Friday, July 4, 2014

Review: Wind and Shadow (The Talbot Trilogy #1) by Tori L. Ridgewood

Title: Wind and Shadow (The Talbot Trilogy #1)
Author: Tori L. Ridgewood
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel
Release Date: June 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 2



Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again
after a series of misadventures. She didn't count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot...or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger...but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it's too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen ("Mist and Midnight", Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…


***


Facing the past can be a nightmare. It's worse when a vampire is stalking you.
This was much different than what I expected at first.  I expected something more romantic - with perhaps a HFN type of ending that fell apart in book two or something.  That definitely didn't happen.  In fact, there wasn't much happy in the ending at all.  That being said, it definitely isn't a romance.  It's all about a very very evil vampire trying to find his bride, a bride that doesn't want to be his.

It is a pretty good urban fantasy though.  I really enjoyed the very traditional take on vampires and the Wiccan aspect of witchcraft.  Out main character, Rayvin, is a blast.  I loved her attitude and how much she cared about others, even when they didn't see to care about her.  I didn't like what happened to some of the side characters and I really hope Ridgewood has a way to change what their path appears to be.

There is a love interest, Grant, but things don't seem to come together for them until later in the book.  And as you know from the first paragraph of my review, it doesn't end well - at least not yet.  I'll be picking up book two eventually.  I sort of want to know how everything comes out next, the author definitely got me a little hooked.

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