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Review: Prince of Shadows (Paladin Warriors) by Tes Hilaire

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Date Published: December 3, 2013

Review by Wendy Dawn

“In Summation”:

It’s Forbidden for a Warrior of the Light to Love a Creature of the Dark…

Valin has never quite fit in with the rest of the Paladin warriors. His power to manipulate shadow has always put him at odds with their purpose of using heavenly Light to eradicate evil. His warrior brothers have no idea how close he is to being lost to his dark nature.

But Maybe He Was Never All That Light to Begin With…

When Valin meets the vampire Gabriella, she awakens within him something he thought long buried. But as he watched Gabriella’s need for vengeance to drag her down into the same dark hell that he’s living, he knows his only chance at redemption is bringing her out of the dark…

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“The Reviews are in”:

As the third book in the Paladin series, this does not disappoint.

The characters are well developed and interesting to follow. They have several failings. As paranormal beings, their flaws make them believable and endearing.

If you have not read the two previous novels, don’t worry the previous stories are hinted at enough you are able to catch up. At the same time you will be intrigued enough to go back and read the preceding novels.

Valin is a black sheep of the Paladin. He has suffered and lost so much during his lifetime. However, finding his true mate gives him the strength and will to keep fighting for the side of Good.

‘Angeline. She’d been his best friend, their unborn child his heart and hope, but Gabby…She’s my mate. My very soul. ~Valin realizing who Gabby truly is to him.

Gabrielle part succubus and all vampire…she has a secret. Her father’s blood can be her salvation. But who is he? Her parentage is revealed. It is not the tender reunion her father had hoped they would have.

She spent seventy-nine years tormented by her vampire sire, Christos, and his underlings. They had assumed she was the prophecy.

‘A one-line prophecy mad years ago about some child conceived of light and born in darkness being the key to breaching the worlds.’ ~Christos recalls the prophecy of the destruction of Lucifer’s army and reign.

Many parts of the story line are humorous. Mainly when Valin slips into the shade (a neutral zone on the battle ground of good verses evil, where few can navigate; Valin being one of the blessed with the ability to walk in the shade at will.), he looses his clothing and weapons. Re-emerging nude, the visual image this imparts will have will have you laughing aloud.

‘Birthday suits were fine and dandy for the right occasion, but not when trying to make friends and influence people.’ ~Valin reflecting on stepping out of the shade to enter a fight.

Valin spends a lot of time naked. He also spends a lot of time convincing Gabby she is worthwhile and his, most of that is done bare. He is unabashed at being exposed. Some see it as arrogant; others just take it in stride.Many of the characters are left without a full ending; this leaves the door open for the author to continue to write about the Paladin. Good versus Evil will always be in the world and hopefully so will the stories of the Paladin warriors and their colleagues.

The Ratings*:

Hero: 4

Heroine: 4.25

Story/Plot/HEA: 4.5

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.

Hero

– The main male character of the story. Heroine – The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After) – The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.

 

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