Falling Light (Game of Shadows Series #2)

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Having finally reunited, and fought off the Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish the Deceiver—even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle, Michael's loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him ...
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Having finally reunited, and fought off the Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish the Deceiver—even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle, Michael's loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him most.
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Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
Michael, a warrior who has fought the renegade Deceiver over time and space, and Mary, a healer who has suffered much from the Deceiver's onslaughts, were once "creatures of power and fire." Now the reincarnated soulmates continue the Good vs. Evil battle Harrison launched in Rising Darkness. Harrison trivializes Lucifer's rebellion and his subsequent campaign to corrupt mankind, recasting it as a series of grisly firefights and smarmy healings punctuated by genre-requisite erotic encounters. The cosmic fireworks fizzle among unconvincing dialogue and superficial characterizations. Petulant Mary fails to hit it off with Michael's aged extraterrestrial mentor, Astra, who decides to kill the noncompliant young woman. Michael both defends righteousness and yields to his raging lust with "grim, dogged endurance." Astra endlessly mulls her own past failure to destroy Lucifer. And an ignoble Lucifer himself, stuck in a "monkey suit" body he detests, is a cardboard caricature of evil. Even the Devil deserves better than this. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-09
Part of an ancient contingent sent to Earth to destroy the Deceiver, Mary and Michael have lost nearly all of their friends over the thousands of years they've existed here, but now, despite exhaustion and grief, victory may be in sight for the soul mates. Thousands of years ago, a criminal from another planet escaped his confines and fled to Earth, wreaking havoc through the ages. Focused on world domination, aided by physical and psychic advantages, and unburdened by any moral compass, this monster can only be stopped by his own kind. Hunted by a group of his species through the ages, he has destroyed all but three of them. Michael and Mary have left their home planet behind to seek the Deceiver, unable to ever return. Mated for eternity, the two made the mutual decision to follow the villain across time and space in hopes of curtailing his murderous, power-hungry rampage, but 900 years ago, Mary was so badly injured that she was unable to regenerate into human form until the end of the 20th century. Michael has been searching for her for centuries, and now that he's found her, they must destroy the Deceiver to ever have a chance at a peaceful, secure life. Mary is only beginning to remember her gifts and the fact that she isn't truly human. Furthermore, she doesn't have the benefit of centuries of training and preparation for a showdown. Still, she is a quick study, and some of her more empathetic qualities may be just what the two need to balance the power scale in ways Michael could never have imagined. Harrison builds a creative, fascinating urban fantasy world that looks a lot like ours but with one troubling supervillain who has slashed and burned his way through human history. In this second of two installments, Michael and Mary just might be able to stop the demonic Deceiver once and for all, with help from the enigmatic Astra, some Native American wisdom and heroes, and some ancient and powerful allies. Beautifully written, boldly imaginative, action-packed and captivating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452612423
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/2014
  • Series: Game of Shadows Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Thea Harrison is the pen name of Elder Races series author Teddy Harrison. She wrote her first book at age nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.

An avid reader her whole life, Sophie Eastlake happily extends her love of books to her passion for narrating. She lives in New York, where she survives the subway grind with a book in her hand and drops in on every literary reading she can find.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

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    Falling Light is the second book in Thea Harrison's Game of Shad

    Falling Light is the second book in Thea Harrison's Game of Shadows series. This series is a complete departure from Harrison's paranormal roots and follows a darker more philosophical route. With hints of Urban Fantasy and a love story that lasts through the ages, readers who love Harrison's Elder Races series may have some difficulty adjusting. Can a healer and a soldier really find common ground? Harrison's smooth writing style and fantastic world building skills are present in Falling Light and will have readers clamoring for more.

    What I liked:

    Mary and Michael are quite a couple. They are aliens who have sacrificed their lives on their home planet to follow a villain known as the Deceiver to Earth in order to stop him. Unfortunately, they have to keep reincarnating themselves in order to continue their quest. They are susceptible to human life-cycles and they must find each other again with each new incarnation of themselves before they continue the battle. They are definitely old souls. Mary is a healer with exceptional skills and Michael is a soldier. They are so very different from each other, yet their love has survived centuries. The concept was highly original and the world building was phenomenal. It is a very complex world these two live in and their battles with the Deceiver are brutal and all encompassing. Being a fan of Urban Fantasy I understood the differences and how every thing needed to work together to make this series work. And I think Harrison has done a wonderful job with it. 

