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Moonshadow by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Paranormal
Sophie Ross is a witch who was consulting with the LAPD until she was badly injured. Now she is recovering and trying to decide if she can live on her savings while she heals all the way, or if she is going to have to work some before she really should so that she can pay her bills. When she receives a message about a potential bequeath from a wealthy doctor she doesn’t know, the curiosity is enough to have Sophie follow-up. She learns that there is a mansion, land, and a trust for the upkeep that could all be hers—the catch is she has to be able to open the front door and get in. Sophie fell in love with the building when looking at the picture of it and takes up the challenge and is off to England.
Nikolas Sevingny is a knight with the Dark Fae Court. He and his brethren have been stuck on Earth since all of the ways to their part of the Otherworld were destroyed by Isabelle, the Queen of the Light Court. They have been searching for another way to get home for centuries. Just after he wins another battle with dogs from Isabelle’s court, Nikolas sees a mysterious woman who disappears right after she sees him. On alert, Nikolas goes to meet his men and tells about this and alerts them to look for anything that seems odd or out of place.
Sophie gets to the mansion and ends up saving what appears to be an abandoned dog, however she knows very well that looks can be deceiving. However, Sophie just can’t make herself leave the dog on the side of the road. When Nikolas and Sophie meet in person, it’s not the best moment for either one, yet they end up working together, because Nikolas realizes that the mansion might be the only way for them to get home. Before Sophie, Nikolas, and his men can start to investigate the mansion, they are attacked by Isabelle’s most fierce and magical dog. As all of this is going on, both Nikolas and Sophie realize that they are falling for each other. It’s a madcap race to see if they can find a viable way to the Otherworld before Isabelle’s dogs can destroy the mansion and any chance they have to reconnect with the rest of the Dark Court.
An L.A. witch with a special gift meets a Dark Court knight in England and both team up to reach, and hopefully save, the Dark Court in Moonshadow. Before I go any farther, yes, this is in the same world as the Elder World, but it is a different part of it. I will also say that all my very high expectations were more than met as I read Moonshadow. At first, I wasn’t really sure if Nikolas was really hero material, but as I read on, I found he was exactly the right kind of hero for Sophie. I also enjoyed watching as Sophie learned more of her heritage and allowed her gifts to stretch and grow. I loved watching as Sophie and Nikolas took the path towards love even though their backgrounds and experiences were so different.
Even more I have to say that more than once I wanted to just give Puck a hug. I won’t say more about him, but you will learn all about this person as you read, and I bet you will feel the very same thing. This is the first book within a new story arc within the Elder World series that I have loved, and I now can’t wait to see where this is going to go. While I did say this was part of the Elder World, this series is totally standalone so far as I can see, so I fully encourage everyone to give it a try. In fact, I’m making this a must-read and a Joyfully Recommended review. Hmm, I did say I love, loved it— Right?