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Ecstasy (Shadowdwellers #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  5,894 ratings  ·  210 reviews
At one with the darkness, the mysterious Shadowdwellers must live as far from light-loving humans as possible in order to survive. Yet one damaged human woman will tempt the man behind the Shadowdweller throne into a dangerous desire...

Worlds Couldn't Keep Them Apart

Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one...more
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Zebra
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Fans of Jacquelyn Frank can rest easy. She's followed up her 'Nightwalker' series with the 'Shadowdwellers', and the first novel "Ecstasy" is a winner for me. The first series introduced her creation of an Earth inhabited by paranormal creatures and focused on the battle of what humans call Demons. This series shifts the focus to another race. A race that exists both in and between Realscape and Shadowscape. Two different, yet co-existing realities that can and do affect each other and the creat...more
BJ Rose
Jacquelyn Frank expands her Nightwalker series by creating the world of Shadowdwellers, a community of Nightwalkers that cannot tolerate direct light - only the light of the moon and stars is tolerable to them. 'Dwellers exist in two dimensions - Realscape and Shadowscape - and have the ability to Fade into Shadowscape and Unfade into Realscape. It's easier for them to move around in Shadowscape without worrying about the dangers of Light, but they risk Euphoria and possible death if they stay t...more
Opening Line:"Ashla stood shivering in the darkened streets of Times Square.

Jaquelyn Frank has created a dense and complicated new society in ECSTASY. I tried very hard to like this new world but it was a tough read and fans should be warned that this is not a continuation of the Nightwalker series.

After a horrific car accident our impish heroine Ashla awakens to find herself in Shadowworld. A strange version of New York City without any lights or people. It is also a place of endless night. Ju...more
Jenny Rebecca
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In my eyes this book was a hit, and I am investing in all the others in the series. I will say this again I am a huge fan of Frank’s writing, she always seems to capture my interest. The Shadowdwellers series has captured my interest and I wanna know all about the nightlife, and the sexiness that is shadow dweller.

Ashla is worried about driving on new years, because she knows there will be drunk drivers, as the designated driver her eyes are clearly on the road but has faith...more
Lily Pilly
Another well-written story from Jacquelyn Frank who created a new complex civilisation that is hidden from humans; Shadowdwellers, and Nightwalkers who cannot survive in direct light unless it is the light of the moon & stars..or a very weak candle light (they tolerate it just barely though). There are dwellers as well who have the ability to "fade" into Shadowscape and "unfade" into Realscape...and it gets more complicated unless one reads the series without long breaks...As I read Jacquely...more
I really liked this book, even more than what I thought I would.

I had been postponing and delaying this read for two years now, so I'm extremely happy I finally got to read it. I wasn't sure if I should read this series as I had read many negative comments about it. Well, let me tell you guys that while I gave only 3 stars to it, I would still recommend it as I had a great time with it.

What I loved the most was the world building. This author created a whole new world out from nowhere...more
Hannah Wade
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Lisa Lap
For me the Shadowdwellers are a little more muted than the other Nightwalkers species we've met to date. Of course, it makes perfect sense given the characteristics of their species. Still, I found Trace a fascinating character and loved his interaction with Ashla. I wish there had been more insight into Mayala, as we've glimpsed her presense in earlier books. I also wish we had more than just a passing, but important scene with Gideon being called upon to heal Ashla. It's always nice to see cha...more
Hm, these Shadowdwellers can only exist in darkness, but live in our world in the shadows, but even headlights & regular lighting can do them in. So when they take an RV to Alaska, who's doing the driving? Also keeps mentioning their "conservative" culture, but includes hands-(and other parts)-on sex classes.
Lots of time spent in the dark, over and over, which just doesn't work with living in, of all places, New York.
Also has a parallel plane that mirrors this, but with no light.
Running out...more
Wendy (Valkyrie)
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Weak and pathetic, in body and spirit, I hated Ashland.

Wrought with misunderstandings between Ashland and Trace, of omission and jumping to conclusions.

I was rolling my eyes constantly.

The world building was good, but these two main characters ruined it for me.
Carolyn F.
This book was pretty good, painful sex notwithstanding. Different enough from others books I've read, which made it an interesting read. Really enjoyed the hero and heroine interactions and their personalities. Hope in the other books in the series we find out what happens with them.
Barbara M.
2.5 Stars; It was ok...

Being the first in the series I understand all the "history" Frank had to give us...After all this is a new world for her fans...But I have to say all the info dominated the book. I got really frustrated (and I'll admit, confused) by always hearing about Shadowdwellers, Realscape, Mistrals, Lycanthropes, Shadowscape, Nightwalkers, Dwellers, Fade, Chancellors, Priests, Handmadiens....the list goes on and on and on....I do however understand the need to inform the reader of...more
Jill Dunlop
Ecstasy is the first book in a new spin-off series by Jacquelyn Frank. Ashla Townsend finds herself in a post apocalyptic world after she wakes up from a fatal car crash. She is the only living person until she finds two huge warrior men fighting one another in a department store. Trace, a shadowdweller is surprised that the beautiful human woman can see and hear him. In the shadow world no human should be able to. Strangely enough, Trace and Ashla form a unique connection even though they both...more
I won't even begin to try to explain the world building in this series; I will just say that there are some very cool aspects (Middle East-influence) and some worrying parts (public sex for educational purposes). Basically, the Shadowdwellers live in darkness and are harmed by any type of light. They basically exist on two different planes, Realscape - our plane - and Shadowscape, a plane that is accessible only to Shadowdwellers and what they call the Lost, or humans whose souls have come disco...more
Jun 03, 2011 Alicia rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Patricia BookExhibitionism
I'm changing my rating system and suppose that one star matches this book the best.

