Sunday, July 10, 2011
Winter's Shadow by M.J. Hearle
He's all that Winter Adams can think of. Ever since their fateful meeting at Pilgrim's Lament. Ever since he looked at her with those emerald eyes. Ever since he saved her life.
But Blake isn't all that he seems. There is a strangeness about him, something dark and otherworldly. Something dangerous. In his attic is a secret he would kill to defend, but Winter seems to have a special ability to make him forget his duty. And he is her only protection against the gathering darkness.
The only problem is, to protect Winter, Blake must risk exposing her to an even greater danger. Himself
It's starts out in familiar territory: a dark brooding hero and a girl with a sad, sad past are inexplicably drawn to each other. Said romantic hero has a secret and must keep the girl at arms length~ just to keep her safe. It's then interspersed with glimpses into someone's past. Now, between the present day troubles and the past ones, I'd much rather have reading about the latter, Madeleine and her love, especially since Blake and what's her face's story was old hat.
THANKFULLY, things took an interesting turn when the cats showed up.
Then throw in some of what made Soul Screamers (books three and four) special, when the Other World was explored. It was both these elements that pulled Winter Shadow out from what would have been "been there and done that" territory into something a little better and more interesting.
Initially there's a good deal that's predictable in it, with the story only really becoming its own sometime after the first two-thirds.