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- ASIN : B01MYFS2H8
- Publisher : Nightlight Press (March 20, 2017)
- Publication date : March 20, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3087 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 326 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,752 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Title: A Tide of War
Series: A Shade of Vampire
Designation: Book 41 of Multi-Novel Series, Book 8 & Conclusion of Season 5, NOT a Standalone, NO Cliffhanger
Author: Bella Forrest
Genre: Teen/Young Adult/ Coming of Age Paranormal/Supernatural/Fantasy Romance
Reading Platform: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: FIVE SPELLBINDING STARS *****
A Tided of War is the forty-first riveting release in the international bestselling megahit series, A Shade of Vampire, & Bella Forrest has left me totally breathless - again! Like thousands of my fellow Shaddicts around the world, I've been hooked since the first book of the series & now eagerly await each new release. And it's no surprise that Forrest has delivered another new gripping adventure that curls our toes, makes our hearts pound & keeps us begging for more! This is a beautifully written young adult saga unlike any I've ever read. Quite simply, it's an irresistibly delicious all-you-can-eat buffet of fantasy, adventure, & supernatural coming of age romance. But never fear, my friends, it's also an irresistibly tasty treat for us older adults who remain young at heart! The story is well crafted, imaginative, thrilling, fast paced, action packed, suspenseful, sweet, romantic & at times, also dark & mysterious. Whew, what a mouthful, but these are only a few of the words that come to mind after reading this incredible chronicle of the Shade, its inhabitants, & their enemies. The narrative is exceptionally well written in the first person with multiple points of view. Each chapter is told by one of the primary characters (and there are many), which I believe gives so much more depth & perspective to the story while adding insight into the thoughts, fears, & motivations of the large diverse cast. The dialogue is smart, well executed & flows effortlessly. Although the premise & plot for the series are intriguing as well as compelling, it's truly the magnificent cast of larger than life characters that make the biggest impact. They are well developed, fascinating, captivating, engaging, endearing & quite literally, out of this world! They explode from the pages, grab your imagination, capture your heart & hold you totally enthralled from beginning to end. Forrest skillfully combines all of these elements to craft a beautifully written paranormal romance filled to the brim with danger, action, adventure, fantasy, mystery, suspense, magic, supernatural beings, loyalty, heartbreak, betrayal, angst, hope, passion, love & plot twists that will blow your mind. After five seasons of the series consisting of 41 releases, some might think the story has grown old or stagnant, but nothing could be farther from the truth. After reading every single one of the 41 books, there are two things I've learned beyond a shadow of a doubt. First, when reading anything written by Bella Forrest, always expect the unexpected and two, absolutely nothing is ever impossible as we've all witnessed time & time again. In each book Forrest pens, she takes her readers on an emotionally thrilling roller coaster ride, unlike any other, one that keeps us on the edge of our seat & riveted to each page while screaming, "OMG - that didn't just happen!" And the icing on the cake, Forrest's books are always exceptionally well-crafted, edited, formatted & have gorgeous covers! I'm not a professional reviewer but I know what I like, what I love & what I don't & I love this series! I've never experienced anything like it. After reading Book 32: A Day of Glory, the final installment of season four, I had to ask myself, how in the world will Forrest ever be able to surpass her last release? But never fear my friends, Forrest has once again exhibited her extraordinary talent, remarkable skill, & incredible imagination by giving us yet another riveting new adventure featuring more of our new generation of young heroes with all of our beloved favorites also along for the ride.
