Early Review: Edge of Oblivion (Night Prowler #2) by J. T. Geissinger

September 29, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

*This title will be released on October 2, 2012*

Edge of Oblivion

(Night Prowler, #2)
by J. T. Geissinger

Genre: Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance; October 2, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1612184197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184197

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

References to rape, sex scenes.

Description

In a dark underground cell, Morgan Montgomery waits to die. A member of the Ikati, an ancient tribe of shape-shifters, Morgan stands convicted of treason. And Ikati law clearly spells out her fate: death to all who dare betray.

But there is a glimmer of hope. Thanks to her friendship with Jenna, the new queen of the Ikati, Morgan has one last chance to prove her loyalty. She must discover and infiltrate the headquarters of the Expurgari, the Ikati’s ancient enemy, so they can be destroyed once and for all. The catch? She has only a fortnight to complete her mission and will be accompanied by Xander Luna, the tribe’s most feared enforcer. If Morgan fails, her life is forfeit. Because Xander is as lethal as he is loyal, and no one—not even this beautiful, passionate renegade—will distract him from his mission. But as the pair races across Europe into the heart of Italy, the attraction blooming between them becomes undeniable. Suddenly more than justice is at stake: so is love.

Sensual, thrilling, and action-packed, Edge of Oblivion will enthrall readers with nail-biting suspense and heart-pounding passion.

Review

Transformed from villain to heroine, EDGE OF OBLIVION makes Morgan’s story just as awesome as I could have hoped.  Choked under a restrictive, patriarchal rule her whole life, it was not hard to empathize with Morgan’s efforts to break free.  EDGE OF OBLIVION offers her the barest hope of redemption, and is my favorite Night Prowler book to date.

Building off the world established in SHADOW’S EDGE, EDGE OF OBLIVION starts on the opposite end of the romantic scale.  Where Jenna is born with once in a lifetime abilities that allow her to rise above stifling Ikati society, Morgan has had to fight this patriarchy her entire life.  There is no genetic happy ending for Morgan, which makes her all the more compelling as a heroine.  Xander is a bit of a cypher, but I enjoyed the conflicted dynamic between him and Morgan.  Of course, as much as I enjoyed these characters, the mechanics of the Night Prowler world still doesn’t quite work for me.  The concept of Bonding for life is right along side a polygamous society where Alphas have harems, but the actual mechanism of the Bond never became clear.  The succession to Alpha is muddy as well, as sometimes the most powerful male ascends, and other times it’s solely by bloodline.  These nuances impact the romantic happily-ever-after side of the story, which means these ambiguities detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.

EDGE OF OBLIVION gave me everything I wanted for Morgan’s story, in so far as remaining true to her personality and character from book one.  I have high hopes for how Ikati society is going to continue to change and develop in future books, though the presumptive hero and heroine for book three don’t have me as fired up as Morgan did.  Fans of SHADOW’S EDGE will love EDGE OF OBLIVION even more, as it has that wonderful old school flavor mixed in with a heroine who breaks all the rules.

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