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Isabel Godfroie Heart is currently engaged in her occupation—hunting demons. See Isabel is a Paradisian Scholar—human, immortal, trained in the ancient Paradisian languages and a demon hunter. At the moment, Isabel is dealing with memory loss. The demon Dreadacus not only stole her memories but imprisoned her in hell, where she was rescued by her guardian, Gabriel. As if that isn't enough, her only family—her brother Benedict—was just killed so Isabel has no one left. Now Gabriel has a new assignment for Isabel—she is to translate some ancient text for a prince of darkness, Nicolai Valentine, a prince of the Grigorcov. She will only have two weeks to finish her assignment, which was handed down by the prince of Paradise himself. Before heading to Valentine's estate, Isabel goes to see the gatekeeper—a human tasked with overseeing one of the gateways between the human plane and the others—to see what she can learn of Nicolai. While there, Isabel finds out her brother left her a letter, something she isn't quite ready to deal with yet.

Nicolai Valentine is still grieving the loss of his two sons and his wife. When Nicolai went to save his cousin, his sons were brutally murdered. Finding her boys in this condition unhinged his wife and eventually Nicolai had no choice but to sever ties with her, and return her to her family. Now that same cousin has been infected with the Hadean virus, which will slowly obliterate his soul, leaving a spirit, and condemning any Grigori infected with it to eternal torture. While Nicolai may not be too concerned with Simon, his niece has been infected as well and Nicolai refuses to allow Clara to suffer such a fate. The only cure for the virus is to drink from the Crimson Chalice, which has been lost. Since the Grigori are not allowed to know the ancient languages, Nicolai needs the assistance of a Scholar to find it.

As soon as these two meet, sparks fly. However, Isabel knows Nicolai is hiding something from her, something very important. Turns out Benedict was working with Nicolai under the table, and Isabel cannot figure out why her brother would jeopardize his whole career for someone he didn't like. When Isabel meets Clara, she determines to do everything she possibly can to find the Crimson Chalice.

Will Isabel find out what Nicolai is hiding from her? Will she find out why Benedict was working for Nicolai and how he was killed? What of the sparks between Isabel and Nicolai? Do they have a past Isabel can't remember? Will Isabel get her memories back from Dreadacus? Will they be able to find the Crimson Chalice?

PARADISIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1: SHADOWS OF THE SOUL is a non- stop thrilling adventure from the very first page. Angelique Armae comes through with an interesting premise filled with all kinds of interesting beings, a story filled with enough plots and subplots that kept me turning pages, and a love that nothing could stop. This story will stay with me for a long, long time. Can't wait for the next one in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and cannot recommend it highly enough. Well done, Angelique Armae!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 26, 2010

SUMMARY

A fallen angel…
A human scholar…
A race against time…

When a Grigori prince and a demon huntress team up to find the antidote to a supernatural disease, the balance between good and evil is forever altered.

Isabel Godfroie Heart is a Paradisian Scholar-an immortal human trained in the ways of Heaven and Hell-who's suffering from memory loss. During her last battle, a dark force erased specific portions of her past life memories. Now she remembers little of times past, save for the fact she's a demon slayer mentored by the archangel Gabriel. When ordered to a new post to help translate a volume of ancient text from a forbidden verse, Isabel is forced to work with the dark prince Nicolai Valentine, a soul who may or may not be responsible for her memory loss. If only she didn't find the tempting creature so hard to resist…

Born to a fallen angel and a mortal mother, Nicolai Valentine is a prince of the Grigorcov, the children of the fallen sons of God. Searching for the lost chalice that will save his kin from eternal damnation, Nicky unknowingly unleashes the Hadean Virus, a dark entity targeting members of the Grigorcov. Now the entity has been unleashed on man's world and Nicky's in a race against time to find the antidote that will stop this deadly parasite. But in order to keep the Hadean virus from attacking again, Nicolai must enlist the help of Isabel Godfroie Heart, the Paradisian Scholar he was unable to save from the wrath of Hell centuries ago…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy

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Shadows of the Soul
(Paradisian Chronicles: Book 1)
by Angelique Armae

Diversion Books
June 1, 2010
Available: June 2, 2010
ISBN #0984515143
EAN #9780984515141
271 pages
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