Frank launches an offshoot of her popular Nightwalker series by exploring the lives of the Shadowdwellers. She brings her cultures vividly to life while keeping the romance in sharp focus. Intriguing worlds and dynamic passion, what more do you need?

A car crash thrusts New Yorker Ashla Townsend into a desolate version of the once-bustling city. After wandering the streets alone for weeks, she discovers two men battling with swords. The survivor is gravely wounded, and Ashla feels compelled to save him.

As vizier to one of the Shadowdweller Chancellors, Trace uncovered a treasonous plot that has him fighting in the alternate reality of shadowscape. That Ashla can see and touch him shocks Trace, for this should be impossible. Treachery is seeping into Trace's world, and stopping it is paramount. Does Ashla's presence help or hinder him? (ZEBRA, Jan., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith