Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny Book 1)

Rated 4.46/5 based on 13 reviews
A paranormal romance novel about a smart-ass sorceress longing for a normal life and an overbearing sorcerer with a haunted past. The two start off as enemies bound to a single purpose. But when they find themselves hunted by creatures of the Underworld, they are forced to rely on one another. Can they learn to trust each other with their hearts and their souls? More
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About Leia Shaw

Leia Shaw is the bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, Shadows of Destiny. Thinking up fae politics, plotting dragon power games, and calculating how fast werewolves can change forms has given her a way to express those dark places in her mind. More recently, she’s branched out into the erotic world and has written a humorous but heartwarming contemporary BDSM romance 31 Flavors of Kink. She is also co-authoring the bestselling Badass Brats series.

Leia lives in New England with her husband and two kids. Though she will go to her grave denying it, her husband insists she would be thrilled if he suddenly sprouted fangs.

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Review by: Bethany Platte on Feb. 03, 2013 :
I loved it. I had to laugh when Sage comes down stairs in the "I Love Edward Cullen"t-shirts the night after she and James had had sex and she stranded him in the cave.

She was infuriating must of the time but, that is to be expected due to her circumstances and how she was raise.

James is a perfect choice for her. An alpha male with something to hide.

This book has witches, werewolves, vampires, and even a dragon

I definitely enjoy a paranormal romance with a bit of humor thrown in. I laughed out loud BTW. Enjoy!!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alexia Smit on Sep. 14, 2011 :
Deliciously sexy… I freaking loved this book. I enjoyed every single part – seriously couldn’t put it down! Great story line, it was very believable. This book had everything from action and romance… ahem… hot, saucy romance… to humour! Hands down 5 stars! Can’t wait to start the next installment in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laurielu Horton on Aug. 31, 2011 :
Destiny Divided by Leia Shaw is a gem of a paranormal romance. I absolutely loved the mythos of Ms. Shaw's paranormal world of witches, vampires, and shape-shifters which is original and intriguing.

Sage Peterson has been living in the basement of the university where Professor James Elias teaches. She has lived a hard lonely life where she has to cover up all of strange unexplainable events that occur around her when she gets overly emotional. The frustrating, sexy, authoritative James offers to help Sage who is a powerful half witch/half sorceress by training her in magic while he is secretly planning to use Sage against his enemies. However, as they spend more time together, their feelings deepen into a bond that is irrefutable, even to Professor Elias who has a few secrets he is trying keep to himself.

Ms. Shaw is able to create a solid connection between the reader and the hero and heroine of this story. She has created two domineering eccentric characters that effectively complement each other. The snarky conversations and one liners between these Sage and James is very amusing and helps to lessen the intensity of the events occurring around them. The sexual tension and relationship that develops between the two main characters is extremely meaningful. In addition, the plot and the originality of novel compounds the reader’s appreciation of the novel. The combination of all these elements creates a paranormal romance that is hard to put down.

Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lori Agnew on Aug. 16, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this book thank you so much for reminding me. I work in a high school so at first the language was oh boy , but it was not bad not like I thought the whole story was going to be about, it really was GOOD .It flowed I read it straight through was funny the interaction with the characters was as people are every day .It had all the aspects that I look for in a book . I loved it from beginning to end. I can't wait to get to the next one. Oh Erin forget about Jimmy . Vampires love you forever.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jenn b on April 27, 2011 :
This was an enjoyable and interesting book to read and I look forward to the next. I gave this book 3 stars for two reasons. First, because I had a hard time with the character's attitudes and the responses to those attitudes (especially in the beginning). Secondly, for how polished the storyline was.

This story has two main characters. Sage, an emotionally confused woman who has been through 'the system' and has many trust issues. And James, an educated warrior who understands strategy and is arrogant. What I don't understnd is their relationship. He is her teacher and demands respect, and yet he puts up with situations that no teacher would tolerate (attitude wise). Also, HE puts HER in a duel situation that she is uncomfortable with and gets mad at her when she looses control when she clearly warned him in the begin. I would have thought a competent strategist would understand their novice's triggers and mannerisms and intervene before it got life threatening.

The romance that builds in the story was paced good. I would have liked to read about their first love making instead of reading the implied words. Although, reading about a James who has spent days dreaming up ways to take his frustration out on Sage was great. I wonder how the incontrol man at the beginning and the almost submissive man at the end will play out. I got a weird sense of James as a panting puppy dog by the end and that makes me uneasy. It could be good or we could see resentment in the future. I just don't know how happy James ultimately will be following order from Sage. There needs to be some sort of partnership for a relationship to work (which they didn't have at the beginning and then flip-flopped in the end).

