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Shadowlight (Kyndred #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,637 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone's darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn't know is that a biotech company has discovered her talent and intends to kill her and harvest her priceless DNA. Gaven Matthias is forced to abduct Jessa himself so he can protect her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Onyx
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new_user
Nov 12, 2009 new_user rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got my Lynn Viehl fix! I miss the fangs, I admit. Where the hunger, the primal instincts, of my vampires and werewolves? Waxing poetic, LOL.

I liked the scenes starring GenHance, the shady genetics corp, à la science and lab thrillers like Paycheck , if it were good, with monsters. What can I say, I'm a science nerd.

Readers of Viehl's Darkyn series will be happy to see edible ex-assassin and vampire lord Lucan, fan favorite, and his mate, ex-homicide detective, Samantha. I loved the hunting s
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Zeek
Seamlessly transitioning into the next arch of her Darkyn universe, Lynn Viehl starts off her Novels of the Kyndred series with a sharp, sexy entry that focuses on genetically altered children known as the Kyndred. Unbeknownst to the Darkyn- templar knights cum vampires, introduced in her first seven book series- twenty odd years ago, a shadow group experimented with children who are neither human, nor Kyn (vampire). Orphans nobody wanted, the children are secretly adopted out and few of them ar ...more
Mara
Nov 07, 2014 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, a disclaimer. I hadn't realized Kyndred was a spin-off from her Darkyn series or I wouldn't have bought Shadowlight.
I loved her Disenchanted&Co series, but Darkyn was a series I didn't particularly enjoy.

Shadowlight was the nadir for me, the lowest point. This it was not simply "a did not enjoy" feeling, but a severe case of disliking it (with a not so few touches of detest).

To put it very simply I was unable to buy in to the story or its characters, it was like getting into a histor
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Melindeeloo
Nov 08, 2009 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great new characters and a few familiar faces get Viehl's Kyndred off to a great start!

Shadowlight starts by introducing Min, who having just lost her adoptive father is embarking on a new life and starting a new job, her limited talent of foresight hasn't twinged but she has the future all mapped out. Min seemed like such a sweet and promising character, that when something really bad happens to her - she only senses when good things are going to happen - that I was so bummed, that I put the b
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Chad Sayban
This decade has seen the rise of the vampire novel, thanks in no small part to the colossal success of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. One of the more popular novelists in the supernatural romance/thriller genre has been Lynn Viehl. Her Darkyn series has produced several trips to the New York Times bestseller list for trade paperbacks and created a legion of fans. Viehl’s newest novel Shadowlight, begins her newest series – the Kyndred – a spin-off of her Darkyn novels.

I had some problems wit
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Carolyn F.
This book was good, but being the first book in the series there were couples in here which I didn't remember and I have a few of the Darkyn books so I was looking. Also the beginning was a little confusing and then throwing in a character who mentions the heroine's old love's name but with no explanation, I don't know what the author was trying to do with that. Maybe this wasn't edited correctly or it will be explained later, I couldn't figure it out. I'm planning on reading book #2, but I thin ...more
Miap45
Sep 15, 2009 Miap45 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alina
Oct 08, 2010 Alina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alright. Even though this book is marketed as the first of a series that is separate from the Darkyn, I believe that is false advertising. Those who have not followed the Darkyn series will be quite confused, especially when Alexandra, Samantha, Michael, and Lucan, appear without warning.

Regarding the book itself, it was quite disjointed, with too many threads left open. I didn't connect to Matthias (and I guessed who and what he was about a quarter into the book), and I really didn't like Jessa
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Lindsay
Ummm...not sure what to say here. I didn't really start to really enjoy the book until I was about 70 - 75% complete with it. There are so many story lines and characters in this book, it was confusing as heck to keep it all straight. It does all start to pull together towards the end and I am guessing since this is the first book in the series that the bulk of the background information to the entire series is in this book. Therefore, I am going to go ahead and give the next book a try, but, if ...more
Shannon C.
4.5 stars:Great spin off to the Darkyn vampire series

Years ago scientists experimented on orphans, resulting in those kids growing up to be different--with unique powers. They are known as the Kyndred. As adults, a few of them formed a secret group, so they could talk to others of their kind. But that's when they found out the scientists were not gone--the GenHance scientists want to kill them and harvest their powers. Jessa Bellamy is one of those Kyndred in hiding. When Gavin Matthias saves he
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Tina
Feb 25, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know really what to expect with a Kyndred novel. Oh, I knew that Viehl's writing and plotting is stellar, but still...

