Book Review: Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

Moonshadow is the first book in an urban fantasy series by Thea Harrison. It is related to previous series by the author, but you can easily jump in here.

Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces. He has given his body and soul to fight for his people. Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.

When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart. As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession. Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love.

Moonshadow is a well built series starter that left me intrigued by what else might await our characters. I loved the world and character building. Sophie is a strong, smart woman with magical gifts and little to no knowledge of her heritage. She has worked had to master her gifts and learn new things over the years. Now, she is recovering form gunshot wounds and has the chance to earn an estate simply by getting inside it. Who could pass that up? I love her independence and intelligence, she talks no nonsense from anyone.  Nikolas has been fighting for his people for what seems like forever. Numbers, resources, and moral are all dwindling- but Sophie and her skills might just turn the tables. I found the interactions between Sophie and Nikolas to be fantastic. The snark, sarcasm, and independence made even the darkest moments of the story a little brighter. There were moments that made me laugh out loud, and made me wonder why I had not already read this book ages ago. Nope GIF's will forever make me smile, and proud characters finding the way to be together will always tug my heartstrings.

Moonshadow is a book that  wish I had read earlier. I enjoyed the story and character building and look forward to reading more books in this series as time allows.

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