Saturday, September 6, 2008

Review - Into the Shadow

Title: Into the Shadow
Author: Christina Dodd
Publishing Date: July 2008
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: B
Sensuality: Hot

Karen Sonnet is overseeing the construction of one of her father’s adventure resorts in the Himalayan Mountains. The mountain she is working on is legendary. The local people swear it is Evil and no one who has tried to conquer it has ever succeeded. Early on during the construction process, while trying to clear the site, they discover the body of a child. While Karen investigates the body there is an avalanche. Warlord has been watching Karen ever since she arrived on the mountain. He can’t seem to get her out of his head. He was watching her when the avalanche started and rescues her.

If you have been following this series, Into the Shadow is the third book. Each of the books are connected by an overall story arc, but they each can stand alone. The Wilder family has been cursed. To break the curse each one of the four children needs to find one of four icons that have been scattered across the world. In order to find the icon, each child has to find their one true love and they will lead them to the icon. If all four icons are not found then their father is doomed to live for eternity in hell. Did I mention that time is ticking and the father doesn’t have long to live?

Adrick is Warlord and he left home when he was seventeen. For fifteen years he has made his way in the world and never looked back. His family believes him to be dead and therefore the curse can’t be broken.

The first part of the book when Karen is in the Himalayas was very good. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. There is nothing politically correct about Warlord. He takes what he wants and doesn’t care about the consequences. He is very primitive, but that is what I liked about him. Sometimes I like my heroes bad and Warlord was definitely bad. Not that he would ever physically harm Karen, but he steals and kills without remorse.

The second part of the book is where it faltered a bit. I really liked the passion of the first part of the book. The second part is more like Warlord trying to be tame and make up for his behavior from the first part of the book. Plus, there is a big gap of time between the first and second part. The reader is told in flashback form what happened during this time. Because of this style of storytelling the book seemed slightly off balance. This was overall still an enjoyable read and I am very excited about the next and final installment of this series.

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nath said...

Hmmm, I'm thinking of giving a try to this series, mostly because I'm bored... do you think I'll enjoy it? Thanks for the review! :)

Jill D. said...

Hi Nath,

Well, I know that you have enjoyed Christina Dodd in the past, but they were strictly contemporary. I really enjoy Dodd's writing style. She usually has good dialogue and steamy love scenes, with fairly alpha men. I am not sure how much that appeals to you. I think this series is pretty good. Not the greatest, but I have enjoyed reading them and they are fairly quick reads. I would call them guilty pleasures, because they are not ground breaking by any means, but they are enjoyable. Has this helped at all?

The first book is Scent of Darkness. I gave this book a B rating. The hero is pretty aggressive, if I remember correctly and isn't exactly politically correct. I think there is a forced seduction. I don't know if that sort of thing bothers you.

If you want specifics, I will be happy to provide them.

Carolyn Jean said...

Okay, your review and this answer to Nath is very helpful. I've been thinking about Christina Dodd, too. Maybe I'll shortlist her for TBB! Who doesn't like a nice guilty pleasure!

Kristie (J) said...

I have the first 3 books in this series but haven't had a chance to read any of them yet.
Damn but I've got way to many books to read and not enough time!! I hate that I've got so many good ones just sitting in the TBR pile. I really need to start reading faster!! Have you read the first two books in this series and how are they?

nath said...

Thanks Jill for answering my question :) Will give it a try!

Kris said...

Cool, I enjoyed the first book, I have the second book in my tbr pile but have not gotten to it yet. I am glad that you liked this one as well.

Christine said...

The cover suits the hero perfectly. It's totally Adrik. I enjoyed this novel as a whole, but there were a few chapters that didn't sit right with me, namely the part of the story immediately after the avalanche. I don't know... their relationship didn't make sense to me for a while. I didn't quite believe what was happening. But aside from those few chapters, the rest of the book was very good. I'm looking forward to the last book in the series that sits in my TBR pile!

Jill D. said...

Kristie, I enjoyed both the first books of the series. I think I gave them both B ratings.

Christine, I just got Into the Flame and I will hopefully be starting it shortly.

I can see where at the beginning of the book, the relationship is hard to believe, but I liked the outrageousness of it. I think that is part of Dodd's writing style. I am sure not everyone will enjoy her style, but I do.