I loved the Darkyn series like a fat kid loves cake, but wasn't sure if that love would translate to the Kyndred. But this book put to rest my fears.

As fans of Darkyn discovered, the Kyndred are adults who were experimented on either in utero or as children and later manifested amazing powers. They are being hunted --- by bad guys who want to harvest the myriad powers, b
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Gardavson
So far this book has not scored high reader reviews, and having read it, I understand why.

First let me say that I enjoyed the Darkyn series. It's been a few months since I last read the series, so perhaps that played a factor in my lack of enthusiasm with this book.

I found myself often confused, not understanding who was what or who, and who knew about who. Yeah.

I also found the characters maybe not so much underdeveloped as just, disconnected. I couldn't find any link to really care much about
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Erinaceina
I've given this book the bad-science tag for its appalling European geography. A day trip from Northern Italy to Berlin? And why would you go to Berlin anyway to buy a cuckoo clock if you're pretty much sitting on top of Switzerland? And the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest (which is pretty much on a line of latitude with Amsterdam) seems to happen surprisingly near the Italian Alps, given how quickly Tanicus manages to make his way there in the flashbacks.

Equally, the romance plotline was underd
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Barbara ★
I really enjoyed the Darkyn series (5 stars for all) but this spinoff wasn't up to par. It was very hard to get into and jumps back and forth in time (ancient Rome, 1998 and 2008) with different, seemingly unrelated characters and newspaper clippings that totally came out of left field. Over half way through, it started making sense and got interesting but the main characters Matthias and Jessa were both really unlikeable. You learn nothing about Matthias until the very end and Jessa has a major ...more
Dorothea Müller
May 30, 2015 Dorothea Müller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessa Bellamy hat eine Gabe, mit nur einer Berührung kann sie ins Herz eines Menschen sehen. Manchmal setzt sie ihrer Gabe ein um zu sehen welche Kandidaten sie weiter empfehlen kann. Dadurch ist ihre Firma sehr bekannt geworden, das sie Personal sehr gut überprüfen. Doch langsam zieht sie die Aufmerksamkeit deren Leute an die Menschen wie sie jagen und entführen. Als sie entführt werden soll kommt ihr Gaven Matthias zu helfen. Aber wem kann sie noch trauen?
Auftakt einer neuen Reihe mit vielen a
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
2/5; 2 stars; D

Its hard to believe this book was written by the same author who wrote the Darkyn series. This book is disorganized and pretty obscure. I had a hard time figuring out what was going on and can't say that any of the books in the series were any better. I read/skimmed them all, just to see how they tied into the Darkyn series but they didn't add anything to my enjoyment of this particular 'world'.
Ellie
Oct 19, 2009 Ellie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really couldn't finish the book and I rarely have that problem. The characters were one dimensional and I could not connect with them on any level. the only bright part of the book that I did read was a scene between Lucan and Sam two characters from the Darkyn series.
Lisa Murray
I was really excited by the storyline and sort of hoped the cover was to grab my attention. I didn't read closely enough because the appearance of the far-too-ubiquitous vampires surprised me. But I could live with that. Unfortunately, I had to skip way too many pages in this book because of explicit detail I didn't need. I wish they could offer electronic versions of stories like this that were "light" and just didn't include all the erotic detail. I would have enjoyed watching the storyline pr ...more
Francesca Rock


I read the majority of Lynn Viehl's previous Darkyn series during The Great Ontario Blackout of 2013 (5 days guys, 5 days). So when I finished that series, I knew that I wanted to read more of these stories. I don't know exactly what you call this. A tandem series? Happening in the same universe as another series .... I don't know why they just aren't the same series. Alas, I'm not a writer, so perhaps that will remain a mystery.



Where the previous books were about the Darkyn (vampires), these bo
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Tania
Dec 18, 2015 Tania rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lynn-viehl
"Shadowlight" by Lynn Viehl. Book 1 in the Kyndred series.

I liked this first story in this new series of the Kyndred. The main characters are Jessa and Gaven Matthias (who is known as Gaven, Matthias, or Matt throughout the book).