Although their writing styles are different, this book had a similar feel to Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. There is a strong female character with alot of internal conflict and trust issues but slowly comes into her own with the help of an antient vampire. I think the book could really be great if there was a bit more polishing in the beginning chapters. Although I am not a writing expert, I did get the feel that some areas were a little better written than others. I think techincally there are no flaws but I got the sense that this is a first book and that Ms. Shaws writing will get better and better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristen on April 24, 2011 :
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Sorcerers, Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves
RECEIVED: Copy from Author

More and more I’ve been meeting new authors that have such great work, I was grateful to be asked to read and review Destiny Divided by Leia Shaw.
I’ve read a lot of PNR’s and so many vampire books in my time you would think I’d get tired of reading the same thing over and over again. But Leia Shaw adds her own touch to a very exciting new Paranormal Romance, with her twist of witches and sorcerers. This series started out with a bang and a very promising start, Who wouldn’t love a story with kick butt fight scenes, some smoking hot sorcerers, powerful witches and a lead female character who isn’t your average bad girl. Nope she’s got an attitude that would make a burly biker man cry.
Sage has had it rough, in and out of homes all her life, never being able to feel that connection and love from anyone. She always felt like she needed to run, fight, and steal to get through life. She lives in a basement and the only way she can earn enough money to get by is to steal from people, mostly when she’s at school.
And at school, I mean Sage is sneaking in the classes, not only to get some goodies but also to learn. Little does she know she caught the attention of a young Professor. Arrogant and snooty, James is a man with power and secrets and he finds Sage to be everything he’s been looking for. Not only because of the attraction but because she possess unbelievable power.
James offers to help Sage with her power since he possesses a lot himself. This is where the story really starts to pick up. Sage is an extremely tough girl, she doesn’t like being helped or told what to do and with James being a “do as I say” guy they seriously have a lot of issues to deal with.
I felt that both Sage and James really needed to cool down their attitudes a lot; I just wanted to yell, “Calm down! Which made me realize how into this book I was, and loved it! I was pulling for these two to overcome the many challenges that they had ahead and figure out that they both needed to say how they felt about each other.
There was one part in the book that confused me a bit. Where it felt like a whole scene was missing. I went back a noticed that I wasn’t skipping anything but that the issue wasn’t addressed, but we still get a bit of information on what happened as I read on.
I’m very interested to see what happens next, since the ending gives a hint that we get to learn more about some secondary characters that I’m dying to know more about.
Overall I was addicted to this book and couldn’t put it down, I felt myself smirking at many scenes because the sarcasm is just seeping out of each page with brilliance. I love a story with great sarcasm and bickering, makes me smile each time. I highly recommended Destiny Divided!

This is an Adult Novel with Sexual Content and Adult situation, with a bit of violence. Recommended to fans of Christine Feehan and Kresley Cole.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paranormal Opinion on April 20, 2011 :
This is a really good book, I really enjoyed it. I just love finding new authors and was lucky enough to have Leia Shaw contact me for a review. The character of Sage is not exactly a likable character at first. She has a major attitude problem, she lies, and she's a thief. However, these traits are due to a rough childhood. After she meets James, her attitude slowly tones down and she slowly warms up to him. Very slowly actually - which lead to some frustration on my end. There is a lot of sexual tension and you start to wonder if these two are ever going to get together. Of course, that is what kept me from putting down the book because I was just sure in the next chapter they were going to admit their feeling for each other, lol... Sage and James have a lot of differences, but somehow it just works. They are really good for each other and both bring out positive characteristics in the other. It's a fun book really - Sage's snarky comments bring out a lot of humor in the book. I'm really looking forward to the next book which comes out this summer. It features Marcello, who is a vampire in Destiny Divided that we got to see a little bit of, and I enjoyed his character. I really think that anyone who is a fan of paranormal romance would like this book, though because of some sexual content I would recommend this for ages 18+.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: RBtWBC on April 20, 2011 :
4.5 stars

I loved every single moment of Destiny Divided!
The author did an excellent job with world building, keeping it believable and exciting while her characters were sexy and interesting. Sage is a kick ass heroine with a snarky sense of humor I adored and James a yummy and protective sorcerer with a few secrets of his own. I loved watching both of them develop and grow as individuals and a couple. There is a great balance of action and romance in this captivating. Also, mucho sexual tension that leaves you hanging by a thread for quite some time but is well worth the wait. Some funny Twilight and Harry Potter references as well; there was even a ‘Luke, I am your father’ Star Wars moment.

This was such a fun and addicting read, I couldn’t put it down and held a serious grudge against my family when I actually had to take a break to fix them dinner!
The end had me salivating for more and I can’t wait to get my hands on A Destiny United, the next book in the series set to release this June.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda on April 17, 2011 :
Loved this book! My only complaint is that I don't have a portable ereader yet, and reading this on the computer killed my eyes because I couldn't stop reading.
I can't wait for the next book in the series!
This story has it all: humor, sex, vampires, magic, werewolves. How do you improve on that?
The heroine was great. I'm enjoying reading other vampire/PN series, but I'm kind of tired of the innocent/naive/country heroine. It's been done, move on. Sage is certainly nothing like that, and I loved her for it.
Of course, there's a sexy super-natural hero. Those can never be overdone. LOL
My favorite quotes:
"A Sorcery community? Do they have a Facebook page?"

"Aw, fuck me," she muttered.
"Love to doll, but I'm sort of numb from the waist down," he said. "Can I take you up on it later, though?"

"It's a brand new Droid. I just personalized it." He held it out to face her. "Look, I downloaded Bejeweled."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dee Read on April 15, 2011 :
Honestly, I had to put this one down. I just wasn’t immediately drawn into the characters. When I came back I could kick myself for ever stopping. I am such a schmuck!

Sage is an extremely strong character. I enjoyed the personal, internal journey the author lead us on. The author does an exceptional job in expressing the emotions Sage has and is going through making a connection form easily with the character. She is also completely kick-ass and you have to love that.

James is an arrogant, know-it-all, but sexy as hell professor. His initial intentions for Sage were not so honorable, but James soon realizes love is more important than vengeance. When this happens the alpha male comes out, and the “MINE” phrases begin. You know I love that!!! Yes I do!!!

There is quite a few surprises in this novel, and that I enjoyed. The sarcastic humor was exceptional. Shaw pulled a snort or two from me, I will admit. However, what lacked for me was the sexual relationship of the characters. The first encounters (plural) were referred to but not addressed. This left a big void for me in the novel. I sat back and thought “What the heck! When did that happen?” and flipped back pages to see if I missed something. Then I read the page numbers to see if I was missing pages. Next I realized the information I was looking for just wasn’t there! There is a scene eventually where the leads have a private meeting, but at that point I was a wee bit frustrated.

Would I read the next addition? Yes, for the fact of the great sarcastic humor, and the potential of the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cherie Stokes on April 14, 2011 :
An awesome paranormal story that really appealed to me!

I came across this story in the Goodreads forums and wow am I glad I did.

Now to review without giving away *ANY* major spoilers!

The story centres around Sage, a kick-ass, sarcastic, fiesty product of the foster care system. Sage slips into some classes at a college and listens to James, the Professor's lectures on mythology.

By some turn of events, Sage is noticed by the professor, and he knows she shouldn't be there so he decides to find out who she is. As it turns out, James finds out that Sage has powers, and being someone who is well educated in powers, he realises Sage needs a mentor as she has serious lack of control.

Of course like any good story of this nature, teaching doesnt always go to plan, and add in some massive plot surprises, magical creatures and sassy backchat and it has everything a good book should have.

Oh and of course there is the romance/sex! I won't spoil anything here, but I can imagine that some people who read this book would have found the way this was handled to be frustrating, for want of a better word. Some earlier encounters were left to the imagination and only referred to, but I liked that because it made the story more satisfying when you got to the juicy bits :)

Oh and the other things that appealed to me were funny references the author made, particularly one to the Twilight series :)

All in all this was a very "me" book and an absolute pleasure to read. I am SO glad it is intended to be a series as I will be lining up for the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Krystal Clark on March 24, 2011 :
WOW, This is a Very promising start to a great series!!! It had me on the edge of my chair the whole time.

Little bits of my fav's:

~James found it too endearing not to poke some fun. “Back then? They’re not allowed to fight now,” he said sitting back in the booth as he raked his gaze over her. He knew he was antagonizing her but he couldn’t help it. “As is right for the world.”

She narrowed her gaze. “Let me tell you something, you sexist pig,” she hissed as he held back a smile. “All it takes is one flash of these babies,” she hoisted up her breasts and James’ breath hitched, “and I’d have every guy in sight stuttering while I thrust a sword through his heart.”

James could no longer hold in a grin. “You would objectify your body to win a fight?”

She shrugged casually. “You told me to fight dirty.”

He laughed out loud. “Well done, caru. I no longer hold the belief that women shouldn’t fight in battles.” Although he never believed it anyway.~

~“Aw, fuck me,” she muttered.

“Love to doll, but I’m sort of numb from the waist down,” he said. “Can I take you up on it later though?”

She picked her head up to meet his dark gaze. “Funny. You pick now to finally have a sense of humor?~
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: kindlemom on March 22, 2011 :
Wow, this book passed all my expectations and then some. The author did a great job of making Sage's world believable and really drew you into the characters and their lives. I loved all the Harry Potter and Twilight references, Sage's sense of humor was great and although she was a bad girl with some major issues she was very lovable.
I loved James, Maddox and Marcelo and can't wait for the next book so we can learn more about them and their stories. It will be interesting to see how Sage develops over time and deals with all of her new powers and responsibilities while still learning to trust and love others and kick butt along the way.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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