    The main goal was stopping the Deceiver. Now that these two are back together, they need to regroup and get ready for the final battle. They go to find Astra their mentor but they are not really clear on Astra's motivations. She will stop at nothing to stop the Deceiver and that might mean sacrificing Mary and Michael to reincarnation once again. Who can they trust? If they make the wrong decision the results could be catastrophic. I loved all of the philosophical debate in this book. There is a lot of soul searching and trying to figure the meaning of life so to speak and I found all of that very interesting. 

    What I didn't like: 

    There was a slower pace at some points in the book and there were definitely some disjointed moments that didn't seem to fit the periphery of the story. I might chalk that up to the fact that this isn't the genre Harrison has frequented in the past and that might explain some of it, but I think it was mostly just the nature of how the story unfolded. It needed those moments of levity to inspire the right amount of darkness in the story. It created a philosophical conflict as well as a physical one. Very interesting concepts to be sure.

    Bottom Line:

    This is not a book for the reader who wants a light- hearted romantic tale. It isn't the escapist's readers idea of a good read. It's one that you have to think about a little bit, follow closely and immerse yourself in. And it is not what reader's have come to expect from this author. I liked the fact that she took a chance and created a very original and entertaining Urban Fantasy read. It is not a stand alone so make sure you read the first one before you start it, or you will be completely lost. If you are looking for something different this might be it.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    As with the first book, some things were good and some weren't.

    As with the first book, some things were good and some weren't.

    Thea Harrison has made a name for herself with her ELDER RACES series.  It’s a fantastic series, and I have reviewed and recommended many of those books in the past.  The problem with having such a successful series is that people expect any subsequent series to be similar.  That is absolutely not the case here.  The GAME OF SHADOWS series is nothing like ELDER RACES.  I cannot stress that enough, they are completely different types of books!




    Mary and Michael are aliens from another planet.  Long ago, they followed "The Deceiver" from their home planet when he escaped.  They have been reincarnating and living as humans ever since.  When they die and are reborn, they retain their memories and abilities. The down side is that they lose decades as they must reach maturity, reacquaint themselves with their purpose, and find each other again. Throughout their many lifetimes, they’ve continued their fight with The Deceiver.  In RISING DARKNESS, Michael and Mary had finally reconnected and were forced into a near disastrous battle with The Deceiver.  




    FALLING LIGHT continues right where the RISING DARKNESS left off.  Mary and Michael are recovering in the aftermath of their battle with The Deceiver.  They are in a mad rush to get to Astra, their guide and mentor.  There, they hope to find a brief period of safety where they will have a chance to heal, regroup, and come up with a plan.  




    Honestly, I’ve struggled through this series.  I had read many reviews saying how different this series was from ELDER RACES.  I thought I understood that going into it and was prepared.  I wasn’t.  First of all, the is a big difference in the types of romance.  There is very little romance between Michael and Mary.  They are soul mates, so they meet and instantly connect.  The chemistry between them is supposedly instantaneous, but I never felt it.  Hot and sexy this series is not.  Their mission of destroying The Deceiver is a long and convoluted tale.  Mary lived most of her current life without knowing her true identity, so she is working to figure everything out as she goes.  The reader is learning the tale right along with her.  It makes for a confusing and frustrating tale when you don’t understand the big picture or the motives behind some of the characters.  




    On a personal level, I had some issues with Mary and Michael.  They were difficult to connect with.  I never gained a full understanding of them, and I didn’t particularly like them.  In fact, right up until the end I was almost hoping Mary would die in the fight because she irritated me so much.  The romance between these two was a complete miss for me from start to finish.  




    There are some great things about this series.  I really enjoyed the fine details.  Mary was a healer and I found her process of healing fascinating.  I could see the cell walls repairing, the bones mending, and the skin regenerating.  I was also a really big fan of Nicholas.  I don’t want to give an spoilers so I’ll just say that I loved his storyline.  The war between Astra and The Deceiver was also quite interesting once I understood why it was happening.  I only wish I had understood it sooner.




    If you can’t tell, this book, and the series as a whole, was hit and miss for me.  There were things I really liked, and some things I didn’t like at all.  In the end, it was just OK for me.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    ~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Falling Light takes off shortly after Rising Darkness had ended. Mary and Michael had survived The Deceiver and now on the run to meet with their Elder, Astra so they can regroup. It will take a lot to beat The Deceiver as he has become a powerful being in the human world. He has the power to control minds and now using drones to find Mary and Michael. He had set them up to take the fall for all of the murders he committed, making it hard for them to get to their destination

    If you read Rising Sun, you know that this is far from the Elder Races that we are used to. This installment further proves that Ms. Harrison ventured a totally different genre. Falling Light is filled with dark adventure, magic, and out-of-this-world beings that live among the human world.

    Ms. Harrison further explains what Mary and Michael’s origins are which surprised me a little. In fact, I am now a bit confused about the world where they came from. Though I have to admit that it is all very fascinating. Their ability to communicate both in the mental and physical realm was kind of cool. Ms. Harrison throws in a few twists in the story and a betrayal I didn’t expect. While the romance between Michael and Mary become stronger, the amount is still to a minimum.

    I didn’t like this novel as much as the first. Mary and Michael spent a lot of time traveling and this slowed down the cadence of the book. One thing that was good about their long journey is that they get to know each other again and it helps Mary adjust to the changes in her life. There was a couple of scenes that was full of action and a bit suspenseful but it was not until the end.

    Overall, Falling Light was an okay read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Tp Emberwing

    O killed you. Joy is nor dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    EmberWing

    Done and done

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Darkshadow to emberwing

    Darkshadow can shapeshift dissapear and turn into shadows and controls water and oceanand fire

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    FALLING LIGHT is the second instalment in Thea Harrison¿s contem

    FALLING LIGHT is the second instalment in Thea Harrison’s contemporary, urban fantasy Game of Shadows series.  Falling Light begins at the same point where Rising Shadows (book 1) left off.  Michael and Mary have survived their encounter with The Deceiver and need time to heal.  Following their instincts, our couple make their way to Astra for a few hours of rest only to discover that the Deceiver has left a mass of death and destruction in his wake with all fingers pointing to Mary and Michael as the guilty party.
    Thea Harrison pulls the reader into a dark and stormy storyline where good and evil play a deadly game of cat and mouse.  Following centuries apart Michael and Mary have found one another again and must face The Deceiver in a fight to the death. As Michael and Mary prepare for battle, Michael’s mentor is ready to sacrifice our couple for a chance at The Deceiver once again.
    FALLING LIGHT and the Game of Shadows series is a bit of a departure from Thea’s paranormal Elder Races series.  Urban Fantasy storylines are darker; less romantic; with fewer happily ever afters and in this, Falling Light fits the mold of a UF novel. The storyline is slow to develop as our couple makes preparations for the upcoming battle.  Much of the storyline is spent ruminating about the past; their current situation; and the potential for betrayal from someone they trust.  Mary’s powers grow in strength as Michael’s faith in the woman he loves begins to waiver but in the end they will pull together to meet The Deceiver-head on.
    Thea Harrisons writes from the heart-you can feel the emotions and the pain with every plot twist and storyline turn.
    Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    LOVED IT! Thea's captivating story-telling and the way her writi

    LOVED IT! Thea's captivating story-telling and the way her writing flows is a treat!




    Since I really enjoyed Rising Shadows, Book 1 in the Game of Shadows series, I could hardly wait to read Falling Light, Book 2! Falling Light picks up right where Rising Shadows ended.




    Michael has finally found Mary and the two re-united lovers must make their way to re-join Astra while avoiding the Deceiver. I love the scenes with Michael and Mary - their chemistry is passionate and pulled my heart-strings tightly. Without Astra, they cannot hope to put away the Deceiver, but with Astra, they may be ending their own existence and the future they've dreamed of. Trusting the wrong person can end all hope. I loved the story and the surprising twists were beyond anything I'd imagined. 




    If you haven't read Rising Shadows, I would highly recommend that you read it 1st. Falling Light is not a stand-a-lone read. AND... if you love Rising Shadows, as I did, this is a must-read! Be aware that this series is nothing like The Elder Series, which I also love... Thea's captivating story-telling and the way her writing flows doesn't change... it's a treat in both series. 




    5 STARS!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Stormheart

    A stormy gray shecat pads in and sits near Flamewind, she looks at him with bright blue eyes. "So you're looking for a mate? Just your luck so am I," she says softly to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Glitterlight

    She purrs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Flmewind

    "Which clan are you in?"

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    Posted March 19, 2014

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