Review: Shadow's Fall by Dianne Sylvan

Title: Shadow's Fal
Author: Dianne Sylvan
Series: Shadow World Book 3
Release Date: April 2012
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Paranromal Romance
Rating: 4.5 Hoots
Reviewer: Lenore 

For three years, Miranda Grey-Solomon has kept her role as Vampire Queen of the South separate from her Grammy-winning music career. But now, her dual lives are starting to collide, threatening everything Miranda and David, her Prime, have worked for.
The entire Signet Council has descended upon Austin for its ten-year summit, bringing with it Prime James Hart of the Northeast, a sworn enemy come to take his revenge on those who defied him. But Miranda and David receive an unexpected offer of help from David's sire, an ancient and powerful vampire with knowledge that may be their salvation—or their doom.

Dianne Sylvan is truly a remarkable storyteller. With the ability to bring her characters to life and make their hearts pound with action, readers will salivate for the next installment of the Shadow World series. SHADOW'S FALL proceeded one of the most controversial books of late, SHADOWFLAME the second in the series. Miranda and David had to go through some difficult experiences, but came out stronger for it.

The characterization spurred by book 2, traveled over into the latest adventure. Readers will greatly appreciate the realistic struggles and bond that has developed between the lead couple over the three years separating the books. While Miranda and David take center stage, Faith becomes an even larger player than in books past. Fans will see the vampire Queen and Prime's relationship through her eyes and gain new perspective. Faith is one tough little cookie, and her character will vie for an important place in reader's hearts. Deven and Jonathan are back because of the council meeting. Sylvan did a fabulous job displaying David and Deven's awkwardness toward one another and Jonathan's reluctant acceptance. 

My only complaint with the novel was that the blurb is a bit misleading. While David's sire plays an important role, it is a very minute one. 

Readers beware! Sylvan has discovered the secret to all things cliffhangers. Just enough suspense to have readers pulse rising, with also enough information to prevent panic attacks (Yes Chloe Neill I am talking to you ;). Fans will be lying in wait for just a sliver of information on Shadow World Book 4.

One thing readers will discover is that Sylvan pulls no punches and is not afraid to do what she has to do in order to tell the story that needs to be told. Even with some negative reviews over SHADOWFLAME, Dianne Sylvan presents readers with yet another fantastically compelling story. Congratulations Ms. Sylvan. Bravo to you!  

And for readers who are afraid of the cliffhanger and what it means for David and Miranda:

"I’m contracted through the fifth book, but I’m hoping the series will be about eight books long – it will depend on how my publisher feels, obviously, but I think even if they don’t choose to go on with the books I’ll finish the series online. The story gets gradually more and more mythic – I’m dealing with the origins of the vampire race and all the old magical things that have lived on the Earth. There’s a war coming and it’s going to get pretty epic." 

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