Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 36.
- Review Date: 2008-11-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestseller Frank’s intensely emotional and sensual series debut expands the universe of her Nightwalkers series (Noah, etc.) to include the light-shunning Shadowdwellers. Trace, a Shadowdweller vizier, almost dies in a sword fight with an assassin in Shadowscape, a realm of uninhabited darkness between his world and the human-inhabited Realscape. Human healer Ashla Townsend, whose New York attitude is tempered by fear of persecution over her gifts, saves Trace by drawing his injuries into herself, leaving him wondering why she can enter the Shadowscape and see him. As their mutual attraction develops, Trace realizes they’re Sainted, destined to be mates for life, but cultural differences and the assassination plot threaten their burgeoning relationship. This romantic and strongly sexual story between complicated characters is made even richer by an intriguing secondary cast and efficient world-building that’s familiar without being lazy. (Jan.)
In the shadows
Readers looking to enter another world can find it within Jacquelyn Frank's Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers. After a horrific car accident, Ashla Townsend finds herself alone in New York City. Completely alone. Although there is food available and stores open, she sees no one else and senses no others. When she begins to wonder if she's lost her mind, a violent fight between two warriors crashes into her existence. One is killed, and as the other appears to be dying, Ashla unleashes her secretand sometimes shamefultalent of healing. Trace, an important advisor to the powerful in the Shadowdweller's political realm, is fascinated by the woman who saves his life. She's a puzzle he can't solve, and it's only as she enters his environment that they both come to understand her special gift and then its surprising source. Frank's paranormal romance is both sexy and stylized, and promises further forays into an intriguing world.