Premise Season 5: Twenty-two years have passed since Ben Novak, Prince of The Shade, married the beautiful half blood River Giovanni. And much has changed in those years. The King & Queen of The Shade, Derek and Sophia Novak, are now proud grandparents, four times over & many of the other residents are also proud parents. Wow! Time really flies, doesn't it? Ben and River Novak have one nineteen-year-old half fae daughter, Grace, who, despite incredible odds, survived becoming a Bloodless & has just married Lawrence Conway, the man responsible for saving her life. Grace and Lawrence were married in a lovely ceremony in The Hearthlands officiated by half dragon & former Shade resident Heath. Ben and River also have a fairly new addition to their family. Two years ago, they discovered River had a son named Field, an adult Half-blood/Hawk hybrid who was the result of an invasive IBSI experiment performed while River was held prisoner twenty years earlier. Derek & Sophia's daughter, Shade Princess Rose Novak, has been happily married to Caleb Achilles for over 20 years. They have two human children, Hazel, age seventeen, & Benedict, age fourteen. Kiev and Mona Novalic have one nineteen-year-old son named Brock who is half warlock. Witches Ibrahim and Corrine have been blessed with a lovely nineteen-year-old full blooded witch daughter named Arwen who, despite her mother's objection, is dating Brock. Vampires Claudia & Yuri Lazaroff have a twenty-year-old human daughter, Ruby. Vampires Ashley & Landis Vaughn also have a fifteen-year-old human son Julian. Even the dragon residents of The Shade have flourished. Dragon shifter Jeriad & his human wife Sylvia now have a son, handsome strapping twenty-one-year-old half dragon Heath who now resides in The Hearthlands, his father's former realm. And there have many other happy unions among the residents. Aiden and Kailyn have been married for twenty-two years & adopted one of the werewolf pups recovered from the Harpies. Abby & Erik also took the plunge along with Micah and Kira, Eli & Shayla, & the two Jinn Aisha & Horatio who have a beautiful baby girl named Riza. And not surprisingly, ice dragon Lethe also has a human bride & now resides inside the protective boundaries of The Shade. Surprisingly, long time bachelor Lucas Novak is now a thriving resident of The Shade community but is no longer a bachelor. Yikes! For the first time in his 500 years of existence, he truly fell in love with Marion, the woman rescued from the Ogre realm, & has become a loving husband as well as father to Marion's daughter Avril. And of course, we all remember Xavier & Vivienne's beautiful daughter, Victoria Vaughn who married werewolf Bastien Blackhall in Season Four. Victoria & Bastien are now the proud parents of an adorable wolf hybrid son named Jovi . But as much as things have changed, there are still many things that have remained the same, including The Shade's mission to protect Earth from The Shade's many enemies, some known & some yet to be discovered.
A Dawn of Guardians(Book 33): Season Five begins two years after The Shadow League defeated the IBSI and ousted them from power. Our brave heroes of The Shade no longer operate from the shadows and have become the official and very public protectors of Earth and all its many realms and there are many...some yet to be discovered with strange and unfamiliar beings. As a result of their victory over the IBSI as well as their new public personas, the founders of TSL have become familiar faces around the globe making it impossible to travel anywhere without being recognized. In keeping with their responsibilities and duties, the name of the group has now been changed to the Global Agency for Supernatural Protection or GASP with Derek Novak as the Chairman/CEO and the other original members of TSL holding the key executive management positions. Even after finding the Bloodless cure and the elimination of the threat posed by the IBSI, supernatural crime still exists but with GASP having facilities and agents located the world over, it's handled professionally and expediently. And of course, they have maintained the alliances with the other supernatural realms made during the IBSI takedown. Their most recent case began with a call from the Greek island of Crete where tourists and locals have been mysteriously disappearing without a trace along with unexplained noises during the night and strange reports of vehicles being strangely mangled. All the incidents seem to be centered in the area surrounding the archaeological site of Knossos. Some of the more superstitious residents of the island fear the bizarre disturbances could be the result of Minotaurs, creatures of myth and legend returning to terrorize the island from the hidden ruins of the labyrinth. But are minotaurs real? Who could even say, especially after their recent discovery of several new supernatural species? Regardless, Derek and Sophia along with the other members of GASP from The Shade are scheduled to leave for Crete to investigate the case. And while their parents are conducting their investigation on Crete, Rose and Caleb Achilles' human children, seventeen-year-old Hazel and fourteen-year-old Benedict, along with Claudia and Yuri Lazaroff's twenty-year-old human daughter Ruby, and Landis and Ashley Vaughn's fifteen-year-old human son Julian are being shipped off to Murkbeech Island off the coast of Scotland for two weeks of summer camp where they will learn how to survive in the wilderness. It's a bit of a family tradition since this is the same wilderness training retreat Ben & Rose were sent when they were teenagers & we all remember how they ultimately ended up in Hawaii and the misadventures that ensued. I wonder if history will repeat itself & they'll also wind up being kidnapped and in mortal danger as did Rose & Ben? It seems they do but will our young heroes be able to save themselves?
