author: Brenda K. Davies
series: The Shadow Realms #1
published: 26 March 2021
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When the invitation to the Gloaming arrives, Lexi can’t believe that she, a half vampire, has been invited to enter the dark fae realm.
Her first trip to a Shadow Realm isn’t one she’ll soon forget once she meets Cole, a dark fae prince.
Fresh from the war that ravaged the mortal realm and devastated his family, Cole is struggling to piece his life back together when he encounters Lexi. He has always identified more with his dark fae side, but when her presence awakens the lycan part of him, Cole is unable to resist his attraction to her.
When the hostile tension between the different immortals erupts, Lexi flees the Gloaming for the mortal realm. Once home, she’s certain she’ll never see Cole again. She’s proven wrong when tragedy strikes. Lexi is unable to turn Cole away... even if helping him puts her in danger.
Can their growing love survive the cruelty of the Shadow Realms, or will they be the next to fall?
Enter the Shadow Realms. A world where vampires feast, lycans love deeply, dark fae seduce, witches cast their spells, dragons rule the skies... and treachery lurks around every corner.
***Due to sexual content, violence, and language, this book is recommended for readers 18+ years of age.***
Shadows of FIre is the the first book in the author’s new The Shadow Realms series.
I love that this series has all kinds of different paranormal types in it… lycans, vampires, fae, witches, and dragons. Elexiandra is half vampire/half human, living with her Aunt Sahira, who is half vampire and half witch. At the start of the book, they’ve been invited to a ball that is to be held within the Shadow Realm. It is being thrown by the royal dark fae to celebrate the winning of the war. A war that has left much of the human realm in shambles, and one that also illuminated the existence of the paranormal to the humans. The invitation is out of character for those like them, those that are of vampire blood. But the two women decide to attend, with no small trepidation. And then the fun begins!
The author created such an interesting world, describing the realms in such vivid detail that the reader feels as though they are there. She also did a brilliant job of creating characters that embodied the traditional attributes of their species, blending them together in interesting ways when the characters of mixed blood. There is a lot to love, between the characters and the world-building.
And there is no shortage of twists and turns, emotional moments, and fabulous storytelling! If you love fantasy novels and interesting characters, this is a good one to read!