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A Novel of the Shadow World, #2

In the normal course of things I would have given this book a 4.5 because I was excited for this book (very excited) and what excerpts I've read were promising indeed. QUEEN OF SHADOWS was different and Miranda was the sort of heroine I enjoy reading about; she didn't just suddenly fall for David, she made him work at gaining her trust and Sylvan showed Miranda actually learning to defend herself. David for his part didn't push her or act irritated by the fact Miranda needed time to heal and process. If maybe some of it was a bit too convenient I could forgive that because the overall book was refreshing.

So imagine my surprise when during the course of this book I get a sudden, overpowering urge to hulk smash David into the next millennium. I won't spoil anyone for why, but its important to understand I'm not upset by the nature of what happens between David and this person. Sylvan handles it well and under any other circumstance I would have fallen for it hook, line and sinker. The thing is the circumstances are extremely unforgivable for me. Not just on his end, but also on the other person's.

For me it was kind of a slap in the face and confusing to boot because it didn't really flow with the in-world dynamics set up in Book 1. It threw off a lot of the characterization as well because Miranda is just as thrown as the reader.

Miranda seemed to have fallen back from the 'Vampire Queen Hear me Roar' from the end of the first book. I rather liked that she instinctively got the whole vampire thing and because of her earlier training was better prepared. There wasn't any sign of this Miranda at first. That Miranda didn't resurface for a while and when she did, a whole new curve ball is thrown and there's that.

Admittedly she's able to handle her own when things start to go bad--she keeps a level head, and I applaud how she handles her emotions without devolving into 'my world is crumbling'. That's when the Miranda I loved came out to play. The Miranda who pulls herself together, dusts off her hands and says 'All right I got this'. She takes command and doesn't let anyone push her around.

The world intrigues--the set-up and power play and the different ways each Prime views leadership. I enjoy those parts. I enjoy watching Miranda come into her own. Unfortunately the plotline involving David's past and his present did not make sense given the world set up.

Book Blurb for Shadowflame

It's been three months since musician Miranda Grey became a vampire and married David Solomon. But when a powerful force from David's past appears, Miranda begins to realize how little she really knows about her husband.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2011 3.50