So I thought this book was going to pick up where the last Darkyn series book left off because that series ended with the Darkyn deciding that they had to find all the Kyndred out in the world before the Brethern used them to make an army to fight the Darkyn. Kyndred ar
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Theresa
Jan 26, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is about the Kyndred, or as they call themselves the Takyn. Basically they are the same as Alex, Sam and the others that were escaped Brethren experiments. Only these don’t know about the Darkyn and have secretly banded online for mutual protection. Because of course someone’s after them, only in this case it’s not the Brethren, but psycho, mega-billionaire Jonah Genaro who wants their special DNA for his company Genhance.

While essentially in the same world as the “Darkyn’, this ta
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Zoë
Feb 26, 2015 Zoë marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
About half way through... And I'm confused as hell. I see that this is kind of like a spin off from the Darkyn series... I didn't realise this when I downloaded the first book.
I'm now facing a bit of a predicament.
Burned by Karen Marie Moning will be released in jan, and I planned on reading this series before re-reading the fever series in prep for KMMs next book... (Huge KMM fan!)
Should I read Darkyn instead of kyndred...? Or just battle through not knowing who the hell all of the secondary
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Sarah
Jan 24, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If I had not had tears at the end it really would have been a 3.

Jessa has a special ability, one no one can know about. Unfortunately some already do. The baddies and the goodies. The baddies and goodies have both been tracking Jessa for a while now and when the baddies make their move to abduct Jessa, the goodies step in.

Playing for the goodies is Gaven Mattias (Matt) and some other Kyndred. Matt saves Jessa and takes her to an unknown location
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Cindy
Nov 22, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, a 4.5 if you've read the Darkyn books first rather than a 4. It was interesting seeing a plot without the Brotherhood although the author has found a suitably evil entity to take its place. The new Kyndred characters are fascinating with their own series of special abilities and murky pasts. The hero, Matthias, predates the Darkyn by centuries [something Alexandra will find fascinating when she finally learns it:] and can call storms. The heroine, Jessa, can see your deepest, darkest ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jessa runs her own firm doing background checks for large companies. She is successful because when she touches someone, she can see their darkest, deepest most evil secret. When this happens she goes into shadowlight. When she emerges back to reality, she is back in sunlight. Because of this she is alone in the world. Never dates because as soon as she touches, she knows something she doesn't want to know about the person. When she discovers someone who committed a crime by using her talent, sh ...more
Carla Victor-rawson
I have loved the Darkyn series and have always enjoyed the way Lynn Viehl writes her paranormal romances...so when this came out I couldn't wait to pick it up.Front cover looked good ( hot picture of mans chest), read the synopis...looked interesting..bought it.The first few chapters looked promising...with the introduction of all the characeters both good (Matthias & Jessa) and friends and evil The GenHance Corpration a genetics and DNA operation, Lawson ( mad bad man turns even more evil & ...more
Erotic Horizon
Oct 19, 2009 Erotic Horizon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessa Bellamy is at it again, that is according to her employee’s and after finding out yet another secret she is not saying anything of how she does it, because she is carrying her own secret known as shadowlight and she is not willing to give up her secret for anything.

Jessa is one of those gifted - and her skill is in her hands, with one touch she is able to see the darkest secret of anyone. This comes in handy in her professional life as a background checker of people who are hired into all
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Soleil
Sep 18, 2009 Soleil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark fantasy/ Para Rom/Thriller readers
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Darcy
I wasn't sure what to think of this book. I really like the Darkyn series and thought it was the same. It took me until the end of the book to realize while it was in the same universe it was a little different. I like the new concept and am looking forward to see what happens.

The going back and forth with times and people at the beginning of the book very much confused me. It wasn't until I was over half way in that I realized what was going on and had to go back to read to really understand wh
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L.M. Justus
May 03, 2013 L.M. Justus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
The writing in this book is solid, and I can see how the story would appeal to many people, however I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. At the end of the previous book, the last in the Darkyn series, a really interesting element was revealed about one of the characters. I thought, "Cool!" and I ran off to reserve Shadowlight from the library. I realize the two series are related, yet separate, but the character I was interested in reading more about wasn't even in this book.

Also, whil
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