March 18, 2012
Shadowlander (Shadow Sisters #1)
by Theresa Meyers
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: November 1st, 2011Author: Website Facebook Twitter GoodReads
Four sisters, three rules to live by, one big problem.
O'Connell Family Rule #1: Don't let the Fae know you see them.
O'Connell Family Rule #2: Don't talk to the Fae.
O'Connell Family Rule #3: Never, ever follow them.
Most people only believe what they can see. Gifted with the ability to see the deep, dark fae of Shadowland, Catherine Rowan Mary O'Connell would prefer not to. When the fae abduct her friend Maya, Cate breaks the sacred O'Connell Family Rules and sets a trap for the handsome fae who haunts her every step.
Rook, High Court Advisor to the Shadow King, has been following Cate since she was sixteen. When Cate reveals herself as one of the fabled "Seers", Rook is stunned—she is one of the few that can permanently open the gates between their worlds. If he turns her over to the Shadow King, his court will rule the human realm.
Cate knows she has precious little time to find Maya. By midnight, the glamour of Mid-Summer's Eve will fade, leaving her trapped forever in the Shadowland, but Maya's abductor won't give up the woman he's mesmerized easily.
The midnight hour is almost at hand. Cate must choose: her freedom or her destiny.
I adore stories about the Fae! The legends, lore and myths, the fact that I’m completely transported to a place where imagination completely takes over, or perhaps it’s just my Irish heritage. Regardless of the reasoning, these kinds of stories are among my favorites.
This novella is an introduction to the new Shadow Sisters series by Theresa Meyers. It sets the stage for the full-length novel due to come out in Fall 2012. The author has given life to a spectacular world with Fae and humans sharing the earth but in different realms. Humans are unaware of the Fae living among them with the exception of Fae Seers that are extremely rare. Seers don’t know why but they learn from a young age to avoid the Fae at all costs and never let them know you can see them. The O’Connell sisters are ‘seers’ of the Fae.
In this novella, we are introduced to Cate as one of the four O’Connell sisters, and Rook as the Prince of the Shadow Court. Theirs is a love against many odds…different worlds to which they belong, their minds at odds with their hearts and their responsibilities at odds with their passion. Shadowlander is a great introduction to the Shadow Sisters series.
So about the story…
The novella gives us the background about an ongoing war between the Shadowland Fae and the Wyldwood Fae. The Shadowland Court will soon appoint a new leader for the war. Rook, as the King’s son, is positioned to become the leader, however the ambitious Kallus has plans to usurp Rook. A war prize will prove a boon to the King so he kidnaps Maya, the impulsive friend of Cate, to gain favor with the King.
Cate O’Connell is a Fae Seer as is her four sisters. They’ve spent their lives learning to deal with the ability from their grandmother. Their mother disappeared when they were very young never to be seen again.
Rook has been infatuated with Cate for a very long time. He often follows her around and watches over her. He has no idea that Cate can see him. Cate isn’t spooked by his stalker-like behavior, as he’s never aggressive. She actually feels protected and at ease with him watching over her. And more than a little intrigued with him also.
When Cate watches her best friend Maya being led to her doom by a Fae, she hatches a hasty plan to get her back. She will let Rook know her ability, use his infatuation with her to get him to invite her to the Fae realm and save her friend. A very flawed plan from the start but there it is. She didn’t have time for anything more elaborate as her ability to get Maya back to the human realm without the aid of a Fae would cease in 12 hours, the end of Mid-summer’s Eve.
Another important aspect to the overall plot of the series is an intended invasion of Upland (a term the Fae use to refer to the human realm). The Fae view Upland as theirs since they owned it first and humans are destroying it. They don’t want to do away with humans, only the control to make humans cease destruction. The invasion would prove to be much easier if a Seer with the ability to permanently open the gates between worlds were possessed. A willing Seer that is, would give the Fae a clear advantage over the human realm.
The relationship between Rook and Cate sizzles from the beginning of the novella. Rook dare not let himself touch Cate, as he’s afraid he might not be able to stop himself from taking her. He satisfies himself with light touches of Cate’s hair and getting as close as he can without touching. She knows of course what he’s doing and can feel his closeness, however she can never let on. For sixteen years, this desire burns. So you can imagine the passion that erupts when he realizes she can feel him. Meyers is very skillful at ensuring we feel what they feel. The passion blazes off the pages and to tell the truth, I was quite mesmerized.
But as their passion continues to ignite, there is still intent on both sides to use each other, albeit reluctantly, for the good of others. Cate uses Rook’s infatuation with her to obtain his promise of help in finding Maya and seeing her safely returned home, and Rook knows that possessing a Seer can give his Court a clear advantage over others in coming wars.
One thing I wish the author addressed was the fact that Cate put her sisters in danger by revealing her seer abilities to Rook and the Shadowlanders. The Fae know the ability is hereditary and therefore by outing herself, she put her family in danger. I don’t know how this could have been dealt with but maybe in the next novel, we’ll see a purpose.
One thing that I found very cute and giggle-worthy is how the author set it up so that the more mischievous Fae are the cause of accidents on the human realm and they spend their time wreaking havoc whenever possible for mere amusement. Not cool but kinda funny in a macabre way.
In my opinion, this novella was a great introduction to the Shadow Sisters series. If you like adult stories about Fae of legends, you will enjoy this one. If Meyers can achieve what she has in a novella, I sure am eager to see what she can do with a full-length novel. I hear that Book #2 is due out this fall 2012 and I can’t wait!! I’m really looking forward to reading more in this series!
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