- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (Jan. 1 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821780700
- ISBN-13: 978-0821780701
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2009
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About the Author
Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers series, the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), the Gatherers series, and the Three Worlds series (including Seduce Me in Dreams and Seduce Me in Flames). She lives in North Carolina. Visit Jacquelyn at jacquelynfrank.com.
Top Customer Reviews
After a horrific car accident our impish heroine Ashla awakens to find herself in Shadowworld. A strange version of New York City without any lights or people. It is also a place of endless night. Just as she grows accustomed to her solitary, dark world Ashla is confronted by a sword baring warrior named Trace. He is a Shadowdweller. A being able to exist in two demensions; Realscape (our world) and Shadowscape (an in-between world i.e. ghosts, spirits, coma patients). 'Dwellers' are unable to tolerate even the smallest amount of light and therefore must live in the shadows of Realscape as well as being able to fade into Shadowscape where there is no risk of light. If a Dweller however remains in Shadowscape too long he risks 'Euphoria' a deadly form of selfish lustfulness.
Trace has been followed into Shadowscape by a conspirator against the Shadowdwellers. He manages to kill his enemy but is mortally wounded in the process. Normally those stuck in Shadowscape such as Ashla are unaware of Shadowwalkers such as Trace but fortunately for him she not only sees him but possesses the ability to heal with her touch. After healing Trace Ashla takes on his injuries and Trace, feeling responsible as well as an unexplainable connection to her lingers in Shadowscape and begins experiencing Euphoria. Ashla accommadates Trace in his sickness and they both discover that she is turned on by submission. In Trace's culture selflessness and gentleness while making love are paramount and much time is spent schooling the youngsters in all manners of lovemaking. However Trace is so filled with Euphoria that he has all consuming, selfish sex with Ashla for days on end without relief. Evenually Trace is brought back into Realscape by two Shadowwalker warriors sent to rescue him. Leaving poor Ashla alone again in her gloomy spirit world. As Trace recovers back in Realscape he is filled with guilt and vows to return into Shadowscape, find Ashla and make amends. Unfortunately his people have begun their annual migration to Alaska and when he recovers enough he is expected to lead them.
I was initially intrigued by the idea of someone living in an in-between world of darkness and solitide but when I had to read a whole paragraph explaining what a lie means in Shadowese culture and every single detail regarding that society including sex education, history, religion and politics. I was frankly overwhelmed and became bored with the complexity of the world Jacquelyn Frank has created. There is little character developement with Trace and Ashla and I didn't ever really get a feel for their characters. The many pages spent on their lovemaking are crass and border on erotica more than romance. Fans of the Nightwalker series will be thrilled however by a scene in the final pages when Gideon makes a brief appearance.
This book is not a continuation of Jacquelyn Franks Nightwalker series and I would have a trouble recommending it to anyone except her die hard fans.
Trace and Ashla story is action packed and romantic even if it's a little hard to follow as it's so new.
Looking forward to the next book in the series now that the "stage" is set and the characters have been placed in motion.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
My rating system:
5 - Can't put the book down once I start reading, a keeper that I will read time and again
4 - Glad I got it, captured my interest, a keeper that I may read now and again
3 - It's okay, worth the money or time but not likely that I will keep it
2 - Really bad, stupid or not worth the money, time or effort to read
1 - Downright ugly, not a bargain even if it is a free read, and really deserves a 0 or negative rating
I won't recap the story as others have done that already.
WHY I RATED THIS NOVEL A 4 STAR:
Originality and creativity - the world building was absolutely fantastic and unlike anything I have read before
Characterization - I enjoy reading novels where the males are Alpha types with caring but Dominant characteristics - I want my men to be men. I want the females to be strong but fragile. Characters that the reader becomes emotionally tied to and need/want to know what happens to them.
Substance - I don't do light and fluffy. I want something that grabs my interest and does not let go.
Heat factor - yes, I like to have at least a little Heat between the hero and heroine. I also do not mind graphic love making scenes but I do not want it to be every other page where it's overkill.
Smooth reading - no major editing mistakes, does not bog down, no confusion about plot or characters, no passages that have to be reread over and over to figure out what's going on.
HEA - I want and need my HEA
THIS NOVEL CONTAINED ALL THE ABOVE AND MORE!
WHY I DID NOT RATE THIS NOVEL A 5 STAR:
While I really enjoyed this novel, at times I have no problem putting it down and coming back later to it. It did slow down in a few parts but nothing major. I may read it again someday and therefore it is a keeper but it's not one that I would consider a must read again and again.
This is not a nice, cute, light or "fluffy" novel. It has violence - not too gory but there are fight scenes. It does take you on an emotional roller coaster ride.
The males are MALES - not your Mr Mom sensitive, in touch with their female side, type.
There are graphic love making scenes - but they are not every other page - nor are they what would be considered porn! (special note: The sisterly kiss of one character to her brother is so far from being erotic that it really made me wonder about one negative reviewer. I could only think in my mind what she would reply if she knew that not only have I kissed my brothers on their cheeks but also have given hugs and told them that I loved them - it would probably shock her too much!)
I, for one, was looking forward to her new shadowdwellers series. This most reclusive, and mysterious of the nightwalker races seemed more interesting then her previous Demons. (Damien's book was my favorite and neither the hero or heroine was Demon.) I think I got about what I expected from Frank. I felt It was a pretty good read, and after reading some reviews, better than I expected. Yes, she got a little more graphic in this book. It did not, however, cross the line into erotica, or romantica, as it's being called today. (If you want to see the difference read some of Lora Leigh's books. Those are pure porn!) She, like so many other authors, is trying to get a little more edgey with her writing and is walking that fine line between the two genres. (i.e. Christine Feehan, J.R. Ward, Angela Knight, etc.) The problem is it's no longer different or even shocking. It's been done to death! I actually wish that some of these authors would go back to writing steamy, hot love scenes without resorting to the use of crude terminology, which I find corny and unrealistic rather than a turn-on. It's just unimaginative and easy.
The fact that Trace (and the rest of his kind) had been educated in all things sexual is not a new premise. It's been done a time or two! I was frankly surprised at how many people were offended by this. If you can accept the whole shadowdweller species, why not that their culture views sex differently than humans? Not that much of a stretch in this genre! Also, I can't believe how many reviewers got hung-up on the whole living in complete darkness. For one thing they are supposed to be able to see in the dark like humans see in the sunlight. That's why she describes vivid color and all that. Somebody even suggested that they should be pale and blind because they live in the dark. That's like saying a polar bear should be black. In nature there are many species that blend in to their environments, so it is consistant that the shadodwellwers are dark skinned and dark haired. They need to blend in to the shadows, not stand out like a sore thumb! If you want to point out inconsistancies, how about the fact that they use modern slang in their speech? These, of all the nightwalkers, have the least contact with humans. Because of their intolerance to even man-made light of any kind, I would think computers would be an impossibility. So how can they be so modern in their speech? Didn't really fit into everything else. And the liberal use of the f-word seemed a bit gratuitous. The Demons didn't even talk like that and they had far more contact with humans.
But, be that as it may, I'm looking forward to Magnus's story. I'm hoping that this series will get better as it goes along. Like I said, this one was pretty good, but there's a lot of room for improvement!