Literature Nightshade Trilogy Discussion

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10:00:07 PM Sep 15th 2012
edited by Dawnwing
I think since there's so many books/novellas out now, we shouldn't describe the plot of each and every one, but rather take a more general view on the series, especially to hide the fact that the Keepers are the bad guys, since that's a pretty huge spoiler. How about this? Feel free to suggest any edits. (If there are no replies after a couple weeks to discuss it, I'll just stick this on there and copy the old description here, just as reference) (Heh, the prequel series description comes mostly from the blurb of book 1 'cause I haven't started it yet)

Nightshade is a paranormal romance trilogy by Andrea Cremer. It has expanded into a prequel series, two novellas, and a YouTube series.

The original trilogy (Nightshade, Wolfsbane, and Bloodrose) follows the story of Calla, a young Guardian - a shapeshifter who is able to turn into a wolf. All her life, she's known her place: as a Guardian, her duty - and that of her family and friends - is to protect the Keepers (who are said to have created the Guardians when a wolf saved the life of a Keeper) from their foes, who are known as the Searchers. The war has lasted as long as anyone can remember, and each side has a different story. As part of her duty, Calla is to be mated to another young Guardian, Ren Laroche, on her next birthday, but when she, against the laws of the Keepers, saves the life of a hiker - a teen her age named Shay who, unbeknownst to her, is The Chosen One destined to destroy the Keepers - her entire world is turned upside down.

The prequels (Rift and Rise) tell the story of how the war between the Keepers and the Searchers originally started. Ember Morrow has known all her life that she is pledged to serve the knights of Conatus beginning at her sixteenth birthday. When the knights realize that one among them is dabbling in dark magic, Ember must choose whether to follow the path of darkness, or to escape the order and pledge her life to destroying her fellow knights.

So far there are two novellas out: Treachery, which is from Calla's brother Ansel's point of view during the events of Wolfsbane; and Aftermath, which is from the Searchers' point of view after the end of Bloodrose. A prequel story, Shadow Days, was created to introduce fans to the first Nightshade book - it's a YouTube series (turned into a free novella) from Shay's point of view up to the events of the first book.

EDIT: Made the change. Original description here, just in case:

Nightshade is a paranormal romance trilogy by Andrea Cremer. It has expanded into a prequel series, two novellas, and a Youtube series from the perspective of Shay Doran before the series begins.

The Keepers, the Guardians, and the Searchers have been warring for as long as anyone can remember, and each has a different story of what actually happened. The Keepers work for the dark forces of the Nether, protected by their shapeshifter slaves—the Guardians—while the Searchers try to bring balance back to the world.

In Nightshade, Calla—a Guardian, who like all Guardians, is a slave of the Keepers—, saves a beautiful human boy in defiance of the Keeper's laws. When she falls in love with him, her impending planned marriage with Ren Laroche, another pack's alpha, begins to look less and less like her destiny and more and more like something she is simply being forced into by her masters. As doubt is thrown on whether the Keepers are really on the right side of the war, Calla is forced to choose between following her heart and following her masters.

In Wolfsbane, Calla and Shay—the human boy, who is also the chosen one/Scion—find themselves captured by the Searchers. Calla is given a simple offer: save her pack and her husband-to-be and bring them into revolt against the Keepers. As Calla fights to save her pack from the gruesome punishments of the Keepers, her continuing attachment to Ren puts a wedge into her relationship with Shay. Now free of her old masters, Calla has the freedom to choose what battles are worth fighting, and what conflicts love can withstand.

In Bloodrose comes the final battle. As Calla fights to save Ren despite Shay's protests and to protect her brother from the anger of the Searchers, she must prove herself as alpha of her pack in the fight to rid the world of the evil of the Keepers. And then she must decide what to do after the war ends. If she survives.
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