Betrayal's Shadow

The Guardians of Eden, #1

They were created with the same form as humans; but they weren't human. The Guardians were made by God to offer hope to humanity. Their children safeguard human souls. A terrible disease decimated their number, sparing only the children. Their purpose was lost in the turmoil and betrayals that followed. Even as the Guardians dwell in isolation, one of their number allows his own capture by their former leader in order to find answers. Turen is tortured and drugged by his friend turned enemy. And then a woman appears in his cell. Mia doesn't how or why but she finds herself transported to the cell of a strange man every night as she falls asleep. She is human and knows nothing about the Guardians, however, she can't just leave the Turen to his fate. Mia will risk everything to save him. Along the way she will find a soul-binding love, mortal enemies and a hidden world. Mia and Turen could be the only hope for the Guardians or the cause of their destruction.

This one has all the makings of an incredible new epic. There is mystery, conspiracy, special powers, hunky men and beautiful women. The story starts out intense and stays that way the entire time. Turen and Mia are fantastic together and more than a match for each other. Their love is discovered under very difficult circumstances but it's sensual and beautiful nonetheless. We learn about the Guardians and their history a bit at a time. By the time we reach the action-packed conclusion, it all makes sense. I loved 'meeting' the other Guardians and was fascinated by the author's imagery. There is quite a bit of violence but it fits the story. It's easy to get very wrapped up in this tale; I read it one sitting. I can't wait for next one and very highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys gritty urban fantasy.

Book Blurb for Betrayal's Shadow

What would you do to save your people from extinction?

What if your race held the key to mankind's future?

One Guardian will risk hell to change the future.

Descended from the race of Guardians, Turen's people have survived the last two hundred years, quarantined and isolated. Living in secrecy with no mates and no offspring, they fail to deliver on their ability to replenish and heal human souls through the birth of their Guardian children. Risking his life, Turen chooses capture at the hands of a comrade-turned-enemy to seek answers to change the future.

Mia Bowman has no knowledge of the secret Guardian race. Yet, her uncontrollable, nocturnal summons to Turen's prison cell and her strong sense of justice leave her with little choice but to help him. She can heed his warning and stay clear of his people's problems or she can ferret out the lies and unravel an ancient tale of murder and deceit. It will take an ultimate sacrifice to stop the unexpected evil and reverse a fatal ending to the Guardian line.


A race of beings created in a Sanctum at the far edge of Eden. Co-existing with mankind, they safeguarded human souls and the promise of eternity--until a virus killed all over the age of eighteen. The surviving children fled to the Sanctum for protection, children raising children without the full legacy of their history and knowledge. Two hundred years of solitude have produced a race of semi-immortals fortified with powers and intellect but lacking the mates who will make them whole and allow them to fulfill their covenant with mankind.

Guardians of Eden Book 1: Betrayal's Shadow

Guardians of Eden Book 2: Warrior Reborn

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2012 4.50