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Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Shadow Walker by Allyson James



Title: Shadow Walker
Author: Allyson James
Series: Stormwalker, book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: E-book
“Stormwalker Janet Begay returns home only to have the ground collapse beneath her-literally. After tumbling two hundred feet underground, Janet is rescued by her dragon boyfriend, Mick. But something dark touches Mick while in the sinkhole, and Janet might lose him forever unless she recruites the most unlikely of allies to stop the growing shadow.” 
Shadow Walker is the third installment in the Stormwalker series by Allyson James.

Sheriff Nash Jones is on Janet Begay’s tail for speeding at an interstate road when suddenly a sinkhole opens in the middle of the road and both motorcycle (Janet’s) and police car nosedive through the sinkhole 200ft deep. Janet miraculously is not seriously injured but Nash is another story, he is unconscious inside his patrol car. Janet is trying to help him when some rock carvings in form of skeletal hands attack her. She is saved by the timely arrival of Mick and the police rescue.
Janet knows there is something not normal with the petroglyphs. Mick decided to go back to the sinkhole to investigate while Janet is recovering at her hotel. But when Mick returns to the hotel hours later, he is not the same man/dragon he was. His aura is cover with shadows and he is very aggressive with Janet, something he has never done before. Also the magic mirror is afraid of him and starts screaming every time Mick gets close to it.
This awkward behavior continues until Mick disappears couple of days later after telling Janet to leave him alone and do not look for him. Janet cannot leave this alone. Mick is the man she loves and she would do anything in her power to help him. Thanks to her grandmother Janet learns that Mick has been enslaved by a witch. Janet knows that a witch strong enough to enslave a dragon Lord has to be a powerful one, but this doesn’t deter her; Mick is the love of her life and she has friends and family that would help her to come to Mick rescue. But some of this friends and family may have their own agenda in this situation. And as always things are not as they are supposed to be, making everything more complicated for Janet.

I love Janet, with her storm walker and Beneath magic she is a kick ass heroine. She is caring, a good friend and a hard worker gal. I loved that she is usually a strong woman but when she is with Mick she allows herself to be fragile. In Shadow Walker things are harder for her, she is used to have Mick always at her back, but now she cannot count on him. It’s heartbreaking that Mick being the man she loves over everything is considering her his enemy. He has tried to hurt her and even kill her.

Mick is still the same super alpha male, dragon shifter. In the beginning of the book we see the protective male in love, he has always been. But saddening some chapters into all his mighty self is reduced to be a minion for an evil witch.

My final though: I loved Shadow Walker, I think is a great addition to this amazing series. I loved janet and Mick, they are the perfect hero/heroine combination, they have great chemistry together and there is no other option than to love them and cheer for them to be happily together.  The secondary characters in this book are all very different and very entertaining; from the strong Native American grandmother to the “equal opportunity” magic mirror, or the overly serious Sheriff Nash Jones and his Latina girlfriend. And of course the evil half-sister Gabrielle cannot be left behind. There are more interesting character, but it will be to much to mention them all, let’s just say there is not a bad character in this series.
I recommend this book and this series to all urban fantasy and paranormal lovers. Shadow Walker can be read as a stand alone, but there is so much history behind that if you do that you will miss half the joy this series provide.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Stormwalker
Firewalker
Shadow Walker

Other reviews Goodreads


4 comments:

  1. Must read these books! I have books one and two in my book closet waiting for me. *sigh* I've only heard good things about this third book. Your review was great!

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  2. Julie, Thank you! And yes, you should read them, they are really good and Mick is yummylicious!

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  3. Fabulous review Marcela! :-D I've heard a little about this series and I've always been drawn to their covers. I am placing book one on my TBR list now! :-D

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  4. Deanna, Thank you darling. Let me know what you think when you read it.

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