Shadowflame [NOOK Book]

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It's been three months since musician Miranda Grey became a vampire and married David Solomon. But when a powerful force from David's past appears, Miranda begins to realize how little she really knows about her husband.


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Overview

It's been three months since musician Miranda Grey became a vampire and married David Solomon. But when a powerful force from David's past appears, Miranda begins to realize how little she really knows about her husband.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101529270
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Sylvan's Shadow World Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 49,817
  • File size: 360 KB

Meet the Author

Dianne Sylvan is the author of The Circle Within and The Body Sacred. She resides in Austin, Texas, with two neurotic cats.
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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Not for me.

    Warning: reading this review will spoil the plot. David being unfaithful to Miranda with his exBOYfriend and admitting that he will always love HIM somehow made a lie out of all the "Beloveds". I will never read this author's books again even though the first showed such promise.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    but..but...WHY?

    If I only knew then (7/26 when I purchased this book) what I know now I wouldn't have wasted my $8. Its like an entirely different book. There are no consistencies, all the characters (especially Mira & David) are like completely different people. There's infidelity, and several story plot lines none of which stay true to the world building in Queen of Shadows. I stopped reading about 60% thru b/c it only becomes more unreal! Needless to say, I won't be pre-ordering anything else from this author. This was a total let down.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    I had not planned to comment on this one, but......

    There are spoilers ------ Ms. Sylvan is a good writer. Let me say that upfront. I really enjoyed QoS. She may be one weird chick in real life, man hating, vegan, wiccan, and marrying herself; but she is a good writer. It is very unfortunate, however; that she chose to write a book that is so far from UF, considering that is the genre she chose to write this series as, and the one that brought her to the dance. Now I'm thinking that the first book may have been an aberration, a way to build a base so she could vent her hate for men in this book. Yes, an author should be free to write what they wish. But when you develop a fan base in a particular genre, you owe it to your readers to give them an enjoyable read, and one actually - based - in that given genre. Ms. Sylvan pulled in an unpleasant subplot out of left field, and it left huge masses of her core fans unhappy. Was it in character for the leads or did it forward the plot? No, it was just a way for the author to publicly vent her anger against men. It could have easily been left out, and the book would have been much better for it. You don't make the leads soul mates deeply in love, then say it's only for the time being until the next new or ex-lover comes along. I want romance like the first book was. I want characters who have not been given a lobotomy from one book to the next, and to have romance in my romance, not adultery. There is enough of that in real life. Now, instead of trying to pacify the masses, or at best keep her mouth shut until it blows over; she has chosen to run her mouth publicly and deride her fans. ACE needs to rein her in or cut her loose. She is definitely hurting their image as quality publishers (and publishers of quality). Writing a subplot which you know will alienate your readers, and then insulting your fan base on top of that does not sell books. Threatening publicly to make a main (male) character more unlikable "Now I want to have him f*** every guy in sight and become a cross dresser just to piss 'em off." does not sell books, it only makes the author look petty and childish. When I first read Shadowflame and was so displeased with it, I thought that I'd wait and see the reviews before I committed to buying the next book. Now, with the author's actions and mean-spirited public comments about her fans, I have decided to cut her completely from my reading list. There are too many fine PNR/UF authors out there to spend my money on rather than line the pockets of someone who insults my intelligence in a book, then insults me as a fan in real life.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Disappointing!!!!!

    Before I start with my ranting and ravings I must first say that I LOVED Queen of Shadows, and I can't believe that Shadowflame was written by the same author. This book was a very disappointing and depressing reading. In book 1 we have this alpha guy who pined for his girl for months. Then suddenly, in book 2, he decides to play for both teams, cheats on his soul-mate with his friend, and all his wife says is "ugh"! This was such a waste of my time and money. Ms. Sylvan shouldn't have forgotten that her readers are Urban Fantasy & ROMANCE fans who love to read stories about strong kick-ass heroines and in which soul-mates don't cheat on each other. I read romance as a form of escapism. I love to spend my money on books with happy ending and promises of eternal love between soul-mates. If I want to read about a scum-bag cheating husband I would spend my money in a book that is not being marketed as UF/Romance (I really want my money back!) Where was the character growth that is supposed to happen from book 1 to book 2? Needless to say that I will not be purchasing book 3, that is if there is ever another one. And by the way, what was the book's editor thinking? Aren't they also supposed to have some responsibility with their romance based readers?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Vampire with a soul mate commits adultery?

    A comment made by the author on her twitter says it all - And I quote this from her twitter... "Now I want to have him f*** every guy in sight and become a cross dresser just to piss 'em off." That unprofessional attitude ought to garner her a lot of new readers...not........ I can't add much to what has already been said about this book except to say that it has it all...but not what it should have. If you want read a PNR about a vampire cheating on his soul mate wife of 3 months, who then spends the rest of the book ruminating on how much he misses and loves the other man he committed adultery with, then this is your book. Oh, and lets not forget the desperate wife's offer to share her husband with the lover at the end of the book...sheesh........

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended-New Star of the Genre!

    By far the best new paranormal writer I've read. This book and the first in the series "Queen of Shadow" are both fantastic. The world Sylvan has created becomes more and more layered in this entry and you won't regret choosing it. The best thing about this series, and what sets it apart form many in the vampire/romance genre, is that the characters, even the minor ones, have a backstory. These personal histories effect their behavior in totally believable ways that are untidy, and unsettling for the other characters and it totally works, leaving you wanting to know more. I can't wait for the next entry.
    In this book, Miranda Grey, ersatz rock singer, has recently become both vampire and Queen of the Southern United States vamps, bonded to the techie, warrior king David Solomon. Sovereigns of particular regions derive their power to rule through amulets that choose them based on strengh and talent. It's a thankless job that always ends in assassination, with pairs holding the throne for a maximum of 300 years, and often very short periods of time. Miranda has already faced assassination attempts, and here faces an enemy that has a personal vendetta. She also faces David's past in the form of an old lover that he still has deep feelings for, and to say more would give away the plot. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    The second Shadow urban fantasy is a terrific thriller

    Three months ago, musician Miranda Grey became a vampire and married the vampire prime of the Southern regions, David Solomon (see Queen of Shadows). When someone tries to kill his new queen, David believes that the failed assassination attempt was the work of the Shadow sect.

    The other vampire primes visit Miranda and David as a common courtesy. The gala turns ugly as the arrogant Northeast Prime James Hart who wants Kentucky back, warns Solomon to call off the Red Shadow that the latter insists he has no ties; makes war seems imminent. Also Miranda may be his eternal queen, but she fears her beloved David still has deep feelings for his former lover, Deven the prime of the West.

    The second Shadow urban fantasy is a terrific thriller as noting is lucid even when it seems clear. Filled with action yet very insightful as Prime relationships are built from obtaining goals; making that of David and Miranda an exception as betrayal is the norm. Shadowflame is a dark exciting thriller in which fans will enjoy touring the Sylvan world of the Prime and other supernatural species that intermingle with humans.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Great stuff!

    I commend this author for trying something DIFFERENT! Heaven forbid characters show some depth and realism. This is thinking woman's UF/PR. Don't be afraid of something new and complicated emotionally.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2011

    I Enjoyed It!!!

    Okay after reading the other peoples reviews I've decided I will provide my opinion of the book. I love Dianne Sylvan's books. I know many people seek the total fantasy and happily ever after reads as that is what is expected of their writers. I for one am very content with the way Ms. Sylvan wrote Shadowflame. It mixes the fantasy world with a touch of reality showing that no "one person" (human or beast) is perfect. Lord my heart broke and I was pissed off when David cheated on Miranda. I wanted so badly to rip David's head off...I could feel what Miranda was going through with the descriptions provided. I could also understand where David was coming from. When you love someone, that love never really leaves you even if things didn't work out and you found someone else to love. I for one am a fan of Ms. Sylvans writing and am patiently waiting on her next book (it's already on my wish list). I enjoy my fantasy reads but love it when the writer is able to think outside the box and add in a touch of reality.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    What happened?

    Didn't anyone edit this book? Didn't anyone in her publishing house even read it, so they could tell her it was not UF and that it would never fly with readers? What were they thinking when they published a book that wasn't UF, but one that was perpetuating the authors personal agenda written with a pen dipped in the poison of her own unhappiness? Surely by know her publishers know that Sylvan has crashed and burned; and that for all intents and purposes, this series is over. She's lost her UF readership. The first book, Queen of Shadows, will remain in my mind as a one hit wonder, long after the author is never read again and forgotten. This is Urban Fantasy, not Urban Reality. After such a beautiful romance in Queen of Shadows, we get a totally unnecessary, distasteful adultery in this one (what's UF about that?); and come out of it with the knowledge that David loves and wants to be with his lover, not his wife (his 'Soul Mate'). That's not romance, and it wasn't UF. It was just depressing reading. I don't read these to remind me of my own cheating ex-husband or the dark underbelly of love. If an author is going to give us 'Soul Mates' in a book, I want and expect true love. More than that, I want a continuation and growth of characters from one book to the next, not a hatchet job on the characters to change them to fit the authors personal agenda. And I want Urban Fantasy in my Urban Fantasy, not whatever the heck this book was supposed to be. This book was a total mess. If there is a book 3 (if her publishers don't kill her contract after this fiasco), I will very carefully read the reviews before I invest my time and money on another crap book like this was. And this series showed such great promise in the first book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Cannot recommend this book

    3 months and David is cheating already....really!!! and Miranda should expect him to cheat....really!!! What was author thinking!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    The writing was fantastic BUT...

    I don't want to give away any spoilers but I will say that the actions of one of the main characters disappointed me quite a bit. Sylvan's writing is as fantastic as ever and the cerebral part of me can see what she was trying to get at with the plot - no one is perfect and people make mistakes, real love is about forgiveness and not giving up when the times get hard. But even if the intellectual part of me can rationalize that far, the rest of me can't. Love might be about forgiveness, but if you really love someone, aren't there some lines that should NEVER be crossed? I certainly think so...I cried during this book...actually bawled for about half an hour because of a character's pain. I know that's the mark of a good writer and I'll definitely check out the next book in the series...I just wish that this one didn't leave me feeling so depressed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    This is one of my absolute favorite series. The plot, the drama,

    This is one of my absolute favorite series. The plot, the drama, the suspense, the paranormal and romance with just a light hint of crazy it's all there!!! I love paranormal fiction books and sometimes i get bored because its like the same plot with different names and stuff and the series by Dianne Sylvan keeps you on your toes. These books show you the challenges in the main characters relationship and the will to fight on physically as well as emotionally too. I mean they are vampires! There is bound to be dirty secrets and skeletons just waiting to come out of the closet how can there not be??? I just absolutely love the 'Shadow' series!! :D

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    This is the sound of my last penny dropping

    Dear Ms Sylvan,
    WTH!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    No magic in the second book...

    **** Spoilers **** When Queen of Shadows came out, it was an interesting addition to the UF world. Miranda was a kicka** heroine, and David was always there to watch her back. Seeing their relationship grow to love was breathtaking and beautiful. It had an interesting take on and look into the Vampire world. Cut to book 2, Shadowflame. Nothing new about the Vampire world or anything that made it a UF novel. After 3 months of marriage, David is unfaithful to Miranda. Worse yet, he moons over his lover till the end of the book, and preferred him to his wife. Even worse than that, there was no UF or action to the story. David was whiny and Miranda turned insecure and needy. 180 degrees from the characters in the first book. Instead of a action filled UF novel, the reader was placed in the middle of a bad Soap Opera. The book made no sense, and it was depressing. No action, and no fun to read. The fact that they were supposed to be Vampires was an afterthought. If this had been Women's Lit, this nonsense might have been expected; but as the reader was led to understand that they were supposed to be reading Urban Fantasy, it was a tremendous let-down. This was in no way, shape, or form Urban Fantasy. It wasn't even a decent pretense of being UF. If the 3rd book goes back to UF, I may give it a shot. If it's more depressing 'Young and the Restless' crap like this book, no thanks. The author needs to read some good UF authors to learn what makes up (good) Urban Fantasy, or abandon this genre entirely to write more depressing Women's Lit like this book ended up being. Is this really the same person who wrote the first book?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Very Risque Business But Paid-off In the End

    CONTAINS SPOILERS
    I recommend you read the previous book in the series (Queen of Shadows) prior to reading this book.

