This sensual paranormal romance gives an interesting perspective on the idea of depression and the role it plays in one’s life. I like the concept of the Guardian Warriors and their spiritmates and this story sets up the series nicely, but I wasn’t invested in these characters and convinced by the rapport that develops between them. Undoubtedly, part of the challenge is getting the world-building established and introducing the variety of players who will have significant roles in future stories. Those who are frustrated by shifting points of view should be forewarned that there are some troublesome areas but there is still an entertaining combination of sensuality and thrilling fight scenes as Voni and Kai learn to trust each other. This is an intriguing introduction to a mysterious band of males and it will be interesting to learn more about their struggles and the women who become invested in their quest.
“Spirit Fall” by Tessa McFionn is Book One of ‘The Guardians’ series, and features Voivode Malakai Gregori Vadim, Crown Prince of the Moldavian province of Iasi, a warlord who was conscripted into a role that resulted in him wandering the world for 700 years as Malakai (Kai) Vadim, Guardian Warrior. During his quest to destroy the evil hiding within the Rogue Warriors he finds Siobhan (Voni) Brigit Whelan, who has been plagued by nightmares and suffering depression ever since the death of her fiancé. Their dramatic meeting gradually develops into a relationship that may become the way for Kai to finally put down his burden, but only if they survive.
After a year-long depression following the murder of her fiancé, Siobhan Whelan stands on a bridge, tormented by unending nightmares, one step away from jumping. Only the kindness of a seductive stranger brings her back down to earth. But the handsome stranger is more than meets the eye, and soon Voni finds herself thrust into a strange new world.
For seven hundred years, Malakai Vadim has shouldered the mantle of Guardian Warrior. But a chance encounter with the tormented beauty brings him face to face with his destiny. His nemesis, Dmitrius Konstantin, has been feeding Voni’s grief through nightmares, wanting her and her untapped powers for his own. As Kai learns of his foe’s deadly interest, he must solve the riddle of Voni’s tortured dreams while holding his growing desire for her at bay.
Too bad the enemy Rogue Warriors have other plans. Now, along with fellow Guardian Eamon McClearon, Kai must venture into the In-Between, the enemy’s powerbase, to save her soul as well as his own. But can his love be strong enough to save them both?