Prince of Shadows
(Paladin Warriors, #3)
by Tes Hilaire
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Valin is a Paladin, one of His Warriors. He protects humans from the evil that they aren't aware of and aren't capable of fighting.
Valin is the black sheep among the Warriors. He manipulates shadows to travel, whereas the Paladins are all about God's Light.
Gabriella is a mixed-breed, part-succubus vampire. Valin was attracted to her from the moment he met her. He went a bit crazy when he thought she'd died.
In Prince of Shadows, Valin catches a glimpse of her with a group of part-blood humans that she's training. And he sees a stain of evil on her soul that hadn't been there before. He's determined to remove that stain.
Because she is his.
But her vampire sire has other ideas.
Valin is an alpha hero who is dark and deadly, and has a tragic past. But he's also protective of Gabby and even tender and vulnerable with her. And he's not about to let her go now that he's found her again. He'd do anything for her. And it does come down to "anything" in a fateful conclusion.
Gabby is a kick-butt heroine. But she feels unworthy of a Paladin because of her succubus mother and her vampire sire. Her biological father—whose identity she keeps to herself—inspires her to do what is right. But her insecurities keep her from succumbing to her love for Valin.
There are two secondary characters, Bennett and Annie, whose story is started in Prince of Shadows. Bennett begins to fall for Annie, kicking and screaming the whole way. It's fun to watch. I won't spoil things by telling you what happens, but suffice it to say that their story will continue in a later book. But not the next one. We'll have to wait a while for their HEA, according to Tes Hilaire.
Prince of Shadows is a hot book. Valin emphasizes making love verses having sex. Gabby wants to have sex without making love. In any case, the few love/sex scenes in the book are real scorchers. (Is it hot in here?)
The pace of the book is quick. From Valin's desperate bid to find Gabby to his desperate bid to keep her, you'll be turning the pages in between as fast as you can possibly read them.
Prince of Shadows is an excellent addition to the Paladin Warriors series. It can be read as a standalone book. However, the story arc will make more sense and be more enjoyable if it's read as a part of the series. Note: The timeline of Prince of Shadows runs concurrently with a portion of Deliver Me From Temptation, and ends before Temptation ends. Therefore, references to Temptation do not include the conclusion of that book.
The books in the series are listed below. Tes says that there will be more Paladin Warriors novels in the future, though she has no release dates yet. We have something to look forward to!
The books in the Paladin Warriors Series: