Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Review: Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade by A. D. Robertson

Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade
Author: A. D. Robertson
Publication: Dutton Adult (October 22, 2013)

Description: The first adult novel set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Nightshade series, Captive delivers a steamy, forbidden romance between sworn enemies drawn together by an irrepressible desire.

Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers—witches who have embraced dark magic—he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle.

But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan’s infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together—only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.

Captive explores the darker side of the richly imagined Nightshade universe, a fantasy world of powerful dark witches, shape-shifting wolf warriors, and fascinating history. The first of three erotic novels, Captive delves deeply into the fiery, illicit romance of two young lovers whose very desires invite their doom.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story in the Nightshade universe. The author's transition to adult paranormal fiction from young adult fiction does let her include more adult themes.

Sarah is a young Searcher who is given a mission to go to an island off the coast of Scotland to find out why the Keepers are guarding it closely and keeping it secret. When she arrives, she is quickly captured by an incubus and a succubus and taken to the Keeper who is a young man named Tristan. 

Tristan and Sarah begin the story as enemies because Searchers and Keepers are on opposite sides of a war. The Keepers use dark magic and magical creatures like incubi and succubi and wraiths. They also have Guardians who, in this case at least, are wolf shifters. Keepers are under the command of Lord Bosque Mar. The Searchers are opposed to the Keepers and determined to find a way to defeat Bosque Mar.

It doesn't take long for Tristan and Sarah to fall in love. I thought the romance was well done. The sex scenes were present but weren't gratuitous or kinky. When Bosque Mar hears that Tristan might be forming a relationship with a Searcher, he threatens her life. Their only possible option is to flee the island. They enlist the aid of Sarah's young maid Moira and Seamus who is the Guardian who just about raised Tristan. 

This story was a nice look at the Nightshade universe from the adult perspective. I believe that there are two more books planned in this series and I look forward to reading them. 

Favorite Quote:
Tristan's jaw clenched, but Sarah's gaze was unrelenting. "Why are they your favorites?"

"Because they both manage to escape." When Sarah didn't say anything, Tristan added, "I mean Peter and Edmond."

"I know who you mean," Sarah said quietly.

They both manage to escape.
I got this finished copy for review from a publicist at Dutton. You can buy your copy here.

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