Shadowfae [NOOK Book]

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Imagine a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs. And once you’re in, there’s no escape…Welcome to the world of Erica Hayes Shadowfae.

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred ...

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Shadowfae

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Overview


Imagine a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs. And once you’re in, there’s no escape…Welcome to the world of Erica Hayes Shadowfae.

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell’s minions. Then she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her senses. Rajah shares the same bleak fate as she, and yearns just as desperately for freedom. But the only way for Jade to break her bonds is to betray Rajah—and doom the only man she’s ever loved to a lifetime in hell.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the intriguingly dark version of modern Melbourne depicted in Hayes's debut, succubi and incubi tempt mortals with erotic rapture; vampiric mob families war over territory and women; and fairies are dying of an unknown cause. Succubus Jade and incubus Rajahni Seth, both in thrall to a demon lord for 1,000 years, discover a way to escape, but as they compete to collect the soul needed for their separate spells, they discover they're falling in love. The numerous erotic scenes are compellingly emotional and intense, and are perfectly in place as a plot about sexual predators develops. Urban fantasy readers will love the atmosphere, but not the rules of soul collecting and demon serving, which seem confusing and incongruous, or the centuries-old characters who act like jealous 20-somethings without perspective, maturity or patience. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Melbourne's hidden world of supernaturals includes vampire mobsters, demon crime lords, troll bouncers, and glitteringly brittle fairies. When Jade, a succubus in thrall to a sadistic demon, seeks her freedom, she risks not only her life but the possibility of love with the one person who could deny her the thing she wants most. Australian author Hayes's debut and series opener exemplifies erotic urban fantasy at its most visceral, illuminating the splendor and squalor of life on the edge. VERDICT Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry novels and Caitlin Kittredge Nocturne City books should enjoy this tale of sex, violence, and the supernatural, but it may be a little too graphic for those who enjoy more romantic urban fantasy.
Kirkus Reviews
Debut urban-fantasy series that readers would do best to avoid. Jade, a succubus, is a slave to the demon lord Kane, who makes her suck out the souls of his enemies. On a job, she runs into Rajah, a stunningly attractive male incubus, and soon becomes wrapped up in a convoluted soul-stealing plot that could free her from Kane's clutches. The creatures here-ranging from fairies, banshees and Mafia-style vampires in Melbourne, Australia-are plentiful if not especially original. More original, and extremely unfortunate, is the author's compulsion to show her characters in practically every scene either having sex-incredibly explicit, purple-prose sex-or at least thinking about it. Comically over-the-top passages abound: "Sexual energy glimmered off him in waves like a heat haze, his eyes glowing with desire, his ripe lips parted and wet"; "Our spirits mixed, melded, rolled together in a breathless, loving surge." Hayes' preoccupation with bodily fluids can be outright nauseating: at the climax of the novel, one character vomits liquid into another's mouth. Definitely not for everyone-and hopefully not for anyone.
From the Publisher
"A thrilling and darkly erotic tale of betrayal, passion and redemption, SHADOWFAE is a rich novel that will ensnare the senses with lush prose and a deadly vision of the Fae that conjures fairy tales of old." —Caitlin Kittredge, bestselling author of Second Skin

“SHADOWFAE is a mind bending blast into a darkness that enfolds and ensnares you from the first page...Pure magic from the word go" –Bitten By Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429987493
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Shadowfae Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 700,894
  • File size: 274 KB

Meet the Author


Erica Hayes has been a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician. She is the author of the Shadowfae Chronicles. She lives in Australia.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Really 3.90 Rating

    Jade, a succubus tricked into sexual servitude to a demon for a millennium, and Rajah, an incubus enslaved to the same demon team up to try and out wit their contract with the demon lord. Jade and Rajah had great chemistry. The plot was entertaining with an abundance of mystery, suspense and intrigue; including a great combination of many supernatural races; from fae to demons to vampires. Just a forewarning, there is a lot of sex but those scenes were easy enough to skip over. My initial reaction when first reading this book was confusion. For some reason I thought this was suppose to be a solid urban fantasy but it is more like a hybrid urban dark paranormal romance fantasy. Regardless of the classification I really enjoyed this book and I recommend this to dark urban fantasy readers. I also look forward to the next book ShadowGlass due out 3/2/2010

    11/30/09 Addendum- I forget to mention, check out the author's site for a free download of the short story Prequel- Hellcursed. http://www.shadowfae.net/hellcursed.html

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    I found Shadowfae exciting and sexy.

    I found Shadowfae exciting and sexy. An underlying sense of urgency and danger made it thrilling. And frequent passionate and erotic scenes satisfied my love of paranormal romance. It has a certain Buffy appeal. Erica Hayes is an Australian author and despite small amounts of slang, her storytelling translates well to all audiences. There is no transparency to her writing. The plot was well rounded and kept you guessing.

    I love the main heroine, Jade. She is sweet and innocent, or as innocent as a succubus can be, yet still a great kick ass chick. All heroines should be kick ass if need be, in my opinion. She is tired of being a trophy and tool for the undead. She wants to be done with her demon lord and burns for real love. But can she learn to break her bonds of thrall without breaking her heart?

    The romance scenes are still my favorite part. One of my guilty little pleasures in reading is all that is sexy and lustful. Let's be realistic, a healthy dose of lust between characters certainly adds a level of suspense and satisfaction.

    I most admit that despite my love affair of all things fantasy and paranormal, this is the first book/series I have read about succubus or incubus. I found them intriguing. Since I had no prior knowledge of the terminology, I did find it a tad confusing. Usually if I don't understand a word or part of a story, it will eventually make sense. But with Shadowfae I had to keep stopping and goggling things. This is the last thing I really want to do while reading. A simply worded explanation woven into the writing would have gone a long way.

    Conclusion:
    Although I am not spellbound to this series, I am eager to start the next book. This series has incredible potential and I am definitely eager for more of Jade's sexiness. The more I think about the other characters, the more I want to find out what happens with them too. Shadowfae is a promising read if you are looking for a new paranormal series.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    This is an intriguing Australian erotic urban fantasy

    In Melbourne, vampire mobs control whole neighborhoods and fight one another over disputed territory, which makes much of the Australian city unsafe for humans and other paranormal beings though some people and others enjoy being part of the mob. Succubae and incubi seem to be everywhere in the city offering sexual pleasures to mortals in exchange for their souls or in the case of immortals their essence; many partake of the "Rapture". Meanwhile everyone avoids fairies who are dying in epidemic numbers from some sort of unknown disease that no one else contracts.

    Demon Lord Kane owns succubus Jade and incubus Rajahni Seth under an agreement that is for a millennium. Both want to be free of their assignation, but each is bound unless they can offer up the right soul needed for a separation freedom spell. Jade and Raj need the same spell, but as they fall in love, each wants to let the other have the essence to escape their indentured servitude.

    This is an intriguing Australian erotic urban fantasy in which vampire gangs, other immoral immortals acting like teens, and Rapture sexual encounters seem genuine. The story line comes across as an intriguingly dark paranormal version of The Gift of the Magi due to the change from teen like behavior to a adult relationship of the lead couple. This reviewer never fully understood the celestial laws guiding the taking of souls nor the contract laws guiding indentured demon servitude (especially the consideration on the part of the heroes), but readers will thoroughly enjoy this entertaining tale of forbidden love. Erica Hayes has a great future ahead of her as a bestselling author.

    Harriet Klausner

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