Forsaken By Shadow

Rated 4.48/5 based on 25 reviews
Embry’s father has been kidnapped by military scientists. The only one she can turn to for help is Gage, the great love from her past. Banished from her world years ago, his memory wiped, he’s got a new name and new life as Cade Shepherd, and no knowledge her kind exist. Can he relearn the Shadow Walker skills he learned from her father? If they survive, will Embry be able to walk away again? More

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About Kait Nolan

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to action-packed paranormal—all featuring heroes you’d want to sweep you off your feet and rescue you from work-day drudgery. When not working or writing, Kait’s hanging out in her kitchen cooking and wishing life were a Broadway musical.

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Review by: kylee martin on April 22, 2013 :
love all of your books
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)

Review by: will parks on July 15, 2012 :
I enjoyed the story but it was not worth $2.99. It was too short. If had realized it was a novella, I probly would not have bought it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rachael Collins on March 22, 2012 :
Surpisingly good read. Well written, and wished it was longer.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Katja Rinne on May 01, 2011 :
I love the beginning of this novella, even if ultimate fighters aren’t really my thing (I can only think about them getting chipped teeth, and that’s not very sexy).

Cade Shepherd (whom I will call Cade in this review all the way to avoid missunderstandings) wakes up, not remembering anything from his past. He builds a new life as a successful ultima fighter. That world gets shaken, when Embry Hollister appears with his memories. Cade gets sucked back into a paranormal world with shifters and magic. Embry’s reasons for helping Cade get back his memories, has nothing to do with him though. She only needs Cade’s help to rescue his father from the U.S. military, and she’s going to take all the memories away again, when the job is done.

This is the first story in the Mirus series. The plot kept me reading the novella in one sit (kept me up to the wee hours, bad Kait Nolan, bad!), and after I was done I had to fight the urge to start with the next Mirus story right away. I loved Cade and Embry, I loved the Mirus world, the writing was smooth, and I hate it was just a novella, since I would have wanted more. But it was the perfect lenght for the story.

Nolan has managed to build a gripping world, that leaves you craving for more. If you haven’t read Forsaken by Shadow yet, and you’re into paranormal romance, I strongly recommend it.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Eric on April 07, 2011 :
Book, novella, whatever you wanna call it, it's fun. It's honestly one of the most entertaining reads I've have in months without having to dig deep for character bios or for the story to eventually work out, it was like a good action movie, once you got to know everyone things starting happening and no one is complaining. Definitely picking up the next book and quick.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Hannelore Halley on April 04, 2011 :
I thought this book was great. I read the leader for it from the Devil's Eye.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Lawler on March 31, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it's one of the first ebooks I can say that about! I read it from start to finish in one sitting.
From world-building, to characterisation, to pacing, to suspense, to conflict, it's all here.
The story opens with the male lead in a state of conflict that makes you want to keep reading. Enter the female lead with a mission that makes you NEED to keep reading to discover.
I've bought the second novella in the Mirus series, Devil's Eye, and I'm very much looking forward to it.
This is an ebook I can highly recommend to anyone who's interested in the paranormal.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Snyder on March 31, 2011 :
Forsaken By Shadow by Kait Nolan was an exciting, interesting read. I do not remember ever reading a book about shadow-walkers before, which immediately makes this one standout. It's an urban fantasy/paranormal romance that does not center around werewolves, shape-shifters or vampires. To me, that is a feat all it's own.

Yes, it is a novella, but I still wanted it to be longer. It’s not that the story was confusing, because it wasn’t. Nolan provides a glossary of terms at the beginning of the book that proves to be extremely helpful and makes it possible for her to skip drawn out explanations during the story. It’s simple that I wanted more story. I am a greedy reader and I honestly enjoyed the characters and unfortunately, I didn’t get my fill of them. It looks as though the following books in the series don’t deal directly with Gage and Embry; they are take place in their world. A 165 pages were not enough for me.

Embry (or as Gage calls her, Ember) is determined, strong-willed and tough. She will do anything to get her father back, even open painful doors to her past. Embry is a fire elemental; a sort of witch who can produce, control and manipulate fire.

Gage is equally as awesome; he is a shadow-walker, which means he can travel from shadow to shadow. I am a bit iffy on the details, but from what I was able to gather, he just needs to envision the shadow he wants to appear in and he can bounce amongst them. Does that make sense? He can teleport between shadows – that is probably a better description. When we first meet Gage, he is living under the name Cade; he has lost his memory and has now made a career for himself as an ultimate fighter. he is a funny mix of characteristics; he is extremely tough and can be brutal, but he is also rather loyal and a bit of a southern gentleman.

Nolan's writing style lends itself to the fast paced story, she isn't overly concerned with descriptions. I do not mean to say that she doesn't adequately cover things - she does, but her writing is more centered around the movement of the story, as opposed to the setting.

My major complaint with the book is that the way that Gage and Embry go about rescuing her father is extremely far-fetched. Even for a fantasy novel. I just cannot believe the way they got in to rescue him – it’s just so incredibly unlikely. I get that this was a novella, and the plot cannot be too complicated, but that was one big coincidence.

Overall, Forsaken By Shadow was a quick, enjoyable read. There were some predictable plot elements and sometimes things were a bit far-fetched, but the majority of the story was creative, unique and exciting.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Misti Wolanski on March 30, 2011 :
I read Kait Nolan's "Blindsight" and "Devil's Eye" before I read this, and it could be that I've gotten used to her style, or maybe I'm brain-fried from fatigue, but I didn't notice major infodumps in this one like I did in those other two works.

It was enjoyable, with a fast pace… but perhaps a bit too fast. I understood the characters and what drove them at the beginning. As things moved on, I found myself being told more motivations than I was shown. (I did skip the sex scenes, tbh, which ended up being a bit confusing, but I don't think I missed THAT much.)

It was still a highly entertaining read, but with what else I've read by Kait Nolan, I can't help but feel that it could've been better.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Freeman on March 16, 2011 : (no rating)
This story starts off with a bang. Cade Shephard wakes up in a dodgy motel room with burns to his hands and no recollection of how they happened, or who he is. Chapter one had me hooked from the get go and I sympathised with Cade. How would you feel if you woke up, with no memory and have to walk out of there with no sense of direction or know whether the crappy car sitting in front of the motel is yours?

Embry is one character I actually didn't like when she first came on the scene. I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was but it took a few chapters for me to warm up to her.

The one thing I wished the story did was go on for a bit longer with Cade in the dark. On the second chapter I got what was going on from Embry's point of view and I hoped he would have gone through with a bit more detective work without it being served on a platter by the reader. In saying that though, there is a lot more to Embry and Cade's story that is slowly revealed throughout.

The story is action packed once everything has been laid out on the table and I found that I read through this quite quickly. It was a captivating read, though I wished it was longer.

Great start to a series.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: A.M. Harte on Dec. 26, 2010 :
I like the cover image of this novel. There’s something tantalizing about it, something that keeps drawing my eye again and again. The font is cool, too. But what about the insides of this book?

Forsaken By Shadow is a gripping urban fantasy romance which follows Cade Shepherd as he wakes up injured and alone in a motel with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Making a life for himself as a champion boxer, Cade cannot shake the nagging sensation that something is missing from his life. Then Embry — a gorgeous, strangely familiar woman — turns up and gives Cade his old life back, bringing back his memories of the hidden paranormal world and his life as a Shadow Walker. But the memories come at a price, for Embry’s father has been kidnapped and Cade is her only hope to rescue him….

This story starts with a bang. Cade wakes up alone in a seedy motel, disoriented, panicked, his hands severely burned. There was someone he wanted to save, someone he was willing to die for, but who? Jump forward several years and Cade is walking onto the Ultimate Fighter arena — he may not remember who he is, but his body sure remembers how to fight. This is one tough protagonist who can kick ass and won’t let anything bring him down. He’s a survivor.

Embry is a survivor in a different way. She arrives on the scene set to seduce Cade and rope him into helping her father, and it soon becomes clear that for her young(er) age, she’s toughed up fast, although vestiges of her innocence remain. She’s determined to rescue her father from a high-security army base no matter the risk, even if the Counsel has specifically told her not to. A woman with spunk, then. (It certainly helps that she can produce flames at will.)

Illegality and physical danger aside, the situation is made even more difficult by the attraction between Cade and Embry, which amnesia and time did not manage to erase. The reluctance is more on Cade’s part than Embry’s, for Cade admires Embry’s father and thinks he should treat Embry as a little sister. But it’s impossible to deny his feelings, and things tend to get heated with a firestarter around (pun intended).

I don’t know whether this story simply came at the right time, but I really enjoyed it. The characters are believable, the romance isn’t overdone, and there are some wicked, well-written action scenes. The worldbuilding was equally intriguing, with a host of unusual magical talents and the feeling that much more lies beneath the surface — I can only hope Nolan comes out with a sequel soon.

Perhaps my only nitpick? I didn’t find Cade as sexy as I wanted him to be. I’m a pretty tough customer that way, but I much preferred amnesiac Cade to himself-with-memories — the devil-may-care attitude of the former was far more gripping than the duty-torn responsible version. Not to say he wasn’t sexy; I’m just picky. :-D

In sum, a suspensful, entertaining urban fantasy set in an intriguing world where the paranormal hides beneath the known. Worth checking out!
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)

Review by: Marissa Cahill on Nov. 24, 2010 :
A huge thank you to Kait Nolan for offering her ebook to be read and reviewed. have certainly got talent my girl!!
I know that 109 pages is rather short and it is a Novella......but Kait was putting this out there to drum up character interest before she delves further into the story. Well Kait, you certainly succeeded in getting my interest. I would totally love it if you wrote Forsaken by Shadow into a full length book. It is a great story. The characters are really likeable.
Kait touched on a couple of characters throughout that I felt will make for fantastic leads in future storylines. and I would definitely love to read more of Embry/Ember and Cade/Gage. Their chemistry is wicked. Embry's pride and stubbornness will make for exciting adventure sequences and Gage's sultry and raw ruggedness makes him a very dream-worthy hero!

Kait Nolan is certainly one author I will be keeping an eye on and snapping up any future books she publishes. Look out for Devil's Eye which Kait will hopefully be releasing soon!!!!
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)

Review by: Jaime Lincoln on Nov. 23, 2010 :
Cade Shepherd is a prize fighter and suffers from memory loss. He can't remember his previous life, or the fact that he saved his beloved's life. Years later his beloved, Embry Hollister returns with a request of help. She hopes he remembers his past life and more importantly, her. As their paths and quests intertwine passions are renewed.

A past that can't be remembered; however, the love felt is not so easily forgotten. Nolan portrayed a story of reality and pain with a touch of optimism vividly. She breathed life into the characters, so much so they became real, causing me to become a part of the story. She also included a list of terms and their meanings at the beginning of the story, which was helpful.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Auricht on Nov. 23, 2010 :
Kait was asking if anybody wanted to read her novella, so my hand shot up in the air , and so I did.
According to my digital ebook reader it is 110 pages long.

This is the first in a series of the Mirus World. I enjoyed this little read. I liked the way the novella started!!

I found it easy to read and short!! Hence being a Novella. I would have loved to know more about Micajah Guidry , a wolf shifter. I was drawn to him.

Characters were introduced with short roles as I think if more in the series they will turn up with a story.

I loved Embry/Ember's name as she is a Firecaster ( get it!!).

Shadow Walkers travel through shadows. Without giving anything away to the story ,Embry is on a mission and she must save her father.

