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Into the Shadow (Darkness Chosen #3)

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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  5,690 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Blessedaor cursedawith the ability to change into a sleek panther, and driven by a dark soul heas accepted as his fate, Adrik Wilder abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness. He excels at every vice, including kidnapping Karen Sonnet to use for his selfish purposes.
But Karenas spirit and passion make him question the force of his familyas curse. A...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 409 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Thorndike Press (first published July 1st 2008)
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Jessi
*spoiler*
What I learned from this book: Great sex = love. A "passionate" man is one who is willing to do whatever it takes to show you just how much he wants you. Like having sex with you while you sleep. And kidnapping you. And tying you up.. And having more sex with you. Against your will. Because even though you say "NO" he knows better. And hell, eventually you go with it because damn, the sex is just that good. Then when luck decides to help you out and free you of him, you decide to take t...more
Buggy
I’ve had this one sitting on my TBR shelf for a couple years now and in saying that I wish I’d found the time to read it back then because my tastes have changed and this just didn't do it for me now. Granted I read it as a standalone, but I don’t feel like I missed too much there. The hero is the ultimate bad boy; cursed, violent and seducing woman at will and the love scenes are pretty hot, in a bodice ripper (un PC)sort of way.

I really did enjoy the first half of the book, which takes place...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Fabulous read. It's been almost a year since book two in the "Darkness Chosen" paranormal series by Christina Dodd, but wow, "Into The Shadow" was definitely worth the wait. This series follows a family whose forebear made a deal with the devil--the ability to change into a predator in exchange for the souls of he and his descendants. After one thousand years, one family is working to break this covenant and the rest of the clan will do whatever necessary to keep that from happening. A very diff...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
If you like romance novel heroes that are...well...evil, you'll love Adrik aka Warlord Varinski. He is Karen's demon lover who comes into her tent in the in the middle of the night and makes passionate love to her. She doesn't see his face during the day until all hades breaks loose. At this point, he's decided that kidnapping her fits into his very flawed moral compass.

Okay, it sounds really wicked and depraved to like Warlord. But I did. That was the interesting thing about this story. You ha...more
valee
4.5 stars, almost 5! almost.

Good. Now I can be happy. LOL. With the previous book I was so frustrated that I even thought I would stop with the series. Last book lacked everything which was good about the series IMO.

But we get it back with book 3. I loved sexy, mysterious and powerful worldlord,lol. I loved his ruthless and savage personality. But I loved him even more once he got to be Adrik again. Much more when he got back to the family.

I enjoy so many things about this series that it's hard...more
Shinyfox
Sep 09, 2012 Shinyfox rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Unfortunately I can't do negative stars.

This book started out pretty good, much better than the previous two books. I had hope for it! But it turned out to be oh so much worse than the previous two books in the series (I didn't think it was possible!).

The rough beginning is that Karen is in the Himalayan Mountains working on building a hotel for her father. It just so happens that every few nights she has a mysterious visitor who comes to her tent and they have sex. She doesn't know his face or...more
Gina
Incredible and Unputdownable!

And I mean, unputdownable! I read this on Saturday, started right before lunch and finishing right after dinner, in between loads of laundry and my kids.

The action is great, especially the last action scene. The romance is hotter than hot.

In this novel, we finally meet Adrik. He’d been mentioned before but mostly in passing, as he was the son/brother who up and left. At first, we learn that he is the ‘ghost lover’ of Karen, who slips into her tent in the dead of nigh...more
Mojca
At day Karen Sonnet is building another hotel for her father's hotel chain deep in the Himalayas, at the foot of the "Evil Mountain", at night she's visited in her tent by a mysterious lover. When the enraged mountain one day enacts her revenge on the construction site, nearly taking Karen's life in a rock slide, it is her lover that rescues her...Then promptly kidnaps her, whisking her off as his little wife-slave.

He is Warlord, leader of a band of mercenaries, a thorn in the side of the Chines...more
Lynda Warnock
I was anxiously awaiting these last two books in the Darkness Chosen series by Christina Dodd and Into the Shadow was definitely worth waiting for. The prophecy has been playing out in this series but the third brother was thought to be dead so it was a huge surprise to his family to find out that he was alive and with his mate running for their lives.

