Shadowfae by Erica Hayes

Jade is only one-fifth of the way into her sentence as a succubus and she already craves her release. She hates what she does and hates who she has become. However, an incubus, Rajah, gives her hope when he explains how she can break her bonds. But a power hungry vampire and her demon lord will do whatever they can to stop her. And in the end, she will have to decide between freedom or love.

This is one of the few times that cover art has drawn me to a book. I had to read it without even knowing what it was about. I was intrigued by Ms. Hayes’s debut novel. It was a fast read but easy to fall into. Jade’s struggle with who she was becoming, her hatred towards herself and her belief that every man thought she was a slut or a whore because of her “occupation” as a succubus were all elements that were thought-provoking and provided stimulating insight into how a succubus might privately feel. In some books, it’s easy to instantly dislike certain characters and want the heroine to end up with a particular male. In this book, while I rooted for Rajah, I was left wondering about Kane, Jade’s demon overlord. For a demon, he had a very vulnerable side, which was visible when he appeared in the story. I was left wanting to know more about him at the end of the book.

I hope that Ms. Hayes focuses on him in a future book in the series. I did not get a chance to read the free prequel to Shadowfae but now I cannot wait to read it. Shadowfae is an intriguing story about a succubus and an incubus, and I would recommend adding it to your reading list.

Book Excerpt: “Imagine a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs. And once you’re in, there’s no escape…

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell’s minions. Then she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her senses. Rajah shares the same bleak fate as she, and yearns just as desperately for freedom. But the only way for Jade to break her bonds is to betray Rajah—and doom the only man she’s ever loved to a lifetime in hell.”

Book Stats

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312578008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312578008

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Books in the Shadowfae Chronicles series in the order they should be read:
Shadowfae
Shadowglass

Jade is only one-fifth of the way into her sentence as a succubus and she already craves her release. She hates what she does and hates who she has become. However, an incubus, Rajah, gives her hope when he explains how she can break her bonds. But a power hungry vampire and her demon lord …

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About Virginia

Virginia Hendricks is the Review Manager for bittenbybooks.com. She has way too many books in her TBR pile. She found the world of paranormal during a brief hiatus from “bodice ripping” romance novels. Her entrance into the world of paranormal began with great authors such as Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and Keri Arthur. She has met many great authors and friends in her foray into the world of paranormal and urban fantasy novels. She lives in PA, roots for the sixburgh Steelers, the Penguins and the Pirates. She has two cats, and a wonderful understanding and loving husband. She also quilts, cross stitches, plays bells and plays pinball and wonders how she has time to work for a living.

One comment

  1. Definitely adding to my reading list. I can’t resist incubus and succubus books.

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