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  • Mass Market Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505524244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505524249
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,162,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Spangler's Shadows Fires was a RITA nominee. That didn't surprise me. She is one talented writer. What surprises me is she hasn't received this recognition before. She is without doubt one of the best Futuristic Romance writers around. I have eagerly read each of her tales, but decided to go back and "revisit" some of the first in the series.
Yes, they are a series, but you can easily read them in any order. Spangler gives you an original premise, sharp involving writing, but it's with her characters that make her standout. You become so involved with these people she conjures to life.
Sabin Travers is a Shadower, a bounty hunter. He works for The Collectors. The Collectors were the rulers in this particular quadrant of the universe. But their rule is not benevolent. They brainwash and reprogramme people to do their will, controlling them with telekinetic powers. There are those who somehow manage to escape their control. For these the Collectors employ the Shadowers. The Shadowers hunt down and turn-in these rebels.
The story starts on a hellish planet Calt, which is the `Dew Drop Inn' for the dregs of the quadrant (think of the bar scene in the first Star Wars Movie), where all creatures great and small come to do business. Sabin has been tracking his latest quarry, but the target has proved elusive. He only wanted to have a drink and relax. He never expected to see the woman at the end of the bar. Women like her are prey in this dive, so he cannot help but wonder why she is there.
Moriah Cameron is a smuggler, only her ship was stolen, leaving her stranded on this hellhole. Hoping to win money to pay her passage off the planet, she enters a game. There is a brawl and Sabin manages to help Moriah escape, though her winnings are left behind.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julie Stocks on 31 Mar. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sabin is a bounty hunter, he's been to every hellhole in the galaxy, but in Giza's he finds something he's never found before......Sabin is more dangerous to Moriah; a smuggler,than she first believes. Moriah, who believed she would never be able to stand a man's touch without revulsion is proved very much wrong......... This is a terrific book, from the very first page you get excitement and enjoyment. Ms. Spagler has a very realistic way of dealing with issue of abuse in the heroine's past, that i could really simpathize with and made her even more believable to me. The hero was definately someone to fall in love with. I say its a must read for any futuristic/ fantasy readers! its the first book in a series followed by shielder and shamara (although shielder was written first).
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Moriah is a smuggler. It is how she survives. Someone stole her ship but she has things to get and deliver or her life may be forfeit. So when Sabine comes to her aid in a bar on a dangerous planet and takes her to her ship for her injury's to be tended to she misses her ride off the planet so she unknowingly to him, hitches a ride on his ship. Sabine and Moriah go back and fourth. She steals his ship, he catches her. More then once. When she finds out what he is she wants nothing to do with him as she has had bad experiences with men in his profession.

Sabine is a Shadower. A Bounty hunter. But he cannot seem to bring himself to take in the little thief that keeps stealing his ship. He was not looking for romance but once he has seen Moriah he can't get her out of his head. When he finds out what had happened to her he wants to find the person who hurt her and avenge her. Will Moriah be able to see past what Sabine does for a living. Will Sabine be able to see past what Moriah does for a living and the fact that she keeps stealing his ship and give in to love?

I was in the Dollar Tree one day and I seen this book. I said hey you can't beat a dollar so I got it and read it in one sitting. I thought this book was great! I love how protective Moriah is of her sister and the fact that she will do anything even sacrifice herself to keep her safe. I think that the author wrote a great character with Sabine. I had to laugh when he got bested by a group of women. I definitely recommend reading this. You may have to look for this one in stores though or order the paperback version through Amazon.

