Release Date: March 27, 2012
Pages: 336 (Mass Market Paperback)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Date: April 16, 2012
Rating: 4 bookmarks
I actually finished this book last weekend, not exactly sure why it took me over a week to review it. Usually I put off the review when I don’t like the book, but I really did like it so I’m not sure what that’s about. Anyhow, as usual, I’ll try not to give away too much, but I promise nothing! First and foremost, let me just state, wow, what an amazing cliff hanger! It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the edge of my seat like this. This book has left me wanting to read the forth installment now! I don’t want to wait!
Just to back track just a little bit, I must admit I was let down with how easily Miranda forgave David for his indiscretion in the last book. Just because you “bound” to someone for life doesn’t mean you can’t make things a hard for them….at least for a little bit hard. Lucky for me, this time around, Ms. Sylvan has more than made up for the weakling state of our heroin, Miranda, in the last book. I even started to like David again. I totally thought he was such a sorry case and total weak douche bag (sorry for the language) in the last book, but he also has been mostly redeemed in my opinion and I can now continue on in the series without despising the two main characters.
Shadow’s Fall picks up picks up three years later and is mostly is centered around Miranda and David hosting the once a decade Signet Council meeting. During these meetings the Signet Primes flex their muscles and bicker per the usual. But this year, the same trouble maker from the last book, Hart, reappears making more trouble for Miranda all in the name of revenge. Not only do we expect Hart to be the bad guy this time, there is another bad guy lurking around with a very different and more dangerous agenda. Miranda’s pending death! It’s interesting how that whole situation unfolded. With the appearance of David’s maker, comes some history on the vampire race among other interesting theories.
Finally Faith get some action too, but of course the guy who she starts to like, is the one she shouldn’t, Jeremy works for Hart and we know what that mean. Trouble! Jeremy was a fun distraction at first and I did like seeing that side of her. Even thought she was into Jeremy, Faith seemed to think she has this major crush on David, she even believe that loves him, but I don’t think so! Several times during the book I was sitting there crossing my fingers that nothing inappropriate would go down with them, David ‘s character cannot take one more indiscretion. Even though Faith clearly cares for him, thank goodness she won’t cross that line. David did have his moments here and there of being super protective of Faith, but I think it’s more because she was into Hart’s First and not because he had any sort of feelings toward her beyond friendship and possibly loyalty.
Deven and Jonathan were very present in this book also. Deven, the kind of man that would make a regular person with regular limits want to tear their hair out. He has the most misguided ways of helping his friends. Jonathan with his level head and thank goodness he always at least tries to talk Deven down from doing something crazy. He’s not successful, but he tries. I found it pretty entertaining that David finally has enough of Deven’s antics. That’s something I never thought I’d see happen. In addition to Deven and Jonathan, with all the Primes and Consorts present for the meeting, I enjoyed that we got to see more interactions and relationships between more of them.
As one would expect, Ms.Sylvan’s writing style was the same as the previous two books, so if you enjoyed the flow of those, then you’ll enjoy this as well. I wouldn’t recommend starting with this book. You can, but there may be some things that you’ll want to know what happened that lead up to it, so I suggest you read the previous two.
Overall, this was a strong book. Ms. Sylvan delivers a story with tons of depth, dynamic characters, and an awesome cliffhanger!!! This is one that you must read. Enjoy!