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  • Mass Market Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (28 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416598154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416598152
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: December 2010 Pages: 368 Publisher: Pocket Books THERE ARE GOOD GUYS There ARE BAD GUYS shout. AND then there'S MAX.Max knows what trusting the wrong person can COST you Her former friend Giselle A powerful witch . enslaved Max years ago. turning her into a Shadowblade-a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there's more at stake now than Max's thirst for revenge. The Guardians. overseers of the magical world. have declared war on humanity and on any witches not standing with them. Max and Giselle have come to an uneasy truce in order to protect what's left of Horngate. their coven's home. Max would do anything for Horngate-even give herself over to a mysterious otherworldly creature in the nearby mountains in exchange for his help. But first. she intends to save the mortal family she left behind. And Alexander. the Shadowblade warrior who c...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Demon Librarian on 2 July 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was even better than the first book, and that's saying something!

The book picks up a few weeks after the events of Bitter Night. The Coven is on shaky legs and trying to get back to some semblance of order after the attacks that nearly buried them. Giselle is still weak and on the edge of her witchy control, and tensions are high for the Blades and Spears.

This isn't helped much by the addition of Alexander, whom no one- perhaps with the exception of Max- trusts further than they could throw him. Actually.... they could throw him pretty far, so that saying doesn't really work, but you get the idea.

Max is having an even harder time of it. As if ignoring the incredibly appealing Alexander wasn't trial enough, that damned pesky demigod, Scooter, keeps trying to snatch her away in her sleep. His nightly visits are causing her so much damage that her healing spells are about to lose their battle and one of these mornings, she might just not wake up.

She realises she has little choice but to go and see what the hell he wants. But she is in no way prepared for what he has to say...

I loved this storyline. As with the previous book it was both exciting and unusual. It reminded me in places of "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth". I find I enjoy urban fantasy that's quite heavy on the fantasy, like Kate Daniels, Cassandra Palmer, The Fever series, etc.

Give me weird creatures and people-eating plants and I'm a happy girl. Who knew?

I also loved all the sexual tension and emotional stuff. There was just enough to have you rooting for them, but not so much that you felt the need to wash your eyes. No gratuitous sex scenes as of yet.

Max is such a fantastic character.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Crimson Wind 8 Jan 2011
By R. Bogosh - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This sequel was even better than the first book in the series! We pick up where we left off with Max trying to get Horngate back on track and repaired from the recent fights that nearly destroyed it. Max though has been having trouble sleeping and is plagued by the bargain that Giselle and she struck with the unknown force she nicknames "Scooter". He wants what he was promised, Max, but first Max wants to go get her human family and take them to Horngate so they will be safe. She and Scooter come to the agreement that he can wait a week for her to get her family but once she gets back she's all his.

Max and Alexander set off to retrieve Max's family. Alexander has not one but two prophecies hanging over his head, one regards his place at Horngate and the other is about Max. I really enjoyed Alexander I thought he stepped up a lot in this book, and he really got to show more of his emotions. Along the way to Max's family they encounter new characters that we will hopefully see in the next book. Max picks up strays where ever she goes, and it was great to see that despite how cold and unfeeling she thinks she can be she has a big heart. This book was all about the trials to finally get to Max's family, at one point you wonder if they are ever going to make it. They encounter wild magic and witness the beginnings of the world changing, more ShadowBlades and Sunspears from different coven's, and we get to meet someone Alexander cares about and calls family. Throughout their journey these two grow closer and are trying to decide whether to act on their feelings or in Max's case not to because of her fate with Scooter hanging over her head.

This book was amazing, we got everything that was alluded to in the first book. Definite character growth for Max and Alexander, though I wish we got to see more of the side characters, the entire book was Alexander and Max on the road and at the end they reached the family. I wished we could have seen more of the side characters because they always bring comedic relief and you can really tell that they care deeply for one another. These was also a big surprise in this book, and a betrayal of sorts. It was something that I definitely didn't see coming and can't wait for it to be explored fully.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Must Read Series 29 Dec 2010
By Addicted2Heroines - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love, love, love this series!! Max is one of my absolute favorite female characters. I cannot come up with one single complaint about this book. I'm glad Alexander finally stepped up and became more aggressive. It was sexy as hell. Max definitely has to have a strong male who can keep up with her. There is a lot that goes on in this story. Max's ultimate goal is to locate her family and ensure their safety before having to surrender herself to a nameless and very powerful being that she has nicknamed "Scooter". She is sidetracked numerous times and she recruits several people along the way. There is also a lot of sexual tension and teasing between Alexander and Max. It was great ;) I also like that Tutresiel seems to be developing a crush on her. Maybe book three can end with Max in an Alexander and Tutresiel sandwich. I have my fingers crossed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Crimson Wind 8 Jan 2011
By Kathy E. - Published on
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I strongly suggest you read the previous book in the series (Bitter Night) prior to reading this installment.

