night Owl Romance
“Should appeal to fans of Storm Constantine and Laurel K. Hamilton.”
“Denise Rossetti has taken the fantasy genre by storm with her print debut. THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW bursts with action, mystery and passion. Rossetti has a beautiful writing style, apparent in her descriptions of the world, her realistic dialogue and her highly developed characters who have weaknesses, learn lessons and grow as we turn the pages…. She has an extraordinary gift of language as if the words themselves create magical patterns on the page as they flow one into another so seamlessly…. I highly recommend this novel to fans of erotic romance and fantasy alike and can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.”
“Denise Rossetti transports readers of her romantic science fiction novel, THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW, to the five-mooned planet called Sybaris where an almost past- her-prime, seriously clumsy and not what anyone would call beautiful witch grieves the death of her only child. Maybe as recompense for the death, maybe something more sinister, The Lord and Lady of the afterlife endowed her with a new gift as they took Cenda's daughter during last winter's ague— the power of fire. She's the only fire witch and she's still very inept and naïve to think that it is just a run-of-the-mill ability. There are those who want her and her power and they are willing to pay. As well, there are those who will do anything to betray Cenda for their own ambition, money, power, greed, or well-being. She has no idea that she can trust nobody, least of all Grayson, Duke of Ombra, a troubadour harpist with a shadowy secret that he has come to hate. A secret shadow, that is…. THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW is the perfect blend of science fiction and erotic fantasy romance.”
–Romance Readers at Heart, Top Pick
“A witch whose gift of flame is born from heartbreaking loss. A man whose burden is carried from innocent boyhood, through desperate youth, to besmirched adult. These people come together for very different reasons…. Ms Rossetti opens her fantasy series with a fascinating story. Set on a pleasure planet called Sybaris, it is a world where magic and technology both exist but not contentedly. Readers will delight in the author's rich imagination as they are caught up between the dilemmas of the main characters, the fight for power between the magic wielding Pures and the Technomages, and a thorough fall into love…. One of the pleasures of reading is to find characters that so completely capture our attention. These are people who have known happiness, suffered greatly and now have some chance of joy in their lives, again. They are emotionally wounded, imperfect, and are lovable in spite of that.”
–Love Romance & More
“This erotica is suitable only for mature audiences, but quite pleasurable for those who enjoy spectacularly sexual romance.”
“Captivating start to an erotic, mystical, futuristic world full of excitement and intrigue…. Denise Rossetti creates an erotic, mystical, futuristic world full of excitement and intrigue, promising even more adventure in the next book in this thrilling series. This is a great read!”
About the Author
When Denise Rossetti was very small, she had an aunt who would tell her the most wonderful fairy tales - all original. Denise grew up, as little girls do, but the magic of story still dazzles and enthralls her. On the good days, she likes to think of herself as Scheherezade's sister. On the bad days - not so much.
She remains an incurable romantic who loves happy endings, heart-pounding adventure and the eventual triumph of good over evil. All hail the guys in the white hats - unless the ones wearing black are more...um...interesting?
Denise lives in a comfortable, messy old house in the Australian suburbs. She's small, noisy and tends to wave her hands around a lot, which can be unfortunate if the tale she's telling happens to have explosions in it.
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Top Customer Reviews
Gray thinks Shad is an abomination and finally has a way to rids himself of his shadow. All Gray has to do is kidnap Cenda, a fire witch, and bring her to the magician that can help him. Cenda is recovering from a sickness that almost killed her, but ended the life of her baby daughter, Elke. Cenda is inconsolable over the loss of her daughter, even though through this tragedy, her magic has grown, where now she can make fire at will.
Gray and Cenda meet, and Gray is able to seduce Cenda because he is quite talented in bed. At first, Gray only thinks of Cenda as a means to an end, but as he gets to know her better, he begins to feel for her pain. He helps her to feel, mainly through sex, that she is worthy of love and is beautiful. As Gray becomes more emotionally attached to Cenda, so does Shad. But instead of Cenda running away in fear from Shad, she welcomes him to join Gray and she when they have sex. Whenever Cenda is too overcome with emotion, she can't control her fire power and can burn Gray. But with Shad joining both of them while they make love, he balances the heat, since he is cool. That is where the ménage a trios comes into play. And when Shad joins in with Gray and Cenda, anything goes. Gray hates that Shad makes him feel so good, but even though his mind is saying, no, is body is telling him the opposite. Plus, Cenda becomes a bit more aggressive and open to new things with Gray if Shad plays along with them.
If you can open your mind to some interesting and out of this world sex that Denise Rossetti has come up with, than I would recommend The Flame and the Shadow. I am just wondering what else will be up for grabs in the books I read, now that a person's shadow can have some love also.
The song, Me and My Shadow now has a whole new meaning
Cenda has been working on her majic skills nonstop since the death of her daughter Elke. When she is told she is a fire witch she sinks deeper into despair, feeling more alone than ever...but then Gray shows up, with his beautiful seduction, and the darkness in Cenda's soul starts to lighten...she even fully accepts and develops a deep fondness for Shad. Gray, having despised Shad for years, is astounded at her acceptance of his shadow and decides he wants to keep Cenda and Shad, but when they are captured by the very people that hired Gray and Cenda learns that Gray intended to turn her over her heart breaks and she turns to Shad, but there can be no Shad without Gray. Can Cenda overlook the past and give Gray and Shad a chance? Or will the greed of some destroy them?
***As a huge fan of GIFT OF THE GODDESS I have been highly anticipating this book. Denise paints a vivid picture with her words but this book was too sci-fi for my tastes, with witches and wizards and other planets it became hard to imagine the scene Denise is trying to create. This is a fabulous story with indepth, endearing characters that was wasted in a poor setting, even though Gray, Cenda and Shad could really steam up the pages...although I would have enjoyed this book much better if Gray and Shad had become even more intimate. I also really did not like the ending, but I will not spoil it for anyone thinking to read this book. For romance/erotica I would give this book 5 stars, but put the whole picture together and the final score is down to 3 starts. I would recommend this book to romance/erotica fans that can handle some out of this realm adventure. Side note: with a 3 way relationship you will need to expect some m/m and m/m/f relations.