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"This book has it all -- political intrigue, betrayal, and some pretty hot love scenes"

Branded a demon's spawn by her mother, Ashla Townsend has rarely known a kind hand or word. She has certainly never known love. After a devastating car crash leaves Ashla in a coma, she finds herself in a desolate and abandoned New York City. Thinking that a horrible global phenomenon has occurred, though never quite understanding what, she finds herself alone in the world. Just when she thinks this is how things are meant to be, a dark and devastatingly handsome warrior comes into her life.

Trace is an immortal Shadowdweller, a race of beings who have to shun the light in order to survive or suffer an agonizing death. He is not only a battle-worn warrior, but also a trusted vizier to one of the ruling twins of the Shadowdwellers. When Trace discovers a traitor to the royal house he pursues him into Shadowscape, a lightless dimensions just out of phase with Realscape. After killing the traitor, Trace resigns himself to his own death because before killing the traitor, he was mortally wounded as well. However, he wasn't expecting to find a Lost one in Shadowscape. Ashla has the ability to heal and despite the fear and trepidation after seeing the bloody battle she doesn't hesitate to use her power on Trace, despite the certain damage it will do to herself.

Ecstasy is the first book in Frank's new The Shadowdwellers series, a spin-off of her best-selling series, The Nightwalkers. I admit to having some difficultly initially getting into this story. But to be fair, I don't think it was the book's fault. Once I settled in and really began reading it, I found myself spellbound by Trace and Ashla's story. This book has it all -- political intrigue, betrayal, and some pretty hot love scenes, as well. I immensely enjoyed Frank's Nightwalker series and was ecstatic to find that she created this spin-off series. Initially introduced in the Nightwalker series, I was always curious to learn more about these reclusive immortals known as The Shadowdwellers. Ms. Frank's doesn't disappoint and I highly recommend this book for both old and new fans alike.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted January 19, 2009

SUMMARY

**A PNR Top Pick**

At one with the darkness, the mysterious Shadowdwellers must live as far from light-loving humans as possible in order to survive. Yet one damaged human woman will tempt the man behind the Shadowdweller throne into a dangerous desire…

HER WORLD IS TOXIC TO HIM, AND SO IS THEIR ATTRACTION

Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger’s aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace’s brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla’s existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her — her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat…

After a terrifying car crash, Ashla Townsend wakes up to find that the bustling New York she knew is now eerie and desolate. Just when she’s convinced she’s alone, Ashla is confronted by a dark warrior who draws her deeper into a world she never knew existed. The bond between Ashla and Trace is a mystery to both, but searching for answers will mean confronting long-hidden secrets, and uncovering a threat that could destroy everything Trace holds precious …

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Ecstasy
(The Shadowdwellers: Book 1)
by Jacquelyn Frank

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
December 1, 2008
Available: December 30, 2008
ISBN #0821780700
EAN #9780821780701
352 pages
Paperback
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