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Rapture (Shadowdwellers Series #2)

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Incredible Paranormal Suspenseful Romance...Sexy and well written

Rapture is an amazing read, but it is not for the faint of heart. The book was an emotional rollercoaster plumbing the depths of human strengths, weaknesses, & depravity.

This book stands alone, but it does continue on from where the last book, Ecstasy, leaves off. ...
Rapture is an amazing read, but it is not for the faint of heart. The book was an emotional rollercoaster plumbing the depths of human strengths, weaknesses, & depravity.

This book stands alone, but it does continue on from where the last book, Ecstasy, leaves off. Rapture has more intrigue & suspense - we see glimpses of other characters, but the book truly revolves around Dae - a woman who had lived in slave-like captivity with her Aunt & Uncle, & Magnus - the Shadowdweller's high priest who was betrayed & left for dead in Ecstasy.

The character development in this novel is the strongest in any of the books from either the Nightwalker or Shadowdweller series so far.

Dae is a funny, witty character with complexities & baggage that make her so real. She'll make you laugh, she'll make you cry, & she'll amaze you with her inner beauty despite all the horrors & wickedness that she lived through. Magnus is a great match for Dae. He is strong, intelligent, & reliable, & he eventually recognizes the true strengths & inner beauty of his match. Although his occasional traipsing into male chauvinism can be frustrating at times & has you rolling your eyes.these negative qualities are so typical of even the best of men in real life, & makes him a little more believable & genuine.

I think that's the core strength of this book.it feels the most "real" of all of the Nightwalker & Shadowdweller books. There are some scenes in this book that are very disturbing & upsetting.but Ms. Frank delves into the dark evils that exist in every society & every religion.Where innocence is preyed upon by the power hungry & corrupt. You go on a trip through the hell & helplessness that victims suffer, & she makes thirst for justice burn in you as it does in her characters.

Although tried & tested, her heroes emerge stronger & better. We get glimpses of the not so sterling qualities they possess as well as their strengths & triumphs. Just like all of us, these characters are presented with all their best qualities as well as their worst. & they are even more lovable because of their lack of perfection & because of their victories over their less attractive traits.

There is a "Happy ever after" in this book, yet as in life, it is not neat & tidy. So, although they neutralize the current threat, there is still a greater one that is affecting the Royal House, & the siblings that are currently ruling the Shadowdwellers. You know that they'll make it through things together, but that it won't be an easy journey.

If you have been following the series, we do get some answers as to who was behind attacks in Ecstasy. But there are more questions that still need answering because the corruption is entrenched much higher up in the food chain & that leaves you wanting more.

Ms. Frank's descriptive writing paints amazing pictures & scenes.& her love scenes were truly beautiful & sensual. They were so well written.

She takes you on a journey of beauty & juxtaposes it with evil & depravity.making you all the more appreciative of the goodness in life. & again, taking a paranormal story & grounding it in reality.

I think that Ms. Frank's writing has reached a new maturity & depth. Rapture goes beyond being a great romance or a great paranormal story. It delves into people's character & their development t

posted by blndmschf1969 on July 8, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Intersting

I read this book and its a little far off our world. I just seems odd that this civization has sex/love classes to teach its citizens how to make love and satify a woman. It's a little twisted, but worth the reading and keeps you reading.

posted by Martha4415 on September 20, 2009

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    The Twisted Webs We Weave

    It took me a while to get into this book. I’m not sure why, probably just preoccupation. I finally set myself to the task of reading it. And lucky for me, I found myself at the scene with the observation tower. I definitely took notice.

    The political affair of the Nightwalkers is a central piece in all the Jacquelyn Frank novels I’ve read. This was no different. Oh the twisted webs we weave. Ms. Frank did an excellent job with the intrigue. I can’t say I had an idea of whodunit until the culprit stood up and said, I did it! One thing which did confuse me was villain behavior. Not sure why so many villains insist on letting their victims know they’re going to kill them before doing it. I know if I were a villain I’d so be into backstabbing.

    I think I mentioned it once in Chatterbox, but I’ll mention it here again. Now this is just a preference thing. I’m sure others feel differently. However, I would have liked to have not jumped into some of the side characters’ POV. I’m sure their stories were important to the entire political aspect, but all I really cared about was the politics directly related to Magnus, not the twins. Any aspect pertaining to the Senate I would have liked to see from Magnus’ POV. But as I say, I’m partial to the main characters’ POVs only. Anything Magnus was not privy to could have been revealed from the stars of the next book, in my opinion. Especially since Pleasure is about Malaya.

    Random Thoughts:

    *I did find it odd the characters often waited long periods of time before being forthcoming with pertinent information—weeks, months even.
    *I’ve been wondering what penance was like since book one! You teased me, Ms. Frank, and didn’t deliver. *How I hope to see it in action. Maybe it’s just that I’m that twisted.
    *I absolutely LOVE the lessons in sex. Please teach me!
    *I’m hoping the next book will be the last of the Nightdwellers series and bring closure to the politics. Not that I disliked the Nightdwellers, but one of the things I liked about Jacqueline Frank’s lines is the series don’t drag on forever. I like closure. If Pleasure is the ending, I definitely can see myself starting the next series she has called The Gatherers.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    yummmmmm

    I loved this book a lot better than the first book of the series. Details where a lot better on this book. I must say Magnus was mm-good.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    WOW

    WOW! I am liking these Shadowdweller books! They are very interesting! I liked Dae and her priest. I am looking forward to Malaya's book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    Building up anticipation

    I like this author's other series. The Shadowdweller series takes a different angle but is equally as good. I really like the continous plot that is underlying the series but each book has it's own piece of the plot. She has developed some original characters and sci-fi race. This 2nd book picks up the pace on the plot, thrill and romance/sex. Makes you wonder who and what the 3rd will be...

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Good book!

    Good plot, good characters, super well written, steaming HOT scenes!!!! Overall very good book. Can not go wrong with Jacquelyn Frank. Read it!!!

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Hot Hot Hot

    This second installment of the Shadow Dwellers series is not a let down. If you enjoyed "Ecstasy" you will love "Rapture" as it delves deeper into the shadow world itself. A spin off of the Night Walkers series proves to be its rival.

    We are introduced to Daenaira who proves to be a much stronger heroine that commands our attention & the attentions of Magnus. I appreciated this character in particular for the influence & sound advice she lends not only to her Magnus but also to other formidable men in power in this book.

    Did I also mention it's hot hot hot as only Jacquelyn Frost can be??

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