Moonshadow (Moonshadow #1)
Thea Harrison / December 13, 2016 / $16.00 print, $4.99 digital
In her first spinoff novel, Thea Harrison takes us halfway around the world from our beloved Elder Races, but have no fear, she definitely brings her special magic to a whole new cast of characters.
In Moonshadow, while recovering from gunshot wounds received on a recent case, witch consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department, Sophie Ross is given an opportunity to travel to the U.K. Sophie has been offered a chance to inherit an estate and an entailment to take care of it. The only hitch is she has to be able to get into a house that no one has been able to enter for a century. The house was built on the site of a collapsed crossover passage to the land of the Dark Court, because of this, different parts of the manor have drifted into altered shifts between our plane and the Otherlands.
When I started this story, I thought the most interesting part would, of course, be the manor house itself where wandering the different sections of the house could take you away to another realm, and where stepping into another room could send you out of sync with the world for days.
“The stories get pretty entertaining. Entire wings disappeared, and reappeared, and the scenery outside the windows changed. People got lost inside, and they couldn’t find their way out again. One pair of children disappeared for weeks before they reappeared again, dirty and starved, and babbling of strange adventures.”
But as interesting as the manor house was to discover, I found that it was Sophie herself that kept me enthralled through this story. Sophie is a very kindhearted person, but she won’t be used or bullied. She meets Nikolas Sevigny, the Captain of the Dark Court Knights, and the two of them butt heads from the beginning. Nik wants to use Sophie, both her magic knowledge and her new property. But while Sophie won’t him to exploit her, she is moved by the simple fact that Nik and his men were cut off from their home after the collapse of the crossover passage and that her odd estate might be the first safe haven for these men in decades and she quickly offers them shelter.
Sophie realizes that Nikolas is not only old-fashioned in his thinking but that he is used to commanding his men and expects to be obeyed. Being told what to do doesn’t sit well with Sophie. Nikolas is constantly trying to tell Sophie what to do or he simply handles things for her, and is quite disturbed that Sophie doesn’t appreciate him.
“Sleep now. Tomorrow you can show me how to make the colloidal silver, and cast the rune.”
A glint appeared in her eye, which was his warning. “Can I? Oh, thank you, thank you! I’m so glad I can do this, since I had absolutely nothing else on my agenda for the day tomorrow, other than serving your needs. Asshole.
In most romances where the hero is very dominating, the heroine usually ends up bending to his will or making excuses that it is simply his way. Oh, but not our Sophie. From beginning to end, she makes certain that Nik understands that she doesn’t take orders from him, and if it appears that she was, it was simply because she agreed on the course of action they must take. Most frustrating to Nikolas, is that she won’t sit back and play damsel in distress so that Nik’s need to be in charge of the situation can be appeased, and she makes sure to let him know that.
“You hit him with a telekinesis spell while he held a knife to your throat!”
His taut expression was so full of rage and pain, and residual fear, she paused and tried to swallow the snarky response that rose to her lips.
Setting her hand gently to the side of his furious, dangerous face, she said in a soft voice, “Well, yes. Yes, I did. I’m so sorry I did something to get myself out of a bad situation instead of waiting for you or one of the other menfolk to rescue me. Next time I’ll go sit in a tower and learn how to knit, Mm-kay?”
So…swallowing the snark hadn’t exactly been a success.
As exciting as a mystical house that fades in and out of existence can be, it is Sophie and the rest of these wonderful characters that will prove to you that Thea Harrison hasn’t lost any magic as she spins us half the world away in this spectacular new series.
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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.