Review: Master of Shadows

Posted August 29, 2011 by Jen in 4 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A Tags: , ,

Master of Shadows
Author: Angela Knight 
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Mageverse #12
ISBN: #978-0425243671
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (#310 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Court seducer La Belle Coeur has met her match in Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table unafraid of blood-or lust. Joining together to combat a werewolf wizard and sworn enemy of Arthur, they must put their lives on the line-while coming to grips with the rising heat between them. 

The situation becomes even more explosive when a young werewolf is murdered – and the Direkind believe Arthur Pendragon is the killer…

What Una is talking about:
Master of Shadows is the twelfth installment in the Mageverse series by Angela Knight.  This is a series that I started following because I really enjoyed a short story from this world in anthology I picked up on a whim.  For me, this series qualifies as a guilty pleasure.  Due to some personal reasons (I haven’t had a lot of time lately to read), it seems I missed the book prior to this one, Master of Smoke.  However, I will say it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the novel, especially since I’m familiar with the world as it is.  
If you wanted to jump into the series, I would recommend, if you do not wish to start from the beginning, start with Master of Wolves (book 5).  It will nicely introduce the Direkind and give enough background to follow the next novels.  However, if you don’t mind having to fill in a few blanks, feel free to start with Master of Smoke since it is the novel where the new “evil” starts.  There are a few major plot points that I believe will be important in the next novel and I could tell I was missing some vital information which I know must be in that novel.  
Master of Shadows is an enjoyable read.  If I am honest with you, I will admit that I told myself when I started that I thought I wouldn’t like it.  We are hitting the time when author’s typically in a long series start to repeat plot lines, the plot resolutions become far-fetched or they start to alter the foundations of the mythology in order to keep things fresh and new in the series.  As much as I dreaded starting, once I begun, I was again hooked and I am going to go back and get Master of Smoke because I really want to know what I’m missing.
As I have mentioned, I see this as a guilty pleasure; the Mageverse is fun and exciting with lots of smexy moments and good humor.  Master of Shadows follows that, dare I say formula, without being tired or repetitive.  There are these little tidbits of humor that make it a little light-hearted read even with the threat of war brewing.  In fact, even in the midst of loss (some characters do not make it) you are still left with a sense of hope.  
Ms. Knight has again given us a great story in Tristan and Belle.  I enjoyed their story, the obstacles they had to overcome and how they didn’t feel two-dimensional or stereotypical.  The communication and momentary lack thereof felt realistic and I enjoyed their journey of discovery.  Being that she is the Court Seducer, just added to the richness of the seductions which was enchanting.  I look forward to the next book in this series.  
Unas Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

7 responses to “Review: Master of Shadows

  1. I really love this series and while I’m a tad behind *eek* I love the world, the overal plot arc and the mystery in each book. PLus, Knight does characters and sexiness they way I like it. You’re right when you say some series become repetitve or solutions become too far-fetched. I’m running a book or two behind but so far I haven’t grown tired of it!!

  2. I was very curious how the heroine would come off, given that she’s the court seducer. I was intrigued but pretty icked out by the thought of her job, when I read about her in the last book.

  3. Una

    You aren’t the only one Catherine… It’s actually interesting since her position is what creates more Magnus and yet, a good portion of the Mageverse population look down on her. Without her, that job, they could run out of Magnus and where would Earth be? Very interesting and yet her perspective on it is… enlightening. I really enjoyed it.

  4. I too love this series and also started with Master of Wolves, then worked my way back and then forwards again!

    I really need to get this book and read it.

  5. @Una – Yes, I was surprised by the level of scorn for her position. At least what I saw of it in the last book. I was surprised that I wasn’t the only one with an issue with her job. Court seducers get no love. lol.