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(The Shadowfae Chronicles #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Steal souls.

Live in hell.

Never die.

In a city infested with psychotic fairies and run by sadistic vampire mafiosi, life as a soul-sucking succubus rarely involves lacy lingerie, hot guys or great sex.

Instead, Jade must spend her nights seducing gangsters and murderers, or simpering as a trophy girl for hell's minions.

So when she discovers a forbidden ritual that promises to
Paperback, 277 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin
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May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Maker Song series
HBO would love this series. Profanity, violence, sex, drugs, often all at once, but Shadowfae isn't generic in any category. Erica Hayes' fae are very elf and very punk, with human vices. Hayes completely reinvents the fae, vampires, and demons in a very human likeness so that they fit seamlessly into Melbourne's seedy side, where fae with claws and pretty, delicate wings also sell the most potent product and vampire mobsters war for territory. Hayes' prose is very well suited to this atmosphere ...more
I am a sucker for books featuring Fae characters and I was encouraged by the title to pick this one up at my public library. I should have read the blurb. I should have known better. I should have twigged that the main character is a succubus and I should just have set the book down and walked away.

There are a few interesting ideas in this novel, but the setting is just too dark for me. The author is trying too hard to be gritty and noir. With Jade, a succubus, as the main character and with the
Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peppered with Fae, demons and vampires, with Shadowfae sets the stage for a dark romantic new urban fantasy series

Both leading lady succubus Jade and leading man incubus Rajah are enslaved to a demon and both long for the end of their servitude, they are forced to seduce and sometimes kill unable to resist the compulsion of their master's orders. But Rajah has discovered the way to win his freedom, a secret he shares with Jade - to be free, four special souls must be harvested, the only catch
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was not at all what i expected. I think over all it went beyond what i thought it was going to be, but it was quite the downer on the way. Really not a book to bring a smile to your face. It is described as dark, and there is no questioning it.

For a book about a succubus and and incubus i obviously expect a healthy dose of sex. This book is actually about 90 % sex and not once single scene of it is pleasant. Most of it is rape. There is blood rape, mental rape, and the blatant physical
harlequin {Stephanie}
Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Jade is a succubus enslaved to a demon, Kane. Rajahni is an incubus enslaved to the same demon. He learns of a way to break the bond by stealing four souls that match some latin? words on his bracelet or bond. They steal the souls when the body reaches it's climax. Shares this info with Jade since he is in deep puppy love with her. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea for the plot was great, a succubus and incubus trying to free themselves of their "slavery" from the demon Kane but it fell short for me. There was sex on almost every page. If it wasn't the act itself it was of the characters fantasizing about it. I know that there will be sex from a book with a succubus as the main character but it was too much. I felt that the storyline was sacrificed in order to add more sexual content. Ms. Hayes did create an interesting world but it was also dirty ...more
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jade was greedy as a human, craving for power, and got what she was looking for in a crazy twisted kind of way. She's a succubus. She got the power to enthrall men and suck their soul out of their body.

It wasn't what she was looking for, and after 140 years, she is blazée and depressed until she meets Rajah.Rajah, the incubus. She despise him and yet is drawn to him in a way she can't explain.She might not know yet, but he holds the key to her freedom. Will she be able to break her shackles?

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Here is what says about Shadowfae:

In a world hidden behind shadowy fairy glamour, thieving spirits rob people blind, beautiful banshees mesmerise people with their song, big green trolls kick heads at nightclubs and sadistic vampire Mafiosi rule the streets. Jade, a succubus, is sick of a life spent seducing gangsters and murderers and simpering as a trophy girl for hell's minions. Her quest for freedom brings her face-to-face with Rajah - formidable adversary and irresistible lover
Not 100% sure how I feel about this one. I finished it. So that's a plus. I have been abandoning a lot of books lately.

The good: I liked the general "plot" - (from Amazon) "Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell's minions. Then she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her sens
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Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Erica's Melbourne isn't one any of us will ever see, and I think that's probably a good thing. The fae, demons, and vamps in this world aren't romantic and sweet. They're cruel, insatiable, and waiting to screw you over the first chance they get. They're all dangerous predators.

Jade is a succubus who belongs to a demon called Kane. She seduces men and steals their souls via some very gruesome ways. Then she vomits the souls into soultraps, but when she finds out that there's a way to break free,
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Four books. In my whole life I've only never finished four books.

This is one of them.

The summary is deceiving. It paints a gritty world full of mythical creatures living side-by-side with mortal humans. A succubus yearning to break free of her thrall to a demon overlord. Sounds interesting, right?

What you get is sex-sex-sex-drugs-faeries exploding-sex-vomiting-sex-sex-more vomiting-sex-drugs-alcohol-sex-more drugs and vomiting-blood-vomiting blood-sex-death-more sex-sex ... You get my drift.

Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Dark, seductive and erotic are the perfect words to describe, Shadowfae, the debut release from Erica Hayes. Jade is a one-hundred forty year old succubus who is indentured to the demon lord Kane for a thousand years. She is forced to seduce and suck out the soul of the current victim she is with. She uses sex as a weapon, known as the rapture. Jade hates her immortal life but has no choice to do what Kane orders her to do. Kane loves Jade and wants her to love him, but because of his evil and s ...more
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Imagine a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs. And once you're in, there's no escape.

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom a
Sep 12, 2009 rated it liked it

Ever since I read the prequel Hellcursed a few months back, Shadowfae has been a book I've been looking forward to reading. I found Shadowfae to be a very intense, dark, erotic story that was at times disturbing, in a fascinating way. With Jade being a succubus, I was expecting a sensually charged read, which I did get but I also got a look at the unsavory, darker side of being a succubus enthralled to a demon lord's every command. This gave Shadowfae a very gritty and raw edge.

As far as the cha

Fiendishly Bookish
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In Shadowfae, Hayes brings to life a sensory feast of glittering and dangerous creatures, an urban fantasy realm existing side by side with humans in the magnificent shadow of Melbourne. In the luminous underbelly of that cosmopolitan city breathes a current of life filled with incubi, demon lords, banshees, vampire syndicates, spriggans, fairies..the Shadowfae.

The lives of two entities take center stage in Hayes’ dark treat: Jade a succubus, and Rajah, and incubus form an unlikely partnership
Isa Lavinia
This book started off really well and, to be perfectly honest, ended well. But the more I read of it, the lower I wanted to rate it. Bear with me, I know I'm not making sense.

The writing is exquisite. Hayes has a way with words, with just a few of them she paints a vivid scene. Look at this:

"They’d whispered in dark ocean grottoes with demons"

That simple, but can't you just picture it? Isn't it lovely?
The whole book is like this, and her writing style produced some very explicit, yet tasteful,
Carolyn F.
Very dark with a kind of psychotic happy ever after. The next book doesn't seem to be about the same characters, so I'll put it on my eventual read list.

Jade and Rajah are enslaved succubus/incubus by a demon lord who just wants to be loved. That's the part I didn't get, why would he be so fixated with Jade? There's a lot of soul sucking going on with throwing up afterward. Do not read this book if you are eating or have just ate.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
**Couldn't finish

Shadowfae started out having potential to be a good read. However, it failed. I like a bit of sexiness in the books I read, but this was taken way overboard, to the point of ridiculousness. An easy comparison to this book is Ramen noodles... all substance, no nutrition.
Cathleen Ross
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fairies on smack.It's brilliantly written but a tough read because the heroine is trapped in such a miserable world.
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Honestly, don't quite remember it because I read it so long ago but I did just get really excited that there are other books in the series
D.A. Lascelles
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly one of the richest prose styles I have ever read. Well worth a read for anyone looking for urban fantasy with sexy overtures.
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
If you were someone who really wanted to write about sex, then you might imagine a world in which sex is less of a taboo. A world in which creatures exist that need sex on a frequent basis for sustenance, perhaps. Hello 'Shadowfae'.

Filled with sex, sex and more sex, there is actually also a story somewhere in there. It can be found in between the abundance of descriptions of fluids (ick), smells (ew) and sensations (okaaaay). And really, there is a lot. And it's detailed, and graphic. In fact th
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh... I preferred Kane Better then Rajahni seth... (・ω・`) And the story developement just didn't take on me. ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Always love to hear from a fellow Aussie and this book was very good !! A distinct and different voice that comes from a darker, more seductive place ! 3.5 stars if I could ahaha
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Meh :/
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews:

Shadowfae is the debut novel of author Erica Hayes and the first book in her darkly seductive and erotic Shadowfae Chronicles. It drags the reader into the seedy under belly of Melbourne and into the darkest possible realm of the fae. The fast paced and exquisitely rendered world of this novel had me reading late into the night with it's taut, gritty noir-esque tone.

The world created by Hayes is complex, diverse and depicted with flowing adjectives that lu
Nancy Meservier
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Jade has spent the last 140 years as a succubus. Under the control of a demon named Kane, she has no choice but to obey his commands, and desires nothing more than her freedom. Then she meets Rajah, an incubus also bound under the same demon. In him she finds a kindred spirit and before she realizes it, they have fallen in love. She is shocked when Rajah reveals that he has a discovered a method to earn back his mortality, breaking Kane's control. Jade is eager to try as well, but through some c ...more
Shadowfae is the debut novel from Australian author Erica Hayes, and I see potential.

Hayes has created a complex and detailed world where fae, demons and vampires run amok in Melbourne, largely unbeknown to mortals due to their glamour. Her descriptions of these creatures were not unnecessarily detailed, but sufficient to spark your imagination, particularly the colourful, half-mad fairies with their quivering wings and magick potions available for the cost of a memory.

But this is not a happy wo
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Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy writer. She writes dark paranormal romance, urban fantasy and romantic science fiction, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colorful heroes with dark secrets.

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