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By Ekprima on 6 May 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. It was very funny and full of action. Moirai and Sabin were very interesting. Loved all of Moira's escapades. Looking forward to the next book in the series
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Excellent futuristic romance! 21 Aug. 2001
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I discovered Catherine Spangler fairly recently from a listmania entry here at Amazon. And I'm so glad I did! I'm a very picky reader, especially of futuristic romance, my favorite genre. I bought both SHIELDER and SHADOWER and sat down to read them in order by release date. I do wish I'd known that though Spangler wrote SHADOWER after SHIELDER, chronologically SHADOWER comes first. Spangler has said that the characters of Sabin and Moriah were so popular that she decided to write their story. I finished SHIELDER and plunged immediately--it was that good!--into SHADOWER and was a bit confused at first but soon realized the chronological order and adjusted. Not a big problem, but I was surprised that I enjoyed SHADOWER even more than the first book!
I was VERY satisfied with how Spangler handles the heroine's mistrust of men. Far too often, authors tell us that a heroine has been abused or raped in their past and then the heroine jumps into bed with the hero like she has absolutely no issues or emotional baggage. I find that ridiculous. If an author is going to use sexual abuse as a plot device, I want a realistic reaction on the character's part. No whining; hate that! But Moriah's very believable inability to trust Sabin after the rotten way she's been treated all her life--especially in light of his Shadower profession--made perfect sense to me. As a woman, I can identify with her doubts, and I also adored Sabin's patience in dealing with her. There's nothing I love more than a tough alpha hero who can be sweet and tender with the woman he loves. The little community of women Moriah works to protect and provide for added another believable layer to the heroine's subconscious dilemma of wanting to trust Sabin but not feeling that she could afford to. And the secondary characters of Lionia and Radd and their little romance were extremely funny.
All in all, Spangler does a fantastic job in creating a complex, compelling love story with wonderful emotional depths. Sabin is a knockout hero, Moriah is spunky and strong, and the action is non-stop. And, lest I neglect to mention, the sexual tension is fabulous! A GREAT read!
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Great futuristic romance 22 Dec. 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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SHADOWER Sabin Travers has seen the dregs of the universe so ending up in a hellhole on Giza is not much of a change for the bounty hunter while waiting for repairs to his ship. What is a shocker is the elegant looking woman at the other end of the bar. A planet like this dump only houses tired rejects servicing the lowlifes that frequent places like this. However, he ends up interceding when she becomes embroiled in a bar fight after she is accused of cheating during a game of chance.
Moriah needs to leave Giza in order to complete her smuggling mission. She sneaks on board his ship only to learn that her "host" is helping the Shielders stop from getting annihilated. Both have immediate needs to assist large populations that apparently place Moriah and Sabin in conflict as to time and place. Also adding to the quandary is that Moriah and Sabin are falling in love with one another.
Catherine Spangler's previous novel, SHIELDER, garnered several awards as a highly regarded futuristic romance. Ms. Spangler returns to that same setting with the exciting, tense-laden SHADOWER. The story line never eases up due to the apparent opposing objectives of the strong lead characters. However, what makes this tale a triumph similar to its predecessor is the audience can see and hear the heartbeats of these worlds like Giza, which in turn, provides an authentic feel to a wonderful science fiction romance.

Harriet Klausner
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Riveting Futuristic Romance = An Excellent Read! 10 Sept. 2004
By Jana L. Perskie - Published on
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Catherine Spangler is one of today's best writers of "futuristic romance" fiction. I read "Shielder" before "Shadower," but it doesn't matter which book you read first. Both novels stand on their own as excellent examples of the genre, and both take place on the same planet, Giza, sharing some of the same characters, but the storylines are totally different. Ms. Spangler's narratives are extremely well written, her plots are fresh and original, and her characters jump right off the page, they're so realistic. They sure found a place in my heart!

Handsome, hunky, alpha-male, Sabin Travers is a Shadower, bounty hunter extraordinaire, supposedly working for "The Collectors." Collectors are the evil folks who rule this particular quadrant of the universe, brainwashing and programing most other inhabitants to do their will through telekinetic control. Those outlaws who somehow manage to escape beneath Controller radar are shadowed, found and turned-in by Sabin and others like him. "Shadower" opens on the hell-like planet Calt, the hang-out for the dregs of the universe. Anteks, Shens, Jaccians, creatures of all kinds - thieves, smugglers, murderers - come to Calt for R&R and dirty business dealings.

