Wind and Shadow: The Talbot Series, Book 1

Wind and Shadow: The Talbot Series, Book 1

by Tori L. Ridgewood


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Wind and Shadow: The Talbot Series, Book 1 by Tori L. Ridgewood

Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn't count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot...or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger...but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it's too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen (""Mist and Midnight"", Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town...

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ISBN-13: 9781612356396
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication date: 06/20/2013
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Wind and Shadow: The Talbot Series, Book 1 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
 What a nail biter! Ms. Ridgewood definitely has a flair for the dramatic and intense scenes. Rayvin Wood is a complicated character who has not had an easy life. She ran away when she was eighteen vowing never to return to her hometown of Talbot again, but circumstances have a way of making even the most fervent vow irrelevant. Rayvin is forced to return and again deal with all the prejudices from the town folk for an incident that has forever branded her a killer in their minds. It doesn't matter what the truth is, they won't listen. Throw in the man, Grant Michaels, who she had a serious crush on in high school and the heat just got turned up several notches. Their scenes are full of tension and sharp dialogue. The author does a fabulous job of teasing out the details of Rayvin's past and introducing Grant's thoughts and emotions. I loved that Rayvin was such a strong character, but even she has her breaking point. With vampires and witchcraft battling one another, this book is a non-stop roller coaster ride of action. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the major cliffhanger at the end and it's why this book earned 4 stars instead of 5. If you're looking for more than just a paranormal sweet romance, then this book should definitely be on your list of "must reads." I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
tamsroses More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It takes you in and does not want to let you go! Keep in mind this is a series, so YES there is a cliffhanger and a thirst for more, a need to know what happens next. The story line was very well thought out. The characters are very believable and you love some and really dislike others. I have once again found the first novel of a new author and I must say I am completely hooked, please bring me more!  Very well done and many thank yous to the author for the exciting ride!  I’m so looking forward to the rest of it! 10 yrs ago Rayvin Wood left behind her childhood home in Talbot, after an accident left a boy paralyzed and the town shunning her, believing she was responsible. Now she must return to the one place she would rather not be, because of an ex lover, who after taking all of her money, has turned into a stalker threatening her. Not only is Rayvin returning to Talbot, but she’s going back to the foster sister, Andrea, who loves her and has always stood by her. She must turn to her sister for help and a fresh start. But will the town allow her to do that? Small towns seem to have a long memory and are unforgiving, but have they forgotten her past? What about the boy she had a crush on in high school? Will they let her start anew? Soon after Rayvin’s return things get weird. A sink hole opens up in the main road just as she drives over it, pets are showing up dead or missing, then people come up missing. Can Rayvin stop this or will she be pulled into the madness? As a natural witch she knows it’s Vampires, but can she get anyone to believe her? Will her high school crush, Grant, who is now a cop, believe her and help her? WOW! Did I mention I really loved this book? Well I did and yes I’m wanting the next one like RIGHT now!  The twists and turns in this book will have you turning the pages to see what happens next!
