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Forsaken By Shadow (Mirus #1.1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  316 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands--not even the woman he almost die ...more
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Published March 25th 2010
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Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Sep 16, 2010 Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha) rated it really liked it
Cade has no idea who he really is. He wakes up one night in a hotel room in Vegas with burnt hands and no memory of who he is. 10 years later he is a successful UFC fighter.

Embry has never forgotten Cade or Gage as he was known to her, now that she needs his help she will release the spell that has been blocking his memory for so many years. Whether he chooses to help her is another matter all together.

It’s not often that I am pleasantly surprised by a debut authors novel, thankfully Kait Nolan
Here's the deal I'm going to make with you. Read this book and then come back to me and tell me your thoughts of shadow walkers?

What? You're still going to keep reading this review? Fine. I suggest you pick this up. I think it's a pretty good premise. I like the fact that it's just what you need where you're stuck in YA hell like I feel I've been for the last few weeks.

I don't want to ruin the read for you but it's about 45k words (~130 pages) so it's quick - and I loved every minute of it. I re
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
3.5 stars. I found this book after it was recommended in my YA group. The first part was posted on the authors blog with weekly installments. I couldn't wait to see what would happen so I went and bought it on Amazon - straight to my Kindle, you gotta love that!

I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this! I didn't read a synopsis so I didn't know what it was about, all I read was the first part on her blog. It's got all sorts of paranormal goodies. Some strange beings that I'd love to read more
May 23, 2010 Soleil rated it it was amazing
Embry Hollister is a woman with a mission. A mission that involves Ultimate Fighter Cade Shepherd, or, as she once knew him, Gage Dempsey. I shouldn’t really be surprised by how three-dimensional she seemed. Her author does have a degree in clinical psychology after all. Embry’s not just any one thing. There’s real depth there. In fact, there isn’t any character in Forsaken by Shadow that struck me as flat. Kait brings quite a few side characters into the fray that I could definitely see myself ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Oct 28, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
I guess I am on a bit of a paranormal lilt this week, at least a little more than usual. I have been digging deep trying to find some real gems for you, some different stuff with excellent content and character. Here we go Kait Nolan’s Forsaken by Shadow. Here is a synopsis of the action, pay close attention, because things happen hard and fast throughout this novel: ”Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey ...more
Belinda Kroll
Jun 24, 2011 Belinda Kroll rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy, adult
I really enjoyed this book! I received a free copy ages ago with the promise to review it, and I had the chance on a cross-country flight. I finished this novella in the time it took to fly from Ohio to California, and I was hooked from the first page where the main character doesn't know who he is. Nolan impressed me with her characterization; this book didn't read like a novella and I felt I understood who the characters were, their relationships and history very well.

Next time I'm in the mood
Lauralynn Elliott
May 24, 2010 Lauralynn Elliott rated it it was amazing
I found this author and book mentioned on the blog of another author friend, so I thought I would check it out. I was expecting a paranormal romance with otherworldly creatures and a little sex thrown in. Well, I got that and much more! I was surprised and pleased to find that there was lots of action, too. I liked how she got the characters out of a difficult situation. This was a fantastic book and I look forward to reading much more from Ms. Nolan.
Apr 11, 2010 Janette rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Loved it! Nicely conceived universe, well implemented, with engaging characters and a compelling narrative. Can't wait to see more stories set in this world. Loads of potential!

As usual with e-books, I recommend you buy from a source which will give you choice of format and the author better royalties. I got mine from Smashwords.
R Scott Steele
Mar 27, 2012 R Scott Steele rated it it was amazing
An interesting introduction to a hidden paranormal world. The writing was excellent and I loved the plot and the characters. Definitely looking forward to reading more in this series.
Sophia (FV)
Jan 14, 2011 Sophia (FV) rated it really liked it
Cade wakes up in a motel room in Las Vegas, disoriented, injured and with only a few sketchy memories of his past. He doesn’t even know his name or who he is. After seeking medical attention at a hospital he is identified as Cade Shepherd and he finds out he was reported missing when he was a child. With no connections to his past or present he starts his life over fresh.

Ten years later he has made a name for himself as a professional fighter. Although he’s successful, and mostly satisfied livin
Darcy Stewart
Oct 26, 2010 Darcy Stewart rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully written book about supernaturals called Mirus. This book had a great plot and gret characters. This is original. I wish this was a series. I would like to see where the author goes with this that is if she plans to write more books that are sequels.

Cade Shepherd wakes up in a hotel room, remembering nothing about him. I feel sorry for the guy. He doesn't know where he is from, what his name is, or anything else about him. I would be completely freaked out if I ended up in
May 01, 2011 Katja rated it it was amazing
I love the beginning of this novella, even if ultimate fighters aren’t really my thing (I can only think about them getting chipped teeth, and that’s not very sexy).

Cade Shepherd (whom I will call Cade in this review all the way to avoid missunderstandings) wakes up, not remembering anything from his past. He builds a new life as a successful ultima fighter. That world gets shaken, when Embry Hollister appears with his memories. Cade gets sucked back into a paranormal world with shifters and mag
May 13, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
I love Kait Nolan's writing. Her heroine is strong, compassionate, and has some mad fighting skills. The hero, Gage, is equally as interesting and passionate. The group of paranormal characters we are introduced to in this first book make me want her to finish the second book in record time. Ms. Nolan has given readers an awesome mix of romance, magic and adventure in her first book.

The action scenes in Forsaken by Shadow are gripping and fast paced. They had me holding my breath for the charact
Lady Raven RAVE!
Aug 03, 2011 Lady Raven RAVE! rated it really liked it
3.95 ****STARS

Cade woke up not knowing who he is. All he knew from a report is that he was reported missing since he was 9 years old under the name Cade. After losing his memory, 10 years later he is now a famous UFC fighter. Embry shows up to one of Cade's UFC fight and confirms with herself that Cade is Gage, a shadow walker and he is alive. Now that she has helped Gage to get back his memory she will need his help. Embry has the ability to create fire; Embry and Gage are known the Mirus peop
Dec 02, 2010 A.M. rated it really liked it
I like the cover image of this novel. There’s something tantalizing about it, something that keeps drawing my eye again and again. The font is cool, too. But what about the insides of this book?

Forsaken By Shadow is a gripping urban fantasy romance which follows Cade Shepherd as he wakes up injured and alone in a motel with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Making a life for himself as a champion boxer, Cade cannot shake the nagging sensation that something is missing from his life. Th
Paige Prince
Feb 16, 2011 Paige Prince rated it really liked it
Shelves: request
"He didn't open his eyes when he heard the scream."

Fantastic first line. It pulls you into the action immediately and makes you wonder who the hell is screaming and why he didn't open his eyes. Does he not give a shit about who's screaming? Has he been drugged or put under a spell and he can't open his eyes? Most people at least open their eyes when they hear a scream. Why not him? (See what I mean? Freaking awesome first line).

Gage/Cade waking up and not knowing who is he (especially his reacti
Feb 08, 2011 Zoe rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal romance and dark fantasy
Forsaken By Shadow starts with a cliché of a man waking in a motel room with no memory of his past. Instead of uncovering his past right away, the story advances a decade, after Cade has built a new life for himself without his memory. Despite not knowing who he is, he retains the instincts of a fighter, and so he competes in the UFC. During one of his matches, he is distracted by a "hot chick" named Embry, who is really a fire elemental.

As the story plays out and Embry helps Cade remember his l
Oct 12, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5

Original review:

I liked it, but it was short. And not just short as in the equivalent of 165 pages, but short as in the story was over at 80% on my Kindle. Of course, being more of a novella also explains why the story felt rushed and that everything happened really fast. It was, as I said, a nice break from the previous books I read, but I do believe that Forsaken by Shadow would have been better as a full length novel, with more space
Nov 22, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it
He wakes up in a seedy motel, injured and with no memories of who he is and where he has been. It is only after he drives himself to a hospital that he learns his own name, Cade Shepard, and that he has been missing since he was a small child. But Cade still has no memory of his life so he has to rebuild his life. He becomes a well-known ultimate fighter, enjoying his new life but always feeling like something is missing for him. In the midst of a fight one night, he spots a woman in the crowd, ...more
Sarah Snyder
Mar 31, 2011 Sarah Snyder rated it liked it
Forsaken By Shadow by Kait Nolan was an exciting, interesting read. I do not remember ever reading a book about shadow-walkers before, which immediately makes this one standout. It's an urban fantasy/paranormal romance that does not center around werewolves, shape-shifters or vampires. To me, that is a feat all it's own.

