Nightshade: A Book Review

Andrea Cremer’s  debut novel Nightshade is unputdownable. Her writing captured me from the very 1st sentence “I always welcomed war, but in battle my passion rose unbidden.”

The very last lines  “Because that’s what love is, isn’t it? It has to be,” left me hungering for her next book in the trilogy.

I always open a new book with trepidation, fearing it might disappoint.  But I devoured the 1st chapter will waiting for friends. I got that giddy feeling  that accompanies the knowledge that this was a book I would enjoy.  Ms. Cremer  sucked me into her world and never let go.

The protagonist, Calla, is an alpha wolf who will become the mate of another alpha wolf, Ren Laroche. Together, they will rule their pack and guard sacred sites for the keepers. But in the very 1st chapter Calla violates the keepers’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy, Shay.  I  feared the book might devolve into a simple love triangle, but in Ms. Cremer’s  masterful hands a tale of love, lies, betrayal,  and sacrifice was  skillfully molded.

The characters were very three-dimensional.  Ms. Cremer crafts sentences that bring to life a world I’ve never experienced. A world where the smell of sense overrides everything else. I found myself rooting for Calla, but torn between Ren and the world she’s always known and Shay and the world that could be.

The plot is full of twists and turns like the roots of the 5000-year-old tree.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy!

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