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Shadow Fires Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell; Reissue edition (Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505525259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505525253
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,370,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It appears that the author got her magic touch again with this book. The last book 'shadow crossings' was quite a bland story (with the threat of Controllers gone). This book captures back the brilliance & the compelling spirit of her first three books.
Following from the Shielders escaping from the Controllers to a new world 'Shamara', the Controllers now turn their attention to another species, the Leors.
The Leors are a savage, strong race whose makes their living on trade routes & offering protection. To overcome their inbreeding problems they had to choose brides (virgins preferably) from other races. In exchange for the protection & transportation of 2 Shielder colonies, Jenna offers herself as a bride to Arion, a leader of the Leors.
They had to learn trust & understanding & sacrifices and lots of love to bridge the huge culture gap between them. An absolutely mesmersing book that made me laugh & even weep.
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The story is well written, the plot is solid, the world building and alien culture is developed, but I found the characters and the hero's society irritating. The characters are consistent. The hero is implacable, but to be fair it is his culture and he does start to bend. For some reason, however, I never warmed to him. Even more annoying was the heroine's whiny 'I've seen the future, so I'm running into the arms of my fate, but bad things keep happening and it's all my fault and excuse me it's time to injure myself again' role got on my nerves. I'd love to ask the author, Why was the heroine allowed to work with children? Someone who has visions and collapses while having them does not belong taking care of babies (She has two visions at work both times while holding infants and falls while holding them). Not one alien says, "Hey! She's a freaking danger to our children which fertility issues have made rare, so get her the freak out of the nursery before she falls on a freaking kid and harms or kills one accidentally while falling over." Yes, that's nit-picky of me, but it was like fingernails on a chalkboard (for me).

Maybe I was imagining things (I did have a fever), but I also felt like the story was trying to persuade me to a political bent (whether the author is aware of it being there or not I've no idea, but I don't like politics in my romance novels so for me that too was an irritant). At the end of the day, I'm just not one of the author's readers.
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By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2004
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This is the fifth book in Spangler's Futuristic Shielder series and it is another strong tale, leaving us waiting for more!
Jenna dan Aron, a Shielder seer. Worse, she is one who has envisioned her own terrible fate. In her farseeing, she saw herself mated to a Leor, a man from a cruel race of people. In a Klingon style, they suppress any emotion and they mate for life. Even knowing this ahead of time, she fears she cannot stop fate, so she embraces it. When the Comdar of Saura, Arion, come to Shamara seeking a mate, Jenna, resigned to her destiny, volunteers.
Arion is not thrilled to be marrying outside his race, but he as no other choice. He fears Jenna will not adjust the barbarian ways of the Leor, thinks her too weak and feeble to survive. However, Jenna is stronger than even she knows, and along the way she finds Arion is not the distant man he shows the world.
Once again, Spangler builds a strong Futuristic World, that grabs the reader and pulls into the marvelous land.
Keep them coming, Catherine!
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This author is new to me and I rather enjoyed reading about the different, yet interesting, alien species she has created..

I, at first, found it hard to like the hero but by tge end of the book I found myself rather enjoying his gruff, no nonsense, way og going on..

I hate lobg drawn out reviews but will end by saying that I will read more from this author and encourage you to give her book a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one! 8 July 2016
By Erin Wolanin - Published on
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This was the 5th book in the series! I definitely enjoyed reading this one. I liked both main characters and liked how they overcame their two cultures
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it. 6 Jan. 2009
By glouise - Published on
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As with all authors who write books in a series some are better than others and you hope for the best each time a new book comes out. Ms. Spangler does not dissapoint with SHADOW FIRES. Spangler does a fantastic job of building a world and it's inhabitants without it becoming redundant or boring. The storyline, characters and their reactions are very believable and a great addition to the series.

Jenna is not a forceful, strong willed heroine out to change the world but she does have an inner strength we all hope to have when we need it. She may see her future with Orion but she also feels strongly that agreeing to marry him is the right thing to do to save so many people. She is also able to do it without sounding like a martyr or falling into the woe is me whinning category. Jenna is scared but quietly brave. Although she seems to facilitate between thinking things are not so bad to being married to a monster (over what at times seems trivial like the fact they hunt and eat animals)I did not find it unreasonable. As we see time and again, even in our own world, your perceptions and opinions are colored by your own culture: what is acceptable vs what isn't, what is normal vs what isn't, what is enlightened vs what is barbaric. I found Jenna to be a very believable character and likeable heroine.

I think we can all agree, snakes and lizards are not sexy to most of us and yet we have Orion. How Ms. Spangler is to be able to create a sexy, desirable, strong, reptilian humanoid hero who is actually all those things is not only amazing but shocking. At first all we see is the inflexiblity of Orion and Leor culture. Much of the inflexiblity is understandable, great strength has created the need for very strong rules and exacting punishments for breaking their laws. We see glimpses that the Leors are not unfeeling but they know no other way. Orion is not used to being questioned, explaining himself or feeling anything besides his duty and yet slowly he opens himself and what we have is in my opinion a fantastic story.

