Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: October 19, 2010
Rating: 5 Stars (FB’s Top 10 of 2010)
Find out more about Andrea Cremer here.
Discover the world of the Nightshade, Bane and Haldis wolf packs.
Calla Tor is wicked sharp, and doubly dangerous. An Alpha. A Leader. Wolf of the Nightshade Pack. And she rarely gives quarter. Soon to be mated to Renier Laroche of the Bane pack, Calla will do as she’s told. She’ll obey and submit to the mating because she has been groomed for the position her entire life.
She has to. Because there has never been such a critical time for the Keepers and the Guardians in their small Colorado mountain community. Fighting off the Searchers for centuries, both must guard and keep secret the sacred sites. Especially Haldis Cavern.
But when Shay Doran stumbles into her life, Calla finds she’s breaking all the rules. One after another. First to save his life, and secondly, when he’s hot on the trail of something big. Something that affects the hierarchy of the Keepers and the Guardians. Something very, very, forbidden.
She would never question the natural order of things-would she? But what if the packs’ history was all-wrong? What if they were lied to? What if, somewhere in their distant past, the packs fought back against the tyranny of the Keepers? What then?
Nightshade is intoxicatingly, and mind-blistering good with feverish interludes that whets your chops for more. Andrea Cremer’s tale rides the high wire between an adult paranormal/urban fantasy fix and a YA paranormal treat. And it has all the sexy elements of both: a wickedly saucy mating dance between Ren and Calla. And Shay and Calla-the proverbial love triangle fraught with danger, and a swathe of enemies hot on their heels.
Cremer writes provocatively but with a cautious step in her quest for realism, barely hinting at a few suggestive themes…especially that of Sabine and Efron, and Logan, Neville and Mason-which might make a few readers twitch.
Nightshade was smart. Very smart. And very very silky. With a plot like this, and such captivating characters, chock full of wolf politics and action, its no wonder I blew through it in one night. And it bounced itself right into the Fiendishly Bookish Top Ten of 2010. The only con is knowing I will have to wait nearly a whole flippin’ year to find out what happens next (pouting). Cannot wait!
Reviews from the book blogosphere:
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