I certainly would have liked the story to have been longer so as maybe not to have been rushed into a novella as this story could have filled a book:D
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: Regina Linton on Nov. 10, 2010 :
I was first sad knowing that this was just a novella, but pleased to know that there is more to come from this author. Kait Nolan showed that she can write a fantastic Paranormal Romance that makes you crave more. I was pulled into her world and intrigued by her characters. Forsaken By Shadow is a must read.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Wulfie on Nov. 04, 2010 :
This is a very well written, action packed story that moves so fast that sometimes it's hard to keep up. The characters are well developed and interesting. The Mirus world is interesting and complicated. The events that move the story forward involve a little time hopping but once you catch up there isn't a breather. You simply have to keep reading to find out who, if anyone, survives. The author has spun a great tale and world here, I look forward to what comes next.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: Giovanni Gelati on Oct. 28, 2010 :
I guess I am on a bit of a paranormal lilt this week, at least a little more than usual. I have been digging deep trying to find some real gems for you, some different stuff with excellent content and character. Here we go Kait Nolan’s Forsaken by Shadow. Here is a synopsis of the action, pay close attention, because things happen hard and fast throughout this novel: ”Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands--not even the woman he almost died for.
Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what's probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him.
And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.”
I would say that is a mouth full. The plotline is unique and moving, in many ways. Nolan introduces us to many characters, develops them well, makes us believe and care about them and crafts good dialogue to move the story quickly along. Forsaken by Shadow has all the right elements in it and more: heartache, love, commitment, romance, action and good old fun. Don’t forsake this novel, it is well worth the $1.99 price tag.
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(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

Review by: SHARON CUPP PENNINGTON on Oct. 23, 2010 :
I wanted to write this review while fresh from reading Forsaken By Shadow. It’s clear from page one that Kait Nolan is a talented wordsmith. Her novella opens as the central character awakens in a Nevada motel room with his badly burned hands bandaged and his memory nonexistent. Immediately the reader is both sympathetic and curious. In a word, hooked.

A dissociative fugue, the assigned case worker explains the amnesia, most likely brought on by some type of trauma. She is then able to solve the puzzle of this character’s identity using fifteen year old fingerprints. Hmmm . . . a finger-printed eight year old boy? Why, was the question that jumped into my mind. Though Nolan’s tale is intriguing, with likeable and easily related to characters, and sparks of romance (literally), I would’ve liked to have seen her take her tale a step further. To take a bit more time setting her stage and back story, as there’s a jarring leap from that Nevada motel room to the present day, some ten years later.

The return of Cade Shepherd’s memory takes him on a treacherous journey of fire and shadow. Light and dark. Who, from his past, is worthy of trust? With whom can he forge a future? Will an old love rekindle, or will the return of his memory also be Cade’s death warrant?

Action sequences abound in Forsaken By Shadow, and these scenes are well played. They generate excitement, elevate tension and move the story forward at a good clip. A huge plus. However, being relatively new to the supernatural genre, I would’ve preferred explanations of lesser characters and their varying mystic talents worked in throughout the story instead of contained in a glossary at the book’s beginning — which I, unfortunately, had to refer back to. But, and it’s a big but, this inconvenience did not sway me from reading Nolan’s entire novella in one sitting. If you love this genre, even if you’re new to it as I am, Forsaken By Shadow does not disappoint — and promises to be a worthwhile series. (Reviewed by Sharon Cupp Pennington, author of Hoodoo Money & Mangroves and Monsters)
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Darcia Helle on Oct. 22, 2010 :
Kait Nolan creates a world where humans mix with an assortment of paranormal characters that she calls the Mirus. The humans, of course, are clueless that these supernatural beings live among them.

This novella is full of action that easily held my attention. I thought the characters were well developed and the paranormal edge offered some fun twists. I thoroughly enjoyed Nolan's writing style. She has huge talent and is definitely an author to watch for.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Cindy Marie Jenkins on June 29, 2010 : (no rating)
Just got it and I can't wait to read it. Highly recommended to me by a friend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Carolyn McCray on June 15, 2010 : (no rating)
Loved, loved the title and bought it on the spot. Can't wait to dig in!

Will write a full review once finished, but couldn't contain my excitement #sorry #thatishowIroll
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: J Ryan on June 13, 2010 :
I found out about Kait Nolan from another awesome writer, Larissa Ione, and I'm so glad I did! I loved Forsaken by Shadow and can't wait to see what she comes up with next. There were no slow spots in the book at all. Kait kept me interested and did a great job of story-telling with believable characters. I love the definitions at the beginning of the book too - that was helpful in reading the story. There were a couple things I'm confused about that I hope will be answered in future books, but regardless of that I highly recommend this author.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: S.J. Collins on June 09, 2010 :
Embry Hollister is a woman with a mission. A mission that involves Ultimate Fighter Cade Shepherd, or, as she once knew him, Gage Dempsey. I shouldn’t really be surprised by how three-dimensional she seemed. Her author does have a degree in clinical psychology after all. Embry’s not just any one thing. There’s real depth there. In fact, there isn’t any character in Forsaken by Shadow that struck me as flat. Kait brings quite a few side characters into the fray that I could definitely see myself wanting to get to know better.

Even Matthias, a character that I suspect we were supposed to see as an asshole. I couldn’t help myself. I have Fall In Love With Side Character Syndrome. I’m hoping one day Kait might give him an HEA of his very own, if he doesn’t already have one. Not to mention Orrin, who’s tentatively been set as the next hero in Relevations, the second novella in the Mirus series.

Kait dabbled in Romantic Suspense for awhile and I think it shows in her work. In a good way. A very good way. There’s quite a number of nail-biting scenarios the couple finds themselves in. And Kait sure as hell doesn’t make it easy for them to get out of. She doesn’t pull punches. Ever. There’s no fluff, no sugar-coating what so ever. That grit, the inner brutal streak in a writer, is what keeps me comming back to their work. And Kait’s got it.

There’s also a fair amount of intrigue in FBS. A lot of the Mirus world is teased into the story. Dashes of it, like spice. Just enough to seduce potential readers for later books while still keeping them grounded in the story, the situation at hand.

And as if that wasn’t enough. The sex scene is scorching. (Literally.) And the fight scenes are absolute WIN. They were concise, I could follow them easily and, if my admittedly short time in Karate serves me well, very realistic. I was pumped any time Gage got into the ring.

This novella was better written than a lot of full length Paranormal Romance novels I’ve read lately. I frickin’ kid you not. I cannot wait for Revelations and any other work she has in the pipeline because what ever it is? I. am. SO. there.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Brazen Snake Books on June 05, 2010 :
It took me a little bit to get into this novella, but it smoothed out nicely, and raced quickly through all sorts of exciting events that leave one sort of breathless at the end (personally, I like that). I found it kind of predictable in spots, but not in a bad way, and I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters very much. The opening was quite original and unique...a fascinating way to start the story. The Mirus world is one chock-full of interesting and quirky "beings" that I'd really like to read more of soon. Bravo, Kait!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Gabryyl Pierce on May 21, 2010 :
Kait Nolan has a real talent for character. Loved this book! Can't wait for more...sequel, please!!!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: mischab1 on May 02, 2010 :
If you want to know what it's about, read another review. I'm just going to tell you that the story is very well written and edited. (Which is more than I can say about some of the paperbacks I've read recently.)

The only problem I had was with the length. Not that the story felt rushed or like it was missing parts but my favorite book size is a paperback that's approx 350-400 pages long. On my Sony Reader this story is listed as 112 pages and, darn it, I'm done already. Now I have to wait for the next story. :-(
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Helen Jackson on April 07, 2010 :
I don't usually read 'paranormal' romance, but have been trying to expand my reading base and this caught my eye. For $1 I figured it was worth it, even if I didn't enjoy it.

Well I did, hugely.

It starts with the main character, Cade, waking up in a hotel room not remembering anything. At all. The readers aren't told anything about his past until Cade discovers it himself. I totally love the way this it done, it drags you into the story and keeps you interested as you want to find out how and why he got there.

Even when you find out how and why, more things are thrown in to keep the suspense, and keep you going to the end.

Having read more about Kait Nolan, I've discovered this is first in a series - I can't wait for the next instalment.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Susan Bischoff on April 06, 2010 :
Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands--not even the woman he almost died for.

Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what's probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him.

And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.

Forsaken by Shadow flawlessly blends romance with a non-stop action story, set in a world filled with three-dimensional characters and fascinating other-worldly detail. It's a story that pulls you in from its first pages and doesn't let up until the finish. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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