by Jacquelyn Frank

January 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8217-8070-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

In creating her fascinating series Nightwalkers, author Jacquelyn Frank went beyond the expectations of paranormal romance readers. Not only were her characters compelling, but the world she created was multi-faceted with a depth and substance not often encountered. She also created a whole new species of paranormal characters Shadowdwellers. Her new series will explore this society and people. If the first book, Ecstasy, is any indication, readers will have even more to love.

Ashla Townsend wakes up to a deserted post-apocalyptic New York City. What happened? How did she get here? Why can't she remember going home on New Year's Eve? Where is everyone? As she wanders, hoping to find answers, or at least other stranded people, she lets go of some of her inhibitions. After all, there is no one to see her pick out clothes from that trendy boutique, to eat dinner in the deserted deli, so why not! The gloomy, shadowy atmosphere is frightening at times, but she has not seen anyone at all.

Trace cannot believe that he has discovered a traitor in their midst. As chief advisor to the ruling regents, he must do everything in his power to keep them safe. When he follows Baylor into Shadowscape, he knows that his life is in danger. He cannot let Baylor return to cause more harm. He must be stopped.

Ashla must be delirious. Two warriors appear, out of no where, brandishing swords and fighting with each other. Where did they come from? Why are they dressed so strangely? Do they pose a threat to her safety?

To say more would be to give away too much of this complicated plot. All I can say is that Ms. Frank tells a great story. There is passion, honor, loyalty and love woven through Ecstasy. She manages to keep all the threads from tangling and hold the reader's interest with her skillful imagery. I am eager to read the next book in the series.

Reviewed in December 2008 by Paula.

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