wazi More than 1 year ago
Wind and Shadow (Talbot Trilogy) by Tori L. Ridgewood Ten years ago Rayvin Wood was ostracized after being falsely accused for a tragic injury of the town’s sports hero, Jason Lucas, which left him a paraplegic. She is now heading back home to reunite with her foster sister and best friend, Andrea Renaud, to try to start life anew. Being pulled over by Grant Michaels, her high school crush and Jason’s best friend, was not an auspicious start. And neither was the huge sinkhole that shows up in the middle of town upon her arrival, which just happens to let loose an evil vampire, who had been entombed there a year ago, three days before Halloween. It is clear there is a sexual tension in the love/hate relationship between Rayvin and Grant as the animosity flies and neither will admit they are drawn to each other. Grant can’t help but be attracted to Rayvin’s untamed, intelligent, and unapologetic character. Ms. Ridgewood does a good job developing her characters. However she had an annoying tendency to repeat facts about how they felt about each other in the past and the emotions they were going through now over and over again. This tendency led to the over usage of the words had had and the words, after all.  “The confusion of emotions that had surrounded her when they had had their brief encounter on the highway was nothing now to the storm that rose within.” “She had had to come back. She wasn’t sure what was more difficult, the fact that she could not avoid an encounter with Lucas forever, or the knowledge that she had had to face him again as a failure.” “She might be a murderer, after all.” “The ride had been cold, after all.” There is a unique story here with lots of twists and turns as the plot unfolds and some captivating characters who are dealing with a lot of unusual situations. This story starts off strong and the sex scenes between Rayvin and Grant are some of the best I have read, they are hot! However, I feel like this book would benefit from a good re-editing. Not only for the issues already mentioned, but for trouble with some continuity issues towards the end of the book with timing and the order of events that get a little wonky. To say that this book has a cliff-hanger is an understatement. Nothing was resolved to a satisfactory conclusion, only more problems presented themselves at the end. The good news is that book two is out. If you are willing to overlook the issues I had with this book you may find you will enjoy the story. FYI: Adult language and strong sexual content. Ms. Ridgewood uses Canadian spelling. Format/Typo Issues: I came across several editing issues from simple proofing errors to larger copy editing issues. I find it really hard to handle when a main characters name is misspelled. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** July 12, 2014
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was much different than what I expected at first. I expected something more romantic - with perhaps a HFN type of ending that fell apart in book two or something. That definitely didn't happen. In fact, there wasn't much happy in the ending at all. That being said, it definitely isn't a romance. It's all about a very very evil vampire trying to find his bride, a bride that doesn't want to be his.  It is a pretty good urban fantasy though. I really enjoyed the very traditional take on vampires and the Wiccan aspect of witchcraft. Out main character, Rayvin, is a blast. I loved her attitude and how much she cared about others, even when they didn't see to care about her. I didn't like what happened to some of the side characters and I really hope Ridgewood has a way to change what their path appears to be.  There is a love interest, Grant, but things don't seem to come together for them until later in the book. And as you know from the first paragraph of my review, it doesn't end well - at least not yet. I'll be picking up book two eventually. I sort of want to know how everything comes out next, the author definitely got me a little hooked. 
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This novel is intricately and captivatingly written.  Ridgewood draws you in with her fantastic writing and keeps you there with the imaginative story. This is a quick read that will keep you hooked both intellectually and emotionally.  Not only that, but Ridgewood is one of those rare authors who tells a unique tale that will appeal to many age groups without talking down to anyone or talking over their heads.  The language used fits perfectly with the story at hand and the characters involved.  She tells a story that unfolds on many levels at the same time, holding information back until it is relevant and creating suspense for the audience while also weaving a fetchingly hot romance between two characters. The characters in this novel were well developed.  I appreciated the way that they fit together while still standing alone as individuals.  It was the best of both worlds.  You got to know them as couples, families, and communities, but also got to know all of the major players individually.   This is definitely a one of a kind novel.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an arc for an honest review. How does it feel when the one place that should be the love of your life turns out to be the place that everyone hates you? Well this is where wind and shadow takes place. Rayvin Woods has to return to her hometown because of financial issues, but her hometown isn’t a place that she is welcome anymore. This book goes through how Rayvin a witch comes back to her hometown where only one person trusts her, her half-sister. When Rayvin returns she starts to fall for the one person that despises her the most. On top of this Rayvin finds out that her hometown is now being taken over by vampires!! This book by far has been one of the most difficult books for me because I can’t tell how I feel about this book. For me the books start had me wondering if I would enjoy this book. But I kept reading because I really dislike not finishing books. By the time that I got half way through I started to really enjoy the book. By the end I wanted to throw my kindle into a wall. I will give the ending of this book 5 stars for cliff hangers!! This book held a mix of emotion for me love, hate, sadness, happiness, and then some hot parts. The thing that pushed me from this book this much is that the author tried to put so much into one book that it became to much. I understand that she wanted to show you all the different characters and how they react together, but with the plot twists that much detail was over powering. Over all this book takes a bit to get into but don’t give up it sucks you in and holds you till the end where you want to scream. And make sure that you have the 2nd book handy because you will want to go from book one to book two right away. Over all I rate this book a 3/5 stars I will read the 2nd book because the cliffhanger leaves a lot for the imagination, and so many different ways for the author to take this 2nd book. Reviewed by: Jessica Z. Review courtesy of: Nerd Alert book love
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Wow, it’s all I can think to say at the finish of this book. I always have stated how much I dislike cliffhangers, and this does have one, but at least it’s not in the highlight of an action scene or something, like I have seen before in books. I liked the main character Rayvin pretty quickly. She is a tough one, and I felt for her and what happened in her past. I really like Grant Michaels, he is so hot. I did want o smack him a few times, but he did come around. The chemistry between these two was hot. There are some pretty steamy parts that are done very well. I did not like the vampire, evil bastard. Oh, I hated him. I do not want to give away too much. I just seen while reading this, that there is a prequel, and I think it would be good to read that. I felt I was missing information with Charlotte and the vampire, which seems to be covered in the prequel. I can’t wait to read book 2. I need to know what happens next. If I get caught up on my review books, I may go get it soon, while it’s still on my mind. Lol. I found some things were inconsistent, like when first describing Grants eyes, she goes on about his deep brown eyes. Then not much later goes on about his deep Green eyes. So, I was confused at which it was, brown or green? It happened about 5 times, so that did bug me. Also, there was a little too much inner thoughts at times. But that didn't but me as much as the eye thing. (I may have a copy that was before editing, I am not sure, so the finished copy could be different) I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend to the paranormal/dark fantasy lovers out there. I am now rating book covers, as to me the cover it very important. It’s what will get me to stop and take a look, read about the book. This cover is awesome. I give the cover 5 out of 5 stars. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
mwiegert2007 More than 1 year ago
I received and ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. Rayvin hasn't had the easiest life. Her mother died while she was young, and she was pretty much ran out of her home town after a tragic accident that she was blamed for. But after having another speed bump thrown into her life, she is left with no other option than to go back to the home town she promised she’d never go back to. Of course the first person Rayvin sees when she gets back into town is the one man she’s never really been able to forget. She has always had this weird connection with the new town sheriff Grant Michaels that she’s always tried to fight, but this time, it seems that the connection is even stronger than before. Since Rayvin has come back into town, there have been strange things happening. Grant isn’t sure what to think about the beautiful woman who has come back into his life. After strange events come into play and bring these two together, will he be able to forget about the past? Once they finally give in to temptation, there is a kink in their reunion (of course right?) Now there is a sexy vampire to add to the mix. Malcolm de Sade is ready for his revenge after being imprisoned, and the one thing he needs is a powerful witch. This is where Rayvin comes in to play (but you already guessed that :) ) The cat and mouse game they play leads us all the way up to the cliff hanger ending. It definitely leaves you dying to know what happens next. I really enjoyed reading this, I love it when a book leaves you clues throughout and has you guessing what’s going to be happening next. Tori L. Ridgewood does a fantastic job of give you a thrilling read with some steamy scenes. I can’t wait to see what happens next with all the characters!
