The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, stuns with SHADOW AND ICE, the first title in her scorching new paranormal romance Gods of War Series. Check out the tour stop below and get your copy of SHADOW AND ICE today!
Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld, introduces a scorching new paranormal romance series… Gods of War.
Knox of Iviland has spent his life competing in the All Wars, where vicious warriors with supernatural powers fight to the death to claim new realms. One winner takes everything—and all losers die. Enslaved as a child for his ability to control shadows, the most ruthless champion in history will stop at nothing to kill his king. But first he must win the battle for Earth. When a fearsome weapon imprisons every combatant in ice, centuries pass without progress…until she walks in.
Vale London craves a fun arctic getaway with her foster sister before settling down to open a bakery. Street-tough but vulnerable, she is unprepared to find ancient gods escaping a frozen cave—merciless beings who target her when she inadvertently enters their war.
Though Vale is now his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can prove victorious, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.
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Present DaySomewhere in the Arctic Circle
“Heads are going to roll.”
Sore, tired and chilled to the bone, Vale London dropped a ten thousand pound backpack, leaned against a wall of ice and scanned her surroundings—a sea of snow broken up by mountains and seracs that made her fancy that ocean waves had flash-froze just before they’d come crashing down.
Frigid wind howled, the sound of it somehow more glacial than the below zero temp, screams of pain and helplessness seeming to echo within.
“Are we talking literally or figuratively?” Her beloved foster sister Magnolia “Nola” Lee dropped her pack as well, sat atop it and drew a thick flannel blanket around her shoulders. “With you I never know.”
Vale savored the flavor of sweetened brown butter that coated her tongue. At some point in her childhood development, wires had gotten crossed in her brain, leaving her with a severe case of synesthesia. She heard sounds, just like everyone else, but she tasted them, too. Letters also registered as colors, and numbers appeared as a three-dimensional map inside her head.
The more nuanced the sound, the richer the flavor.
“Figuratively…maybe,” she replied. “The next time I see our absentee guide, he’ll be lucky to walk away. Or even crawl.” She wasn’t known as a street-tough scrapper for nothing! And the POS had ruined what was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime, so he had to pay.
Dang it, Nola hadn’t needed this kind of stress, or danger. She’d needed a break. The girl worked two full time jobs. If she wasn’t baking and selling the goods at local office buildings, she was writing How To copy for her dating column in Oklahoma Love Match magazine. And Vale… Vale had needed a break from everything. Had hoped to enjoy one last hoorah—or maybe a first hoorah—before she and Nola settled down and opened a fancy-schmancy gourmet donut shop slash catering center slash speed dating and bachelorette party hub, with Vale on paperwork duty and Nola behind the oven and the counter.
Vale’s biggest mistake? Booking each extracurricular activity with the cheapest company possible, in order to do more stuff on a limited budget. Quality beat quantity; she understood that now. So how about a break, world?
“I love this world…this is Gena Showalter at her best!”—J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The Gods of War series is my new obsession.”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
My ARC Review:
A brand new series from Gena, and I have to say I really enjoyed it!! An epic fantasy adventure mixed with sci-fi / paranormal / horror / mythology – there’s a lot of world building, a lot of characters and a lot to take in, but that’s to be expected with a new series like this one, but once I got into the story I was sucked right in and really enjoyed it.
Earth had become the latest target for the High Council to try and claim and take over in the All War, where different planets from the universe / different dimensions get to send in one combatant to represent that world. Each combatant has innate skills but are only allowed to take one item with them. The idea is a fight to the death, the winner getting Earth and its commodities for the winning ruler of that planet. Knox is from Iviland and is enslaved by its King to do his biding, like other competitors if they fail in the All War they not only die but their family is put to death also, ensuring the combatants will fight to the death. Knox is a 4 time winner of the All War already and knows what to expect as a rule, except he didn’t expect to be frozen in the ice along with the other combatants and left there for hundreds of years!!
Vale is the heroine, who along with her sister stumbles on the frozen cave where the combatants are, unbeknownst to her of what they’ve stumbled upon, until the ice cracks and they are set free. She unwittingly manages to kill one of the combatants and ends up taking her place in the All War and becoming an immortal. She must now fight as one of them.
Knox when he is released from the ice is absolutely drawn to Vale in a way he has never felt in his entire life, nothing matters but the fight and winning, until Vale comes along. Their chemistry is outstanding, its very powerful throughout the story as their relationship evolves, but its not insta-love, its an evolving animal along with the bickering and fighting and pushing of buttons!! I loved how Knox starts feeling a whole range of emotions, something he is completely clueless about when he meets Vale but she brings something out of him and he has to learn how to handle these unknown feelings. Vale is a strong and sassy character, not used to having a family except for her sister who she would do anything for, again something that is alien to Knox. She has to teach him all the things about the modern age and how this could help with the All War, except she is now one of the players, and there can be only one winner!!
A really good start to this series, there is a lot going on but the story is well written and its exciting with lots happening, its quite bloody and gory in places also so be warned. I really enjoy a good and different PNR read, for me this has the makings of an excellent series and I can’t wait to read more.
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About Gena Showalter:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.
She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans