Review: Wind and Shadow by Tori L. Ridgewood

Wind and Shadow by Tori L. Ridgewood
Series: Talbot Trilogy (# 1)
Release Date: June 20, 2013
Publisher: Melange Books
Pages: 230 
Source: book provided by the author for review



Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn’t count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot…or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger…but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it’s too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen (“Mist and Midnight”, Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…


Facing the past can be a nightmare. It’s worse when a vampire is stalking you.


Review:   Wind and Shadow by Tori L. Ridgewood was a book that took me pleasantly by surprise. I was a bit hesitant going in, but I’m really glad I took the chance. This is such a wonderfully well-rounded book; I really don’t know how the author managed to pull it all off. No one area really suffered, or lacked. The entire cast of characters are fully fleshed, obviously some more than others, but even the characters you only see once or twice are described wonderfully.

Rayvin escaped her hometown years ago, following a super-secret Big Bad Thing that happened. The entire town shunned her, and she decided to hightail it out of there. It was pretty annoying at how long it took for that to be revealed. You knew Rayvin was strong, so you could only guess that it was something really bad, but then you start wondering if maybe she just wasn’t strong enough to handle it. You know she’s a witch, so is it something she couldn’t solve with magic, or is it a moral thing? So many questions.

Our heroine Rayvin was kick ass. She was amazing, strong in a way that most other heroines pretend to be, and innocent and vulnerable in ways most other heroines pretend to be, as well. We got more pieces and clues into her character as the story went on. Maybe I’m impatient, but it sort of pissed me off at how slow in coming the “big reveal” was, the reason why she left home so many years ago.

As soon as she returns home, the crap hits the fan. Technically I’m not even sure if she technically made it in to her home town, she was on the outskirts of it. This goes to show you just how bad things get. But it was a delicious journey. Then you’re introduced to our hero, Grant. He’s pretty amazing, all male, all strong and brooding, yet seriously sensitive and understanding. Although it takes a bit for that to come to light. The more you get to know him, the more you like him. But at the same time, once you know him you start getting pissed off by some of his more annoying attributes. But again, that’s another one of those crazily appealing things about this book, these people have zero of those normal book character qualities. They’re actually real. Well, except for the magic.

The way the author handled the magic, the witchiness, the vampires, (yes, I said vampires,) was just astounding. None of the trite things I’ve come to expect from novels containing vampires. And as the book progresses, it just becomes more involved, more powers are developed and shown, more people are turned. The villain in this piece was seriously despicable. He was just gross, creepy, delusional and plain evil. He really had some plans. You’re always kept guessing, and you’re rooting; you’re annoyed and excited, happy and sad. The prose and descriptive properties in this novel were amazing. The cliffhanger was just… wow. NOT what I was expecting at all. At the end of it, you’re dying to find out more. As soon as I read the last word, I opened up my internet tab and checked to see if the sequel was already available. It was. I’d recommend this to anyone that likes paranormal romance, and likes real characters, magic, betrayals, cheering and crying, and seriously hating the bad guy.