Fans of Jacquelyn Frank can rest easy. She’s followed up her ‘Nightwalker’ series with the ‘Shadowdwellers’, and the first novel “Ecstasy” is a winner for me. The first series introduced her creation of an Earth inhabited by paranormal creatures and focused on the battle of what humans call Demons. This series shifts the focus to another race. A race that exists both in and between Realscape and Shadowscape. Two different, yet co-existing realities that can and do affect each other and the creatures living in either.
When Ashla suddenly finds herself in a world that’s totally empty of any living creatures, she’s pretty freaked. After all, once she’s gorged herself on the never-ending feasts, shopped for free in all the best stores Manhattan has to offer, fulfilled her curiosity by seeing anything, anywhere she wants, all the while spoiling herself in the lap of luxury that is the Plaza hotel…what’s left? So when she’s surprised by the sudden appearance of two men fighting, with swords no less, she’s pretty sure she really is insane. But after the deadly battle when one lies dying, she can’t help but heal him…and that act will change her life forever.
Trace is truly shocked when he realizes the creature who healed him is not a Ghost or a Fade, but a real human. For one who has lived as long as he, her existence would have been enough of a puzzle, but when she heals him from a mortal wound, he finds himself drawn to her…even though he knows any bond between human and Shadowdweller should be impossible, and is certainly forbidden.
Very different. I don’t confuse Frank’s stories with any other writers and considering how much I read, that’s a real compliment. Her universe is complex and filled with diverse races, each with a rich culture and history that unfold as her series progresses. Having said that, I now must resign myself to wait for the next installment, “Rapture”, scheduled for publication in July 09…SIX whole months!