The title of this book could not have been more perfect. The story starts off at an accelerated pace, however, it did take a little bit before all the scenes coalesced into one electrifying picture.

Max is not your usual heroine; she is fierce and deadly right to her core. She is tough and wicked, but is also selfless and protective of those weaker than herself. And she certainly believes in paying-it-forward.

The world building depictions were illustrated in such magnificent detail, that It was easy to imagine the wild and vibrant colors of magic. The flow of the story was well written and moved fluidly, never feeling rushed; and the story is packed full of hot delicious sexual tension.

As exaggerated as this sounds, this book was so compellingly, I was completely consumed by it and hardly ever put it down. I really enjoyed traveling along with Max on her twisted-adventurous mission and was actually sad when the story ended.

I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy fans and also look forward to reading the next book Shadow City due out late 2011.

I also recommend:
Venom (Elemental Assassin, Book 3)
The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane)
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, Book 4)
Grave Witch (Alex Craft, Book 1)
Shotgun Sorceress
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A heroine that is tough but also a victim doesn't mesh well in certain areas. 4 Jan 2011
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on
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Crimson Wind (Horngate Witches) by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Paranormal Romance -Dec. 28th, 2010
3 1/2 stars

For fast paced action, drama, angst, and tons of tension, Crimson Wind is your book. The heroine is the gutsy, no nonsense type who is willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good. Crimson Wind is the 2nd installment of the Horngate Witches series by Diana Pharaoh Francis and can be read by itself but with the vivid cast of characters make it best to be read in order.

Max is a Shadowblade, a female human who has been transformed into a warrior and bound by the powerful witch named Giselle to protect her coven and territory. The evil witch Giselle got Max drunk and tricked her into being a Shadowblade forever. As the most elite Shadowblade, Max is the Prime, the one charged with guarding and commanding the rest of the Shadowblades. In the prior book, Max met another Prime name Alexander, and they worked together. Now Alexander has no coven to call his own and is under Max's command. Max values Alexander's skills but fights her attraction to him. She feels any relationship is dangerous and lives for duty only. Besides she has a huge problem. The witch, Giselle has promised Max to a powerful being without her consent. Max tries to confront this otherworldly being, but he reveals to her that her human family is in peril. Max rashly promises that once she rescues her family, she will return and let him do whatever he wants with her.

Max is living on borrowed time. Can she find any happiness with Alexander or is the rest of her life doomed to suffering under the control of this powerful being?

This is certainly an exciting story and has all the elements of a noble and suffering heroine. Max is one of the most tortured and self-sacrificing characters I have ever read. I liked that she is tough but the way she treats others who seem to really care for her turned me off. While she is a strong character, she is often very cold and harsh to other characters she interacts with. I especially didn't like how she treated Alexander who only wanted to aid her. In fact, I felt really bad for him; he is willing to put up with a lot of crap from her and at some point, I wished that he had left her.

While I admired Max's skills and can-do attitude, it got a little tiring when she is the only one who can do anything right. I would have liked other characters to help out more or taken a bigger part of the action, too.

While, the plot is fantastic, the heroine's relationships with other characters are sometimes uncomfortable to read. A heroine that is tough but also a victim doesn't mesh well in certain areas. Those who love action packed urban fantasies with an edgy heroine will enjoy this latest installment.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great urban fantasy 20 Jan 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It takes talent to write a character like Max who is both highly cynical but also deep down very caring. These characters usually are iritating and grating or end up sacharin sweet. Max is the perfect combination of spunk and vulnerability. I find the way she tries to deny her caring side to be very beleivable. I know people like that. I love her complexity. I had been getting a little tired of seeing the same old urban fantasy novels that all seemed to have the same plot and same heroine who falls madly in love and lives happily ever after. This book takes the urban fantasy genre to a new place, and I love it! The action of book one carries right through book two for a great fast paced read. I recommend this book to all readers of fantasy and urban fantasy.
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