Shadow Warder Spotlight!

He lived for vengeance, until he met her. Now he has to choose—revenge or love?
Exiled by her people after an accidental death, Celeste’s power is so unstable the elegant Shadow healer is considered a deadly menace. Fifty  years of isolation have left her a little lonely. And more than a little bored. When a nearby family falls victim to demon infection, she decides  to go hunting. Without backup, it won’t be long before the demons are hunting her.A dangerous assassin, Gabe has better things to do than save a Shadow from her own reckless behavior. Like find the demon who killed his brother. Sure, the Shadow is gorgeous, alluring, and she needs his help. But he can’t afford to get distracted. Everything changes the second he spies his brother’s killer among the demons after Celeste. Now, nothing will tear him from her side.Gabe is dangerous and secretive. He’s also a skilled fighter and sexy as hell. Celeste knows better than to team up with a Warder, but she’s not sure she cares. It’s been a long dry spell since her exile. Neither of them expects their fling to turn into something more. But when Gabe’s past
catches up with him, he learns that his brother’s murder was just the beginning. A new evil is rising, and its sights are set on Celeste. Now
Gabe has to make a choice: revenge or love?

This book is a prequel in The Shadow Warder Series. The prologue provides a bit of background on the basic set up of the Shadow and Warder world and the reasons behind the bonding between Shadows and Warders as told by Zach, a powerful Shadow Oracle but if you  haven’t read the first book you’ll be left with some questions regarding the details concerning the main storyline of the series. I recommend reading the first book before reading this novella.

Celeste is a Shadow whose abilities are off. Mishaps with her powers occur whenever she is around electricity and sometimes those mishaps cause danger to others. After a particularly scary and sad incident Celeste is forced to leave the Shadow compound to live off on her own in isolation in the mountains of North Carolina. Gabriel is a Warder but not your typical Warder he’s a Sicarius, a deadly assassin who not only kills Vorati demons, but he also takes out Warders who break the rules. He’s known as the best and the scariest of the Sicarius and no one wishes to have the dark Warder after them.

Celeste and Gabe weren’t complicated or dishonest with one another. I appreciated Celeste’s mature and blunt approach to Gabe. She didn’t beat around the bush with the way she felt and the two were so sweet together. The romance was fast paced but for a novella I expected things to move fast and to get straight to the heart of the story. I did find myself crying a bit at one point so be prepared with some tissues. I won’t spoil what happens but my heart broke. I thought the storyline was action packed and it left me wondering about Amelia. Is she now paying closer attention and keeping track of all the changes going down? Is she going to start gathering the other Warders and work with the Shadows? Will she eventually approach the other directors with what she knows?

To protect her, he let her go. Now he’ll risk everything he believes in to get her back. Hannah Green wants her life back. In the past three years she’s gone from promising graduate student to patient in a mental hospital. Now, she’s being held prisoner by a terrifying group of men who believe she has a mysterious power. She wants to think they’re wrong, but something inside her has changed. If only she could use her power to set herself free.Conner’s entire life, he’s played by the rules. He’s a soldier. A leader. He knows better than anyone that contact with the Shadows is forbidden. So when a midnight phone call demands he rescue one from a nest of demons, he has no intention of following through. Until he sets eyes on Hannah. Brave, beautiful and determined to survive. Conner can’t walk away.When you’ve worked so hard to make the right choices, temptation can be a kind of torture. Conner knows he should turn Hannah over to the Shadows.  Hannah wants to be grateful for her rescue and let Conner go. But when love and desire bind two strangers together, they have to choose between what they think is right and what they know they need.

There are many paranormal series out there and sometimes as a reader who loves the genre it can start to feel like you’re reading the same storyline over and over so when a series comes along that offers something refreshing and different I feel the need to shout out my praises from the rooftop. However, instead of climbing up onto my rooftop and shouting until I scare my neighbors, lose my voice, and fall off because I lack grace and balance I’m going to let those praises out in this review.

I became completely wrapped up in this book and by completely I mean I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish because I just couldn’t stop reading.

The world, the characters, the mystery, the writing, everything about this book had me engaged from the get go. The basic concept of the Shadow and Warder races was interesting and took the warrior and supernatural dynamics to a different level. Hannah and Connor’s love story was sweet, steamy and adventurous.

Hannah is a Shadow yet she’s unaware of this reality. She doesn’t know that the interference in her mind, the odd buzzing of energy is  connected to her natural abilities as a Shadow. Her lack of understanding and training has left her without any means of protecting herself and it’s also left her an open target for Vorati demons. I liked Hannah as the leading female character despite her life being flipped upside down she remains hopeful and determined to fight back against the dark forces coming after her. As odd and scary as her situation gets she doesn’t give up or give in.

Connor is a Warder, a warrior whose job is to protect humanity from the demons known as Vorati. He takes his job seriously. He plays by the rules that guide the Warder society and one of those rules is that Warders are to never associate with Shadows. The two are forbidden from interaction but when a strange phone call sends Connor off rescuing Hannah from her Vorati captors he’s not only breaking the rules, he’s destroying them by falling head over heels in love with the Shadow.

I enjoyed the way the storyline shifted from different perspectives, introducing other characters and situations happening outside of Connor and Hannah’s immediate story. I loved Kate and I found her the most intriguing of all the characters. She’s mysterious and wild. I can’t wait to get to know more about her and find out about what is or isn’t going on between her and her ex Ben. I have to confess I developed a bit of a crush on Zach, the Shadow Oracle.

As far as Kiernan goes, with the way he was staring at Sorcha, I can only imagine what is in store for those two. I can’t wait to read the next book!