I can't decide which is my favorite Shadow Fires or Shielder but I can tell you I have re-read Shadow Fires so many times, I decided to purchase a back up...just in case.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read in the sci-fi/futuristic romance genre. 2 Feb. 2004
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This one is a winner in its genre. I read it in one night and enjoyed it very much. Delicate Shielder Jenna must toughen up when she mates with alien warlord Arion and has to learn to live in his barbaric world. The fierce Leor leader Arion must learn compassion if his delicate bride is to survive in his world. Highly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great romantic science fiction 1 Feb. 2004
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Ruling Comdar of Saura Arion rejects Shielder Jarek san Ranul offer of irridon. Instead, Arion loathingly barters for a mate among the outsiders. His Leor race is in trouble due to inbreeding among the small population and biologically minuscule fertile cycles of their females that if continues unabated means extinction in the near future. Thus Arion like others seeks a non Leor bride to produce hybrid offspring. He and his clan will rescue two Shielder colonies in trouble in exchange for a wife. This upsets the Shielder who detests the concept of bartering people as goods.
Because of her gift to see into the future, Jenna knows that she is destined to be sacrificed as a mate for the barbarous Leor warlord who apparently trades in human flesh. Jenna "volunteers" to mate with the beast. As they become acquainted through squabbling, they fall in love, but Jenna and Arion respectively has prejudicial notions about their mate that could supernova their relationship unless the positive qualities that they observe overcomes their biases.
The "Shadow" novels are some of the best romantic science fiction on the market today because the varying races that make up the Spangler universe seems so real. The latest terrific tale, SHADOW FIRES, is a great novel as the lead couple is a delightful dueling duo and the support cast enables the audience to learn more about their respective races. The story line is action packed on the two levels that of a science fiction thriller and an outer space romance with both blending brilliantly together. Catherine Spangler spangles once again with this superb stellar story.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars The books keep getting better and better! 25 Feb. 2004
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This is a story to reckon with. Jenna is a Shielder rescued from the Dark Galaxy who now lives on Shimera, a haven from annihilation from the Controllers. However, she is isolated from her own people by the visions she sees. So when the Leors demand a bride, or they will not provide passage (only the Leor have ships large enough for transporting a whole colony of people) for two recently discovered Shielder colonies, Jenna steps forward to marry the Leor, which she had seen in a vision. Arion is a Leor Comdar in firm control of all his emotions. The matter of taking a mate is only a necessity to propagate their species. He will not yield to anything, even his non-Leor mate. However, with the interference of Lani "the blue echo bird" and a meddlesome android, he discovers there could be more at stake than just begetting a child.
As a Shielder Jenna knows of the Leor and has heard rumors regarding their lifestyle. But nothing prepared her for her new life as the mate to a Leor male; for the actuality of trading the isolated security she had on Shimera for his way of life. Jenna has blindly agreed to live on a hot desert planet where nothing is explained to her. Life for Jenna is one hardship after the other as the Leors expect her to know their ways, while at the same time they treat her worse than a slave and with mistrust. Because of Lani, Arion is worried that stress will hinder her ability to conceive a child. Thus he finds himself getting to know and admire his tiny, fragile, human mate. Although he is clueless on practically every aspect of dealing with her, the tenderness is still there as well as the growing attraction, which leads to desire. Thus leaving the big bald guy at a loss because it is contrary to the nature of a Leor. Arion does make small concessions with Jenna and in their case this more than works. As the couple faces getting broken apart, can Jenna see her husband not for a beast, but someone she would give her life to protect?
This is a really well written novel. For starters - yippee!! Lani's back! I love her, she cracks me up and - 'see how the mighty will fall' comes to mind, with her help. SHADOW FIRES is an intense novel that is a little different. It seems most weddings are with other humans, where as now we have a human and humanoid marriage. We get to learn about the Leor, a race of reptilian humanoids that are all in 100% control of everything they do and have a very deep mistrust of outsiders.
The relationship between Jenna and Arion is tender, and I was surprised at how gentle he was with her, even though it went against his own nature. Jenna is a remarkable woman. I think if placed in her situation, most people would lack the determination, strength and desire to succeed under the conditions. At the same time this was also an intense novel. I loved the android Maxine who helped to lighten the tone almost as much as Lani. The way the aura is used is ingenious, although embarrassing, also lends moments where you can't help but laugh. If you have read the rest of Ms Spangler's books, you will get to revisit couples from previous stories, including Lani. I really enjoyed SHADOW FIRES, and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it!
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