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4.0 out of 5 stars She does it again!!, 7 Oct 2009
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sharon "I listen to my books while working, a... (Falmouth, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you have not read Lynn Viehl before, I suggest you read the Darkyn books first, begin with If Angels Burn: A Novel of the Darkyn (Signet Eclipse) it's the start of a really original series.

A fresh spinoff from the Darkyn series & a natural progression.
With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone's darkest secret's, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn't know is that a biotech company called GeneHance has discovered her talent, and intends to kill her and harvest her DNA, When GeneHance is poised to strike, Gaven Matthias is forced to take action. After months of tracking Jessa, he abducts her himself so he can protect her in his underground fortress. Matthias tries to explain what she is and how she can protect others like her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she cannot read. She senses he's hiding a terrible truth, and yet his touch ignites a passion she's never known. As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them on the run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover whether Matthais is her greatest ally.... or her deadliest enemy.

,I always enjoy L.V 's book they are great escapism, paranormal romances, but most important of all, the stories are not simplistic, but have a multi-layered storyline which fires the synapses & imagination. I am not a great romantic reader, but her style makes me smile & I enjoy the world she has created, looking forward to the next release, 'Dreamveil: A Novel of the Kyndred, Book 2 (Kyndred Novels)'.

Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowlight - An introduction to a new adventure, 28 Sep 2009
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M. Sneyd "bookworm53" (Surrey, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is the first in the new Kyndred Series from Lynn Viehl, author of highly successful Darklyn Series book.
Although several characters from that series appear in the book the main story introduces us to the Kyndred. Individuals who have DNA in their genes that gives them a talent - much like those of the Darklyn - but without the need for blood and to avoid the sun. Each of their Talents expands when they are fatally injures but survive by healing like the Darklyn.
In this story one woman who tries to use her talent for good is hunted by one group who want to take her talent meets a man who is trying to save her life.
Whilst staying under the modern day information radar net, they dance around each other going from distrust to love; they are hunted by more than one enemy.
An underlying story which gives a two thousand year tap root to the past adds extra mystery to an exciting adventure.
My main problem with this story is a common one with books to introduce new series - The need to put in as much information as possible - It can at times overload the story line. I went and got a cup of coffee and then continued reading.
Overall I loved the book and look forward to the next book in the series Dreamveil due out next year. Print copy of this book is on my wish list.
Based on eARC copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kyndred #1, 27 Nov 2009
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Detra Fitch (USA) - See all my reviews
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She used to be Minerva Starret. Then she was killed. Now, ten years later, she is Jessa Bellamy. With one touch she can see anyone's darkest secrets. Jessa calls her ability Shadowlight. She keeps her ability totally secret and uses it in her job. Her company screens new employees for other businesses. Her ability makes the company a success. Yet no matter how solitary she is, no matter how hard she strives to stay out of the spotlight and blend in with everyone else, Jessa's ability is eventually noticed.

Jonah Genaro's company, GenHance, Inc., is a front for his darker work. The public believes the company is searching for the cures of genetic birth defects. The truth is that Genaro is searching for the orphan babies that were used in experiments back in the 1980's. These kids had abilities encoded in their cells deliberately. As each person is located, Genaro has them taken, preferably dead, so the company can harvest those abilities. Genaro sends Bradford Lawson to take Jessa and bring her in.

Gaven Matthias learns when and where Lawson plans to kidnap Jessa. Just before Lawson takes Jessa, Matthias cripples him and rescues Jessa. But Matthias cannot release Jessa. Genaro's company has power everywhere. Jessa will make it on to the Top Ten Most Wanted list within twenty-four hours. Matthias must take her to an underground fortress and keep her there until she realizes he is one of the good guys. Lawson hunts them, seeking revenge against Jessa, and he is no longer human.

**** FOUR STARS! A good beginning to the series. This story is not as suspenseful as its Darkyn universe counterparts, yet the flavors remain pretty much the same and decent foundation is forged for the Kyndred series. Lucan and Samantha, Darkyn, have secondary roles to play, but are kept out of the loop and are mainly witnesses to events. The ending, of course, is left wide open; however, Jessa and Matthias's main tale is tied up nicely. I did not feel cheated or disappointed as I finished reading the last page. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shadowlight, 9 May 2014
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This is the first book of a new series by Lynne Viehl, although it does follow on from a previous series: Tales of the Darkyn. Although several characters from that series appear in the book the main story introduces us to the Kyndred. Individuals who have DNA in their genes that gives them a talent - much like those of the Darklyn - but without the need for blood and to avoid the sun. Each of their Talents expands when they are fatally injures but survive by healing like the Darkyn.

This story, and the ones that follow on from this, are multi-layered, so much so that I have to read them about 2 or 3 times to get the whole story! A good introduction to the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shadowlight, 31 July 2012
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This is the first of The Kindred series it follow's on from The Darkyn.
Jessa's got a gift,a secret or so she think's. A company called Genhance want her gift and are willing to kill her to get it. Gaven (an ancient with a gift of his own) must save her (and other's),but in doing so fall's in love with her. She's got to trust him.
Lucas and Sam (Darkyn) are in this book. They have their own story in The Darkyn series. Lot's of twist's and turn's. Not much romance (hardly any come to think of it, shame). Still not a bad read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, 9 Nov 2009
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This is a spin off from the authors previous series, the darkyn (who were made vampires etc). you need to read the previous series to understand what the kyndred are, as a previous charector is integrated in this story. kyndred were kids who were injected with special hormones and adopted from a church (big dtory line in previous books about this church and the going's on)and now as adults have special powers etc. the darkyn (vampires) look for them etc. it's a good book based on the previous series as it carries on, however this particular series wasn't as great as it's very information based(pages and pages of descritions) i prefer conversations,and bonds visible forming.sadly the main leads jump from kidnapper/kidnappe to forever loves in a matter of 30 pages for eg. main charector is kidnapped (saved) and she spends a week underground with adonis type saviour after 2 dreams of him and trying to escape she decided he is the one she will love forever, ideally sounds great, realistically, that just doesn't happen with out a build up. there is literally little to no conversation between lead charectors, what there is it's very basic conversation. it's good based on it being the following to the darkyn novels, if i read it alone, it wouldnt even warrant a 3 star, nice cover though.
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