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Wind and Shadow

(The Talbot Trilogy #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn't count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot...or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the communi
ebook, 230 pages
Published June 2013 by Melange Books
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t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
*Book given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

The premise of this book is original and exciting, the blurb caught my attention right away and within the first few lines I was hooked and the story started to reel me in .

I adored Rayven our heroine, she was haunted yet spunky and took everything thrown at her. She was for me a different type of heroine who would protect herself from the hurt and accusations that surrounded her. Rayven is a witch and this makes her a target. I
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I shut this book upon completing it I was left with the thought, damn now I have to wait for the sequel. That's the best sign and compliment an author could ever ask for in my opinion. At least from me. Wind and Shadow surprised me in many ways. This is no YA novel that is for sure. There's a lot of steamy and sometimes freaky things going on in the story and not just because it is filled with vampires and witches.

Ravyn is a well written character, the reasons she behaves the way she does i
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Fantasy books will always have a special place in my heart, I'd love to imagine a different world from what we have ...a magical world ..where magical creatures exist so when I was ask to read and review Wind and Shadow, I was excited! and maybe may expectations was a little too high.

I did love that most of may favorite paranormal elements are present here.. MAGIC, VAMPIRES and WITCHCRAFT!! awesome is that?

I did love the sizzling chemistry between the two main characters, and that our girl.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
This was a very tense, engaging and well written paranormal romance! I am definitely on the edge of my seat wishing I had book two in my hands. And this paranormal romance takes us back to the old fashioned type of vampire... you know... the ones we hate. There is nothing likeable about Malcolm de Sade. He is an evil vampire who was accidentally set free from his magical prison and is now on the hunt for his mate. He has big plans for the future that unfortunately begins in the small town of Tal ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Wind and Shadow is the first book in a trilogy, so be forewarned, you will be left hanging at the end. The novel is well written, with long descriptive passages that pull the reader right into the scenes. The characters as well as the plot line are interesting.

Rayvin has experienced more trauma and heartbreak than most. Her latest, in the form of a stalking, vindictive ex-boyfriend, forces her to move back to the home
My Book Addiction and More MBA
This book is well written, well organized, and has characters that will easily come to life for the reader. However, I personally, did not like the plot twist that get throws in at the end. It actually kind of pissed me off, and made me feel as though I had wasted a few hours in reading the book. Because I understand that not everyone will feel that personal about it, I gave it 3 out of 5 stars and not 0. I have not read any other books by this author, and that type of twist might be typical for ...more
Ashley Schoen
Rayvin Woods is a photographer and a natural witch. She has been through so much and has reluctantly come back home to Talbot, a place she never thought she would see again. One bad thing happened in Talbot that caused the entire town to turn against her even the man she loved, Grant Michaels. Grant has become a cop to keep an eye on his town and to take care of the people in it. When Rayvin comes back he vows to keep his town safe from her at all costs. Even his own heart, because after all the ...more
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book needs its sequel. It is one of those books that when you finish the first one, you want to rush out and pick up the next in line.

I'm all about characters and Tori has done a great job at crafting Rayvin in a way that you fall in love with her. She's the kind of character that you really want to see everything turn out perfectly for. She's just so wonderful. Grant is another character that is easy to fall in love with. Tori understands the importance of characters.

I love the setting too
J. Walker
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A witch with a checkered past shows back up in her home town just in time to meet a vampire. What could possible go wrong you ask? Try everything!

The story flowed well with interesting dialog. There are lots of clues scattered through out to watch for. The ending left me panting to get the second book due out later in 2013.

This was a great weekend read. I recommend it to all my vampire-loving literary friends!
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
What a great book!! I started reading it and I just couldn't stop. I was so drawn in the story that I lost track of time and ended up reading the book in one day even though I didn't plan on reading the full book on the one day. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

If you are into paranormal romance then I suggest you read this book.

