Book 5 of the Shields but also works well as a stand alone. I found the characters in Ms. Grant's fifth journey in the Shields series compelling as they try to battle the Great Evil while finding their own place in each other's lives. Even without having read the first four books of the series, which is an oversight this reviewer hopes to amend soon, there is a depth of character and place that draws one into the current story quickly and whips the reader along. The quieter scenes are poignant without losing pace with the structure of the epic tale.
There was a sense that some of the history of the collateral characters was missed by not reading the first four books of the series but enough was given in the current story without having the feeling the writer was going over old ground unnecessarily. There is a grand sense of place in the writing that allows the reader to easily view the same sights as the characters as they struggle to oppose both their personal shortcomings and their ultimate foe.
As Danielle and Gabriel begin to understand they were meant to come together, the reader is pulled into the spell that ensnarls them and tries to keep them apart. Cheering lustily and reaching for the ice when they come together at last before they finally join the rest of their allies in the attempt to regain peace for their world.
I highly recommend this as a great read and I'm sure I'll be going back to it again, a keeper in my bookshelf!
Regards Reader -
There are those who would love to rid themselves of painful memories, to forget nasty pasts and mistakes. They say its hell to live with those memories. I say its hell to live without them. I have no memories of my past, my friends or family.
I owe my life to the Fae who discovered me bleeding and nearly dead at their doorway. They saved me and offered me a new life, regardless of my past. So I've served the Fae and the Shields since that day. My special knowledge of herbs and healing has been needed to save the Shields countless times. They are my brethren, my family, yet I am alone.
No matter where I search or what questions I ask, I discover nothing to open a doorway in my mind of locked memories. Until I catch a glimpse of a woman who seems as familiar to me as breathing.
Though she claims to not know me, our bodies know each other. Yet, I agonize over what she keeps hidden in the depths of her haunted hazel eyes. I fear the dark thoughts that lurk in my heart, and wonder at any black deeds in my past. If what I dread comes to pass, death will not come swift enough.
Above all, I must keep Danielle safe. She is the only one that has quieted my soul and shown me what serenity was.
Gabriel the Hollow