I ordered this one based 100% on my enjoyment of the Demon series (Jacob, Elijah, etc...).
Right away I had a bad feeling as there was a mini glossery in the front. It bugs me to have to decipher meanings & pronounciations while I'm reading. The occasional endearment is okay, especially when it is obvious what it means, but I truly had to flip back once to look something up because I didn't know what the heck it meant.
I also found myself skimming a whole lot of sex scenes. Way more than I found in the Demon series. The story would have been just as good, perhaps better, with at least 10-15 less pages of sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, some of it truly had a purpose - to explain about the 'Dweller culture, but a lot of it was just gratuitous.
All in all, it was an interesting story. The 'Dwellers live in a completely different type of world than the Demons & Vampires with various 'Scapes' (dreamscape, nightscape, realscape, etc...) so there are a lot of explanations & backstory. The author does a good job of keeping things moving even during these explanations so you don't feel bogged down with information.
I do think it is worth reading & will certainly read the next one to see what is going on with Ashla & Trace plus the other characters.
3 Stars from me.
This is the 1st in a new series set in the Nightwalker world, which I have enjoyed, but this one was a difficult book to get through. Shadowdwellers may be a breed of Nightwalker, but their politics and culture and physiology and everything about them is different and it was a lot to cram into one book and you're still left not really understanding things. The romance takes a back seat to the world building (that is somewhat clumsily done). I'm on the fence with this one, so I will probably read the next one to see if it improves.
I expected this book to be as good as all the other Demonwalker books that Frank had done but it really fell short. I normally start and finish a book in the same day. This one took me a week to get through. It just never captured my attention. However, the story it set up for the next book was good.
I really liked author's demon series - this is different but one of the demon characters does appear. I liked this book once I stopped expecting the other series to be tied closer to the new series. Looking forward to the next one!
I couldn't get into this book....I loved her previous series but this one is boring. I found that in creating this world she kinda left the characters hanging. I wished I could have found out the world through Ashla's eyes and slowly learned what was going on but instead I got pages and pages of explanation about things I didn't care about yet. I kept wondering "Where was Ashla?"
I biggest pet peeve was when a character asked a question we had to wait at least two pages to get it answered. By then, the whole conversation was forgotten. I believe this is my last book for this series but I hear she's coming out with another Nightwalker book so that's something to look forward to.