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Pleasure (Shadowdwellers Series #3)

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

An enjoyable story line

Below ground in Alaska is a concealed city that humans are unaware of its existence. It is the place where the Shadowdwellers race reside. The underground is darkness as even the slightest ray of light can kill these people.

Sanctuary priest Sagan is kidnapped by a ...
Below ground in Alaska is a concealed city that humans are unaware of its existence. It is the place where the Shadowdwellers race reside. The underground is darkness as even the slightest ray of light can kill these people.

Sanctuary priest Sagan is kidnapped by a serial torturer killer and her minions; they bring him to the house of Valera, a born witch. She uses her magic to kill his captors shocking the underground priest that a human magic user has no taint of evil oozing from her.

Magnus, the head of Sanctuary, wants Sagan to bring his beloved Valera to the "dweller" city to demonstrate to the Night Riders that not all magic practitioners are evil. The senate governing the Shadowdwellers is trying to force Chancellor Malaya to marry a person of their choice and produce an heir. Her bodyguard Guin, who has protected and loved her (unrequitedly) for fifty years, detests his beloved having to marry a man not of her choosing. Unable to cope he leaves her for the first time in five decades. His departure makes Malaya realizes what she has taken for granted and how much she loves her bodyguard. Acadia, whose uses another name in the senate, attacks Magnus' wife and Guin, leaving it to the outsider Valera to mitigate damages although few Shadowdwellers trust her.

Thus ends the exhilarating Shadowdweller trilogy (see ECSTASY and RAPTURE) and while the enjoyable story line fails to wrap up everything in a nice tidy package, readers will gain much PLEASURE from this fine entry that hopes for peace amidst the night walker species. The romantic subplot between Guin and Malaya is fascinating as he tries to hide his feelings especially his ire over what the leaders are doing to his beloved while she fails to see him beyond a trusty protector and to a degree friend. The other romantic subplot is also terrific as the human witch and the Shadowdweller are natural enemies. Jacquelyn Frank is a master fantasist who makes her paranormal earth seem real with a spark of hope for peace, but frankly this is an author known for her twists and spins.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on July 17, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Two stories... but would have been better as one

I was not expecting this to be two seperate stories. Both were ok but I wish Segan's story would have been just as long as Malaya's. Segan's part ended so quickly. It left me with a million questions. It would have been great to see Val entering his world, meeting p...
I was not expecting this to be two seperate stories. Both were ok but I wish Segan's story would have been just as long as Malaya's. Segan's part ended so quickly. It left me with a million questions. It would have been great to see Val entering his world, meeting people, etc. Not to mention how people reacted to the changes in Segan's status. It left me wishing there was more but not finding it. Disappointing.

posted by C3_1991 on August 29, 2009

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    A Great Book, But a Little Misleading

    Ok, first I have to say that I absolutely love all of Frank's books in the Shadowdweller and Nightwalker series. If you read the back cover or online synopsis of this book they lead you to believe that this book is about Sagan's story and Malaya's. The author devoted about 20% of the book to Sagan, and the other 80% to Malaya. While Malaya and Guin's story was still enjoyable, it would have been way better to read more about what happens to Sagan and Valera. I kept waiting for her to switch back to them. I felt like there were so many unanswered questions about quite a few of her characters and she sort of kept us hanging. I really do hope that this truly was not the last book in this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Good book but....

    I want more! I would like to know what happens after the child is born

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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