Thursday, May 2, 2013
[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Of Shadow Burn
Dianne Sylvan, author of the Shadow World novels (Queen of Shadows, Shadowflame, Shadow’s Fall, the forthcoming Of Shadow Born, and at least one more) as well as two books on NeoPagan spirituality (The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition and The Body Sacred), lives in Austin, Texas, the only sane part of the entire state.
She is an unabashed Mac enthusiast, a froofy iced coffee beverage addict, a chronic Twitterer, a seasoned snark professional, a Spiritual Nomad, a shameless Vampire Diaries (TV) fangirl, a happy herbivore, a bit of a moody Scorpio, a sock junkie, a slightly freaky tattooed postmodern hippie, a cupcake baker extraordinaire, and is prone to hyperbole as well as fits of profanity.
When she’s not glued to the internet or writing about vampires, she works in the veterinary clinic and volunteers as bio writing coordinator for the animal rescue organization Austin Pets Alive.
She collects vegan cookbooks, wacky t-shirts, blank journals, obsessions, and dust.
Of Shadow Born (Shadow World #4)
by Dianne Sylvan
Spread throughout the dark corners of our world lies the Shadow World, a society of vampires who feed off the living. In Austin, Texas, one woman must rise from the ashes of tragedy and confront an ancient evil before it destroys everything she holds dear…
After a heartrending night of loss and blood, Miranda Grey-Solomon, vampire Queen of the South, now stands in the ruins of her life determined to pick up the pieces and move on. David, her husband and Prime, is missing and presumed dead, and Miranda is lost without her soul mate by her side…But she has little time to grieve as enemies both old and new emerge to test her yet again.
Between vampires trying to take advantage of a Queen without a Prime, incursions by a mysterious organization of humans calling themselves the Order of the Morningstar, and the continuing threat from those within the Shadow World who have already tried to destroy her, Miranda and her allies are running out of places to turn. In order to save her territory and the ones she loves, Miranda must look to the ancient past, to the first days of the vampire race, and uncover secrets about the Signets that could change the course of history…
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Kathy M:
Of Shadow Born is the 4th book in Dianne Sylvan’s The Shadow World series, and I must first just say OMG!!!! This is one of my favorite series because of Ms. Sylvan’s fantastic world building and her ability to grab the reader and take them on an emotional and action packed ride.
Of Shadow Born takes up with the killer cliff hanger from the prior book, Shadow’s Fall, and it’s full speed ahead. Miranda and David, Queen and Prime of the South, must somehow defeat threats coming at them from many sides.
One of my favorite things about this book was how several of the secondary characters play a more prominent role allowing us to get to know them better. I’ve been a fan of Deven and his consort Johnathan from book one and learning more about them as well as the witch Stella, made Of Shadow Born immensely well fleshed out and satisfying.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. 5 skulls, without a doubt.
Of Shadow Burn