0 means it's been a stupid, stupid, stupid read, made me feel horrible and was generally crap.

1 means.. well, in this case it means that although the world's been interesting and the book had potential, the execution just sucked and most of the times I sat there like this:

I'm not trying to disrespect the author or anyone who liked this novel - and obviously there were people who did - but it wasn't my type of book...more
The pacing of the book was strange, the female protag Ashla was annoying (though I did appreciate the mental gymnastics she put herself through to rationalize an eight hour session of forced sex -- apparently the poor man looked like he was "suffering some internal dilemma" so it was alright that he did this to her[?!?!]), and the male character actually used the phrase "You are too perfect. So ready. Primed for the pumping." Primed for THE pumping. *sigh*

The only reason I didn't dnf and in fact...more
This is the first book in the Shadowdwellers series.

Shadowdweller Trace, vizier to the Lord Chancellor of Shadowdwellers, and Ashla, a human Lost girl in Shadowscape, are the focus of this first book. Although the story of how Ashla came by her unusual powers was compelling enough for me to accept that she belongs in the Shadowdweller community, I did not connect strongly enough with the Trace/Ashla love story.

What I did enjoy was the background story of the Shadowdwellers' long civil war, and...more
This was definitely worth another half star.

I didn't have very high expectations for this one, after the decline of Ms. Franks sister series, The Nightwalkers. Jacob was great, but then it all went downhill. Gideon was boring, Elijah was O.K., Damien was meh, and Noah was not bad. Sooo, I thought this one might be along the same lines. Was I wrong. I thought it was great. Great story, loved the characters even though I am not usually a fan of the timid mousy female types, and I really bought the...more
I didn't realize that the nightwalkers spun into this series, Shadowdwellers. I enjoy her books, but they aren't Showalter, Ward, Cole to me. The world was new and intreguing. Probably the best part to me. The two definately had chemistry and connected. Sometimes I think she over describes the characters when they are talking- she gives to much intention detail. I guess it is the need to show and not tell us. It is also up there on the sex content. Not erotica, but if you find Ward uncomfortable...more
Sammy, Halloween Monster Sex Guru
This book is really hard to rate because it started out so good. Then by page sixty, I couldn't seam to keep my eyes open to finish it because it was so unbelievable slow. It was a excellent story. There was a lot of world building and necessary details, just relayed in a very boring manner. The storyline picked up pace again by page two hundred and I couldn't seam to read it fast enough.

I truly can't wait to read book two of this series. The world building was meticulous but now that I am past...more
I read half then cannot stomach it anymore. Only finishing it now due to my ocd and not feeling like reading anything.

This is a huge disappointment, considering I quite like the nightwalker series. I jumped right in wanting to know more about this race that was mentioned there, but I just am not interested after a while. The world portrayed is too dark for my taste. I am not fond of political conspiracy, also find the attitude towards sex here quite disgusting to my puritan self, to tell the tru...more
This first book delving into the Shadowdweller realm was absolutely amazing! I have fallen in love with all of the Nightwalker books but this new series is hands down the best yet!

Trace and Ashla's love and the world they create together is magical and leaves you breathless. Not to mention the entire chapter devoted to one sex scene! Yes that's right a whole chapter!!! Jacquelyn Frank has outdone herself.
Vanessa theJeepDiva
This is the first book in what seems to be a promising series. The Shadowdweller's are a spin-off from the Nightwalker series. This book introduces the world the Shadowdwellers live in, along with their beliefs and customs. It moves at a great pace. I found it difficult to put the book down once I got started reading it.
it took a long time to actually get into this book but i think that has to do with being confused but when things was starting to get explained it did improve which was over halfway through but apart from that it was an alright book which i might continue to see what else is going to happen
Lisa Smith
Just pure ecstasy!! The way that Trace is in love with a half breed named Ashla of the shadowdellers and that Trace begins to go against his father. Can't wait for the next one.
I read this months ago, and I guess I forgot to review it. It wasn't as strong as the Nightwalkers series by the same author, but I liked it enough to read the next one.
The world of Shadowdwellers is a little confusing and it would have helped if the book had described it a little better. In the time of Realscape, Ashla is the sole survivor of an auto accident and has been in a coma for two years. In the time of Shadowscape, Ashla’s other form is in New York but no other people are there until she meets Trace. Trace is a Shadowdweller warrior and is there battling a traitor. He returns to his people but his father sends him back to find Ashla. When he takes her...more
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