Shadowfae

Shadowfae

by Erica Hayes
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Shadowfae 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
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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BookLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
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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nicolamattos More than 1 year ago
In Shadowfae, Hayes brings to life a sensory feast of glittering and dangerous creatures, an urban fantasy realm existing side by side with humans in the magnificent shadow of Melbourne. In the luminous underbelly of that cosmopolitan city breathes a current of life filled with incubi, demon lords, banshees, vampire syndicates, spriggans, fairies..the Shadowfae. The lives of two entities take center stage in Hayes' dark treat: Jade a succubus, and Rajah, and incubus form an unlikely partnership to free themselves of the mystical bonds enslaving them to a demon lord. According to legend, if the enslaved capture and devour four souls, four particular souls, then the bonds that hold them prisoner will disintegrate. Jade, who has been enslaved for over 140 years, and Rajah just over 300 years, the possibility of freedom is too much to ignore. Even if it means that one will have to brutally betray the other. As Jade and Rajah hunt down the four souls at great personal cost, and fight those who would keep them apart, each has to examine what immortality means. Greater yet, to learn the sacrifice of love, happiness, and its boundless capacity when sorrow shadows it's every move. Breathless and exquisite imagery are illuminated by Hayes' sure hand as Shadowfae captures readers in its edgy, twisted fairy tale and never lets go. Hayes shatters the dreamy shallow urban fantasy romance with a stygian tale that examines the heart-wrenching journey of two beings who will never capitulate, and never stop until they are free and their souls are joined. ©Nicola Mattos www.fiendishlybookish.com
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harstan More than 1 year ago
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