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I Belong

Review: Prince of Shadows by Tes Hilaire

Prince of ShadowsTitle: Prince of Shadows

Author: Tes Hilaire

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Paladin Warriors (Book #3)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402284888 (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

ISBN-13: 978-1402284885 (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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…

Quick & Dirty: A heartbreaking story about two people who thought they were never meant for True Love. My only complaint was that the story wrapped up too fast for anything to be resolved.

Opening Sentence: Valin fought to breathe through the layers of dust shifting through the stale air of the cave.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Prince of Shadows appears to be the final book in the Paladin Warrior Series. I have enjoyed how different this series has been from other paranormal books. Ultimately it has been a fight of good (light) against evil (dark) and how there can be a little bit of dark and light in each of us. It just depends on how we act that defines whether we truly are evil or good. This is a line that Valin and Gabriella have been skirting for quite some time.

Valin has been trying to catch Gabby for some time now. The wily vampire/succubus has managed to elude him. When Valin unexpectedly moves in with the group Gabby is training to help fight the dark, she can’t avoid him any longer. Valin has known that Gabby is his mate. He just has to show her that their feelings are real.

Gabby is dying. She is fighting her vampire side because she no longer wants to give in to those emotions. She will use what strength she has left to fight the evil demons who are trying to kill those who have weak powers. Valin has opened up emotions in Gabby that she never wanted to feel. After so many years of torment and torture, Gabby’s head won’t let her give in to these feelings.

Valin is a Paladin but he has always skirted the dark side. He has always been on the borderline of being not quite good but he’s never quite gone over the line. The Paladin’s are even wary of Valin’s power of being able to become a shadow. The only difference is that he doesn’t really care what others think of him. He values the brotherhood that he has with the other Paladin’s but mostly he just keeps to himself.

Gabby has had an unfortunate life. It is no wonder that she is ready to sacrifice herself. She wants to destroy those who have hurt her. When Valin shows how he feels, she can’t quite believe it. She thinks he has ulterior motives. I felt really sad for Gabby and the stuff that she had to go through. She has a lot in common with Valin but she doesn’t take the time to learn about him more.

Prince of Shadows could be read as a standalone but the events of this book fall entirely between events of the second book. It references back to Deliver Me From Temptation a few times. I would still recommend reading the full series just to get the whole story of the fight between good and evil.

There are quite a few point of views throughout this book. The story doesn’t just focus on Valin and Gabby’s relationship but also a budding relationship with Bennett and Annie. The big baddie also chimes in on his evil plans. I really enjoyed the dark atmosphere of this story and the quiet desperation of Valin and Gabby. These characters seem to be misunderstood.

My only complaint was that this story wrapped up way to fast. It was like major climax then turn the page and it’s over. There are so many things that never happened. I was really looking forward to the major battle but it never happened. Hell the big reveal didn’t happen, the story ended before that was unveiled. I really hope the author releases some kind of short story to wrap up this series. I know that probably isn’t going to happen but I would like to have known what the ultimate endgame would have been.

Notable Scene:

“You wanted to know why I care, right?” he asked, his thumb rubbing a circular path at the back of her neck. Damn but she had the softest skin. He wanted to touch every inch of it, brand it as his and his alone.

She nodded, though her brow was still pinched in confusion, her kiss-swollen lips clamped tight between her bottom teeth and one sweet little fang.

“The answer is simple, Gabby.” He rubbed his hips against hers, letting her feel how much he ached for her. “Your mine.”

Her eyes narrowed dangerously. “You’re delusional.”

“Must suck to belong to a delusional man,” he said with a twisted smile, then crushed his mouth back down on hers.

Paladin Warriors Series:

1. Deliver Me from Darkness

2. Deliver Me from Temptation

3. Prince of Shadows


FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks/Casablanca provided me with a copy of Prince of Shadows. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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