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Prince of Shadows (Paladin Warriors #3)

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It's Forbidden for a Warrior of the Light to Love a Creature of the Dark...

Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.

But Maybe He Was Never All Th
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 15, 2016 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
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Quick & Dirty: A heartbreaking story about two people who thought they were never meant for True Love. My only complaint was that the story wrapped up too fast for anything to be resolved.

Opening Sentence: Valin fought to breathe through the layers of dust shifting through the stale air of the cave.

The Review:

Prince of Shadows appears to be the final book in the Paladin Warrior Series. I have enjoyed how different this series has been from other paranormal

Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

One of my personal peeves in Paranormal Romance is in the need to be creative, in the need to add mythos, legend and fantasy, authors will not just invent gods, or even use the ones already invented, but they also work really hard to defame the one God concept. Usually if there is a One God mentioned.. that God is petty, evil, devious, you name it.. It irks me, tremendously.. That is one of the reasons that Tes Hilaire's Paladin Warrior's Series intrigues me
Deelylah Mullin
Jan 27, 2014 Deelylah Mullin rated it really liked it
I really like Tes Hilaire’s style of writing. She’s consistent, and I know what I’m in for when I pick up one of her books. The Paladin Warriors series is something I look forward to yearly, and I can’t WAIT to read the next installment – pleasepleaseplease tell me Bennett & Annie are the next book! There. Now that the whining and begging are out of the way… let’s hit the good stuff!

First, I want to talk about Camp Half Blood. Well, not really. That’s a different series, but it kinda works!
Setting: Paladin’s mansion; Paladin warrior wannabe’s mansion; park & streets of city;

Theme: worthiness vs unworthiness; power of love – for one another as well as for God’s love;

Valin: Paladin; can move/melt into the Shade – a kind of neutral zone on the battlefield of good vs evil, the shades of gray between His light and complete darkness; doesn’t quite fit in with the other Paladin; has felt the loss of Gabby for 4 months since the cave-in/light infused destruction of Christos
Dec 04, 2013 Sophia rated it really liked it
This third installment of the Palladin Warriors series brings the story of Valin and Gabriella. Both were introduced in the first book as minor characters and now they get to be in the spotlight as the hero and heroine. A more unlikely pairing would be hard to find with Valin being a Palladin warrior of light and Gabby, a part-succubus part-vampire who seeks to do what she can for good to make up for her dark heritage. It was an exciting story that jumped right in with action and passion. There ...more
Lisa Annesley

My recap:

Valin is a Paladin, one of His Warriors. He protects humans from the evil that they aren't aware of and aren't capable of fighting.

Valin is the black sheep among the Warriors. He manipulates shadows to travel, whereas the Paladins are all about God's Light.

Gabriella is a mixed-breed, part-succubus vampire. Valin was attracted to her from the moment he met her. He went a bit crazy when he thought she'd died.

In Prince of Shadows, Valin catches a glimpse of her with a group of part-blo
Review from Backchatting Books

I've been patiently waiting for the Valin's story since we first encountered the Black Knight in "Deliver Me From Darkness". His ability was just so cool. In Prince of Shadows he finally gets the chance to woo Gabriella, the vampire with a slightly tarnished heart of gold. Both of them are seeking redemption from past sins which makes for quite a Byronic tale as they try to negotiate their relationship.

Valin was no stranger to loss as his wife (and best friend) Ange
Nov 03, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Valin is a Paladin Warrior who remains on the fringes of the brotherhood. His powers are shadows which puts him in the dark more than the light of his fellow warriors. He discovered his mate, but lost her in an explosion of light. Once he finds her he plans on never letting her go again.

Gabriella was made into a vampire against her will, now she fights with breeds against the forces of evil. Doing everything she can to keep from turning evil, Gabriella duels with her nature ever day When the s
Stacy Sabala
Dec 05, 2013 Stacy Sabala rated it liked it
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Book Review- Prince of Shadows by Tes Hilaire

Gabriella is a vampire. She was turned against her will and then used by her step-father Christos. She fights the vampire nature daily and refuses to feed from humans. Since that day four months ago in the cave, she has disguised herself and hidden from the Paladin and Valin. She blames herself for what happened and her part in it even though it was against her will. She has found a place among the enhanced humans and helps fight against those that ha
Dec 27, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Valin and Gabby's story was definitely one of my favorites. I have read the other two books in the series, and really enjoyed them as well, but this one kind of surprised me. There was an intense darkness in this book, which I expected. However, I expected it to be focused on Valin, so I found it very intriguing. While he does have his issues, Gabby seemed to be the one really struggling in this book. She is dealing with almost the exact opposite issues as Valin, but the two just work perfectly ...more
Douglas Meeks
Nov 09, 2013 Douglas Meeks rated it really liked it
I have read every book in this series and this is one of the better ones although not the best one but even with that I have to say that Tes Hilaire writes some of the very best endings for all of these books in this whole genre.

The story of Valin and Gabby was great, it is one of those where everybody thinks they are unworthy but not to the point of me disliking the book.

