A very nice addition to a good series. We are starting to get into the implications of the Fae being out in the world, I think it's goi** 4.5 stars **
A very nice addition to a good series. We are starting to get into the implications of the Fae being out in the world, I think it's going to get ugly in this series and Mercy Thompson. Can I say that it is so nice to read a book that is well-written for once!...more
This was not a bad book but I found the ghost thing just dragged on and was annoyed that the big bad vampires got their butts kicked so many times byThis was not a bad book but I found the ghost thing just dragged on and was annoyed that the big bad vampires got their butts kicked so many times by the guy.
We need a little more excitement and a better story next time....more
ETA: I will only recommend this book as a stand alone because the author completely ruins the story in her follow up book Shadowfla*** 4 1/2 stars ***
ETA: I will only recommend this book as a stand alone because the author completely ruins the story in her follow up book Shadowflame. It's a shame that the author decided to completely ruin good characters but I guess this book is still okay as a stand alone.
Queen of Shadows was a very good urban fantasy/paranormal romance featuring a heroine, Miranda Gray, who starts out the story almost broken by her newly found ability to sense other people's emotions. The ability has almost crippled her ability to function except for the few times a week she plays music at a local club where she can manipulate the crowd's feelings and feel alive for a few hours. Miranda keeps her head down and lives alone until one night she notices a man whose feelings she can't read. A few nights later she is attacked and raped by thugs but when they are about to kill her, she manages to use her empathetic abilities to kill them first. As she is lying broken in the alley, her life changes when David Solomon finds her and takes her to his home to heal.
David Solomon is the Prime of the Southwestern United States vampires. Basically he is the leader of all the vampires in his territory, which he became by killing the former leader and being accepted by the Signet, a magic necklace that chooses who becomes Prime. David saw Miranda in a grocery store and recognized her empathetic abilities and how much she was struggling to cope in the human world without mental sheilds. He had been at her concert because she intrigued him but was called away on business right before she was attacked. He takes her to Haven, his conclave of vampires where she is allowed to stay and heal. He is fascinated by Miranda but knows that she needs to heal mentally and physically more than anything.
Miranda starts to heal physically but especially mentally because David is able to sheild her from the constant barage of people's thoughts that had almost driven her crazy. As she gets stronger, David starts to teach Miranda how to sheild on her own so she can rejoin the human world. He knows she will not be safe in his world, as an unseen enemy is stratigically attacking his rule over the vampires in his territory by killing humans and then starting to attack his Elite vampires who police the territory for him. Miranda had a lot to deal with but over the weeks she is at Haven she slowly starts to get stronger. She and David definitely have a spark but he is unwilling to take that step because he is afraid for her safety and knows she needs to go back to her world. After an attack on her life at his compound by a traitor, he finally sends her away to a paid apartment.
The time Miranda and David spend apart is actually good for her because she gets stronger and learns to stand on her own feet. She also learns how to fight and use her mental abilities to attack during battle from another vampire. I was glad to see her get stronger because when she and David finally get together she was more his equal than before. Eventually David can't help himself and goes to claim Miranda, which was great to finally see. However, his enemies are very tricky and are coming after both of them. Miranda has a lot to go through but in the end she comes out knowing her own strengths and a match for her vampire lord.
I really enjoyed this book! It was a bit dark but very engrossing. Miranda was a very likable heroine, I was rooting for her to rebuild her life after going through so much. David was a great hero, he was a tough leader but he had a vulnerable side and a soft side for wounded women. He was wonderful with Miranda and really helped her reclaim her life. This book was interesting because the heroine we see at the beginning is very different from the one at the end. She goes through a wonderful change as she learns to accept who she is and use her gifts. The background story was very interesting, there were some really good characters like the Primes second-in-charge vampire Faith who becomes a good friend to Miranda.
This book was a mix of urban fantasy in that the focus of the story was more on the heroine and her transformation, but it's also a paranormal romance because she and David fall in love and have an HEA by the end of the book. I hope this is the beginning of a series because I want to see more of David and Miranda together. For those worried about the rape scene, it was not detailed and the heroine was pretty out of it during the incident so I felt it was handled well for the subject matter. I would definitely recommend Queen of Shadows to those who enjoy paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this exciting story.
ETA: Here is a link to a deleted scene that would happen right after the end of this book: