Friday, December 16, 2016

Book Review: Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

From the Back Cover:

From bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new trilogy set in the Elder Races world….

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

My Review:

First off, let me start off by saying that I adore Thea Harrison's writing. I was thrilled to see this new series set in the Elder Races world and couldn't wait to start reading it. Moonshadow is the start to an entertaining new series with a lot of promise.

Within the first few pages, I was hooked. The main character, Sophie, is a fun, snarky, strong, confident heroine who's been through a traumatic ordeal and is in the process of healing. There are moments of vulnerability, which only makes her more likable... but it's her strength that makes her a lot of fun to read. The hero, on the other hand, is... well... a bit of an ass -- and told that by our heroine more times than I can count. The romance is a little bit forced and not quite as smooth or magnetic as I'd hoped. The basic chemistry was there.... but that's about it.

Unfortunately, the plot was fairly predictable. Within the first handful of pages, you knew exactly what was going to happen and the entire book was rather... formulaic. Overall, the characters were entertaining, but none of them were particularly remarkable... and the entire book was... well, not memorable. To be honest, after finishing it last night, I'm having a hard time really writing this review because this book just didn't stick with me like some of Harrison's other works. (I think I re-read Dragonbound about 3-4 times because I loved it that much.)

This was a fun, light and quick read by an author who knows how to deliver a well-crafted book. Everything was there... it was just... missing that pizzazz which takes it to the next level for me. Overall, I'd probably recommend it. But by next week, I'll probably have forgotten I ever read it.

I'd rate this a 3.5 out of 5... rounding up to a 4 since we can't do half points.

My Rating (3.5/5 rounded up to 4):


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