There was a detailed setup for the next book and that heroine pushed the TSTL line really hard but hopefully when they get th
Michelle the Romance Witch
Overall this story was one that left me crying, laughing, and thrilled. We got to know several more characters in the Paladin contingent as well as the troops of half human/half Paladin warriors. Valin and Gabbie are both interesting characters in their own rights, but seeing them working together, loving together, and finally finding their HEA, through a bit of terrifyingly heartbreaking and ultimately remarkable circumstances, far surpassed the greatness of their individuality. The heat ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but was able to pick this book up and dive right in. It was a great blend of action, romance, smut, and unique paranormals.

While there were smaller storylines that I'm sure will star in the next few books, this one followed Gabby and Valin. Gabby is a half breed who was forcibly turned into a vampire. After years of abuse, she still managed to hold her own and eventually broke f
Jan 01, 2014 Melindeeloo rated it liked it
3 stars = I liked it. Coming back into this series, I didn't remember a great deal about the past books but I did remember the two leads Valin, who is warrior for the Light but a second class citizen in the Paladin world due to his mixed blood, and Gabby, who is a part succubus vampire struggling against the Dark side of her heritage. Since I remember all that Gabby and Valin had suffered in the past I was happy to see them get their HEA - and I liked the way that they actually end up getting ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Delphina rated it it was amazing
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This is by far, my favorite book of the series. I have always loved Gabriella and was really unsure how Tes was going to pull this off without the creepy factor (she was turned pretty young even though she is super old). Have no fears, at no point was there any creepoid factor and I actually loved Gabriella even more then before this book by the time I was a few chapters in. Add Valin, the super hot and slightly dark Paladin and the pages sizzled with chemistry as the two come together to fight ...more
Valin hasn't given up his search for Gabriella and suddenly finds her when they are fighting the same group of vampires. But something is definitely wrong. Gabriella looks aged. And she looks ill. It turns out Christos isn't really as done as everyone thought and Senior has dispatched paladins to use any means to gather information on the gifted ones.

This read was a mixed bag for me and I fluctuated between like and like a lot. Valin and Gabriella were a good couple and matched well, as were Be
Laura Hannaway
Apr 05, 2015 Laura Hannaway rated it really liked it
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Samantha Grace
Dec 07, 2013 Samantha Grace rated it really liked it
Tes is a great storyteller, and I love how she makes her characters so distinct. I really hope there will be another Paladin book. I must read Bennett and Annie's story. I thought the storyline of Prince of Shadows was good. There was real conflict and angst, but it moved at a nice pace. No drawn out wallowing, which I appreciated. I have to admit there were moments that made me uncomfortable in the story, but those moments accomplished its aim. There was an evil force at play, and there was no ...more
Eva Millien
Dec 08, 2013 Eva Millien rated it really liked it
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The third book in the Paladin Warriors series is an intriguing and entertaining read with surprising twists. The author has created a fantastic paranormal world that has lots of depth, steamy romance, and is wonderfully entertaining. I was enthralled from the beginning and could not put this book down once I started it. I can’t wait to read the next story in the Paladin’s battle against the dark.

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Dec 12, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
I really liked this book although I was confused for some of it. I mean, I read both previous books in this series, but it's been awhile so I totally forgot some of the issues going on in this one. It was a really good follow up and once I remembered some things the book got even better. Looking forward to seeing where the next book goes. Hopefully I won't have to wait to long for the next one.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Stacy McKitrick
Sep 22, 2014 Stacy McKitrick rated it it was amazing
Besides with being just a TINY bit confused with the reference to Logan's grieving (I had to re-read the ending of the last book to make sure I hadn't MISSED something), I realized that these characters aren't aware of what happened. Other than that little confusion, I found a book I had trouble putting down. I liked Valin and Gabby's story very much and look forward to more in this series (maybe Bennett's and Annie's story??).
Davia Taylor
Jan 07, 2015 Davia Taylor rated it it was amazing
"Prince of Shadows" was a spectacular read. If you enjoy fast pace adventurous mystery type paranormal romances you will defiantly want to read this book. Val and Gabbys story is heart warming and sensual journey of healing that can be only achieved by one's true mate of the soul.I'd love to read Bennets & Ann's story..
Because I've been waiting for this book for what felt too long, I finished it in a few hours. not only did it captivate my imagination, I swear I felt Valin's lips. The way Tes tells the story of their love, I could have cried for Gabrielle and Valin. Oh I just loved this book. Action, revenge, danger, lust, betrayal, forgiveness, what more could you need? #LovedIt
Jan 11, 2014 Cindyg rated it really liked it
Woo Hoo...I love this series...
Valin and Gabbie's story is so intense and filled with so much angst that I felt it in my gut.
This is a wonderful story filled with love and torment and sensuality.
A must read.
Karla Hodde
Jan 24, 2014 Karla Hodde rated it really liked it
Paranormal romance at it's most diverse. You've got your vamps, telepaths, Warriors of God, nulls, and hybrids. And you've got sexy, hot men with a great love story. This world works and I've enjoyed every installment. Recommend this series.
Dec 26, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
The story of Gabby and Valin was entertaining and enjoyable. The series does get better with each book released. I will definitely look forward to the next one
Jan 17, 2016 Accalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story a lot more than I did the one of 'Deliver me from temptation'. I can't put my finger on the reason why but it just spoke to me a lot more.
Jan 15, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
Loved it and can't wait for the next one! I love all the characters in this series and hope they all keep returning in the upcoming stories so we can continue to get to know them all!
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