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by Thea Harrison

From bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new trilogy set in the Elder Races world….

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she


From bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in an explosive new trilogy set in the Elder Races world….

Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.

He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….

Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.

Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.

As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.

Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…

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"Moonshadow is exactly what I expect of a Thea Harrison story, a stay-up-all-night read. Marvelous characters, lots of action and romance, and just the right touch of humor. This one goes on my keeper shelf. I loved this book." ~ Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series

"Moonshadow hits all the right checkmarks on my must-have paranormal romance list: an Alpha hero, a heroine who kicks butt, worldbuilding that just keeps getting better, and a steamy plot that pulls me in from the first page!" ~ Carrie Ann Ryan, New York Times bestselling Author of Wolf Betrayed

"I loved this book. Moonshadow is Thea Harrison at her finest. I haven't been this excited since Dragon Bound!" ~ Kristen Callihan, USA Today bestselling author of Idol

"...Harrison has vaulted to the top of the paranormal romance genre by showcasing her stunning storytelling ability." ~ RT Book Reviews

"The hero is intense, the heroine clever, and the sexual tension sizzling. Can't wait to find out what happens next!" ~ Jeffe Kennedy, Award Winning Author of The TwelveKingdoms and The Uncharted Realms

"I'm already addicted to Thea Harrison's new world of Arthurian alpha warriors--especially after an American kick-ass heroine with serious magic powers teaches them a lesson about 21st century women!" ~ Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast

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Meet the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Thea Harrison resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter. She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child.

Thea writes in a variety of genres, including the award-winning paranormal Elder Races series and the Game of Shadows novels, and is currently at work on various new projects in sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs and a cat that have very large personalities.

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Moonshadow 7.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
This first book in the MOONSHADOW series also of the same title is set in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races world, but these stories take place in the United Kingdom rather than the US. Sophie Ross was a magic user consultant for the LAPD when she was wounded on duty. When an unexpected chance to leave her job and possibility inherit a manor house in Great Britain arises, she decides to take it as well as look for answers about her unknown parents. Sophie was raised by witch foster parents; however, her magical heritage is nebulous. Her unusual talents and fighting spirit make Sophie very attractive to a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Fae Court, Nikolas Sevigny, who has been battling to get back to his homeland in another dimension. The nasty Queen of the Light Court, Isabeau, is doing everything she can to wipe out Nikolas and his knights including unleashing her monstrous Hounds to destroy what’s left of his fighting force. Sophie and Nick meet first in a vision, and then in a small English village when she comes to claim the property if the house will accept her. This enchanted house straddles both places, existing in her world and the Other Land. Nikolas sees her as a weapon to be used in the fae war, and as an aide to the way back home which he is desperate to find. Sophie is quite a saucy woman of exceptional and creative talent who is less than thrilled with the handsome knight’s attempt to order her around like one of his troops. Despite their clash of wills, they are strongly attracted to one another with intense passion burning up the pages. Although some of the characters have been introduced in the Elder Races series, this book can be read as a standalone. MOONSHADOW is a great new spinoff of the Elder Races; I enjoyed it immensely. For readers familiar with the first novel in the Elder Races called DRAGON BOUND, Sophie reminds me of Pia, who is one of my favorite characters. Sophie’s personality is an appealing combination of strength and humor as well as kindness for the lost and hurt in the magic and non-magic world. Her strong, compassionate heart is a good counter to Nik’s war-hardened one showing him in her quirky and sometimes infuriating way that love is the strongest and greatest magic of all. This is Thea Harrison at her best crafting a fine story of adventure and romance; fans of her work will be well pleased.
MTayTay More than 1 year ago
A must read! Moonshadow is packed with action and adventure, humor, romance, evil sorcerers, brooding heros, and a beautifully strong heroine. Thea Harrison is one of my favorite authors, and her latest novel has worked it's way to my top favorites list. This Elder Races spinoff start to the Moonshadow trilogy is set in the United Kingdom, and sets the stage for more to come. You definitely do not have to read the Elder Races series before reading Moonshadow (although I recommend them as well because it is a great series!). Sophie is tough, determined and resourceful. She is a witch that consults with the LAPD, and after suffering a traumatic injury on the job, is trying to get back to herself while dealing with PTSD. She receives the offer of a lifetime; more information about her past and the possibility of a place of her own--the catch is she has to go to the UK. Nik is tough, determined and resourceful. Sound familiar? He is a Dark Fae and Knight of the Dark Court, who has spent most of his very long life fighting for his people against the enemy Queen of the Light Fae. His people mean everything to him, and are his purpose in life. He will use anything and anyone to help his people. When the two meet, heads collide. Did I mention they are both stubborn? What follows is an awesome adventure that is often humorous and sometimes frustrating--at least for Sophie and Nik. Plenty of heat between the two spices things up, and plenty of side characters add extra depth to their story. Definitely read this book! It is too good to pass up. And grab it while you can at the cheaper price of $2.99! :) As a disclaimer, I did receive an ARC of Moonshadow in exchange for an honest review.
Cdoll034 More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series! This is the best book I have read this year!! I read it from start to finish in one day, then started it again. Moonshadow is a spinoff of the Elder Races series that offers readers the opportunity to fully experience the Elder Races world. Sophie, a consultant for the LAPD, is recovering from a shooting when she is offered an opportunity to inherit some property in England. Needing time to recover and plan for the future, she takes on the challenge. Nikolas, a dark fae knight that is looking for a way to protect his men and get home, sees the perfect solution in Sophie. If only he can get control of his fascination for the resourceful Sophie. Together they light the electronic book pages on fire. When you take two headstrong, independent personalities and throw them into life or death situations you get the page-turner Moonshadow. I throughly enjoyed the book and can hardly wait for the the next one in the series. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Spellbinder is the second book in the Moonshadow series by Thea Harrison. This new exciting trilogy is a continuation of Elder Races series. It brings to light new faces from across the pond in the UK along with a deeper insight into the Dark and Light courts which were teased about in the Elder races series till now (For e.g. the mention of the conflict between the Light Court or the Seelie Fae, ruled by Queen Isabeau and the Dark Court or the Unseelie Fae ruled by Lord Oberon in the UK in Shadow's End). While some of the favorite characters from the U.S. demesnes do make cameos in the Moonshadow books, the focus is on illuminating a new mythos with brand new characters and relationships. We were introduced to this new world and the dark court with Moonshadow, the first book in the series. Now we delve deeper into the Light Court with Spellbinder. This book introduces Sidonie Martel, a musician par excellence. She plays such divine music that even the first generation jinn who are notorious for their bargaining willingly give away favours to hear her music. All this talent is taken away when she is kidnapped and taken to the mystical isle of Avalon. There, she ends up displeasing the evil Queen Isabeau, who takes away her ability to play music. Morgan le Fae is a highly powerful sorcerer/lycanthrope who is despised and feared throughout the realms. He was enslaved by Queen Isabeau hundreds of years ago, through a weapon of unimaginable power and has been forced to commit countless atrocities at her command while acting as her head enforcer and the commander of her Hounds. He despises what he has become, yet has no choice but to follow the Queen's orders. Together, Morgan and Sidonie work together to save themselves from Queen Isabeau and try to find a way to break the her hold. This book does justice to its name and is truly spellbinding. Thea Harrison creates characters with such depth that you just can't help rooting for them.
LilyElementBookReviews 11 days ago
Moonshadow is book one in the Moonshadow series, which is a spin off of the Elder Races series. This book revolves around a witch consultant that heads to the UK and gets mixed up in a battle between the light and dark courts. I've enjoyed the other THarrison book I've read so I knew I had to grab this one, the whispersync addition to the ebook format was a steal too. Sophie Ross is a witch consultant for the LAPD on leave from an injury. She's approached by a woman that might hold details on her childhood. You see, Sophie was adopted at a young age and all she knows is that she was placed with witches because while she's mostly human the man that saved her knew she had a touch of something else. The woman didn't have much more information than Sophie already knew though, but she did offer the task of getting into a family estate that no one can get into it and if she succeeded it would be hers. Since she's still recovering mentally and physically from the shooting she decides to take her up on the offer and heads to the UK. Her path crosses a knight of the Dark Court and winds up getting entangled in their battle with the Light Court. Nikolas Sevigny is a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court. He and Sophie meet and team up once they fight in an unexpected battle and decide they can trust one another. During that time they're constantly butting heads about pretty much everything. It was quite entertaining to hear them sniping back and forth. Nikolas helps Sophie get into the estate and with her help the other Daoine Sidhe knights gather for longer than an hour for the first time in years. You see, while they're together for too long, their energy can be sensed by the Light Court and they'll be attacked. With Sophie's magic and the estate's land magic they hope to go undetected. The battle still manages to find them though, and someone seems to be leaking important information. Sophie and Nikolas have to figure out who is behind it before it's too late.
Boundlessbookreviews 10 months ago
I honestly didn’t think Thea Harrison could write a set of characters that I liked more than Dragos and Pia, oh man was I mistaken.  I absolutely fell in LOVE with Sophie and Nickolas.   Sophie was perfection! She was the perfect blend of sassy, spunky, take no crap, modern woman; who has been thrown in with an ancient high-handed knight.  Nickolas who is cut off from home and watching his men dwindle down to almost nothing finds himself in a position of having to deal with the insolent Sophie.   Sophie and Nickolas clash at almost every turn about almost everything.  Sophie doesn’t want a man to take care of her in any way, not even open doors. This is such a foreign concept for Nickolas.  Oh, their interactions made me laugh.  Especially when he tried to give her orders.  OMG!  Even if she agreed with the orders she had snark to dish back.  She would not be ordered!  Even still, there was a deep underlying sexual tension that you could just feel building until it boiled over.  It was brilliant.   The story was outstanding, vivid, fast paced, and super exciting with the perfect amount of romance thrown in.  I honestly didn’t want to stop listening.  This is part of the Elder Races world so you could start here but I would recommend going back and reading the Elder Races so you have the back story on the other races.  You won’t be sorry.   This was also the first Audiobook I’ve listened to in this series.  Sophie Eastlake is a superb narrator.  I think this might be a series I purchase in audiobook from now on!  Moonshadow: Moonshadow, Book 1 is getting Five HUGE Boundless stars, if I could give it a 100 I would! 
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Thea Harrison is f***ing BRILLIANT! I don’t normally use cuss words in my reviews but I had to here. MOONSHADOW is a masterpiece full of excitement, danger, laughter, loyalty and steamy romance! The story starts a little slow and you may want to put it aside, but don’t do it! The first time I tried reading the book, it couldn’t capture my interest so I set it aside for a whole month! I can’t believe how much time I wasted! Don’t do it! Don’t set it aside, keep reading! You will not be disappointed! MOONSHADOW is a part of the Elder Races world but totally different. The characters are functional, yet totally extraordinary. The story building is out-of-this-world amazing! It’s magical! I absolutely LOVED it! Let’s talk about Nikolas and Sophie. WOW! Both characters are meticulously crafted and just plain brilliant! They were just as amazing apart as they were together. Sophie is everything you hope for in a heroine. She’s tough, smart, too stubborn for her own good and funny as hell! I greatly admired her strength and her optimism. It never mattered that she was less powerful than many of the beings in this story, she was always on the frontlines doing what she could and fighting for what needed to be fought for. Nikolas is the ideal hero, strong, protective, fiercely loyal and sexy as sin, but he’s so much more! I loved how honorable he was and that he constantly warred with himself, torn between saving his people and claiming happiness that’s long since denied him. Nothing nobler than that! Nikolas and Sophie together was an explosion! If they weren’t fighting with each other, their passion was burning up the pages, engulfing all of us with them! It was such a hoot to read whenever they were together! There were also some wonderfully diverse secondary characters that made the story that much greater and chalked full of surprises! MOONSHADOW is in a category all of its own. If you don’t want to read it for all the reasons I mentioned, then read it because it was written by an exceptional writer. Thea Harrison has grown leaps and bounds as an author and I’m just so dang proud of her! I HIGHLY recommend MOONSHADOW and any books by Ms. Harrison! ***ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel in a new series set in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races world. Sophie Ross is on leave from consulting for the LAPD when she inherits an estate in England. The inheritance has one caveat, that she must be able to get inside the estate, and provide proof that she did to the solicitors in England. This inheritance came at a great time because Sophie is on leave after being shot during a police investigation. She figures a few months off will help her recoup, and if she gets inside the house, it could be the start of a new adventure. Nikolas Sevigny is a knight of the Sidhe Dark Court. He and his fellow knights are trapped in our world and have been trying to find a passage back. My favorite thing about this book was Sophie. She was sassy, independent and gave as good as she got. When she meets Nikolas, they do not get along at all. Yet, they are instantly attracted to each other. So for the first half of this book there is the yin yang of want and need combined with a frustrated dislike of each other. His growls and her sassy digs were fun to read and when dangers keeps pursuing her, his protective instincts kick in. If you are a fan of the Elder Races series, I think you’ll really enjoy a different look at this world. Thea Harrison writes a great paranormal mystery and the romance is always sizzling.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
The new spin-off series of the Elder Races starts off with one witch who has inherited a 5-acre estate in England (if she can get inside the manor house) and a war-hardened warrior of the Dark Court whose only goal is the get the remaining few of his warriors back home. He doesn't have time for love, especially of a smart-mouthed courageous witch he can't seem to stop touching. She can't stand his archaic bossy nature and his tendency to give orders rather than to simply ask her for something, but she can't keep her hands off him either. As they fight against the Light Court, solve the mystery of the cursed manor house, and discover whether within its walls there might be passageway back to his home, they come together in explosive fashion. When they aren't fighting with each other, they are kissing each other. He tells her they have no future in one breath, and in the next he is telling her he loves her but shouldn't. She fights alongside him, loving him, and knowing full well they have no future. Their story was entertaining and passionate. I loved their dialogue, especially hers. Her lines were hilarious and The Harrison wrote her dialogue really well. The character comes through really clearly through her dialogue. I liked how she was a strong independent woman who gave Nikolas hell while they fell in love and in the end how she held her ground until he asked her to marry him was a perfect way to end the story. I look forward to book 2.
Kelli_McBride More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Moonshadow in exchange for an honest review. I am a longtime fan of Thea Harrison (back to her Amanda Carpenter days), and Dragos and Pia in Dragon Bound remain one of my all-time favorite couples. I was delighted to read about Nikolas and Sophie in Moonshadow. The chemistry between them is full of the snark, heat, and humor that I adore with Dragos/Pia, and watching them navigate their growing feelings for each other while also fighting the evil surrounding them is everything I love in a great paranormal romance. Harrison has a deft hand at giving us stories that beautifully balance sorrow and joy, sex and love, vulnerability and strength. In Moonshadow, she gives readers another emotionally satisfying read. As in the first Elder Races novel, Dragon Bound, Harrison introduces several characters that will more than likely have their own stories later on, and she also has more in store for Nik and Sophie. Even the main villain in the story, Morgan (who has appeared in previous Elder Races books), is complex and has potential to be more than just a bad guy. For those who loved Pia's relationship with Peanut (aka Liam), they will love Sophie's relationship with the puck. I can't wait to see this develop more. This is one aspect that I love about Harrison's writing. She creates these dynamic characters that bring readers back for more. I highly recommend this book. If you are new to Harrison's series, you do not need to read the Elder Series to enjoy this book. However, I encourage you to read all the novels and novellas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I eagerly await the release of every Thea Harrison novel, so I was super excited when I received ARC in exchange for an honest review. Moonshadow did not disappoint and was a great starting point for her Elder Races spin-off. Sophia is a bold, intelligent heroine with true depth and her relationship with alpha male Nikolas is full of heat, snark, and humor. I admit it was not my favorite Elder Races related novel, but it was a genuinely enjoyable read (worth a re-read in fact). I can't wait for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible and fun. My first by Thea Harrison but definitely not my last. I loved the fiery sarcastic bickering. Also, Robin was my favorite.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Moonshadow, A Moonshadow Novel, Thea Harrison Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  romance, paranormal and fantasy I read the early Elder Races books then somehow missed later ones, caught up in the morass of new books I lost track of them. Then saw this on Netgalley and jumped in, a trilogy, so a fantasy with an end in sight not years off ( I hope!) that sounded right up my street. I love Thea’s writing style, succinct and easy to follow and yet not dumbed down as so many paranormal reads are. They suit lots of readers as evidenced by sales and they way they dominate lists, but I like that bit extra, more to think about. I love the Fae involvement, and the link to the Elder Races. If you’ve not read any of those it won’t really matter, you can follow the story anyway, because the Fae side is stronger. Great characters in Sophie and Nikolas, also his second – well, he feels like a Second anyway, Gawain, and his other men. Loved Robin, and the way he links up to known tales about the Fae and Puck/Hob. All these people felt real, I seemed to know them, get a sense of each character and they were perfect in the story. I hate getting characters that just feel they're added for padding, for a bit of sex, who don't feel they belong in the tale. The magic side was believable, I hate when characters get new powers and when all looks impossible they somehow pull them up and have perfect control. Its not like that here, there are new things Sophie is learning, but mostly its all stuff she knows and has used many times, adapted to fit what she needs. There's Fae and Elder Races here, humans, Hell hounds, magic and spells, runes and spelled silver, modern guns with special bullets and old time swords, along with bows and arrows. There's a bit of eveything here, could have been an unruly mish mash but its not, it works perfectly. There’s the usual dangers in the story, and Sophie gets quickly pulled in to the war between Dark and Light Courts. It’s interesting that the Dark court, which I’d expect to be the “bad” side isn’t, and the Light court is the one at fault. I love the parallel world connection, it fits my way of imagining how these things could be real, with a kind of time/space reality, where a thin field can allow one to move into another dimension. Yeah... OK, I’ve never really grown up and to me stuff like that  * could * be real. I reckon science just hasn’t yet caught up :-) After all electricity, aeroplanes, telephones, vaccines, antibiotics etc must have seemed like magic, impossible to many people when they were new. Then Sophie’s spells, as a witch she’s good at them, but she’s other talents too from her heritage and I suspect we’ll learn even more about her. The romance, that worked well for me, insta lust but with added insta hate! Sophie and Nik are total opposites, he’s old fashioned hyper protective of the “little woman” as you’d expect from someone that old, and Sophie is a self reliant, make her own mind up character not used to being ordered around without reason, they’re a real oil-and-water mix but it works, the sparks really fly from both tempers and sexual tension. I enjoy the way Thea balanced it so the romance felt real, but didn’t overtake the story, how the story caused the conflicts between them and brought them together. I’m really looking forward to the next two books, a first book has such a hard job, setting scenes, plots and characters but Moonshadow does that p
DanielleLynchBoule More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I have read the majority of Thea’s Elder Races books and I have to admit the last couple did not interest me, particularly the vampire ones. I was intrigued when I heard that she was taking the books to Europe and starting a trilogy. This book brought me back to the first three in the series. I adored Sophie, she was tough and real and hilarious. Nik was a jerk, but he owned it and made it work! I loved them together, they managed to compromise and come together without losing the interesting pieces of themselves. Their story wraps up but leaves a larger conflict that I would assume is going to be resolved in book 2 and 3 of the trilogy. I also adored Robin and I loved the relationship between him and Sophie. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of fantasy and romance.
