Series: The Megaverse #8
Published by Penguin on 2011-08-02
Reviewed by Vanessa
Court seducer La Belle Coeur has met her match in Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table unafraid of blood-or lust. Joining together to combat a werewolf wizard and sworn enemy of Arthur, they must put their lives on the line-while coming to grips with the rising heat between them.
La Belle is a court seducer and her job involves sleeping with potential recruits who have been investigated by the council before being sent to her. Once Belle sleeps with these candidates and they don’t go insane, then they are capable of handling the Gift. However, if they go insane then they are said to be “blood-mad” and Belle must immediately kill them or be killed.
Belle and her new partner are called in to investigate the murder of a young werewolf, Direkind. Belle does not want to believe that the potential suspect is one of the newest recruits that she had recently helped to turn. She feels there is more going on than meets the eye.
Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table, seems to trust Belle’s instincts in the new vampire not being responsible for the murder. They work out another theory for the culprit: Warlock is trying to start a war between the Direkind and the Magekind by setting them up to believe one of their own is killing the young of the others. Can Tristan and Belle prove their theory while fighting this attraction that has developed between them?
Master of Shadows is an excellent stand-alone story because Angela Knight fills in the answers seamlessly. I’m sure Master of Shadows would be even better if the entire Megaverse Series was read in order, but it’s always nice to be able to jump in in the middle and not get lost.
Belle and Tristan were very likeable, strong characters who tried to fight their burgeoning feelings for one another, but once they came together, it was explosive. I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between the characters and the humor found in other situations as well. It was nice to chuckle at some of their actions.
Master of Shadows explored both protagonists’ desire to not get involved because of beliefs that they each held and similarities that they had to work past. While Tristan doesn’t seem to care much for Belle’s job, he knows it’s just a job and that she apparently is good at it. He could have taken “potshots” at her in previous books, but in this one he is seen as defending her. I liked how Ms. Knight had the vampires and the witches depending on each other for survival as well.
I also enjoyed the final battle scene in Master of Shadows as it was full of action and I couldn’t wait to see the defeat of the bad guy! One of my first forays in to Angela Knight’s world was the story called Mercenaries and that book was erotically hot! I don’t think Master of Shadows was as hot, but it did get steamy and the characters and plot were more fully developed.