Review: Shadowlander by Theresa Meyers

 

Title: Shadowlander

Author: Theresa Meyers

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

ISBN: B0061GHXYI

 

May Contain Spoilers

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Four sisters, three rules to live by, one big problem.

O’Connell Family Rule #1: Don’t let the Fae know you see them.
O’Connell Family Rule #2: Don’t talk to the Fae.
O’Connell Family Rule #3: Never, ever follow them.

Most people only believe what they can see. Gifted with the ability to see the deep, dark fae of Shadowland, Catherine Rowan Mary O’Connell would prefer not to. When the fae abduct her friend Maya, Cate breaks the sacred O’Connell Family Rules and sets a trap for the handsome fae who haunts her every step.

Rook, High Court Advisor to the Shadow King, has been following Cate since she was sixteen. When Cate reveals herself as one of the fabled “Seers”, Rook is stunned—she is one of the few that can permanently open the gates between their worlds. If he turns her over to the Shadow King, his court will rule the human realm.

Cate knows she has precious little time to find Maya. By midnight, the glamour of Mid-Summer’s Eve will fade, leaving her trapped forever in the Shadowland, but Maya’s abductor won’t give up the woman he’s mesmerized easily.
The midnight hour is almost at hand. Cate must choose: her freedom or her destiny.

Review:

This novella starts out strong and never backs down in terms of pacing and tension.  Cate is an instantly compelling protagonist; she can see the fae who cross the barrier between the Shadowland and the our own world.  Her whole family can.  Her family rules dictate that she never let them know that she can see them.  She can never speak with them.  She can never, ever follow them.  So when Cate’s best friend is kidnapped by one of the fae, she is propelled into action and she breaks every rule she’s ever lived by.  Time is running out, and if she doesn’t save her friend before the end of Mid-Summer’s Eve, they will both be trapped in the Shadowland.  Forever!

I really enjoyed this novella, even given a few “ick” moments when it’s revealed that Rook, the prince of the fae, has been stalking Cate since she was a young girl.  I mean, that’s just yuck!  At least he never tried to make a move on her, but still – yuck!  That would intimidate the heck out of me, and not leave me with any romantic inclination towards him.  Setting that one little sticking point aside – I kept telling myself, “It’s a fantasy, it’s a fantasy, and she’s 30 now!” – I thought this was a very well developed story despite the short length.

After revealing to Rook that she can see him, Cate is swept up in the adventure of a lifetime.  The fae are at war with the Wyldwood.  Once they subdue them,  they will set their attentions to conquering the human realm.  With Cate in their ranks, their victory is assured.  She is a sought after weapon, one that can open doors between the Shadowland and the human world.  As such. she is both a pawn and a highly regarded personage in the Shadow Court.  Despite the attraction she and Rook share, and the promises he made to help her free Maya, Rook is really powerless to protect her from the king.  I liked that Cate had to rely on herself to get out of the dangerous situation she found herself in, and that Rook’s power over her wasn’t absolute.  It evened things out between them, and made the dynamics behind their relative positions in the fairy court more interesting.

The romance is blazing hot and there is lots of action that kept me engaged in the story.  I liked all of the characters, even Rook’s rival.  Though not overly complicated, the world-building was interesting, and I am looking forward to learning more about the O’Connell sisters in future releases of the Shadow Sisters.

Grade: B

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