Yes, it is a novella, but I still wanted it to be longer. It’s not that the story was confusing, because it wasn’t. Nolan provides a glossary of terms at the beginning of the bo
Reena Jacobs
Jul 13, 2012 Reena Jacobs rated it liked it
Expect my review Monday, January 31, 2011 on my blog:

First off, I have to say Forsaken by Shadow had an awesome set up. Chapter 1 begins with Cade Shepard (age 23) waking up, not knowing who he was, and trying to piece a life together–quite a bold plot. I had no idea what to expect, and neither did Cade. I was thrilled to have my first young male protagonist. I quickly learned chapter 1 was more of a prologue, occurring 10 years earlier from the rest of t
Alice Janell
Oct 24, 2010 Alice Janell rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I received a PDF file copy of this novella by the author, who is a part of the Indie Book Collective (IBC).

Even though this was a novella, which means it's shorter than the average novel, it took me longer finish than it should have.

At only 165 pages, I should have finished this in about an hour.

I liked Embry, she's a tough chick who's dealt with her past by throwing herself into her work. Cade, who remembers nothing of his life, manages to make a name for himself and build a life, despite not
Oct 17, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who love supernatural tales
Recommended to Sharon by: Author requested review
I wanted to write this review while fresh from reading Forsaken By Shadow. It’s clear from page one that Kait Nolan is a talented wordsmith. Her novella opens as the central character awakens in a Nevada motel room with his badly burned hands bandaged and his memory nonexistent. Immediately the reader is both sympathetic and curious. In a word, hooked.

A dissociative fugue, the assigned case worker explains the amnesia, most likely brought on by some type of trauma. She is then able to solve the
Evelyn Amaro
Nov 09, 2010 Evelyn Amaro rated it really liked it
This book is an instant attention grabber that pulls you in from the very first page and never lets you go. It has mystery, suspense, danger, violence, romance, and fun all wrapped in an action packed little package.

Gage aka Cade is a human turned Shadow Walker, the only problem is that he can't remember who he once was or who he once loved. He starts a new life as a UFC fighter, but he is left with a gaping hole that he wants filled - who is he and where did he come from? More importantly, who
This novella pulled me in from the start and didn't let go. It starts out with this guy Cade Shepard who wakes up in a motel room in Las Vegas. He has no memory of who he is or what has happened. He finds his way to New Orleans and makes a life for himself as an Ultimate Fighting Champion. At one of his matches he meets this woman who seems familiar to him. He takes her to a friend's bar and then they go back to her motel room. There she gives him an antidote that gives him back his memory of wh ...more
Novels On The Run
Nov 12, 2010 Novels On The Run rated it really liked it
Michelle's Review:

Kait was asking if anybody wanted to read her novella, so my hand shot up in the air , and so I did.

According to my digital e-book reader it is 110 pages long.

This is the first in a series of the Mirus World. I enjoyed this little read. I liked the way the novella started!!

I found it easy to read and short!!, hence being a Novella. I would have loved to know more about Micajah Guidry , a wolf shifter. I was drawn to him.

Characters were introduced with short roles as I think if
Nov 09, 2010 Mei rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mature paranormal fans
A man wakes up alone and with bandaged hands in a cheap motel room. His only memory is the need to protect a girl, but he can't remember what her name is. After a trip to the hospital, his finger prints reveal that his name is Cade and that he went missing 15 years ago. He makes a successful new life for himself as a UFC fighter, but everything spirals out of control when a mysterious redhead catches his eye in the front row of a fight. Can she help him fill in the missing years of his l
Oct 24, 2012 Wulfie rated it really liked it
Blurb: Banished from their world with his memory wiped, Ultimate Fighter Cade Shepherd doesn’t remember his life as Gage Dempsey, not even the woman he nearly died for. But when Embry Hollister’s father is kidnapped by military scientists, the only one she can turn to for help is the love from her past. Will Gage remember the Shadow Walker skills he learned from her father, and if they survive, will Embry be able to walk away a second time?

Oh what a tangled web we weave....This book isn’t only a
Jun 16, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I loved the world-building in this novella. The story starts off with action from the very first sentence and makes you want to continue reading. The hero Cade/Gage is an ultimate fighter/Shadow Walker, a hugely successful combination that totally works for this story. He's a badass and he knows it.

Unfortunately the story is bogged down by two things: a heroine I want to bitch slap and flashbacks that don't always make sense. To say that Embry was both a little selfish and a little annoying (to
Meg Smith
Feb 02, 2011 Meg Smith rated it liked it
This book was fantastic!

I thought that Kait Nolan brought forward a world that has been somewhat explored, but not completely developed, in YA Paranormal novels.

The story was unique, and fresh. I especially liked the characters. The lead female character was strong, confident and strong willed - all things that are important to me. I believe she displayed clear and strong role models.

I am aware this book was aimed probably more to an older demographic than most YA books, but I'm sure it will
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