Karen Sonnet was a daughter never wanted, struggling to earn her father’s love and respect she has worked the family business from the bottom up....more
Mariana Bezerra
My Thoughts:
This is Adrik book and we don’t have much information about him, because he escaped from home with only 18 and everyone though he was dead but in reality he was in the Himalayan Mountains leading a mercenaries group, much like Robin Wood.

And that’s how he met Karen, when she was send to the mountains to help on the construction of a new hotel, but every night she got the visit from this strange man and they had amazing sex, one day when an avalanche happened Adrik saved Karen and kid...more
Richelle
Apr 01, 2010 Richelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love curses to break and stories with shapeshifters
This was my absolute favorite out of the series! Adrick, a dangerous shapeshifting panther, runs from his family curse and leaves home at a young age. He becomes known as Warlod, and he is just that over a tribe of outlaws in the hymalayan mountains. He is wicked and takes all that he wants.

Karen is overseeing a resort development, not far from the Warlord and his tribe. Warlord kidnaps her, binds her, puts slave bracelets on her as a sign of his ownership, and uses her for his selfish purposes....more
MelissaB
Aug 18, 2008 MelissaB rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: darkness chosen series readers
I wasn't a great fan of the first two books in this series. The characters are interesting but the writing is just not very good. The paranormal aspects were not well-written either.

I really enjoyed this book. The hero was very interesting and quite harsh for the first part of the book. There was a lot that didn't make sense about their relationship especially after they meet again after two years, but the story was still very interesting and action filled. I would have liked to see more of thei...more
Angela Corbett
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Dorothea Müller
An den Flanken des Mount Anaya im Himalaya will die bildschöne Karen Sonnet ihren Traum wahrmachen: Sie gründet ein Hotel für Abenteurer im Hochgebirge. Doch dann gerät sie in die Klauen des skrupellosen Adrik Wilder. Nacht für Nacht macht er sie zu seiner Dienerin. Als Karen jedoch ein noch schlimmeres Schicksal droht als die Unterwerfung, bekommt Adrik Zweifel an seiner eigenen Ruchlosigkeit.

Es geht weiter mit dem dritte Band der Reihe. Pure Sinnlichkeit lässt einem das Buch am Anfang erleben....more
Angela Wade
What? The? Hell? I just...*what*? Ridiculous plot, annoying heroine, no chemistry between the main characters, TSTL moments like whoa, and rapey sex. Why are people rating this crap so high?
Olga
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Sabine
Adrik Wilder gilt als tot. Vor vielen Jahren hat er die Familie verlassen und ist seither verschollen. Doch er lebt - in der Bergwelt zwischen Tibet und Nepal ist er Warlord, der Anführer einer Bande Outlaws und durch seine blutrünstigen Taten ist der längst der dunklen Seite verfallen. Bis er eines Tages die Amerikanerin Karen Sonnet sieht, die in den Bergen ein Luxushotel für Abenteurer bauen will. Nacht für Nacht schleicht er zu ihr und nach einem Unfall auf der Baustelle verschleppt er sie i...more
Donna
Karen Sonnet is working for her industrialist father, overseeing the construction of an adventure hotel in mountainous country. She is saved from an earthquake by Adrik Wilder but he then kidnaps her and keeps her at his Warlord camp for months. She finally escapes him and makes her way home only to be berated by her father as having been off having an affair. Karen walks out and goes into hiding both from her father and from The Warlord who wishes to recapture her bot for himself and for his fa...more
Joy
It's better to have read this one first than Firebird's story, because this is my least liked book in the series. My favorites are Rurik's and Firebird's stories because I really felt the connection of the characters. While Adrik was believed by his family dead for years, he is in fact a mercenary whose known as "Warlord", and though there was the complete package of sexiness, character backgrounds, and developments, I wasn't that thrilled with this book. I didn't like the part where Adrik maste...more
Lauren
Into the Shadow by Christina Dodd
Book #3 in Darkness Chosen
4.5 stars

Synopsis:
Adrik Wilder is a dangerous warlord and a shapeshifting panther to boot. Unaware of the curse that has beset his family from whom he is estranged, Adrik becomes obsessed with Karen Sonnet, the overseer at a nearby construction site. In his attempts to possess her, Adrik turns her against him but they are later reunited by circumstance and must work together to save both Adrik’s family and his soul. Nevertheless, the pri...more
Amanda P
Summary:
Seventeen years ago, Adrik turned his back on his family and embraced his wild side. He found himself in Asia where he started making a name for himself as Warlord.

Two years ago, Karen Sonnet was on site as the construction manager for her father Adventure Hotels on the side of the Anaya Mountain, where people go to climb natures wildest but never return the same or whole. All her life she has wanted to make her father proud and strived to be the best, but this job might just be the deat...more
Michelle
The third Darkness Chosen series by Christina Dodd, Adrik Wilder, powerful, blessed or cursed with the ability to change into a sleek, cruel panther and driven by a dark soul. He accepted his fate, abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness. He succumbs to the family Varinski Curse and turns to his demon side using the name Warlord. When Warlord sees strong-willed Karen Sonnet who is in-charge in creating theme-adventure hotels, he kidnaps her for his selfish purposes. But...more
Ally
This is the third in a four part series.
Adrik Wilder is the third brother of the Wilder family. He left the family when he was a teen and they haven’t heard or seen from him since. He embraced the darkness in his panther form and has been living with his dark soul since. Karen Sonnet is used to roughing it while building her father’s hotels, what she’s not used to is the dark stranger who slips into her tent at night to make love to her. Then something unusual happens and Adrik is forced to kidn...more
Carinae L'etoile
Third in a book of four, I found this one to be my favorite, though it is clear to others this is the least favorite of them.

I like an alpha hero and Warlord lived up to it in every single way that I liked but the best part? He never cheated on the heroine, Karen Sonnet, during their time apart. Karen Sonnet is a girl who just wants to be loved and had never really known it her entire life.

You can easily read the synopsis so I won't be troubling you with my rendition of a summary.

The book satisf...more
Candy Lyons
Loved, loved, loved this book. Read it in one day. Dodd is a master of tension and suspense. Writing stories that keep the reader in the edge of their seat and turning pages. A few different things about this book even though it’s number three in a series.

The hero is evil at the beginning of the book. His journey is one of redemption throughout the book. The way Dodd gets away with this is she has him sneaking into the heroine’s tent in the very first scene to make love to her—he’s been her secr...more
Serena
Terzo volume della serie Darkness Chosen . Per ora il migliore dei tre. Racconta di Adrik Wilder(mutaforma pantera) guidato da un’anima oscura, che ha ormai imparato ad accettare e alla quale si è abbandonato. Lasciata la famiglia, conduce una vita malvagia e immorale. Karen Sonnet, mossa da uno spirito e una passione che fanno dubitare Adrik della maledizione che grava da secoli sulla sua famiglia è forse la chiave per la sopravvivenza dei Wilder. E quando un nuovo diavolo lo minaccia, Adrik d...more
July
Karen Sonnet is building a hotel for her father in the mountains of Nepal. Where she has a secret nighttime lover that comes to her tent. When danger comes to the mountainside and the rocks start sliding and many man die, the site is lost. Karen is recused by her lover who calls himself Warlord.
Warlord excites Karen but also frightens her with his black eyes. He takes her to a high mountain top refuge where he keeps captive. He plans to use lots of sex to make her his. He doesn't plan on letting...more
Jill Dunlop
Karen Sonnet is overseeing the construction of one of her father’s adventure resorts in the Himalayan Mountains. The mountain she is working on is legendary. The local people swear it is Evil and no one who has tried to conquer it has ever succeeded. Early on in the construction process while trying to clear the site they discover the body of a child. While Karen investigates the body there is an avalanche. Warlord has been watching Karen ever since she arrived on the mountain. He can’t seem to...more
E.M. Bryant
All things I expected from Christina Dodd--chiseled and dangerous male, independent yet vulnerable female, and the steamy chemistry between them. While this did graze S&M territory, I thought it worked well with Adrik's history (and eventual return to humanity).

*Spoiler*
Karen's quest as this no-nonsense construction broad is wonderfully mixed with her ongoing nightmares about falling from a cliff, as her mother did, and dying slowly. It's sentiment is all the more intense given that Adrik...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"L'aveva riportato a galla dal baratro in cui era sprofondato.Lui l'aveva strappata alla morte.Adrik credeva che fossero destinati a stare insieme.Erano uniti nella battaglia contro il Diavolo.Erano uniti per l'eternità.Era la sua pantera.Il suo amore."

Fin dal primo volume, Adrik è stato senza dubbio il fratello più intrigante, seppur non fisicamente presente, ma non immaginavo che la sua storia mi avrebbe coinvolta e commossa così tanto spiccando su tutti gli altri Wilder (e non credo che Fireb...more
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