Get it at Amazonfrom our DIK review: Thea Harrison spins her Elder Races series off into a new direction with the release of Moonshadow, book one in a self-titled series. Expanding on the world building of the previous series and using European myths and legends as inspiration, Moonshadow finds renewed energy in an action packed story that I couldn’t put down. Readers unfamiliar with the Elder Races world will quickly get to know the important details through Sophie Ross’ introduction as a street-wise Witch with a little something mysterious in her background. For eleven years she has increased her magical knowledge by living with other races or magic wielders from other disciplines than those with which she was raised. Sophie’s transient lifestyle led her to a consulting job with the LAPD that put her right into the line of fire when a weapons bust went south. Recovering from her wounds, Sophie is at a crossroads about her future when she’s invited to meet with a woman who makes her an incredible offer: If Sophie can gain access to an English keep that has been locked for centuries she will inherit the land and the annuities that come with it. Upon arriving in England, Sophie’s good deed for an abused animal draws her into a war that’s been going on in the background of history for generations. The Dark Fae and Light Fae Courts are forever locked in a power struggle taking place in the magical Other Lands and our realm on Earth. Battles for control moved easily from one realm to another until all of the passages between the two were destroyed during the Middle Ages. Warriors of the Dark Fae Court were left stranded in our realm and have battled wave after wave of the Light Fae’s Hounds until their number dwindled down to nine. The commander of these warriors, Nikolas Sevigny , has been hardened by the years spent isolated from his people and separated from his men in order to keep the Light Fae from detecting their concentrated magic. When Nikolas learns that Sophie has made contact with Robin, a sentient creature from his realm believed to be a captive of the Light Fae Queen, he tracks Sophie down and insists she turn Robin over to him for protection. Sophie’s caring nature will not let her abandon Robin for fear it will face abuse at Nikolas’ hands because he seems too aggressive to want to care for a wounded creature. Sophie’s compulsion to help Robin puts her right in the crosshairs of the Light Fae but she refuses to remove herself from danger. Continuing on with her task to open up the magically sealed house Sophie finds she cannot shake Nikolas. Her need to be treated as a woman capable of protecting herself is met with resistance by Nikolas’ old world attitudes that he must keep her safe. Their bickering over every small point puts them at odds on the surface, yet the deep attraction that flared at their face-to-face meeting pushes them to redirect their aggression at a more carnal level.
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