Shadow Walker by Allyson James
Series: Stormwalker #3
Published by Berkley Sensation
Published on: June 7th, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Winter descends on the town of Magellan, and new evil comes to call.
Racing her motorcycle down a lonely winter highway, Stormwalker Janet Begay feels the ground collapse beneath her feet. After tumbling two hundred feet into an underground cavern, she manages to escape with help from her sexy dragon-shifter boyfriend, Mick—but not before they disturb some dark forces.
As Janet contends with a hotel inspector intent on putting her out of business, as well as her grandmother, who's taken up residence, Mick's behavior becomes strange and erratic, until he is a clear danger to Janet and her friends. Janet's drag-queen, attitude-ridden magic mirror insists that Mick has been touched by shadows, and the Stormwalker realizes that someone is out to enslave her dragon. Now she must free Mick before he kills her.
Shadow Walker is a bit of a let down. The opening action consists of Janet falling into a sinkhole so this decline in overall bookish quality seems to fall in line with the landscape.
Books one and two are admired for their world opposed to Janet construction. While Book three, Shadow Walker, attempts to enact (cast the spell) of world v. Janet, the opposition falls short. Villains although profuse do not really have their motives together. They seem to forget them before Book’s end. And ill-minded parts of the landscape are provided no explanation at all.
This is not to say that the cast of friendlies, quickly growing, is not entertaining or surprising on their own part. As a Book of reunions and get-togethers the Book excels almost to the point of nausea. It even ends on a crescendo of special events that should make Book four a Book of explosive happenings. As it stands Book three, Shadow Walker, comes across as a holdover, the Book that will best be forgotten if anything else in the series has something to say about it.
To relate again many of the series’ good qualities that continue to make themselves known, we have the West, this time snowed in excessively; a well-used secondary cast (how can it not be when the Western town is so small?); Native American lore, fairly light this time around and to be honest fairly light in practically every entry; and an enduring romance, perhaps the item most tested here and as such the one deserving most scrutiny.
Ever since Book one, the copulatory dimensions of Janet and Mike have been on the endangered list. They have just been given too many out-of-bedroom kinks to take care of to give us a good, well-paced, and drawn-out show. This is also an absence I am less and less willing to forgive.
If sequential logic, or even landscape logic, has anything to say about it, this dip in quality should prepare us for the mountain next time around. Whether the mountain will be actual or just due to decreased expectations I cannot yet say.
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