- Series: Shadowdwellers
- Mass Market Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420104233
- ISBN-13: 978-1420104233
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers series, the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), the Gatherers series, and the Three Worlds series (including Seduce Me in Dreams and Seduce Me in Flames). She lives in North Carolina. Visit Jacquelyn at jacquelynfrank.com.
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Daenaira has been treated as a slave by her uncle and aunt for eight years, forced to wear a shock collar to enforce her obedience. The day comes when she is sold and before she leaves her aunt's home is shocked into unconsciousness. When she awakens she is in Sanctuary, the church of the Shadowdwellers led by High Priest Magnus who enforces the law and the morals of his people. He informs Dae that the goddess Drenna gave him visions that she was to become his handmaiden. Dae takes awhile but soon trusts Magnus and finds some serenity in Sanctuary even though treachery by unknown people wanting more power has her watching her back. He has enemies who want him dead, but they had not counted on the ferocity of the innocent in love protecting like a lioness her beloved; nor the priest also in love willing to die to keep the former slave safe.
The second Shadowdweller book (see ECSTASY) is more complex and delves deeper into the culture of the Shadowdwellers that is much different than our own. Magnus and Daenaira are a fascinating coupling as he has justifiable doubts about having a hand maiden who has the duties of a wife since the last handmaiden tried to poison him while she fears people after the torture her aunt put her through. .Unlike his former handmaiden who he had for decades and was celibate with, he can't control his desire for the woman the goddess chose for him. Jacquelyn Frank is one of the best paranormal romantic fantasy authors writing today and is a favorite of this reviewer.
There is a lot more action, espionage, conspiracies, twists and struggles in this one. The characterization of Daenaira of a former slave, street smart, naive in many things, curious but yet a fighter and survior was done with originality and flair. This made the interactions and struggles between Magnus and Daenaira believable to me.
The love scenes, as one reviewer has noted, were "HOT" but went on for far too long. The author was very descriptive in depicting the different "scapes", actions, struggles, characters, and love scenes - too much so in many cases. That is why I rated this novel between a 3 and 4 stars. The novel was a page-turner at times with so much going on that I could not stop reading, then it would plod along with VERY LONG descriptions - I'm talking about page after page - about the actions or scenes. While at times I felt like skipping paragraphs, the reader really can't because thrown in every now and then is information or explanations that is central to the plot. So, I found myself putting the novel aside, doing or reading something else until I was ready to give it another go.
This novel is not a light read or one that you will be able to finish in one setting. It's very intense at times and at other times it is overly descriptive and bogs down. I did finish the novel and am still interested in reading the next in the series - I just hope that the author does a better job of moving the plot along.