Ashla Townsend is a human lost in the
realm of Shadowscape. Trace is advisor to the Chancellors of
the Shadowdwellers. As a Lost, Ashla should not be able to
see Trace, but she can. Ashla knows something is wrong with
the world around her, but she doesn’t know what or why. For
some time now, she has just existed. There are those who
wish to usurp the Shadowdwellers and would have succeeded in
killing Trace if not for Ashla. Ashla is mysterious and
fascinating to him. She calls to him like no other. Humans
and dwellers do not cohabitate, though, so how is it that
this small frail woman has made him feel things he thought
he never would again? What does it mean for Trace and Ashla,
and what of the future of the Shadowdwellers?
I finished Noah, the fourth and
final book of the Nightwalker series, with a great
deal of sadness, but then the Shadowdellers began!
The Shadowdwellers and Nightwalkers mesh
in Ecstacy, tying the series together. The
realm the Shadowdwellers exist in is fascinating. A life
filled with shadow and void of light creates ethereal
imagery. Colors are muted and perceptions are altered.
Before Trace and her introduction to the Shadowdwellers,
Ashla was lonely and sad. She was horribly abused
emotionally and physically and as a result of her
mistreatment, she was left feeling inadequate and unworthy.
Ashla expects the worst from people and is, unfortunately,
rarely disappointed in that regard. She has a hard time
accepting Trace’s reverence for her. Trace is incredibly
honorable and stoic. He is a warrior through and through,
but it’s Ashla who saves him. Trace once abhorred a
woman’s touch, but he now craves Ashla’s. Jacquelyn Frank is
one of the best at world-building. Her attention to detail
and her in-depth characterization are fantastic. I could
have done without the details of Trace’s intimacy training
and would have liked to explore Ashla’s submissiveness more.
While Ecstacy’s ending felt a bit rushed, I am
hooked on the Shadowdwellers series and am very anxious for