Was interesting to see Barak's sister as the heroine in this book. The descriptions of the "other" world and the people there did not match my expectations - the world did not seem as cold, people's hearing and vision did not seem particularly enhanced. The other members of Lusahn's household seemed contrived and existed in a state of almost criminal inattention. The author is taking the series to conclusion at a snail's pace - I hate meeting new possible characters for future books as it looks like the series will draw out with repetition of predictable plotlines in an endless series... reminds me of the Carpathian series which had a good start and then got run into the ground with indistinguishable angst ridden couples with similar problems. There was no doubt that this book would have a happy ending, and happy couples from previous books are lingering and interfering with the suspense.
I liked the story in this one and it was fun to visit the other side, but I was a bit disappointed in the way that the mystery was resolved. I hate giving spoilers, so I will just say that I was looking forward to the resolution and after finishing the book, I feel cheated.
quick easy read by morgan. Lusahn & Cullen's story
B+ read overall. I had a few minor problems with the hero but a great ending to a good series.
As with all the 'Paladin' Series, this is very very good. I didn't want it to end.
I've been waiting to get the first three books before reading this because I don't like reading a series out of order. I didn't need to worry. Even though this is the fourth book in the Paladin series it is a strong stand alone novel. A fast read, of course, I always seem to say that.
I loved that the Paladin, at least in this book, was from Seattle...go Pacific Northwest! Morgan has woven a dark world parallel to our modern day one separated by a barrier reminiscent to the one drawn in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. From the reviews I read at Amazon, this is the first book in the series to explore the world of the Others. Readers see a humanized Others -- learn their true name -- instead of demonic killers and they aren't strangers anymore. The world and culture are loosely drawn, with just enough to get the reader through the scenes, but that in no way detracts from the story.
Cullen was terrifically drawn. He was heroic, virile, and charming. Once his heart was involved, also fiercely loyal. Lusahn was tough as nails, a leader of her own Blade (a team of warriors), yet she was feminine too. When she fell in love there was no half-way, she loved with every ounce of her being. The love story between the two felt a bit rushed even with the premise they wouldn't see each other ever again once Cullen returned to his world.
Morgan has penned a wonderfully, fresh story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will continue my hunt for the first three in the series (Dark Protector, Dark Defender, and In Darkness Reborn). I will be keeping an eye out for other books by this author!