To protect her, he let her go. Now he’ll risk everything he believes in to get her back.
Hannah Green wants her life back. In the past three years she’s gone from promising graduate student to patient in a mental hospital. Now, she’s being held prisoner by a terrifying group of men who believe she has a mysterious power. She wants to think they’re wrong, but something inside her has changed. If only she could use her power to set herself free.
Conner’s entire life, he’s played by the rules. He’s a soldier. A leader. He knows better than anyone that contact with the Shadows is forbidden. So when a midnight phone call demands he rescue one from a nest of demons, he has no intention of following through. Until he sets eyes on Hannah. Brave, beautiful and determined to survive. Conner can’t walk away.
When you’ve worked so hard to make the right choices, temptation can be a kind of torture. Conner knows he should turn Hannah over to the Shadows. Hannah wants to be grateful for her rescue and let Conner go. But when love and desire bind two strangers together, they have to choose between what they think is right and what they know they need.
Shadow’s Awakening is the first book of the Shadow Warder series, the story ofHannah Green, a Shadow, held captive by Vorati demons and Conner Munro, one of the most devoted Warder soldiers, living totally for his job. But things change, so Conner needs to change too…
For the first time in his adult life, he was deliberately going against Warder laws. And for what? A woman—a Shadow—he didn’t know? Conner stared blindly into the woods surrounding the cabin. If he was caught with Hannah he’d have no reasonable explanation for his behavior. Worse, he didn’t care.
The world-building is outstanding: it is complicated, well-structured, interesting, with lots of potential. The conflict between Shadows and Warders has its roots deep in the ancient times. Their history, magic, and abilities are complex and rich.
Shadows and Warders’ common enemy, the Vorati demons, are more than capable to keep up the thrill and anxiety level of the events. They are creepy, disgustingly evil, and powerful.
The story starts well, but it slows down after the first rescuing scene. After 50% it is exciting again. Till the very end, it is full of unexpected twists and turns. I loved its structure – it was like a movie. Exciting and frustrating – in a good sense. The alternating multiple viewpoints add a lot to the story: I enjoyed being dragged from one scene to the next.
Ms. McGregor’s writing style is refined and impressive, she easily keeps all the lines together.
Fierce, badass and likeable hero and heroine, well-drawn and engaging secondary characters. I want almost everyone’s own story, right now!
My favorite is Kiernan, with his love for the ladies and explosives…
“So then what? We knock on the front door and ask if they’re holding a Shadow captive and can we have her?”
“Not exactly. How do you feel about blowing up one of the cars?”
“I always feel good about blowing something up,” Kiernan said with a grin.
BUT. Yeah, sadly there is a but…
The romance has serious shortcomings. It’s insta-love again, just like between Celeste and Gabe in the prequel, Shadow’s Passion. I understand the mystical ancient bond, and all that things, but I felt the romance rushed and most importantly the non-communication pissed me off throughout the story. I’ve been fed up with Hannah and Conner’s inner monologues, and misassumptions about what the other might think. Hannah’s way of thoughts was especially inconsistent. Please, please, talk to each other!
All in all, although the romance didn’t knock me off my feet, the paranormal aspect of the story is close to perfection and refreshingly unique. Highly recommended!
* An ARC copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.