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Prince of Shadows

(Val Cache #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A rising star in the fantasy romance firmament, Susan Krinard returns to the land of the bestselling "Prince of Wolves" in this mesmerizing new love story.The legend of the werewolf is reborn in this thrilling tale from the author who "set(s) the standard for fantasy romance" ( "Affaire de Coeur" ). Wolf researcher Alexandra tries to help a gorgeous wolf she discovered in ...more
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Published July 28th 2020 (first published July 1st 1996)
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Tilly Slaton
Dec 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. The profund difference in Krinard's writing style in comparison to Prince of Wolves is...astounding! And more of a disappointment that I have had in quite some time. :( Bummer!

After reading Prince of Wolves, one of the best romance stories I have read in years, I found myself suffering through Prince of Shadows.

The writing style is completely different. It's like drinking a very cold beer and then drinking a room temperature beer. I was left with a disgusted .. what-are-you-serious look on
I have to read this because the cover is just so hillariously tacky!
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable werewolf / shapeshifter story, sometimes richly tender and poignant, other times grim and gruesome. It's a hefty, gritty story. There are some sex scenes, but not till later in the book, after the sexual tension climbs.

This is a sequel. I liked this story better than the prequel, Prince of Wolves. A tighter story line, with better pacing and about 100 fewer pages. Luke, the hero from Prince of Wolves, plays a fairly solid role in this book, but his mate, Joelle (Joey) is only a refe
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Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Three stars only because I feel a lot of work into this.

Alex felt like such an big awkward B! Itch
I don’t know what all A
Alexandra when thru the change her from a sweet caring to a strange,cold reserved know it all B but she is.
And a really ungrateful one at that.
Here’s Kiernan her bestie her Boo “Shadow “.
Ok,ok, yeah,she knew him better as a wolf,but that wolf and her memories of him has been the only bright spot and constant in her life but does she act as grateful to know that not only are wo
Angel hoping 2022 is not a kick in the lady balls and karate chop  to the back of the head that 2020 and 2021 was
Well welcome to guilty pleasure vintage romance from cover to last page. Shape shifter meets heroine when child, heroine has some trouble they meet up later on when they are adults ..there is miscommunication and bad memories scene.....resolved issues...they live happily ever after.

Nothing fantastically new and some of the obstacles and hurt feelings could have been resolved with a five minute talk....but then what conflict would there be?

This was like a nice aRm plate of na
Solidly meh, with many cliché characters and an icky backstory. I haven't read the others in the series, but I'm guessing this only loosely ties in.

For werewolf enthusiasts, Gévaudan is a bit of a giveaway. I assume he features in other books in the series?
Knight Of
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This the second book I've read about werewolves this year. I enjoyed the slow build and emotional rollercoaster. ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Very disappointed. Constant running away and the heroine was annoying and lied a lot. This could have been a great book but it just seemed to wander around avoiding the truth.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it

So cool. Very detailed. You get drawn in and sucked in until the end. Loved Alex. How we were given that beginning intro to see how she was and the magic of childhood and her love of wolves. Kieran is awesome both as a make and wolf. So giving and protective. Always needing Alex.
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Alex has returned to her childhood haven in the woods of her grandparent’s cabin, searching solitude and peace while she focuses on her one true passion, wolves. She’s dealt with a lot of torment and trials in her 27 years and has secluded herself from the human population, preferring to keep to her own company. Yet is doesn’t take long at all for the hope of peace and quiet to be dashed when the beautiful black wolf of her childhood turns into the equally beautiful raven haired stranger. She we ...more
I came across this book while searching under "Beauty & the Beast." I've also know Sue Krinard to be an excellent writer, so I had high hopes that, unfortunately, were not realized.

I'd say one problem overall is that you really need to have an all-consuming passion for wolves to truly relate to these characters - the author clearly does - and I really don't share that. Wolves, in my opinion, are okay - but not the totally awesome, most-magnificent-creatures-in-the- wild that they are constantly
Deborah Vespo
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a young girl Alexandra spends a summer befriending a young wolf she calls Shadow. On the last day of her summer vacation before she has to leave a young boy appears to her, causing a lot of questions to come out because he acts as if they are friends and he knows about her. While talking with the young man they hear gun shots and discover that two adult wolves have been shot by a poacher causing the young man much despair. Alexandra promises the young man that she will some how return and hel ...more
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
The first half of this book is in 4 star territory. Alexandra had met Kieran as a child. The summer she played with a wolf, Shadow. She didn't connect the boy with the wolf. That was a fairy tale. It's been 17 years and she's back in Minnesota. Wolf research is her life. Which is why when Shadow turns into Kieran in front of her eyes, she believes. And that belief is true to her character. Kieran doesn't remember much about his life but he is drawn to her. Unfortunately, a series of murders, whi ...more
Jo Anne
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent read, with Native Americans, wolves, murder and the typical romance novel sex scenes. You know, I feel kind of dumb saying this, but the cover art really bugged me. The main character is, of course, impossibly handsome and sexy, but the cover art makes him look like a steroid freak. Yeah, I know the picture needs to draw in the reader to make the sale, but the guy on the cover is rather laughable. Kind of a black-haired Fabio. Anyway, look past the cover and read the book, it's a f ...more
Tricia (McAllister) Houseman
Enjoyed this book. Comes down to healing oneself from the issues they have over the past, recovering memories of the shifter ... add in a direct Mediciane Woman & her off-springs, murders, an individual who makes your skin crawl (when he's in the story). All that makes for a good story.
Yes, there is romanance involved but it is not the entire focus of the story.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
easy light read, perfect for a rainy day
Oct 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not a great book have tried several of her books and not my cup of tea
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: before-2012
3 stars
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolf
I really enjoyed reading this book. I found the plot twists and the characters interesting.
You will enjoy the story of the couple as the deal with past and present and find love and acceptence.
Nov 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read if yu like fantasy
Aug 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried really hard to like this book but after 200 pages I JUST give up. This book is boring.
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Trained as an artist with a BFA in Illustration from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Susan Krinard became a writer in 1992 when a friend read a short story she'd written and suggested she try writing a romance novel. A long-time fan of science fiction and fantasy, Susan began reading romance -- and realized what she wanted to do was combine the two genres. Prince of Wolves, her first ro ...more

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