Review: Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Sara

Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost is a Paranormal Romance, book one in her Night Rebel series and set in the world of her highly acclaimed (at least by me) Night Huntress series. It is the story of Master Vampire, Ian, and vampire Law Guardian, Veritas. The two characters are as different from each other as oil and water; Ian being a hedonist of the highest order and Veritas an employee of what is essentially the vampire community’s version of a police force. What they do have in common is a demon named Dagon.

Thousands of years ago, Veritas was the prisoner of Dagon and forced to do horrible things in his name. Now, she sees an opportunity for justice, but needs a way to get Dagon’s attention when her plan is ready. When Ian sold his soul to Dagon he made it possible for Dagon to teleport to him any time the demon wishes. Veritas sees Ian as a means to an end and hopes to use him, but she wasn’t expecting him to be such an accomplished magic user, something illegal in the vampire world, or to be so honorable. Soon what starts as as her using Ian becomes an uneasy alliance and then a partnership as Veritas begins to development feelings for Ian.

Ian is always up for a good time, and if teaming up with the uptight Law Guardian means getting his soul back, he’s all in. What he wasn’t expecting during their high stakes and action packed adventure was to find someone with almost as many secrets as he has, or, for the first time ever, to find a connection with another of his kind.

It’s no small thing when centuries of secrets, shame and hurt come into the light. Ian and Veritas’ adventure will conquer personal demons as well as the demon Dagon, and for the first time ever these two very different vampires may have a chance at a life free from all their demons and full of love.

I have been waiting for Ian’s book since he first appeared in 2010’s One Foot in The Grave and, for the most part, I am pleased with Shades of Wicked. This book was everything a Jeaniene Frost fan could want. Ian is at his prime being weirdly deviant (two words: circus orgy), irreverent, funny and also, in his own way, honorable. It was incredibly satisfying to see the perennial man-whore felled by love. Fan favorites like, Cat, Bones, Mencheres, Spade and Vlad all make appearances and we learn more about Ian’s history. There were the supernaturally extreme sex scenes Frost fans have come to expect and Veritas was a great kick-ass female character, as most of Frost’s female leads are, but, to be honest, I was mostly interested in Ian.

Unfortunately, the book, at least for me, wasn’t without some issues. I’ve read all but one of Frost’s previous books in the Night Huntress world, albeit not recently, and there was a lot of times I felt like I was missing important parts of the story or that the details necessary for me to totally get the plot were fuzzy. Then, even though I loved the appearances by Cat, Bones, Mencheres and the gang, a previous knowledge of their stories and how they’re connected to both Ian and Veritas is necessary to truly enjoy their contribution to the plot. However, I found, having not read the entire Night Huntress series recently, I wasn’t getting some of the references or how characters and the current plot were connected.  This put a small damper on my overall enjoyment and is why I would definitely not classify it as a stand-alone or recommend it to anyone who isn’t already familiar with Frost’s world.

Shades of Wicked is a fun and fantastic story for fans of Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress world. However, new readers or those with only a passing knowledge of this dynamic world may find themselves lost or at least missing out on some of the finer plot points. This reader was happy to  finally have Ian’s story and looks forward to the next book in the Night Rebel series.

Rating: B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Shades of Wicked
by Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Avon

Comments

  1. Oh I want to get this read so bad. One and a half more books before I can get to it! The wait makes me want to race through these other books. It’s been a long time since I read the Cat & Bones books. I found some of the same fuzziness of forgotten points in the Night Prince series too. I’m tempted to do a reread but that would take too long. Need Ian now!

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