Freedame More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an advanced copy - I want to start with the fact that I'm a reader, have no talent for writing so excuse me repeatedly going off point. I have to say I loved this book, it’s set in the Elder Race World and I was originally bummed that Dragos and company wasn't starring; but Whoa, oh my my Sassy Sophie kept naughty Nikolas on his toes and his head spinning, she is my new hero. We get introduced to new hotties, a new bad meanie (or re/pre-introduced?) and the story line isn't so dark and depressing you need therapy after reading. You will get to the end and immediately go check to see if there is any info n the next book (le sigh, nothing yet). Now I've got to go, I have a hankering for some Doc Martens...
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
: 4.5 stars--MOONSHADOW is the first installment in Thea Harrison’s MOONSHADOW paranormal romance series focusing on a hybrid species of triple threat creatures with the blood of three different races including the Wyr and the Fae. MOONSHADOW is a spin off from Thea’s Elder Races series but you do not have to have read the original series to follow. This is twenty nine year old witch, LAPD consultant Sophie Ross, and Daoine Sidhe Knight of the Dark Court Nikolas Sevigny’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Sophie and Nik) MOONSHADOW follows Sophie Ross as she embarks on a journey to uncover the truth, and straddles a timeline between worlds in the land of her ancestors in the UK. Sophie knows nothing about her heritage -the who, what or why-and when a stranger offers Sophie a chance to seek the answers to her questions, our heroine heads to the UK where the Knights of the Dark Court become the family she has always imagined. Enter Daoine Sidhe knight Nikols Sevigny- the man with whom Sophie will fall in love. What ensues is the search for the portal that leads back to Nikolas’s homeland, and the struggle to survive against more than one enemy of the Dark Court. Nikolas Sevigny and his brethren have been trapped on this side of the crossover passageway for hundreds of years. In their quest to return to Lyonesse, most of the Knights have perished or left for other places but Nik and his few remaining warriors continue to battle and stay ahead of the evil Queen Isabeau of the Light Court, her Hounds, and their captain Morgan le Fae. Sophie’s appearance will coincide with the Hounds reappearance, and the Knights renew their quest for the passageway home. The relationship between Sophie and Nik is fraught with the push and pull of attraction. Nik’s Wyr DNA knows Sophie is their mate but Nik’s lifestyle isn’t conducive to love or a relationship that could end with the death of a mate. Sophie is a woman who offers to help the Knights in their quest to return home, and is continuously pushed away by the man that she loves. The $ex scenes are intimate, provocative and intense. We are introduced to a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Nikolas’s fellow warriors, as well as Robin- a little shapeshifting imp (or puck) whose presence will be familiar to followers of Alexandra Ivy’s playful and heartbreaking gargoyle Levet. The requisite evil comes in many forms including captain of the Hounds Morgan Le Fae, Queen Isabeau of the Light Court, and someone close to the Knights of the Dark Court. MOONSHADOW is a wonderful story of magic; where fantasy meets reality; where timelines and otherworlds collide. The premise is imaginative and wondrous; the characters are passionate and dynamic; the romance is fated and inspired. Thea Harrison’s word of the Moonshadow is a brilliant new series with engaging characters and a decadent story line.
Dream-Warrior More than 1 year ago
To really give you my position on this newest novel, I feel like I should give you a bit of my background with the author. Thea Harrison is one of my go-to authors. When something comes out from her, I will automatically buy it. I signed up for her newsletter and was chosen to receive an ARC in exchange for my honest review of the subject. I despise searching reviews to decide if I should read a new book, deciding to buy it, dedicating time to it, and feeling like the reviews don’t match my experience. Please hear, though Harrison is a favorite of mine, I will review Moonshadow as honestly as I can. Your experience may not match mine, but these were my impressions during and after reading this novel. Moonshadow is a spin-off series of Harrison’s popular Elder Races series. You do not need to read the Elder Races series to have a good experience with Moonshadow, though there is some reference to familiar characters and it is set in the same world. Some of my first feelings around Moonshadow were excitement and anticipation. I’m a huge fan of authors changing to new series or thoughts from time to time. I find the stories can get stale, the excitement can wean, and even the author can seem bored in their writing. The last few books in the Elder Races series have been okay, but not my favorite by far and I feel like Harrison chose the right time to switch perspectives and search for new stories to tell. Moonshadow holds many of my favorite aspects of the Elder Races series while providing that new and exciting flare that I felt the series needed. Set in England, Moonshadow features a woman of indeterminate heritage, Sophie, and a knight of the court of the Daoine Sidhe, or Dark Fae, Nik. I felt that, individually, these characters really drew me in. I wanted to know more about Sophie’s story and heritage, find out where she came from and who her people were, discover more about her abilities. Nik was hard and brooding, sarcastic and harsh over a clear core of goodness that had long been tarnished and worn down. How would they interact? Where would the story go? Even the premise of the Dark Court fighting for their survival from the Light Court’s tyranny is fascinating to me and drew me back consistently. What I didn’t like? Sophie and Nik