The Edge of Oblivion
by J.T. GeissingerPublished by: Montlake Romance Publish Date: October 2, 2012 Genre: Paranormal Romance /Shifters Series: Night Prowler #2 Source: ARC provided in exchange for honest review My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
J.T. Geissinger breathes fresh life into the paranormal romance genre with the Night Prowler series. Edge of Oblivion captivated me with the thrilling excitement of the plot and the smoldering relationship that developed between Morgan and Xander. I somehow missed the first book in the series, Shadow’s Edge, but after reading Edge of Oblivion I really want to go back and read it. Even without having read the first book, I didn’t have trouble figuring out the world of the Ikati and understanding the nature of the jaguar shifters and their world.
Edge of Oblivion is the type of paranormal book where the supernatural world exists within the normal human world. The Ikati are a group of jaguar shifters who all have unique abilities and gifts in addition to their shape-shifter form. The gifts range from persuasion to turning into mist. The range of characters with various personalities and abilities is immense, well-develped and makes for intriguing reading.
In Edge of Oblivion the protagonist is Morgan, she is on a mission to uncover their enemies in a last ditch effort to save her life after making mistakes that almost cost the Queen her life (book 1). Even though I didn’t know the specifics of how she wound up in trouble, it was easy to understand Morgan. All she wanted was to be free to be her own person and not have her life dictated to her. I sympathized with her and found myself rooting for her. Then there is Xander, a deadly assassin-slash-Morgan’s-babysitter. He had to keep tabs on Morgan and if she didn’t complete her mission, it would be his job to kill her. However, as the pair works together and discovers a hidden pack of Ikati in Rome, attraction between them grows.
There are quite a few different aspects to this story, more than I could possible sum up and I don’t want to give away the book. Let me make it simple and say that the plot lines are very detailed, there are side stories and various viewpoints that all somehow relate to the main storyline (I apologize for the vagueness). The Ikati even have their own mythology to add to the story. The secondary characters are intriguing as well and I am eager to learn what happens next for many of them.
Edge of Oblivion blends together action, fantasy, shape-shifters, and romance into a well-developed and intricate paranormal novel with intriguing and likable characters. When it comes to paranormal romance, I couldn’t ask for more.
Readers, if you are a fan of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, or shape shifters I definitely recommend checking out this series. I don’t think you have to read books 1 and 2 in order, but it will likely only enhance your reading experience. I want to go back and read book 1 and I hope that J.T. Geissinger has big plans for book 3!
P.S.= Love the cover too! With the red sash, the hieroglyphs, and the eyes, it’s a very attention grabbing cover.
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