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Warrior from the Shadowland

(Elemental Phases #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Elementals: Water, Earth, Fire and Air are only the beginning. Elementals support everything from Darkness to Time, secretly maintaining the processes of nature. Only now the Elementals are nearly extinct. Two years ago, the Air House released a plague that killed ninety percent of them. With their society in chaos and so many of their kind dead, they can’t find their Phas ...more
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published July 27th 2012 by Star Turtle Publishing
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Here are some of my thoughts:
• Cute. Can get cheesy at times, but it has a fun concept with the Elementals and interesting premise with the plague
• I felt really bad for Cross. The flashback scenes were so sad!
• I love Nia, Thar, and Ty. Great family theme.
• Uriel and Melanie’s scenes are the cutest! I really want to see a book/novella with them. Uriel is so funny with his straight-shoot talk.
• While I appreciate the multi-perspectives so I can enjoy learning more about Uriel and Ty, I do feel
11.7.18- Calling it a day on this one. I'm not going back to this one. No rating as I didn't get very far.

Original bookmark: The writing style isn't really for me and I'm having a hard time connecting to the characters, the world, or the plot. I might return to this later. We'll see.
Mandy J
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have fallen in love with this authors books and writing style. this book reminds me of the characters from some f her previous books. Dont get me wrong now, they all share something in common, but are true and individual to their own books. I wish this book was a little bit longer and I go to read more about Cross, but it's the first book and it did not disappoint.
High 3 stars...i'ma give it 4 because I really liked this book now off to the next one in the series :D
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this author’s style and the concept is interesting. Very readable and has good humour.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just discovered this series this week, and I'm really enjoying it. The author has a clearly original idea, and she's built a great world from it. Her characters are well defined, the conflict is convoluted enough to entertain, and the romance is enjoyable.

While not being about vampires, this book reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. It had that well defined world building, that cheeky style of writing, the manly heroes, etc. I liked Gannon's heroine better, though.

I'm looking forward
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoy paranormal books but this was different and I wasn't sure if I would like it based on the description alone so I downloaded the sample and i'm glad I did because I absolutely loved this book. The story was fabulous. The characters and the world were well developed. The story flowed well and I was completely drawn in. The only thing that kept me from giving it the complete five stars was that there were typos, enough that if I hadn't been so totally enthralled with the story I would have ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. It's got an interesting premise and cool characters. Basically, there are supernatural beings called elementals, who are caught up in a civil war that's nearly destroyed their world. Cross is the last one of his kind. He controls darkness and it's slowly killing him. Nia is his mate and he's desperate to be with her, only she's causing all kinds of trouble and drags him into it. Cross is a great hero. He's brooding and tragic, without becoming a jackass. I'd recommend it for ...more
Coyora Dokusho
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quite liked it! Less typos than the superhero books, less humor as well, but there were still lol moments and the drama was GREAT!!!
Beatriz Valle
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice surprise! funny and different; refresing!
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't feel much romance between Cross and Nia. They just kinda accept that they're together. Book 3 with Gion and Ty was so romantic.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, chick-lit
Having really enjoyed another of this author's series, which ended with an extract from this novel that I also enjoyed, I thought I'd give it a go. I was not disappointed.

The world building takes a little to get your head around but not in a boring or challenging way, just because there's lots of information given at the start to help you figure out what's going on. This series follows a race called the Elementals, who are responsible for keeping the universe in balance and ensuring each facet
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like the world building but this seems not as strong a series as her fairy tale series. While the idea seems interesting, there are just too many things crowding this book, which makes it hard for us to really know the main couple well.

This is more of an insta story where there isn't really much push or pull between the protagonists. Instead it is about their dealing with this whole dystopian world, if this can be defined as such, as the human counterworld actually is functioning normally whil
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance
I am really really unsure how to rate this book. I will give it an uneasy, unsure 3.5 stars to start with.

The world Gannon created is intriguing. I adore really unique world building. The idea of the different Elementals, the Fall, Matches & Phazing...very cool. Very INTERESTING. I've not come across anything quite like this in all my PNR reading. So that bumps it up high in my esteem.

I also like the characters. Nia is a force to be reckoned with. She doesn't hold back,is insanely loyal, an
Diane ~Firefly~
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an interesting world. There are elemental families that are in charge of all the elements (water, sky, magnets, shadows, etc) and keep the world working correctly. But then a plague decimates their ranks and Cross, the last Shadow Elemental almost lets go but in the last moments realizes his Match is still alive, so he wrestles control.

Nia is leading the Water house to help find something she isn't sure exists to save them all, the Quintessence, with her twin and cousin. While searching the
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fantasy
3.5*. Early series from the author and while i loved Cross and Nia, the story feels a little rough. Downside to me is all the different characters and storylines. I realize as an author you have a choice, either write each couple's story as a standalone and have some duplication between books or try to fit them all in from the beginning. With the second option, it felt like there wasn't enough time for the relationship to build. One minute strangers, the next soul mates for life. The author does ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm intrigued by this series so far but what bothers me is the way Cross says things like "Be a good girl and open your mouth for me, there's a good girl." when he is trying to kiss her.

Is she a child? Is she a dog? Why is he talking to her like that? It is cringeworthy and extremely disrespectful, I can't imagine anyone thinks such language is romantic or seductive.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me a few chapters to really get into this book, but once I did I loved it. The book has a lot of world building and establishing the cast of characters. However, the insta love really worked for this story and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I've recently found this author and I enjoy her writing style. I found the main hero a tad bit boring compared to her other books and I really wanted to see more of Ty and Gion. Off to book 2 I go!
Huge potential for this series, tons of world building and multiple characters that we just wave at... but can I say how refreshing it is to have two characters who come from a world with fated mates and when they find them are just full steam ahead...
Deb Zander
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story

Interesting characters and premise. Sometimes editing is a bit of a let down but self published is not always perfect. Recommended.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice start to a new series
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Completely different than what I am used to reading and I really liked it. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stelle
A really nice start for a series I love!
Mandy Moffat
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.

This is a great introduction to a new book series, with intresting characters a deep backstory and of course complex bad guys ( well one at least :P)

I really liked Cross and Nia, His strength and pain marrying well with hers.

This book is well written with not only fully fleshed central characters but also the side characters as well.

Im really looking forward to reading more in this series.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance_fantasy
3.0 stars on Goodreads; 3.5-4.0 stars on Amazon. Pretty good story & characters; bad proofreading

I liked this story, despite its reliance on the "fated mates" trope (here called "Phazing", which seems a bit silly, but whatever) to speed up trust-building in two unexpected relationships (one secondary) incl. sharing formative and/or life-altering memories, but if I'd paid more than 99¢, I'd resent the lack of a final pass by anyone with a sound knowledge of English grammar.
It's a somewhat un
Felita Hardigaloeh
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
dikisahkan selain ada manusia yg hidup di bumi, hidup juga kaum elemental. ada klan air, klan api, dll

diantara sesama klan, ada namanya "phase match", pasangan hidup yg ditakdirkan dewi Gaia.

Cross, satu satunya klan Shadow yg hidup, saat sdg sekarat menghadapi wabah yg memberangus hampir semua klan, merasakan "tarikan" pasangan hidupnya. di saat dirinya putus asa, ga ada klan nya yg tersisa...kehadiran "tarikan" ini, mbuatnya bergairah hidup kembali, dlm hal ini pas banget....krn begitu suatu El
This is my new "go to" author for when I am in the mood for something funny, witty, and I might add--little campy. Like the others I have read from this author, I really enjoyed this book too. It was a good mixture of humor, action, and spice. I thought the h was very cute. The H was pretty "broody", and put himself down a lot, but I liked them as a couple. The only real issue I had with it was there were a few subplots, with secondary characters, that the author jumped back and forth between--I ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this world that has been created for us all to explore. The characters are so fun and fresh. The story is excellent and I LOVE the humor. All together a series I know I will truly enjoy. Cassandra has found the perfect balance between sexy romance, interesting characters, and fascinating story lines. The chapters , Cross . is so unsure of his ability Ito be "Good Match" due to his troubled childhood, but Nia is a such a great Match for him. They sooooo work together. And Uriel ( love the ...more
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