by Shea Godfrey


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Nightshade by Shea Godfrey

In a land where two countries have been torn by war for generations, Princess Jessa is sent as a peace offering to the country of Arravan, understanding all too well that she is being sacrificed upon the altar of her father’s ambitions—and condemned to an uncertain and possibly short-lived future, if the machinations of her own family are any indication.

But what she finds at Blackstone Keep is most certainly not what she expects, and for a daughter of royal blood who has known little of freedom and even less of love, the members of the Durand family are proving to be a very pleasant riddle to be solved—the youngest daughter, Darrius Durand, is the most surprising of all. A captain in the King’s elite guard and filled with humor and good nature, Darry’s considerable charms pull Jessa rather happily into an unexpected friendship that quickly becomes something more, promising passion and the fulfillment of her deepest desires.

Jessa and Darry’s relationship threatens the fragile peace, and the future of two countries might very well hang in the balance. When family secrets and hidden agendas begin to surface, as well as an ancient majik that Jessa has been preparing to use since the day she was born, a prophecy is set in motion that will thrust both lands into a bloody war of revenge and retribution—a war that love alone will not be able to stop.

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ISBN-13: 9781602821514
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: 05/18/2010
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,155,040
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Shea Godfrey is an artist and writer working and living in the Midwest. While her formal education is in journalism and photography, she has spent most of her career thus far in 3D Animation and Design.

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Nightshade 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Sage320 More than 1 year ago
Princess Jessa of Lyoness is sent to her country's arch enemy Arravan to see if the crown prince will accept her as his bride and bring peace between the countries. From the beginning though Jessa suspects that something else is going on because Prince Malcolm doesn't show much interest in her. Jessa suspects that her brother and Malcolm are plotting something else with her as the pawn in the game, but she's enjoying her time with the Durand family too much to care, especially the time she gets to spend with Princess Darrius. Darry is the king's youngest child and, in the language of her people, "backward" because she loves women. Darry also serves in the army as an officer, which shocks polite society. Darry knows she must hide her interests to protect her father's throne, but the friendship that grows between Darry and Jessa threatens that attitude. The women share more than one secret in that both of them are gifted with special forms of majik. Responding to their natural feelings could cause their deaths and war between their countries. This book is rich in detail and feels like it should be actual history, though it isn't. It's fantasy that reads like reality. The story gradually draws the reader in with extremely appealing characters and interesting events. It's the type of book that is hard to put down and the reader is allowed to develop a relationship with the major characters as their situation develops at a very acceptable pace. The irony of this book is that it falls apart in the last chapter. The end is suddenly rushed and the book concludes with a number of plot lines unresolved. It seems as if the story is just cut off with more to come. If this is the beginning of a series, then leaving the plot lines open is understandable. If there is no series, then the reader is probably going to be irritated. The book shouldn't have been left hanging though no matter what the future plan is. Nightshade is an excellent story right up until the end. The reader should give it a try and then hope that Godfrey intends to provide another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved the book. well written. there is no way i can believe the same author penned the end of this book or intended for it to end the way it did. it appears to be the victim of horrific editing. i'm still giving it 5 stars. the competent and inspired writers of this genre are few and far between. save me from reading another radclyffe book and write a sequel please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story, it had great drama, lovely romance and a great sense of humor. It was just great, but the ending was not what I expected. It left a lot of questions about the characters. Overall, it was great and I hope there's a sequel.
stachjay More than 1 year ago
Please write a sequel. Once I started reading this story I was hooked and I'm ready for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read there is a second book to this the first book has 950 pages i have reread it several times around one of the best love stories out there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no ending. Like it is missing the last few chaptera.
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This was an excellent book. The author draws you into a rich universe. Fully developed chacters. That said, the ending was abrupt and left me hanging. Hopefully, this is the start of a series.
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Caroline Burr More than 1 year ago
Is jessa like gay
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