Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thursday Book Review: Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank



Among the Shadow dwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realms of Shadow scape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her - her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

After a terrifying car crash, Ashla Townsend wakes up to find that the bustling New York she knew is now eerie and desolate. Just when she's convinced she's alone, Ashla is confronted by a dark warrior who draws her deeper into a world she never knew existed. The bond between Ashla and Trace is a mystery to both, but searching for answers will mean confronting long-hidden secrets, and uncovering a threat that could destroy everything Trace holds precious.


A new branch in the Nightwalker tales, Ecstasy is the first book of the anticipated Shadowdwellers, a race of nighttime living "people". Not human, they do share some essential characteristics. With the exception of a high intolerance to any kind of light, they look the same, and in general act the same, but live within their own society and world, much as the other Nightwalker races do.

I was sucked right into the intrigue of the storyline. Trace is a formidable character, encompassing so many of the characteristics that I enjoy in an Alpha male. Ashla was strength personified in a wrapper no one expected. I think that was the best part of her.

Unfortunately the external conflict, the strife striking the society and their government, was left wide open, but it feeds right into the following planned sequels, which I am now all to eagerly looking forward to.

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