Lindsay Lamarche
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just started reading this novel, and so far I am enchanted! I am approx 13% in and just want to keep reading!
Wind and Shadow by Tori L. Ridgewood
(Book #1: The Talbot Trilogy)
Source: Author/Publisher
Rating: 4/5 stars

Holy Halloween, Batman!! Tori L. Ridgewood’s Wind and Shadow certainly was an excellent choice for a little pre-Halloween reading with witches, vampires and, the past coming back to haunt everyone all rolled into one fast-paced read. And no, I am not going to tell you who is who and spoil it all for you!! So, get ready boys and girls ‘cause I loved this book and I am gonna gush

Rayvin Woods
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I am so glad I read this at this time of year it is a perfect Halloween book almost everything you can ask for when it comes to Halloween, natural witches, vampires(the old-fashioned type of vampire), romance, spells and rituals, little bit of action and nicely placed humor too. Oh and get this the timeline is even at Halloween *squeal*. So really the only thing missing is werewolves but that's ok, lol. It's only the first book in the new trilogy so who knows maybe in the next book there might ...more
Sabina Bundgaard
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
After some events in Rayvin’s life, she is forced back to the little town she swore she would never return to; Talbot. Rayvin doesn’t have much choice, and when her best friend from childhood invites her back to help her, Rayvin accepts. Even though she knows she will walk straight into a town where she isn’t wanted, most hate her, all due to an accident ten years ago. Back then Rayvin was pretty much driven out of town by the people, they didn’t like her, trust her, and everyone believed she ha ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Amber's Reading Room
I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

When natural witch Rayvin Woods hiked her way out of Talbot a decade ago with nothing but the belongings crammed in her backpack, she never envisioned returning to the town with her tail between her legs. Bad luck has followed Rayvin her whole life and the town that was all too happy to see her go may be her only chance at starting over.

“She wanted to share her life with someone, but she was beginning to realize more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rayvin Woods never thought she would have to come back to the place of her childhood. She left Talbot in a hurry after being accused but acquitted of attempted murder. Now after some harrowing circumstances she has no choice but to return to a place she knows she wont be welcomed.

Grant Michaels is the best friend of the person Rayvin was accused of hurting. He is an officer now and a pillar of the community. He has always pined for Rayvin since high school. Even though he knows he should hate he
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wind and Shadow

Wind and Shadow, book one of the Talbot trilogy by Tori Ridgewood is a fast paced paranormal thriller with chunks of all kinds of sexy romance thrown into the mix. Wind and Shadow follows twenty-eight year old Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch as she heads back to the hometown she left ten years prior.

Ostracized and branded an attempted murdered, Rayvin left and never looked back until life brought her back to where it all started.

I really enjoyed this book. Ridgewood d
Tracy Riva
Wind and Shadow: The Talbot Trilogy Book One

By Tori L. Ridgewood

Kindle ASIN B00DYCH64Y, $5.99

Ridgewood weaves a compelling urban fantasy of love, witchcraft and the awakening of the undead in Wind and Shadow. I found her voice to be compelling and the storyline interesting enough to keep me turning the pages wondering what would happen next. There were many events in this book that I didn’t see coming and I really liked that – I enjoy a book that doesn’t fall into predictable patterns.

Rayvin Woo
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It has been known to take me a month or more to get through one book, but it took me just 3 days to devour this one. I really couldn't put it down! Tori's writing style is so fluid and engaging that you get drawn in immediately and have to really force yourself to stop reading, so that you can do other things. Nothing else mattered for those 3 days and when I reached the end I practically screamed "Why have you stopped?!" The cliffhanger is not a bad thing because I will most definitely be waiti ...more
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**Review written for an originally posted on my blog, Book Bliss. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 5 stars

General: This book absolutely had it all! Hot steamy scenes, characters to get behind, a plot that had you page turning and an evil that actually felt evil! The descriptions in this book had m sucked in literally from the first page. For one of the first times I didn’t care that there was so much information being held back from me. I was f
Ginny  Gallagher
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Posted on Gin's Book Notes--

Wind and Shadow is an adult paranormal mystery suspense with a lot of action. The book is very well written, the story is engaging, and the characters are a complex blend of emotions, strengths, weaknesses, and baggage.

Rayvin Woods, is a natural witch returning to her home town in hopes of starting over. She is strong and secure in who she is as a witch however her past seems to weigh her down. She struggles to reconcile her past with her futu
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Action-packed paranormal/urban fantasy and great start to a new trilogy.

