|Shadows Edge (Goodreads page)|
By: J.T. Geissenger
Ebook: 359 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: author for honest review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Night Prowler
Summary from Goodreads
Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Karen Marie Moning will be captivated by this edgy, sensual new paranormal series about an ancient dynasty of shape-shifters locked in a centuries-old battle for power, and the dangerous attraction between their leader and the woman who may be the downfall of them all.
Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.
Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…
I really enjoyed reading this story. It was easy to read, exciting and suspenseful at times. I loved the romance in this book also. I give the book 5 stars because it is awesome and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great paranormal read this summer.
I like the twist to the shifter angle in this story. Instead of werewolves this a panther story. Some of the stronger shifters can even shift into other things. There have been famous Ikati throughout the world history including Cleopatra and Anne Boleyn. The Expurgari are the Ikati’s enemies and they are determined to eradicate the Ikati from the face of the earth. The centuries old feud between the Ikati and Expurgari have sent the Ikati into hiding on various continents and their population has dwindled. The Ikati are forced to stay in their communities and not venture out in fear of being caught by the Expurgari.
The characters in this story were great. They were well thought out and their back story on the main characters was interesting as well as informative. The hierarchy was explained well also so that we know who and why the decisions are made the way they are. You feel for the characters in this story and you understand their struggles. Their different attitudes really come through in the writing as well.
I really liked the setting. The descriptions of the landscapes especially the home lands of the Ikati sound beautiful. The land sounds dark, misty and forested. This is a place that I would be interested in seeing. I could picture it in my head as the story moves along. The Ikati themselves sound beautiful also.
I also like how in this story either before or after an Ikati shifts for the first time you start to see what kind of gifts that they will have. Some are stronger than others and some have more gifts than others. They may be able to read minds or persuade someone to do what they want or anything. I really liked this also.
All in all I really enjoyed this story. I look forward to reading the next one in the series. I would recommend the Night Prowler series to anyone who loves paranormal romance. This book will draw you in until the last page and leave you wanting more!