Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Moonshadow by Thea Harrison [Review]

 Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1) by Thea Harrison
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: November 19, 2016

Moonshadow (part of the Elder Races World)
1. MoonshadowKindle
2. Spellbound

Thea Harrison
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…
Thoughts on Moonshadow: I can say, with all sincerity, that I adore the complexity of the world of the Elder Races. This book adds even more dimension to the already sprawling mythology. From the new locations to the fantastic simmering tension between the Dark and Light courts, the world has expanded exponentially and I've fallen in love with it all over again. (Not hard to do, to be honest, since I end up doing a full series reread at least once a year, BUT STILL!)

So. Sophie and Nikolas. To say they don't hit it off right away might be a tiny understatement. Sophie's still a little punchy from the shooting incident that left her floundering and Nikolas has been living in solitude with the weight of his people's plight on his shoulders for so long he's almost forgotten how to trust. I say "almost" because he does have the other knights who are fighting alongside him, but the circumstances behind why it's dangerous for them to gather is wearing them thin. Throw in how drastically his numbers have dwindled and how his homeland is trembling on the brink of destruction and the guy has a lot on his plate.

Yeah. Sophie and Nikolas don't exactly see eye to eye in their first encounter. Or their second. Let's just say that they both have some deep seated beliefs and they'll go all in when they're needed and leave it at that.

Their verbal sparring is pretty spectacular, though.

Onto Sophie. I felt for the lady. Her past is a mystery, her future is uncertain, and when she crosses paths with Nikolas and his knights, she can't turn away. Throw in a creature who desperately needs her help and the lady is suddenly up to her eyeballs in the conflict between the Dark Court and the Light Court without meaning to be.

I seriously adored this book. From Nikolas's blended ancestry to Sophie's unexpected skills to the fervor their group throws themselves into when unexpected pathways are discovered, I am smitten. I've loved the Elder Races series since I first picked up book 1 and it hasn't waned a lick since. *draws sparkly hearts around it all*

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