WIND AND SHADOW by Tori L. Ridgewood is more than just your typical paranormal romance – it’s suspenseful with a mystery that will keep you on the edge as some surprises come to light.

Rayvin Woods, a natural witch, has returned to town after ten years away and her welcome is not altogether a good one especially when she learns there’s a vampire on the loose. And wow, what a villainous, evil vampire Malcom de Sade is. But Ra
Alisha Howard
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The good:
Rayvin is an intriguing character. I always like characters that have been roughed up by life and Rayvin fits the bill. I was immediately drawn in to her story and wanted to find out why she was on the move, coming back home after so many years had passed by. Her relationship with the old friend/turned enemy Grant Michaels is a tumultuous one (to say the least) but there was a lot of passion and sexual tension between them. Grant’s appearance further peaked my interest in Rayvin’s histo
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
After leaving Talbot when she was a teenager under a black cloud, Rayvin Woods thought she’d never step foot back into town. Now circumstances have made it so she has to return and thankfully, she has Andrea – her only friend in Talbot – she can lean on. As soon as Rayvin drives into Talbot, she’s pulled over by none other than Grant Michaels, the boy she had a crush on so long ago and who hates her with all his heart for her past. Little do they know, the construction around town has freed a va ...more
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from the PR Agency in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book was my little haven the last few days.

Rayvin oh beautiful Rayvin. I loved her. I felt sorry for her, being run out of her own town when she was so young and had no one else to go to. I found her witchcraft intriguing. It's different from most other witchcraft I have read about
This was much different than what I expected at first. I expected something more romantic - with perhaps a HFN type of ending that fell apart in book two or something. That definitely didn't happen. In fact, there wasn't much happy in the ending at all. That being said, it definitely isn't a romance. It's all about a very very evil vampire trying to find his bride, a bride that doesn't want to be his.

It is a pretty good urban fantasy though. I really enjoyed the very traditional take on vampire
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Rayvin left her home town ten years ago with her head held high, but her heart in tatters. She was accused, but not found guilty, of attempted murder. She is coming to aid her best friend and foster sister rejuvenate the small town of Talbot. Old prejudices die hard, new prejudices form as unexplained tragedies are happening around town, just after her arrival.

Rayvin is in a very difficult situation. She has been unjustly condemned by the town, yet is in a position to save the town from the gras
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)
I recieved a copy of this book for an honest review

Rayvin has experienced alot of heartbreak and trauma than most people her age. Its not easy to have an entire town assume she is a murderer when she is very innocent. Rayvin is a witch with barely controlled pwers. Her mother passed away when she was a very young girl and Rayvin's training stopped with her death.

It doesnt help that her vindictive ex-boy6friend is stalking her and forces her to move back to the place she swore she would never r
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Rayvin is beautiful inside and out, loyal to those she loves, and strong and feisty even when she feels everything is against her. She is a survivor who comes back kicking and has a pure heart. Grant is a yummy piece of work with a chip on his shoulder who from page one I wanted to hit over the head with a very large phone-book and tell him to snap out of it and get over himself. This of course all makes for very entertaining reading because you know that as the terrible comes ...more
Tara Hall
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was thoroughly enchanted with Wind and Shadow, the first installment of the Talbot Trilogy. The fragile witch Rayvin’s quest for a new start in the little town of Talbot was easy to empathize with…and just when I didn’t know if I liked her being quite so fragile, this witch showed her hidden strength, standing up to her ex-love Grant Michaels, an alpha male if there ever was one. The sparks fly as soon as these two characters are in a scene together…and being a romance, I couldn’t wait to see ...more
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After her first heartbreak, Tori found solace in two things: reading romance novels and listening to an after-dark radio program called Lovers and Other Strangers. Throughout the summer and fall of 1990, the new kid in town found reading fiction and writing her own short stories gave her a much needed creative outlet. Determined to become a published author, Tori amassed stacks of notebooks and bo ...more

Other books in the series

The Talbot Trilogy (4 books)
  • Mist and Midnight (The Talbot Trilogy, Prequel)
  • Blood and Fire (The Talbot Trilogy, #2)
  • Crystal and Wand (The Talbot Trilogy Book 3)