Sabin is having a lousy day. The person he is hunting has eluded him and he's hot, tired and frustrated. Stepping into a local dive for some Elysian liquor, he sees an absolutely beautiful woman at the end of the bar. Intrigued to find such a woman in a place like this, he offers to keep her company - for her own safety, of course. Moriah, the lovely lady, is a smuggler whose ship has been stolen, stranding her on Calt. She ignores Sabin and enters a game of chance, Fool's Quest, with an unsavory group, hoping to win the money to pay her passage off the planet. Her subsequent good luck turns into a bar brawl. Sabin joins in the fray and the two barely manage to escape alive - without Moriah's winnings.

The last thing the lady wants is a man in her life, even for a brief fling. She disengages herself from Sabin, after begrudgingly thanking him. If Sabin knew how Moriah made her living, he would probably arrest her. Wounded from the fight and desperate to leave, Moriah decides that Sabin's ship is her only way off Calt. So she stows away. Unfortunately this proves to be a poor decision, as she inadvertently learns some highly confidential information, while on the voyage, that puts her life in grave danger.

Sabin and Moriah get along like cats and dogs in the early part of their relationship. Both are strong-willed, intelligent, highly independent people, and Moriah is operating with some heavy emotional baggage from her past. However, it is obvious that sparks fly between the two from the beginning. As the plot develops, so does the relationship, but the more attached Moriah becomes to Sabin, the more complicated her life seems to become, and she begins to make mistakes and poor decisions trying to complete a dangerous job.

There is as much suspense as romance here....and the romance sizzles. Ms. Spangler has created a grim universe where technology, progress and education do not prevent evil. She peoples her story with all kinds of fascinating creatures, and fabulous secondary characters. The author won the 1998 Emily Award for "Shielder" and she certainly deserves it. "Shadower" is a wonderful read and almost as good. I am addicted to this series. Highly recommended!!

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
SHADOWER reviewed by Katherine, Ballston Book House Review 6 Dec. 2000
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Where do you hide in a galaxy that is ruled by Controllers? Controllers are far reaching beings that can dominate your very life for their own purposes. In a time where no place is safe and no one can be trusted comes this tale of two people determined to do anything to ensure the survival of those that mean the most to them. This includes breaking all of the rules.
Sabin, introduced to us in the 1998 award-winning tale "Shielder", is a darkly dangerous, outrageously sensual, futuristic bounty hunter on a personal mission to capture the ever-elusive Moriah. She stole his ship and then his heart so tracking her down and bringing her to heel offers rewards that defy the imagination.
Moriah, a fiery beauty with a spirit to match, will do whatever it takes to survive and overcome the demons that plague her soul. This includes stealing Sabin's ship to accomplish her desperate and dangerous smuggling mission. She knows the rules and is willing to risk her life, for if she is successful, it will guarantee a easier life for the small mismatched group of women that she calls family.
Award winning author and writing sensation, Catherine Spangler fans the fire then feeds the flames of passion in "Shadower". She expertly tells a tale of a dangerous cat and mouse game full of gutsy moves, calculated risks and raw sensuality. Sabin and Moriah ignite the pages of this book with their battle of wills and ultimately, their surrender. If you love engaging Sci-fi romantic adventure, don't miss this opportunity to sample Ms. Spanglers finest work to date.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A book that makes you say, "Ahhhhhh....." 2 Jan. 2001
By Vickie Taylor - Published on
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This book is one of those really great finds that don't expect, but you remember forever! It's got all the things that make a book great: a terrific, sexy, heroic man; a strong, sexy, resilient woman; a love affair that is literally out of this world. And in addition to all that, it's got whole new worlds that the author makes feel very real. And secondary characters that will make you laugh out loud! This book is a funny, sexy, romp one minute, then a deep, meaningful life lesson the next. I couldn't put it down, and recommend it to everyone, no matter what your reading tastes!
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