Valley of the Shadow
For eight years, Baojia and Natalie have pursued their goals: family, career, friendship and love—trying to carve out an ordinary life in an immortal world. And for eight years they’ve been mostly successful save for a world-bending adventure every now and then.
Except that their life was never ordinary. It ...more
Valley of the Shadow is LIVE and I'm so excited!😊 For many years, Natalie and Baojia, who started their journey in Blood and Sand, have popped up in various Elemental books. We’ve gotten glimpses of their life, but there was always one question hanging over them.
In Valley of the Shadow, you get to see the conclusion of their story. Or maybe it’s the start. Either way, I’m thrilled to share this little holiday novella with you. With lots ...more
Fortuna is not on her side and her time has come. However there are some loose ends to tie up. Their are the kids to take care of and a smooth transition is needed.
It is a known fact that I am biased when it comes to Ms. Hunter's books and the world created by her awesomeness, being honest here though it this book isn't my usual cup of tea. It is sweet but quiet. It is clear that having an a ...more
The blurb is vague and the reviews I’ve seen don’t mention it but breast cancer and the grief and disruption it can cause, even when you have a supernatural solution, is a major driver to the story. The supernatural solution may not resonate well with all readers and I’m not sure how I entirely felt about it.
On the other hand, I thought this story did a really good job of showing how unexpected major life changes can involve grieving the choices that you weren’t able to make yourself ...more
I have yet to come across a bad book in the entire series so if you haven’t read the others do it no ...more
Firstly because I love Baojia and Natalie. I was so thrilled to get to read how their lives are progressing and what is happening in their world.
Second revisiting this couple and their chosen family will leave you warm and satisfied. Dive in and catch up with this amazing bunch of characters as they support one of their own.
Heartwarming and thoughtful this is a wonderful continuation of this branc ...more
Although it's set at Christmas time, it's not one of those niche stories that can only be read at that time of year. Any day is a Baojia day as far as I'm concerned.
I've waited a long time for Natalie's story to continue, and this does her proud ...more
“Yes. Love me anyway.”
Dragged a bit at some parts, but was also pretty emotional at others. Loved how we got inside some of my favorite characters heads though. I also really liked seeing everyone's families and kids now that they have all been together for awhile. Also, that afterword part? So ...more
Woohoo! We’re back in the Elemental World series, and I love it! This novella is a follow up story for Baojia and Natalie, and should not be read as a standalone. Beware that it also has spoilers for the Elemental Legacy spin-off series. So this is definitely one for the fans, who will adore catching up with so many of their favourite characters.
It’s been eight years since Baojia and Natalie met and fell in love. They have created a life together they have a family, and they live as no ...more
Valley of the Shadow is an opportunity for Hunter fans to snuggle up with something (or someone) warm, grab a glass a wine, and catch up with some of our favorite characters from the Elemental Series. (Events take place after Night’s Reckoning , so be sure to read that first.) Natalie and Baojia’s story continues over the winter holidays when unexpected circumstances cause plans to change. Several of our favorites sho ...more
Valley of the Shadow is a continuation of Natalie and Baojia’s story. I loved Blood and Sand as I felt that their relationship was perhaps one of the most difficult and the most human of Elizabeth’s characters. I loved and respected their choices and their priorities. I adored the love that Baojia had for Natalie and that she in turn had for him. I have ...more
A lovely, holiday-themed conclusion to Natalie and Baojia’s story from “Blood and Sand.” Fans of Elizabeth Hunter’s “Elemental World” quartet will enjoy the return of several characters from the series, who have come together in “Valley of the Shadow” not just to celebrate the season, but to help Natalie deal with one of life’s more difficult curveballs. Choices must be made, and not everyone is certain Natalie is choosing wisely!
I loved having the chance to read an early copy of this story; i...more
“Want to get a horse and ride into town so I can get a tattoo from a guy who tattoos people in his kitchen?” 😂
Finally! Natalie and Baijio-I’ve been wanting more forever! And the snippets of B and Gio and Carwyn and Brigid are the icing on the cake.
My only disappointment-when the words “The End” appeared. Even at 1:30am, tired from all the thanksgiving food, I wanted more!
Review copy was received from Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Elemental World is a PNR spin-off series from the Elemental Mysteries which was more urban fantasy following one couple. Elemental World series starts during the Elemental Mysteries but has a different couple in each book. I don't recommend reading the series out of order - I never do - but with the ongoing story ...more
The long-awaited conclusion to Baojia and Natalie’s story that merges into a Christmas get together of all our favorite vampires (and humans) from the Elemental World. Baojia and Natalie’s book Blood and Sand was the second in the spin-off series, and though it was a standalone, it always felt kind of unfinished. After a whirlwind courtship Natalie and Baojia are left in a good place and they decide to have children, but for that to be p ...more
I liked this book , didn't love it. The novella continued Boajia and Natalie's story from . I listened to the audio in 2015 and I'd forgotten the details of their romance. Boajia was a water vampire and Natalie was a reporter investigating missing women. Solving that mystery they fell in love. Present day, they are married and have 2 children. The plan is to turn Natalie into a vampire when their kids are older. Unfortunately, Natalie is diagnosed with breast cancer. They decide to turn ...more
What a wonderful pre-Holiday surprise. Not only does this Novella have a reunion of many of my favorite characters from Elemental World but it also features two characters I’ve been a long time to see their story continue to unfold. This is truly a wonderful gift, thank you Elizabeth!
Natalie and Baojia’s story started in “Blood and Sand”, which was an amazing novel . The sexy water vampire (Baojia) mate with Natalie, a dedic ...more
This story had the heart warming moments, the kissy parts, the heart break, the laughter and the big questions. I truly enjoyed it and would tell everyone who reads the Elemental World books to get your hands on thi ...more
This book brings together many of the couples fro ...more
Natalie is one of the few heroines in Elizabeth Hunter's books that is not a vampire, but she and Baojia have always made it work. Seeing the family dynamic they have created with their children Jake and Sarah is sweet and sassy, which is nothing less than I'd expect.
Based on the previews for this book, we see that for Natalie, "it's time to come home." ...more
I don't want to leave a poor rating, because there's nothing wrong with the writing at all. It just needs a 'Cancer trigger warning' for anyone currently in the middle of anxiety about that subject. I had a panic attack and abandoned it. ...more
Um. As a breast cancer survivor I struggled a bit with this novella. I enjoy Ms. Hunter’s work and she writes with sensitivity yet as one other Goodreads reviewer stated that the ‘supernatural solution’ in “Valley of the Shadow” might not ‘resonate’ with some.
All personal feelings aside “Valley of the Shadow” brought together many characters from the Elemental together in an thoughtful manner. They had some fun times too that gave this a lightness to to the matter. Did I need this extension t ...more
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