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Elvenrude Book 1
Ally Shields
Paranormal Romance
Etopia Press
October 3, 2014

Elvenrude Book One

Conspiracy, murder, and magic...and the death of all they hold dear.

When the first wanderer—a common elf who isn't authorized to use the portal—is spotted on the streets of New Orleans, the king assigns Kameo Ryndel to assist in the elf's capture. But before she can intervene, humans with guns shoot the wanderer and steal his body. When Seth Lormarc, an Elite elf from a rival guild, appears at the scene, Kam suspects he is involved.

Seth Lormarc is in New Orleans to find out who was behind the portal breach, and his best lead is the intriguing Kam Ryndel. When he stakes out her apartment and finds her sneaking out in the middle of the night, dressed in black and leaping to the top of the nearest building, he knows there's something unique about the beautiful elf. That kind of feat requires magic. Ancient magic.

As their paths cross during their investigations, they develop an irresistible attraction, although there's little time for romance. The portal breach is tied to an illegal smuggling operation that has come to the attention of the human CIA. But the stakes are raised when Kam and Seth discover a band of conspirators and a rebellion deep in Elvenrude that promises nothing except destruction of their world.


Review by Heather Gabriel

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

This story starts right in with the excitement. There is a portal breach, and they can’t find the one who came through. One of the main characters in this story is Kam, an elf. Because of the breach, her duties have been expanded. She is now part of the Guard, under the king’s orders. Another main character is Seth, a rival to Kam’s family. He has been drawn in to figuring out who has breached the portal from Elvenrude to the human world.

Things really get interesting when another wanderer is found and followed. Kam shows up to help and sees him shot and kidnapped by humans. They realize it’s not just a portal breach they are dealing with. The king sends them Cityside to find the responsible parties. They could get stuck there. Will they find a way home? Will they be able to fight the growing attraction between them? Will they figure out which keyholder is the traitor in time to save Elvenrude?

If you like action, romance, elves, and magic you will like this story.