Forsaken By Shadow

Forsaken By Shadow

3.6 87
by Kait Nolan
     
 
Kait Nolan's Mirus series is set in a paranormal world unlike any you've visited before--inventive new mythology full of fast-paced action, dark dangers, sparkling magic, and sizzling, undeniable attraction.

Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with

Overview

Kait Nolan's Mirus series is set in a paranormal world unlike any you've visited before--inventive new mythology full of fast-paced action, dark dangers, sparkling magic, and sizzling, undeniable attraction.

Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands–not even the woman he almost died for.


Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to do is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what's probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him.


And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.


EXCERPT:


"Do you have any idea how many rules Adan violated with you? Bringing a human into our world?" The demand came from the Walker on the left. His dark face was barely differentiated from the shadows in which he stood. The outlines of his broad body were still blurred.


"I know he gave me my life." Gage edged backward, trying to push Embry into a corner.


"A mistake we intend to rectify before it destroys him," said the wraith.


"No!" The heat behind him was instant, scorching.


Gage turned toward her, shouting, "Embry, no!" But the fireballs were already flying from her hands toward the two flanking Walkers. They phased out even as Matthias dove forward and caught Gage around the waist.


Matthias was the bigger man, but Gage was younger, faster. He twisted and threw the Walker into a wall, already scrambling toward Embry.


She was a living flame, more than ever the child of her fire elemental mother. Heat and light pulsed off her in waves, expanding, beating in a terrifying rhythm as the nimbus grew and grew.


If she went nova, she'd kill them all.


Gage dove into the light, feeling no burn, no pain, just desperation to save her. If he could drag her out of the light and into the shadows, he could get her away to safety. Drawing on the darkness, he reached out for her. "You have to shut it off!"


"No, you don't underst--"


His hands closed around her arms. For a heartbeat everything stilled. Then, agony ripped through him, an insatiable inferno of pain as everything she was projecting shot into his body and ripped him apart.


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Editorial Reviews

Staking the Muse - Pia Veleno
I'm not a paranormal romance fan...I blow through them, marking them as "easy reads". While I could do without the long lost love...I easily ignored my inner tomboy to read about a woman who could generate fire from her very being and her father who walked through shadows as easily as you and I breath. Certainly Nolan has a talent for words. She weaves not sentences but magic, tendrils of illusion drift up from the pages and entrance the unsuspecting but desirous reader.
Wicked Li'l Pixie
It’s not often that I am pleasantly surprised by a debut authors novel, thankfully Kait Nolan not only surprised me but she also got me hooked. I absolutely loved the way Ms. Nolan told the story, it sucked me right in and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was next. The way she weaves the story is nothing short of intense, you feel the emotions in Gage right from the start. Plus, Ms. Nolan can snark and thats always a plus with me! ...you won't be disappointed.
Black Sun Reviews - Shannon Collins
Kait dabbled in Romantic Suspense for awhile and I think it shows in her work. In a good way. A very good way. There's quite a number of nail-biting scenarios the couple finds themselves in. And Kait sure as hell doesn't make it easy for them to get out of. She doesn't pull punches. Ever. There's no fluff, no sugar-coating what so ever. That grit, the inner brutal streak in a writer, is what keeps me comming back to their work. And Kait's got it.
Shannon Collins
Kait dabbled in Romantic Suspense for awhile and I think it shows in her work. In a good way. A very good way. There’s quite a number of nail-biting scenarios the couple finds themselves in. And Kait sure as hell doesn’t make it easy for them to get out of. She doesn’t pull punches. Ever. There’s no fluff, no sugar-coating what so ever. That grit, the inner brutal streak in a writer, is what keeps me comming back to their work. And Kait’s got it.
Wicked Little Pixie - Wicked Li'l Pixie
It's not often that I am pleasantly surprised by a debut authors novel, thankfully Kait Nolan not only surprised me but she also got me hooked. I absolutely loved the way Ms. Nolan told the story, it sucked me right in and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was next. The way she weaves the story is nothing short of intense, you feel the emotions in Gage right from the start. Plus, Ms. Nolan can snark and thats always a plus with me! ...you won't be disappointed.
Pia Veleno
I’m not a paranormal romance fan...I blow through them, marking them as “easy reads”. While I could do without the long lost love...I easily ignored my inner tomboy to read about a woman who could generate fire from her very being and her father who walked through shadows as easily as you and I breath. Certainly Nolan has a talent for words. She weaves not sentences but magic, tendrils of illusion drift up from the pages and entrance the unsuspecting but desirous reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011831263
Publisher:
Kait Nolan
Publication date:
03/25/2010
Series:
Mirus , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
734,554
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. The work of this Mississippi native is packed with action, romance, and the kinds of imaginative paranormal creatures you’d want to sweep you off your feet…or eat your boss. When she’s not working or writing, she’s in her kitchen, heading up a revolution to Retake Homemade from her cooking blog, Pots and Plots.

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Forsaken By Shadow 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Madmommy More than 1 year ago
Visual is a big part of my reading experience, and this author pulls you into a world that feels as if it is real. I could not put this book down!
ZWinters More than 1 year ago
Forsaken by Shadow was a pleasure to read. Kait Nolan grabs hold of you on the first page and doesn't let go until the last page. There are a lot of novellas in the paranormal romance genre that are poorly developed stories where basically nothing happens but sex. This isn't one of them. FBS gives you a fully developed story, so fully developed in fact, that at the end you feel like you've just read an entire novel. The world is multi-layered and well-developed. What you need to know is explained to you but it isn't over-explained. There are also no "as you know Bob"'s where things are just said to one character so the reader can get the info. The relationship between the hero and heroine is believable and intense. The storyline is far from predictable. Ms. Nolan is able to put characters into an impossible situation and then get them out, without it feeling contrived or predictable. Ms. Nolan also handles sex very well. I typically skim sex scenes in romance novels and novellas because they are usually boring and overwritten. Not here. Give this author a try if you like paranormal romances. You won't regret it. Also re: fight scenes: I've never seen a woman write a fight scene so well. Men may find themselves able to really engage with this story as well. i.e. If you liked the movie HellBoy, you'll probably like this too. I'm really looking forward to future stories in this series.
SCPennington More than 1 year ago
I wanted to write this review while fresh from reading Forsaken By Shadow. It's clear from page one that Kait Nolan is a talented wordsmith. Her novella opens as the central character awakens in a Nevada motel room with his badly burned hands bandaged and his memory nonexistent. Immediately the reader is both sympathetic and curious. In a word, hooked. A dissociative fugue, the assigned case worker explains the amnesia, most likely brought on by some type of trauma. She is then able to solve the puzzle of this character's identity using fifteen year old fingerprints. Hmmm . . . a finger-printed eight year old boy? Why, was the question that jumped into my mind. Though Nolan's tale is intriguing, with likeable and easily related to characters, and sparks of romance (literally), I would've liked to have seen her take her tale a step further. To take a bit more time setting her stage and back story, as there's a jarring leap from that Nevada motel room to the present day, some ten years later. The return of Cade Shepherd's memory takes him on a treacherous journey of fire and shadow. Light and dark. Who, from his past, is worthy of trust? With whom can he forge a future? Will an old love rekindle, or will the return of his memory also be Cade's death warrant? Action sequences abound in Forsaken By Shadow, and these scenes are well played. They generate excitement, elevate tension and move the story forward at a good clip. A huge plus. However, being relatively new to the supernatural genre, I would've preferred explanations of lesser characters and their varying mystic talents worked in throughout the story instead of contained in a glossary at the book's beginning - which I, unfortunately, had to refer back to. But, and it's a big but, this inconvenience did not sway me from reading Nolan's entire novella in one sitting. If you love this genre, even if you're new to it as I am, Forsaken By Shadow does not disappoint - and promises to be a worthwhile series. (Reviewed by Sharon Cupp Pennington, author of Hoodoo Money & Mangroves and Monsters)
Susan-Bischoff More than 1 year ago
Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands--not even the woman he almost died for. Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to do is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what's probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him. And after that, she just has to leave him. Again. Forsaken by Shadow flawlessly blends romance with a non-stop action story, set in a world filled with three-dimensional characters and fascinating other-worldly detail. It's a story that pulls you in from its first pages and doesn't let up until the finish. Highly recommended.
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Can not wait to start the thrid book.
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to say Forsaken by Shadow had an awesome set up. Chapter 1 begins with Cade Shepard (age 23) waking up, not knowing who he was, and trying to piece a life together–quite a bold plot. I had no idea what to expect, and neither did Cade. I was thrilled to have my first young male protagonist. I quickly learned chapter 1 was more of a prologue, occurring 10 years earlier from the rest of the novella and not giving any pertinent info which wasn’t revealed later. I have to admit, I was rather bummed since that put my young male protagonist at a ripe ole age of 33. I think time clues at the beginning of the first two chapters would have curbed a bit of disappointment. I didn’t realize the story had a 10 year gap until deeper into chapter 2. Guess that’s what I get for skipping the blurb, right? So I got over my sadness of little Cade growing into a man and got full swing into the story. Cade reminded me a lot of Downey in the Sherlock Holmes movie. He seemed to anticipate future moves. Not sure if it was an supernatural ability or just his natural ability to guess how things would go. The novella never really went into that. I did like Cade. He was a friendly sort of chap and made friends wherever he went. The guy knew his limits and was quite practical at times even when pushed by Embry. Embry wasn’t so bad either. She was the wild card in this story. Headstrong, reckless–I never knew when she’d screw things up. She’s the type of gal who needs a handler so she doesn’t get into too much trouble. A lot of times I didn’t understand Embry. She really frustrated me with her secretiveness. I couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t more forthcoming with her information. She had everything Cade wanted–his past… his affection. The girl was a mystery to me. But I guess some folks are like that. As the reader, I would have liked to be a bit deeper in her head. Most of the time I knew as much as Cade when I was in her POV. It made it difficult to connect with her as a character, at least early in the story. Plot wise! Their plan was so mission impossible. All I could think about is, how are they going to pull this off. Even Cade AKA Gage knew the plan sucked, which totally rocked cause it kept me wondering what’s next. Overall, I thought this was an okay read. I liked the idea of different supernatural creatures, though I never got a clear definition of what the Mirus species was. I’m thinking it’s all supernatural creatures, but the term species makes me think they’re related in a scientific classification kind of way. There were a few plot holes in my mind and a bit of missing information. I think this work could have benefited from a bit more fleshing in some areas, but all in all, it was a fun read.
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LadyRavenRAVE1 More than 1 year ago
3.95*** stars Cade woke up not knowing who he is. All he knew from a report is that he was reported missing since he was 9 years old under the name Cade. After losing his memory, 10 years later he is now a famous UFC fighter. Embry shows up to one of Cade's UFC fight and confirms with herself that Cade is Gage, a shadow walker and he is alive. Now that she has helped Gage to get back his memory she will need his help. Embry has the ability to create fire; Embry and Gage are known as the Mirus people. I bought this book because I read the short novella Blindsight, and decided to read the other books in the series. I definitely like the world the author created. This was ok and then it started to get better. The characters and names were interesting. This is my second book by the author and really hope to read more. I am also eagerly anticipating the complete version of Blindsight, I thought that teaser was interesting. Storyline: GOOD Enjoyment: FAIR Ebook length: book stops at 2656  *********** LIKE us on FaceBook at Romance Novel Junkies Book Reviews.  Also join us on our FB group Romance Novel Junkies that includes 600+ members
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Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This novel is interesting and action-packed. Embry is now in control of her own flame-making abilities and works for the Council of Races. However, she decides to leave the job when they refuse to help her find her "kidnapped" father. She hunts down Cade Shepherd, a man who doesn't remember his past, but is just as lethal. The only problem? Cade must remember his past as a Shadow Walker. The romance doesn't take forever to take hold, the reader isn't left bored at all. Cade and Embry tend to skirt each other and their feelings for each other in the novel, though. The novel contains action, drama, mystery, and romance. The action is continuous with very few lags. This book is a novella, it will not take long to enjoy. This novel is recommended for adults/young adults who enjoy romance mixed with action and mystery.
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Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one, Nolan's shorts are good but it's always better to have a more flushed out story and characters. Also, since these characters have a prior history, it allows us to jump right in and not have to deal with the getting to know each other stage (although the beginning of this is great, and has a twist on that because of Cade's 'amnesia'). I love these Mirus World stories and I like how all the characters know each other or are connected in some way, but as they go on I hope all the couples (Gage and Ember, Sophie and Mick, Isla and Ransom) can be followed in one book. For one, because I can't chose who I want to read about first... but also, because I think their interactions, relationships, and friendships are just as valuable and interesting as the couples'.