Shadowflame

Shadowflame

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by Dianne Sylvan
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101529270
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Series:
A Novel of the Shadow World , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
72,366
File size:
368 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Shadowflame 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
abbysmom52 More than 1 year ago
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.
Victoria00 More than 1 year ago
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?
earthmotherNG More than 1 year ago
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........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SujiGott More than 1 year ago
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.
Nealey More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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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
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Sally Smith More than 1 year ago
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.
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