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Queen of Shadows (Novel of the Shadow World) [Mass Market Paperback]

Dianne Sylvan
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25 Nov 2010 Novel of the Shadow World (Book 1)
Overwhelmed by her uncanny ability to manipulate people's emotions through her music, Miranda Grey comes to the attention of vampire lord David Solomon. Believing he can help bring her magic under control, David discovers that Miranda's powers may affect the vampire world too.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ACE (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019250
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dianne Sylvan writes her first novel 'Queen of Shadows' with a beautiful hand,
I really enjoyed this story.

I have been considerably fed up with the whiney sad 'woe is me' style haunted loner types that vampires have been portrayed as in alot of fiction. These vampires drink blood and have their own agenda but they don't seem half so well mean and cold and ruthless as they come across in other books. They're warriors with hearts and lives and minds and full personalities.

Dianne creates a world within our own populated by vampires and ruled by Primes, one of which is David Solomon, Prime of the Southern USA. He is drawn to Miranda Frey a haunted and very ill Empath who has held of a psychotic break with her music. Close to the edge she is attacked one night and David takes her to the Haven.
Yet David is currently facing a war between the old guard from when he took over as the Prime fifteen years before, Miranda may hold the key to saving not only herself but them all.

There's some amazing writing in this book, I love the little hints of Miranda's history the author gives her that bring the characters into full 3 dimensions. I cheered for them and mourned with them. The information given about Miranda's love of music isn't too overwhelming or patronising just hints that help you understand even if you have no knowledge of music yourself.

If you want to find a good new author who will be writing much more within the Urban Fantasy Genre then pick up this book today it's brilliantly and beautifully written and has a great and imaginative plot that flows very well, hard to put down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Empaths and vampires 11 Aug 2011
By Caitkin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first in a new series. Miranda is an empath on the verge on a nervous breakdown from being bombarded with others thoughts and emotions. She is a musician. Able to use her ability to influence others moods through music. One night she is attacked and raped. When she comes to she is in haven the home of David Solomon, the prime, hence ruling, vampire of the southern us territory. He is able to create a shield to protect her from accessing others emotions and teach her to build and use her shield. He is drawn to her and vice versa.

She recovers and becomes embroiled in a war between opposing vampire factions. I enjoyed this book. Perhaps more than I expected. There are so many vampire/ urban fantasy series out there and some just don't draw me in but I liked Miranda and David. Miranda takes time to recover and become stronger but when she does she is suitably kick ass and David is your usual strong powerful leader with a strong sense of responsibility for his followers and respect for human life. His rule prevents vampires from killing humans. The opposing faction thinks otherwise. The hierarchy and leadership bits reminded me of the Chloe Neill series but this is less teenage/ boyfriend angst. Not overly complex but an easy enjoyable read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well I was really sceptical, especially when I saw the generic must have tough girl cover, I thought, here we go same old same old - how wrong I was. . Won't go in to the storyline too much as the gist has already been covered & I don't want to give any spoilers, but what I will say, it draws you in, intelligently written & our two main protagonists Miranda & David, have a fragile chemistry that takes a natural progression through the book. Yes this is a love story, but also has an intense plot with dark undertones, decapitation throughout & some themes covered may upset. It certainly made me cringe & empathise, but the writing is not overly gratuitous in violence sex or subject matter. Light and dark evenly balanced, no cliff hangers you get a whole story, with intriging characters.
Between 4 to 5 stars for me, really enjoyed 'Queen of Shadows' hopefully more will follow..

Reminded me subtley of Stacia Kanes 'Holy Series' as in mixing dark & gritty storylines with romance, & I found it like a darker version of Lynn Viehls Kyndred series, think of those two authors & put Dianne Sylvan somewhere in the middle, she's very hard to place & I mean that as a compliment....
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Set in the present day in Austin, Texas. Unknown to most humans, vampires walk among them. The world is divided into territories. Each territory is controlled by a Prime, and ideally by a paired Prime and Queen, who set the law which is enforced by their warriors. Primes were powerful and had many arcane abilities the average vampire did not. If a Prime has found his Queen (who would have a different set of abilities), they share a bond which enables them to share their power, but in doing so they also share their fates. Should one die, the other would also within a couple of minutes.

Twenty-seven-year-old Miranda Grey has a natural talent for music. From her late mother, Miranda also has the unwanted gift of Empathy. Unable to block out those around her, Miranda is slowly slipping into insanity, just as her mother once did. Miranda avoids crowds, doing most of her shopping late at night and remaining isolated in her apartment. She earns her pay by playing gigs down at Mel's a few nights per week. Miranda best controls her power when she plays her music. Usually it is on her guitar. Mel's is not normally crowded, so her mind is not usually too bombarded by the thoughts and feelings of others. When she plays, Miranda's gift flows and she is able to manipulate the feelings of those around her. (If Miranda plays a sad song, by its end there is not a dry eye in the bar.) Then comes the night that a small group of thugs physically assaults Miranda in an alley. The men use her body, but before they can kill her, Miranda's powers go on autopilot in self defense. She slaughters them all with her mind. Before Miranda can come to terms with what has happened, a strange man in a black trench coat appears.
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