Series: Stormwalker #3
Published by Penguin on June 7th 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Romantic, Urban
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes, references to sex.
Reviewed by: Abigail
Stormwalker Janet Begay returns home only to have the ground collapse beneath her-literally. After tumbling two hundred feet underground, Janet is rescued by her dragon boyfriend, Mick. But something dark touches Mick while in the sinkhole, and Janet might lose him forever unless she recruites the most unlikely of allies to stop the growing shadow.
I would never have thought dragons and Coyote of Native American lore would mix as well as they have in Allyson James’s Stormwalker series, but after three books, the mythologies blend better than ever. In SHADOW WALKER, Janet has her hands full with both practical and romantic problems, but with her Stormwalker and Beneath powers still refusing to work together there’s no such thing as an easy fix.
On the practical front, Janet’s fairly new yet oddly deteriorating hotel was an interesting mystery to start off with especially since the magical force affecting the hotel had no obviously discernible cause or perpetrator. What I liked the most about Janet here is that she didn’t refuse help from her friends and used her resources and connections right away to try and solve this problem instead of dealing with it on her own.
Along with Janet literally trying to keep her roof and lively hood from collapsing on top of her, her dragon shifter lover Mick has become uncharacteristically moody and reticent. Mick’s subtle personality shift was exceptionally well written as it was drawn out over the span of a few chapters. I was just as bewildered as Janet was as Mick slowly pushed her away. As a big fan of this couple, I think I was more distressed at the possibility of a break up than Janet was.
Just when I was beginning to think the hotel and Mick’s problems were two completely separate story lines, there was a bizarre but brilliant twist that brought them together. Even though I was blindsided by the end of SHADOW WALKER and some of the character revelations, I’m more invested than ever in this series and can’t wait for more shocking twists from Allyson James.
Overall, I loved the way the multiple story lines in SHADOW WALKER fused together and the way the writing allowed me to intimately experience the story. The romance between Janet and Mick is still just as sizzling as in previous books and even strengthens after this most recent test to their love for each other. The fourth installment of this series, NIGHTWALKER, has no publication date yet but will definitely be on my to be read pile.Series Titles: