Giselle has barely had time to accept her new life, never mind the prospect of motherhood, but she finds herself, yet again thrown into chaos, only this time there is more than just her life at stake.
Awakening in a world among the angels, Giselle finds friendship with Ysoriel, an archangel, but little does she realise that Aurelius is under the watchful eye of Xavier and his minions, and soon enough Giselle falls prey to their wickedness.
Loyal and dashing Antoine does all he can to protect Giselle from Alex and Atarah, but underestimates the power of Xavier, taking him down to the pits of the Shadow World and a battle that see’s him question his own existence.
With vampires and shadow creatures vying for her life, can Giselle escape the darkness consuming her, or will she finally descend into the world of shadows?
The bright light hurt my eyes as we walked past the plumage of the orange grove. The sweet fragrance of the orange blossoms was almost overwhelming, but my senses welcomed the sweetness. We walked further and further into what seemed like a dense forest, passing a waterfall, with bridges over streams and koi ponds.
My eyes tried to take in as much as they could, but the beauty of what met me was not only astonishing, but overwhelming.
We stood on the edge of a rock, and stared out across a vast ocean. The water was still and calm, and very unlike the oceans I had seen as a child. No swells crashed against the rocks below, there was no howling, instead the air that surrounded us was warm and carried aromas of the sweet infusions from the orange blossoms behind us.
My eyes hurt in the bright light, but nothing could make me take my eyes of this wondrous sight. Ysoriel stood with her arms stretched out, raising them towards to the sky.
Smiling to herself she chanted something, and then the most extraordinary thing happened.
A ball of flame came hurdling towards us from the sky, and before I had the chance to scream the ball had sucked us deep within its embryo, swallowing us whole.
Struggling to keep any kind of balance, I fell back against the soft cushion of the flame, warm heat radiated throughout and dumbfounded I was unable to utter a single word.
Ysoriel gazed at me as she rubbed the walls of the flame. After each stroke little flares of light broke away in her hand.
“I find the power of fire to be the most understated of all the elements,” she said as she played with the sparks, twirling them between her fingers until they slowly died. “Many of your kind have an aversion of it as though it is something to be feared,”
“I um…I don’t think that is a bad thing. I mean, fire can kill in an instant,” I tried to reason with her.
“Oh dear Giselle if that were true, you would be nothing more than a cinder right now. Yet here you sit, within the heart of the flame,” she laughed as she continued to play with rogue sparks.
“But this…this is magic.”
Turning her head to look at me she smiled and then held out her hand to me.
Hesitantly I reached out towards her and taking my hand in hers, she traced a line over my palm, and then in my astonishment little amber sparks danced across my hand. They moved down to my finger tips, and I squealed as tiny jolts of heat sent mini electric impulses through my arm.
Feeling no pain I smiled as the sparks one by one began to die.
“Does that feel like magic to you?” She asked
“Well, no…but -” I tried to say, only to be halted by her eyes.
The reflection of the flame shimmered across her eyes. Their deep blue was replaced by an orange glow that slowly began to engulf them. I sat back cautious, wary of how her features began to change. Before me, her complexion glowed and as she moved, her movements mirrored the way the sparks had danced across my hand. It was both frightening and awe inspiring.
“Do not be frightened,” she calmly said as she brushed loose hair from her face. “Sometimes to truly feel the delicate nature of such heat, one must embrace the true power of such pyre.”
Sitting quiet and stunned, I watched her as her pale complexion returned to its normal state. Her eyes stared into mine, and smiling she clapped her hands together, and a thunderous roar pierced through my ears.
The flame finally released us from its grasp and we were back standing looking over the edge of the cliff.
The sequel to Within the Shadows makes your gut wrench even more. Just when you think you know what direction J.A. Lynch is going to take her characters, that’s when the story turns on a dime. The story of Giselle is so intriguing that you want to read it up to the very end. She is trying to do her best while figuring out who she can and cannot trust.
Giselle is an absolutely strong character who does not believe in herself. At times she shows the strength that she will need, but then falls into self doubting deprecation. They way J.A Lynch writes makes you think that everyone has good and bad sides, which is true of most people. At times, it is hard for the reader, as well as Giselle, to tell the good from the bad.
I absolutely love the story telling style of J.A. She brings you right into the midst of the story and the feelings for her characters. She shows that even the most evil of characters can have a heart at times. But in the end you are rooting for everything to be okay with Giselle. You are hoping that she has her happy ending.
Cannot wait for Fighting Shadows to come out.
|I highly recommend this book for all Vampire Fanatics!|
Shy and reserved Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on her Shadows World novels and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and is thankful for each day she lives her dream.
An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.
Julieanne’s YA series, the Shadow World novels, so far contains Within the Shadows & Escaping Shadows, the third installment, Fighting Shadows is being written. It follows the war between vampires and shadow creatures. Giselle Bergman, an 18-year old human girl, falls victim to a scheme by one of her closest childhood friends, and embarks on a journey that sees her become the center of a battle between good and evil.
Julieanne also writes under the pen name: J.A. Lynch