"Darkly Erotic....Full of Passion and Intrigue"

Cenda is feeling lost and alone as she mourns the death of her young daughter. Awkward and lacking mastery of even the simplest Magick, Cenda barely qualified as a witch. But on the day that her daughter died, her life changed dramatically. In the wake of her grief, Cenda has discovered her gift of Fire Magick -- a rare and powerful elemental ability. Believed to be the only fire witch in the known worlds, Cenda has suddenly become a valuable possession and there are those who would stop at nothing to use her for personal gain. As Cenda struggles to accept her newfound talent, danger and deception lurk in the shadows. The fire witch has enemies who seek to capture her and a handsome traveling musician will set the perfect trap.

Grayson, Duke of Ombra knows it's a dirty job; however he intends to follow through. Both the Technomage Primus and the old wizard Deiter want the fire witch, but the wizard's offer is more tempting. A double cross would do the trick if Gray could pull it off. The plan is to seduce and kidnap Cenda in exchange for his sanity and the reclaiming of his soul. Gray is disgusted by the thought of it, but the end will justify the means. For his trouble, Gray will finally be rid of the dark physical presence that has attached itself to his very being. To be free of the evil and filth in his life, Gray would do anything...he would even bring devastation to the life of an unsuspecting fire witch.

When Cenda meets Gray he awakens a passion in her that she has never known. Gray's desire for her is an unexpected thrill and Cenda's Fire Magick thrives as her affection grows. Gray in turn is disarmed by Cenda's innocence and inner strength. In Cenda's arms he finds peace and acceptance, thus complicating Gray's deceitful plans. Suddenly Cenda's life seems too steep a price to pay for the salvation of his corrupted soul, but keeping her safe could prove to be an impossible task. In the end, Cenda may be strong enough to face her enemies, but can she survive the cruel betrayals of the heart?

THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW is a dark erotic tale that is satisfying on many levels. Readers will enjoy the rich development of this fantastic world and its characters, sharing their amusement and passion while squirming at the chilling horrors they face. Cenda is endearing as the unlikely heroine and Gray is deliciously wicked as the antihero with a mysterious dark side. Additionally, there are many interesting themes and symbolism aplenty in THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW for those willing to explore some of the deeper layers of the book. Religious fundamentalism, ethics in science, what it means to love and accept oneself are just a few of the subjects that are touched upon in this book of light, dark, and shades of gray. From the mythical salamanders to the clever names of the main characters, there is much to ponder and discuss long after the last page has been read. Rossetti's first installment of The Four-Sided Pentacle series is exciting and full of passion and intrigue. I will be anxiously awaiting the second book which is due out FALL 2009.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Sonya Harrison
Posted January 31, 2009


**A PNR Top Pick**

Some are drawn to the light. Some are drawn to the dark. Some desire both.

Grayson of Concordia, known on countless worlds as the Duke of Ombra, is a mercenary, a sorcerer of shadows-a man whose soul is consumed by darkness. For Gray, the bleak savagery in his heart is manifest in an entity he calls Shad. He has long resisted Shad's enticements, but when he is hired to kidnap a fire witch, he seizes the chance to restore his soul-no matter the cost.

Cenda's heart is ash. Since the death of her precious baby daughter, life has lost all meaning for the fire witch. Slowly, she has worked to master her powers and go on living. But when she encounters Gray, her will is no match for her desire, though her love may not survive the terrible discovery of Gray's plans.

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The Flame and the Shadow
(Four-Sided Pentacle: Book 1)
by Denise Rossetti

Ace Books
November 1, 2008
Available: November 4, 2008
ISBN #0441016340
EAN #9780451462428
384 pages
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