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.
Shadow and Ice
(God’s of War #1)
by Gena Showalter
I’ve been a huge fan of Gena’s for awhile now. The LOTU series is one of my all time favorites so when I heard she was coming out with an all new paranormal romance series I threw all caution to the wind and jumped in. The beginning to the Gods of War series is intense and packed with everything you’ve come to love about Showalter’s writing. With that said Shadow and Ice is a completely new concept and isn’t like anything Gena has done previously.
“There is only one thing you need to know about me,” he finally said. “I will protect you as long as you are necessary, and as long as you do not seek my downfall.”
There were so many characters but it’s sort of understandable since it’s a new series. It did take me a minute to catch on and at times I had to go back and reread some parts. Vale is hilarious and fierce; her character was written well. Knox is an immortal fighting in a war called the All War. When Vale happens upon him and his kind it’s years later. Knox was intriguing from the start and I loved watching the main characters together. They fit perfectly.
The plot itself was hard to imagine since the world building, in my opinion, sort of happens fast, but once I was a few chapters in I was hooked. The story itself is fast paced and intense with a lot of gore, but the romance is right up there with the intensity. Overall, Showalter gives a good start to a series I can’t wait to get more of.