    This has been one of my most anticipated 2011 releases and I wasn't disappointed. This author went where no author has gone before.

    David is unfaithful after only 3months of mating. This is something that I personally have NEVER read before in books where the couples have a HEA & mate for life. If you do not fancy male/male sexual relationships, don't worry, unfortunately (since I don't mind it) the author never delves deeply into David & Deven's sex life. The sex throughout this book was tasteful done. There's only one sex scene in this entire book that is given a play-by-play between David and Miranda. All other sex scenes are hinted at or smoothly glided over, with the acts themselves left up to our imagination.

    For a more realistic feel, I do approve of the 3-weeks of separation the affair ripped through Miranda and David's relationship. Miranda was physically abusive to David (black-eye, bloody-lip, etc) when she finds out he's betrayed her.

    One gripe with the situation was David's weakness. He seemed like a complete idiot who was incapable of making any romantic decisions on this own. He was easily swayed by whomever was in his presence at the moment (Deven/Miranda). To me, the author wrote the relationship between David and Deven to be more sensual then his relationship with Miranda. It actually felt to me that David desired Deven more than Miranda.

    To be quite honest, David's feeble and flaccid behavior just disgusted me. I would equate my disgust with my loathing of Eugenia's pathetic character in the latest installment of Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series. I believe I called Eugenia's character (please see my quote below).

    MY QUOTE titled 'What a Disgraceful & Outrageously Horrendous Installment!': " a pawn passed around by Dorian and Kiyo. She had no desires of her own. The men didn't have to do any work or court her in any way. She literally was bent-over-backwards or pushed down to her knees & took everything with a moronic funky-spunk happy-meal grin."

    The above quote of mine is how I felt about David. His behavior felt like he was always on his knees giving pleasure to either Miranda or Deven, just like a moronic funky-spunk and/or female secretions happy-meal grin. He was just a blow-up doll to put out between them both. If you make a commitment as strong as mating for life, to the point that if your partner dies so do you, I would think you'd be more careful or at least stronger at resisting other temptations. Especially if said partner could kill herself just to spite you?

    I rated this 5-stars because no matter how repulsive David's weakness was to me, this installment wasn't all about him. This installment was about the rising queen. This book was pure entertainment, that I refused to put down. Whenever I was forced to put this book down the story stayed on my mind and I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

    The author was spot on with the balance between delicious tension sexual and exciting action. There was a brilliant side story about a woman held captive, against her will & forced to serve a master. This story had a positive matriarch vibe. Miranda always fough tooth & nail to save herself & male-damsels in distress.

    I highly recommend this book & can't wait for Shadow's Fall 3/27/2012.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Never again

    I just do not get it. the first book was awesome. and soul mate.....please give me a break. This book was to me all about david reconnecting with his ex male lover. The obvious love of his life.. and miranda just says "well darn i love you anyway" how do you wait centuries for a soulmate, then turn around and have sex with an exboyfriend "that you will always love" i think miranda needs to go and find her a real man in the next book and just drop david because that story just seem very stupid at this point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Excellent read

    It's the second book in the series. So far, I like this writer. This book was an excellent read. I was surprised by David's character in this book. I don't want to give anything away so just expect a shocker. Miranda is an awesome heroine. Great entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Anonymous

    I have to agree with most of the reviews....i wish i hadnt read the first book if i knew what was going to happen in this one. When David keeps calling Miranda beloved by the end it just seems like a total lie since he cant even be in the same room with his exboyfriend without wanting him or telling him he loves him....kind of makes all the soul mate think a big fat lie...i am not going to purchase anymore of this authors books...if i wanted to read about gay love i would have purchased a gay book....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    should have listened to earlier reviewers

    and i too am shocked by the authors rude comments about her readers disappointment.
    the first book is good...but stop there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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