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
Vampires vs witches, except in this one, the vampires seem to have the upper hand. Your main female character has been delt a really crappy hand, and it only seems to get worse. Our main guy is figuring out that his simple happy life is not so happy or simple, and he’s stuck between a rock and a crazy vampire lol. I was not expecting this and I’m about to have a little rant :) ready, set… GO! So, Ravyn is our leading lady. I actually loved her, seriously, until the end. But let’s start slow. She was accused of attempted murder in her small home town as a teenager, and though she was found not guilty, the whole town made her feel unwelcome. That’s the nice word, the realistic word is there are some very cruel, horrible people in the world and this town has a ton! And in a crisis, she comes back home to her one and only friend, who then goes missing. She founds out, after so many of those damn horrible townsfolk treat her like crap, that several others are also missing. And lots of dead fur babies are popping up. And we just don’t kill fur babies!! Ravyn finally gets a grip on some things and needs the help of Grant, her high school crush, the person who’s also best friends of her attempted murder victim-who is not a victim- and also a cop in town. I liked her determination. She’s been alone Her whole life so she’ll have to save these stupid people and her wonderful best friend but she needs a little help. She smart and even funny, and still has a good heart after everything. Grant is your sweet, mannered, all around good guy cop… Except he’s an ass in the first half to Ravyn. I eventually liked him after he got the stick out his ass and his head in the game. He also finally learns the truth about his best friend and Ravyn’s attempted murder incident and I’m seriously hoping some major ass kicking is to come. I am still seething at how people treat the popular jock and this town may be better if we blow it up. Ok I’m being harsh, but damn the people and their hateful ignorance :) And Grant has some solid points, like his willing to try to help Ravyn only because he wants her gone, then because he can’t let he go. He’s also smart and logical to a fault, but he’s great back up. Plus their romance is SMOKIN HAWT when he’s not being a lunatic lol. He’s flawed like most men but I sure so hope he can find his inner Prince Charming to help Ravyn after she sacrificed everything for him. Oh boy, I can’t wait to see what’s gunna happen with this part! Now the serious part. I loved the plot, I loved the characters. I loved how much I’ve come to hate all those stupid people. I do not love Ravyn’s last choice. I’m almost equally appalled at how easily she gave in to the bad guy to save Grant and her friend. I want her to fight, like kicking screaming pinching hair pulling ass kicking fight! I think I was just a little disappointed especially now, she’s in an even worse fate and tragic end than she was before. Maybe that’s why I’m so mad. She already gave up everything she loved for this town and these people, but this one broke my heart. I’m a little broken for her… Maybe grab a tissue, or just don’t throw your reader lol BUT this totally sets up the next book. I’m so damn anxious to read it because I HAVE TO KNOW if Ravyn’s decision is going to break her or build her up. Lord please let this poor girl kill that vampire, and that vampire, but maybe not that vampire…. Yes I’m trying really hard not to give too much away… And maybe some extremely painful, very gory all together sweet vengeful death blows to that vampire… It’s hard without spoilers :) I can’t use names because that’s a spoiler ;) If you haven’t out how good the writing is by how emotional my feelings are, you missed the point. The writing was done exceptionally well. The mystery and the plot twists and that damn ending just about blew my mind. This one is either setting up for the most brilliant sequel to redeem all the tragedy or an epic fail- no pressure LOL- but I WILL be buying book 2 the second my fingers can click the preorder button and I will very impatiently wait…. SIGH IM STILL WAITING…. But I’m definitely in for this one. And after my little rant, my favorite character is Samantha, her completely awesome totally paw worthy black kitty!!! She’s my ultimate hero in this story. Seriously, she’s cool and I know there’s more that was not revealed about her yet. Please please, keep her safe from being a character death!! :) overall a seriously jaw dropping, Munchausen syndrome hating, we need a vampire hunter, black kitty loving 5 PAWS… Seriously I’m still waiting ;)
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
