One does not use words like "wonderful" to describe this book. Bad-ass and hypnotizing? Hell yes! Pretty words don't work for MASTER OF UMBRA. The her...moreOne does not use words like "wonderful" to describe this book. Bad-ass and hypnotizing? Hell yes! Pretty words don't work for MASTER OF UMBRA. The heroine is all kinds of awesome--strong yet compassionate, flawed yet growing, broken yet healing. And the alpha males, specifically Ewan, in the story? Holy hell. Captivating doesn't even cut it.
Beyond the characters, who were extremely well-developed, what impressed me the most was the author's highly original plot-line/setting and the creative word-crafting. Set mostly in a deep, dark mountain in the Scottish highlands was so cool. The imagery completely created the visuals I needed in my mind for such a dynamic setting. And Poppet's creative way of using the English language both surprised and fascinated me.
The central plot, the romance, had me on the edge of my proverbial seat (because I actually read the majority of it snuggled deep in my covers). At one point, I screamed Nooooooooo! (In my mind, of course, as I didn't want to wake the whole house.) I was riveted by Deliah's struggle to make sense of her new world and her ever-growing desire to finally find and feel rooted to her new home. The subplot with the central villain is ongoing, which was the only point that had me feeling dissatisfied, wanting more. We never actually meet him, which I was yearning to do. Of course, this could be Poppet's crafty way of making us read on to the next book coming out in December. You sly fox, Poppet. However, there was a definitely satisfying resolution to the romance. Whew! I found some of the explanations of the back story with the Norse gods a bit lengthy. Other than that, I was utterly, totally hooked. The fact that I couldn't stop reading until, well, way past my bedtime, nearly saluting the break of dawn, tells you something.
I would highly recommend this book for paranormal romance lovers, specifically those drawn to bad-ass alpha males who rule with an iron fist but a gentle heart. I'll definitely be reading the other books in this series.(less)
Magnificent! For a reference point, let me say I first thought I'd stepped into a modern version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" then stumbled int...moreMagnificent! For a reference point, let me say I first thought I'd stepped into a modern version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" then stumbled into 50 Shades of Grey. Having said that, the originality and craft of the story is ALL Saucier--sensual, deep, and alluring.
I was completely riveted by both the mystery and the romance. The murder mystery is complex and multi-layered. But the author gives us enough foreshadowing and clues to feel like we're part of the investigation rather than at a loss. The plot-twist is so clever. Bravo, Saucier!
The romance? Naughty and nurturing all at the same time. Mason is such a hot leading man--confident, protective, and sexy as hell. I couldn't get enough of the two together and couldn't wait to see what Mason had planned next. This one is definitely on my reread list.
Looking for something steamy to make you tremble in all the right ways? Look no further. This one is for you. I highly recommend to readers who enjoy romantic suspense with toe-curling bedroom scenes. Brilliant work, Saucier.