A Sword of Chance (Book 34): Our story continues with GASP mounting an investigation on the island of Crete while Hazel, Benedict, Ruby & Julian arrive on Murkbeech Island only to be abducted by a group of mysterious malevolent supernatural beings called sentries who hail from Nevertide, a previously unknown realm to the Shade. Our young Shadians are kidnapped by the Hellswan brothers, Tejus, Jenus, Zerus & Ferros, all princes of the Hellswan Kingdom. The Hellswan bloodline has ruled the Hellswan Kingdom for many moons & hope to continue for many more. Hazel learns the Nevertide realm is made up of six separate kingdoms, each with its own ruling king or queen but all under the jurisdiction of one of the kingdom monarchs who also holds the title of Emperor of Nevertide & that Emperor just happens to be the King of Hellswan...the brothers' father. But unlike most kingdoms, these titles are not inherited, they are won in competitions. Sentries are large beings averaging seven feet tall and look mostly human. They possess heightened strength and speed, but unlike humans, their power is not derived from the food they eat but rather is sustained by feeding off the mental energy of others, much like vampires survive from ingesting blood. The sentries have found that certain special humans make the best donors & the Hellswan brothers need Hazel, Benedict, Ruby and Julia to be their power source for the upcoming trials where the sentries compete against each other. The winner will then participate in another trial for the position as the new King of Hellswan, then go on to also compete & hopefully win the title of Emperor as had their father before them, thereby keeping the seat of power for Nevertide in the Hellswan Kingdom. Their human captives are used as nothing more than batteries, useless, disposable & discarded when exhausted. And trials or no trials, the cycle will simply repeat with Sentries crossing dimensions when their human captives die, seeking & kidnapping more victims to use for their feeding habits and pleasure...unless Hazel, Benedict, Ruby & Julian can find a way to stop it. Trying to stay alive is proving to be quite the challenge for the young people so helping the right Sentry win the competition might be their only way to survive. Clearly, their only hope is to somehow escape & alert their GASP family members to the actions of the sentries & the threat they pose to humanity. But whom can they trust to help them? Would it be Hazel's champion, Prince Tejus Hellswan, or Ruby's contender, commoner & people's choice, Ashbik Goode? We'll see!
A Race of Trials (Book 35): Our story resumes in Nevertide after the devastating fiasco of the first trial in which many of the participants were eliminated...or killed. Yikes! Only twenty contenders remain including the obvious ministers' choice, the son of the now deceased King of Hellswan, Prince Tejus Hellswan, and the peoples' favorite, commoner Ashbik Goode. Seven perilous trials remain, each fraught with danger. As tensions rise, a new player appears on the board, Oueen Trina Seraq, but is she friend or foe? As Ruby & Hazel become more emotionally involved with their champions, friendships and loyalties are tested & our young heroes are drawn deeper into the darkness of Nevertide. Secrets, lies, betrayal, & dark mysterious forces continue to wreak havoc as unknown dangers threaten their well-being & safe return to The Shade. Meanwhile, GASP continues the investigation into the strange unexplained disappearances on the island of Crete. They've exhausted all leads but are no closer to solving the mystery of the five missing victims who seem to have no significant commonality & no similarities to connect them other than possibly their wealth. It's slowly becoming evident that several of the supernatural aspects of the case may be nothing more than a smokescreen but why & by whom? Unfortunately, they have yet to learn the fate of Ruby, Hazel, Benedict & Julian. How much longer can our young heroes survive before the members of GASP realize their children have been abducted & are no longer safe on MurkBeech Island? And once they do, will they be able to help? It seems our young Shadians may be on their own. They have a plan but will they be able to save themselves? Only one contender will win... A King will be crowned... Who will become the new King of Hellswan? But more importantly, what will it mean for our brave young Shadians?
A King of Shadow (Book 36): Our story resumes with a new king being crowned & once again a Hellswan descendent reigns. With Hazel's assistance, Tejus has defeated Ashbik & won the final trial thereby insuring his right to compete in the imperial trials. Unfortunately, Tejus soon learns he has acquired much more than just the crown; he's also inherited the ancient secrets hidden within the walls of the palace for centuries. Sinister long-forgotten entities aided by a long forgotten group call the Acolytes with malevolent intentions are at work, & with the Imperial Trials to determine the new emperor of Nevertide still to come, the situation has become grim. Julian is still missing and Hazel's brother Benedict has been possessed by a dangerous entity & has also disappeared. The palace has been surrounded by an invisible magical barrier & they have all become prisoners. The fate of our young heroes along with the entire Hellswan Kingdom has become most dire. Hazel finally reveals her supernatural heritage & Tejus begins to see there's so much more to the brave young woman than he realized. The star-crossed couple once again join forces to seek answers & despite their resolve to fight their undeniable attraction, they continue to grow closer as each is forced to acknowledge the escalating affection between them. But Hazel & Tejus are not the only couple with increasing attachments. Ruby & Ashbik have also become much more than friends but as their feelings have grown, so has the danger. It seems, they too, have fallen victim to the evil forces at play.
An Empire of Stones (Book 37): The situation continues to grow more dangerous for our young heroes. With Benedict now possessed by the entity & Julian still missing, whom can Ruby & Hazel trust? How can they determine friend from foe? Who will win the imperial trials and become the new emperor of Nevertide? Will it be Tejus or has Hazel claimed his heart? But things are not as they seem! They never are when residents of The Shade are involved. Thankfully, help may be on the way. The family members of GASP are finally aware their children are missing from Murkbeech Island and now they must do what they do best...solve the mystery, locate their loved ones & defeat the evil which looms closer. But will they be able to find them before it's too late?
A Power of Old (Book 38): And so it has begun...an ancient evil has awoken. Our story continues as GASP races the clock to find our young heroes while Hazel, Ruby, Benedict & Julian battle for their lives against unexpected enemies hiding in plain sight. With our star-crossed lovers growing ever closer, passion and emotions run high resulting in lines being crossed which can never be uncrossed. As dark forces lurk at every turn, Forrest skillfully begins to peel back the layers of lies, deceit, suspense & mystery revealing long kept secrets, surprising betrayals & a dangerous enemy which threatens all the realms of Earth.
A Rip of Realms (Book 39): In this heart-pounding continuation, Forrest kicks up the heat as the danger increases and even more shocking secrets are revealed. With the fate of the entire world now at stake, our ragtag group of heroes race against the clock to defeat the maniacal Oueen Trina and the Acolytes, hopefully thereby stopping the malevolent entity from rising which would most certainly result in the destruction of Earth and all its realms & dimensions.
A Throne of Fire(Book 40): The entity is wreaking havoc on Nevertide and its residents. GASP has finally breached the barrier over the portal but are they in time to stop the dark force from rising? Will GASP unite with the armies of Nevertide to yet again achieve the impossible & save the world? All could be lost, worlds may be destroyed... not everyone will survive. Who will live & who will die? As they face the biggest battle of their lives, will the Novak clan and GASP once again prevail?
A Tide of War(Book 41): In the highly anticipated conclusion to Season 5, we accompany our young heroes, GASP and the armies of Nevertide as they battle to the death against the entity and its resurrected shadow army to save Earth and all its realms. Forrest expertly weaves the threads of the story together for an explosive finale with shocking revelations, long awaited answers, a possible new ally, and more action, more danger, more drama, more suspense, more romance and surprisingly, more humor! Has GASP finally met a force they can't defeat or will they once again be victorious over the evil threatening Earth & restore peace to all the realms? Not all will survive, but who will live & who will die? And the burning question we're all dying to know, will our young lovers survive & find their happy-ever-after? We'll see!
Two beautiful brave young adult human heroines-check! Two courageous human teenage heroes-check! An army of supernatural heroes with a new name-check! A new realm inhabited by a mysterious race of unknown supernaturals-check! A dangerous dark force with malevolent intentions who may be more powerful than any yet faced-check! A magnificent cast of characters including a new generation of heroes-check! More new creatures that we've never before encountered-check! Danger, drama, action, adventure, suspense, betrayal and evil machinations-check! Two sweet budding romances-you bet! That & a whole lot more! Buckle up, my lovelies, for an exciting new adventure with all our favorite residents of The Shade including a brand new generation of heroes, all working together to battle malevolent enemies. Fabulous entertainment! I can hardly wait to see what Forrest has in store for our heroes of The Shade in Season 6 beginning with Book 42, A Gift of Three, releasing April 10, 2017! Oh my!
I always say that the book I’m reading is the best but this one really tops them all. In this book,
Benedict and the others are still searching for the Jinn but what they find will shock you.
Ruby takes Ash to the immortal waters to try to save him. You won’t believe what happens!
Hazel really embraces being a sentry and her family is very excepting. The final battle with the entity and shadows continues and yes, there are casualties.
This book is action packed from start to finish.
This book will have you crying, laughing and at times you’ll be gasping for air.
If you start reading, just know that you won’t be able to put it down.
I’m so excited to see where Bella Forrest takes us next. Bring on book 42.
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I'm glad to be going back to the shade for 42 it will be like going home for me