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Son of the Shadows (Silhouette Nocturne) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2008
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What fires me up is that there was no mention of the previous books to WARN me that I was stepping into a complicated plot and relationship. The backcover's summary hinted that the characters had a past, so I checked the inside cover and flyleaf for evidence of prior entries in the series--nothing. I checked the advertisements at the back of the book. Still nothing. Previous books in the series weren't listed among Holder's published works. In fact, I read that this was Holder's first book for Nocturne, so I figured I was okay, that perhaps this story was a plot thread from another author's work in The Gifted series and that I could jump on board. Boy, did I figure wrong. This may be a great story, but it's not for the uninitiated. THE PUBLISHER SHOULD GIVE READERS A WARNING IN THIS SITUATION! Something like "Book Three of The Gifted" would work REALLY WELL!
So, that's one reason I'm confused and here's another. (SPOILER WARNING)
Climactic battle between good and evil wherein the hero drinks heroine's soul and cradles her dying body. (weird, huh?) THEN, the last sentence of the last chapter has the heroine stop breathing. As in "She stopped breathing." Now comes the epilogue. Ooookay, I figure we'll find out the hero jump-started her heart with his Guardian mojo. There must be some explanation...but no! The hero's in a meeting with his pals and the heroine's ex. Our hero leaves the meeting. He goes to check on his sleeping wife who is apparently pregnant with twins. WHAT?!!??!
Again, maybe the previous books explain what happened here.
Meanwhile I'm lost and wishing I'd bought a straightforward read like The Blind Greek Billionaire's Virgin-Mistress's Secret Time-Travelling Baby.
Meanwhile Isabelle's twin sister Lillane, Guardian of the House of Blood, owns the remaining part of Jean Marc's soul. She tries to use that to manipulate him into killing her sibling; if Isabelle dies, Lillane will begin a world of evil under her control. As Jean-Marc struggles to control the dark that coaxes him to kill the woman who saved his life, he must open the remainder of his soul to Isabelle although that means falling in love.
The latest Guardian romantic fantasy (see DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD and DAUGHTER OF THE FLAMES) is a terrific entry due to the sacrifices made by the lead couple to save their beloved and the threat of her twin who owns the rest of his soul. That weird triangle makes for a powerful tale as Jean-Marc struggles between the pulls of the sisters; as he loves the one he must kill while hates the one he obeys. Fans will appreciate this character driven exhilarating trek into the Guardian world of Nancy Holder.
The previous two books in Holder's Gifted series are Daughter of the Flames and Daughter of the Blood, but I can't say after reading Son of Shadows that I am at all tempted to go back and find them to fill in the blanks.
As the story begins, Jean-Marc the Son and leader of the magical House of Shadows is at the mercy of the heroine's evil twin who has torn his soul from his body and is beginning to feed it to a demon. The demon takes a bite but the Heroine Isabelle draws Jean-Marc's damaged soul back from the brink of destruction by a sex magic ritual with his soulless body. But somehow during the spell Isabelle, who is the leader of the also magical House of Flames, looses her memory and her magic. She comes to conciousness in the midst of a battle between her sister's followers from the House of Blood on one side and the House of Flames and Shadows on the other thinking she's been raped because she doesn't remember Jean-Marc.