Rayvin Woods is a photographer and a natural witch. She has been through so much and has reluctantly come back home to Talbot, a place she never thought she would see again. One bad thing happened in Talbot that caused the entire town to turn against her even the man she loved, Grant Michaels. Grant has become a cop to keep an eye on his town and to take care of the people in it. When Rayvin comes back he vows to keep his town safe from her at all costs. Even his own heart, because after all these years he still has feelings for her. On top of all this Malcolm De Sade a vampire imprisoned for a year has finally been released accidentally and has set in motion his plan to get back at the ones responsible for locking him up. Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock has given me Wind and Shadow by Tori L. Ridgewood for my honest review. At first I wasn't sure what was going on with Rayvin and why she wouldn't want to go back home or why she was leaving where she was. Then things start moving faster and it doesn't let up one bit. Ridgewood definitely takes you for a ride with this story. Rayvin hasn't had the best of luck in life or love and it doesn't get much better especially with a vampire on the loose with a vendetta. The twists and turns are definitely not what one expects to happen or even hope to happen. Ridgewood has a way with words that has a flow and almost "magic" quality of their own that keep the reader rooted in the story and keep turning the page. I will most definitely be reading the second book in this series.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Wind and Shadow by Tori L. Ridgewood - After leaving Talbot when she was a teenager under a black cloud, Rayvin Woods thought she’d never step foot back into town. Now circumstances have made it so she has to return and thankfully, she has Andrea – her only friend in Talbot – she can lean on. As soon as Rayvin drives into Talbot, she’s pulled over by none other than Grant Michaels, the boy she had a crush on so long ago and who hates her with all his heart for her past. Little do they know, the construction around town has freed a vampire who was imprisoned a year ago by another witch, Charlotte, and who longs for another witch’s life – Rayvin’s. Will Grant and Rayvin be able to come to terms with their feelings to fight the evil which threatens them all? Overall, I enjoyed ‘Wind and Shadow’. I liked Rayvin and her ability to keep her head held high in the face of adversity. I loved the overarching story, learning about Rayvin’s history, the more traditional vampires, natural witches, and the tension between Rayvin and Grant. Knowing this is the first book of the trilogy, I wish the story was more drawn out as everything in 'Wind and Shadow' happened in less than a week. The ending wasn’t what I expected, but it suited the story and piqued my interest in reading the next book in the trilogy.
DJ_Kile More than 1 year ago
A great start to a trilogy, that also makes me say it sucks having a cliffhanger but whats worse, the massive finger splitting as your dangling for your life cliffhanger that most certainly garuntees itself as a future read on my reading list. The storyline is filled to the brim with twists and turns, many of them I honestly never believed that they would have went the way they did. The characters in Wind and Shadow take on a life of their own and continue to grow and become more compelling as you get farther into the book. Rayvin is a very easy character to compare ones self too which made it that much more enjoyable. Its a fast paced novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat waiting for the unexpected and they forsure are not disappointed. The mix of the paranormal kept me sucked into the story, Great read will be reading the next novels in this trilogy.  ~I recieved a copy for an honest review~
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
This book is well written, well organized, and has characters that will easily come to life for the reader. However, I personally, did not like the plot twist that get throws in at the end. It actually kind of pissed me off, and made me feel as though I had wasted a few hours in reading the book. Because I understand that not everyone will feel that personal about it, I gave it 3 out of 5 stars and not 0. I have not read any other books by this author, and that type of twist might be typical for her writing. If so, then fans of hers will know what to expect. Otherwise, be warned. As far as the characters go, you will feel a connection to the town and its inhabitants. She does an excellent job with her character building. Rayvin has been through a lot and it’s obvious why she has such a hard time trusting. The reader will begin rooting for her early on, and hoping that this time- she can learn to trust and that things will finally work out positively. Grant is a solid, hometown boy that grew up and turned into the hometown sheriff. He has felt a connection to Rayvin since childhood, but has held a grudge against her since the accident that nearly took his best friends’ life. He too, finds it hard to trust. Their connection is so well described, and developed that the reader can almost feel their emotions right a long with them. That may be one of the reasons, it comes crashing down so hard when it doesn’t all work out the way you think it should. Ms. Ridgewood did a great job with the cliffhanger for the next book. Most authors at least leave their characters hanging from it from their fingertips. This one let them fall and crash to the rocks below, in order to rescue them and have more heartache and healing to write about in the future. Some readers will enjoy the higher level of conflict resolution, but I did not. Again, be warned. Rating: 3 HEAT Rating: Hot Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More