together. Or more accurately, it just wasn’t interesting and entertaining to me. They were good together, I think. There was some good dialogue, they compromised well, and for a romance novel, even had a good understanding of the “real world” (think Elsa in Frozen – “You can’t marry a man you just met!”). But there was no spark for me. I didn’t want to read about them getting it on, or kissing, or really any of that. Any time sex or anything remotely sexual came up in the story, I found myself just getting through it to get back to the rest of the storyline. Which speaks well of the story. Just not so well of the characters. I feel a little disappointed that this is my take, because I do think the rest of the story is compelling and I am excited to read the rest of the series. I am also disappointed that I feel this way, as these characters are apparently two of Harrison’s favorites. Verdict (TL:DR) – This new series is totally worth a read, and I think the series will be fantastic! The relationship between the main characters was my least favorite part of the story, but the rest of the events are strong enough to support this flaw.
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
This is an Elder Races spin-off book that takes place in the U.K. Ms. Harrison is one of my all time favorite authors. Her imagery delights and inspires her readers. I always feel as if I am right there in the moment as everything is happening. In this particular story we have Sophie Ross, from the U.S., who works as a consultant for the LAPD. She is a half-human/djinn and witch and Nikolas Sevigny a Dark Fae, Elven and Wyr. This makes for an interesting combination. Sophie is a different character, though I admired her strength and the ability that she can take care of herself, it just seemed to me she wavered back and forth too much for my liking. As far as Nik, he is the commander of the Dark Fae army which has dwindled down to a few remaining 8 when they got trapped on Earth's side and separated from their home, Lyonesse. Sophie & Nik first meet when she is scrying, then the next time is 2 weeks later when she arrives in the U.K. and she goes about protecting a dog, which turns out to be a puck, better known as, Robin. I loved Robin so much and hope to see him in future books. He was wonderful. Nik & Sophie do fall for each other and as usual, it is scorching hot. The only sad thing for me is that they end up snapping at each constantly throughout the book, which to say the least, was exhausting. Moonshadow is full of action, betrayal, suspense, a great amount of hilarious moments and love. I must admit that though I liked this read, it is not my favorite. Nik and Sophie's relationship ends in an HFN. Looking forward to the next in this enchanting series. ******** I received a ARC provided by Thea Harrison in exchange for an honest review.****
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Moonshadow by Thea Harrison is the first book in her new Moonshadow trilogy, which does use her Elder Races theme. In Moonshadow, the story switches to England, with the focus on the Fae’s, both Dark and Light. Sophie Ross, our heroine, is a witch consultant for the LA police department. On leave from her job & suffering from constant nightmares due to being shot on assignment, Sophie decides to accept a quest that will take her to the U.K. Her quest: Enter a broken down mansion that has been empty for hundreds of years, with no one able to get in, even with a key. Nik Sevigny is our hero, and a Daoine Sidhe knight from the Dark Court. Nik recognizes Sophie from a vision, and thinks she is the enemy. Nik has seen many of his warriors killed over the years, leaving only a select few, as they try to find a way to get back home to the Dark Court in Lyonesse. Queen Isabeau, of the Light Court, and her knight, Morgan had destroyed all the portals that would allow any access to Lyonesse. Nik has become difficult to deal with, trusting no one, especially trying desperately to keep his men alive. It will take Nik awhile to learn to trust Sophie and try to get her to use her witch/djinn powers to help them find the way home, and get help to defeat Isabeau and her vicious hounds. Sophie is determined to enter the mansion, and if she is able to enter it (many before her have failed), she would then inherit it and receive a nice annuity for life. Both Sophie and Nik do not get along in the beginning, especially since he is surly and demanding, and she being very independent, causes lots of clashes and words. Their attraction for each other grows over a short time, but with Morgan on their trail, and Sophie’s life now in danger, they bond to help one another survive. I loved the addition of Robin, an injured puck (brownie), who Sophie saves and nurtures like her “pet” during this story. Whether a dog, monkey or a strange little boy, Robin was a great character. I also liked some of Nik’s warriors. What follows is a non-stop action packed story that was not only tense at times, but also lots of fun. The romance between Sophie and Nik becomes hot and steamy, and I loved them together. They were both very strong, tough and independent heroes. Will Nik and his men get back to Lyonesse and the Dark Fae? Will Sophie allow herself to be part of Nik’s life in the Dark Court? Will they survive the onslaught by Queen isabeau? Moonshadow was a wonderful addition to the Elder Races series, and I for one cannot wait for the second book in this trilogy. There was so much action, excitement, danger, intrigue, wonderful characters and a great couple. This story line had a bit of everything, from the Fae, Witches, Puck, and Djinn. I loved ever moment of this story.
Kpitt07 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have always liked the stories of Pia and Dragos the best out of any of her other stories. I always believed it would be hard to read characters that were as well written as those two, but she has done it again. This book has two amazing lead characters with a fantastic story full of romance and adventure. It is set in the Elder Races world but is a new branch. Sophie is a witch consultant for the LAPD on leave. She inherits property in the UK with conditions. She sets out to see this property and meets Nikolas, from the Dark Court. The animosity between them is fun to read and the chemistry almost burns the pages. We learn more about Morgan, what he can do and are set up for what appears to be cross over story lines. If you like strong lead characters with lots of chemistry and intrigue this is a story for you. Excellent writing, story building, suspense and character development.
MarianneReads More than 1 year ago
Moonshadow is a fantastic read. Thea Harrison is a prolific world builder and her characters jump off the page. I've loved this series from the beginning, but believe that this book is my favorite by far. Kudos, Ms. Harrison!!! Please write faster and give us the next one quickly! I received this book for an honest review.
Keeper_of_Freyja More than 1 year ago
This new chapter in the world of the Elder Race is a wonderful pick-up of the breadcrumbs from Shadow's End about the Elder Races in the United Kingdom. It's a fresh look at a world that is already rich and vibrant with interesting characters and life. With this new landscape we get to see how the Elder-half lives across the pond. From the very beginning, it's obvious that things aren't anywhere near the same as the US demesnes. Thea Harrison starts a new trilogy in the world of the Elder Races. Meet Sophie, “mostly” human witch with a blank slate for a past and Nikolas Sevigny is a broody Daoine Sidhe knight trying to protect himself and his men and find a way back home before the enemy Queen wipes them out. They meet under violent circumstances and seriously get off on the wrong foot. Nikolas has no give in him and Sophie doesn’t back down, not even from a fight. The conflict between them is as tangible as the chemistry. But as they learn about each other they see that they may just be exactly what the other needs. Harrison does not disappoint with this latest offering hitting all the high points for a steamy, witty, action-filled story. Thea Harrison has an unmatched and unique way of approaching both her heroes and heroines that just makes you fall into their world, their problems, and actively root for them to best the challenges they face. I've never read a heroine i didn't like (even when they were driving me crazy with their decisions) or a hero who I didn't covet as a boyfriend (even when they're being bossy as all get out). Harrison doesn't rely on the "love wins" motto to resolve her stories her couples not only dig in to face danger, betrayal, and epic-level magic users intent on their destruction. Each pair digs in to face their fears, wants, needs, desires and ultimately each other. I'm all in and ready to see what this expanded world brings. There's a whole host of new possibilities on the horizon and I can barely contain my excitement. I also feel the need to learn how to make magic bullets... I like this book so much it's my December e-book pick in my local indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review
Kat-T More than 1 year ago
Moonshadow is Book 1 of a new trilogy written by Thea Harrison. This book can be read with or without any previous knowledge of this authors very popular “Elder Races” series. However, this story takes place in the same world as the “Elder Races” for those of you that have read the series and you will recognize some names, places & characters. If you like paranormal romance with plenty of action, steamy love scenes, shapeshifters & magic, then this book is for you! This is the story of Nikolas & Sophie; Nikolas is a loyal, dedicated, “old timey” kind of shape shifting alpha hero and Sophie is a creative, tenacious, modern day heroine with powers of her own. Their story is set in Europe and from the first time these two set eyes on each other, through the ensuing battles & mayhem this story is filled with magic, intrigue, action, romance, mystery and a bit of humor. At times this book will pull at your heart strings, make you laugh and your heart race. Moonshadow is spellbinding & a very compelling read! This story has plenty of background regarding the characters and story line, so if you’re a new reader have no fear. If you’ve never read one of Thea Harrison’s books or if you’re already a fan, be prepared to pull an all-nighter reading this book! As a fan of the “Elder Races” series I am hopeful that in the future there will be some cross overs between the two series in regards to story lines & characters but we’ll have to wait and see. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and personally I cannot wait for Book 2 of this trilogy to be published.  **I received the ARC for Moonshadow in exchange for an honest review.
BooksInBrogan More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this one and eagerly anticipating more. Moonshadow has everything I hope for in a book it’s a perfect blend of suspense, drama and romance. Readers will find this new series set in the Elder Races world jam packed with action and an edge of your seat plot.
BooksInBrogan More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this one and eagerly anticipating more. Moonshadow has everything I hope for in a book it’s a perfect blend of suspense, drama and romance. Readers will find this new series set in the Elder Races world jam packed with action and an edge of your seat plot.