Title: Wild Shadow
Author: Martha Dunlop
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Rating: 4 Star
Dylan wants to launch a solo music career and move out of the flat he shares with his old school friends, but he feels trapped by his life in Wildley Forest Village. When a mysterious artist catches his eye and a white tiger starts appearing only to him, Dylan finally feels things changing. But is this apparition all in his imagination, or is something more magical happening?
Tabitha moved to Wildley Forest to paint the tigers at the zoo. A reclusive young artist with a big reputation, she protects her privacy fiercely. Nobody knows her biggest secret: When she paints, she astral projects and her awareness walks as a white tiger. People don’t usually see her tiger form, but then she encounters Dylan and her defences begin to crumble.
Dylan’s friends aren’t keen on the new girl and the tiger keeper at the zoo wants Tabitha’s attention for himself. But as the tiger walks, change becomes inevitable for everyone. Can Dylan and Tabitha find their way to love? And will the truth unite them or will it tear them apart?
Wild Shadow is a standalone title by author Martha Dunlop. After reading Martha’s debut novel, The Starfolk Arcana, and loving the mystical and spiritual context, I was excited to see how the author would explore astral projection in this title.
Told from three points of view (Dylan, Tabitha, and Max), you get an interesting angle from three very different characters. I liked Dylan; he was warm and empathic but also ambitious and assertive. Tabitha, I could see in my mind as her character developed, and I loved that she had the ability to astral project as a tiger when she paints. Max was the only character I couldn’t gel with – as the author no doubt intended it. He’s a slimy creep who deserves everything he gets (I think the author let him off way too lightly!!)
The secondary characters added to the story nicely, although I would have enjoyed getting to know more about Rachel’s background. The musical arc also added a lovely ‘beat’ to the novel.
The tigers were the star of the show for me as they are my favourite animal. I was jealous that Tabitha could walk with them in her projected state and was glad to see how their journey ended.
Although this is a love story, there is still plenty of tension and angst. I would have liked to see some of the storylines unfolded on a deeper level, such as the backstory between Max and Sophie’s relationship, as I kept expecting a blackmail reveal or something equally sinister. I was also half expecting the owls to reveal themselves as astral projections too!
I don’t usually enjoy romance stories, but there was just the right amount of mystical content to keep me engaged.
Beautifully written and a novel any paranormal romance fan would enjoy.
I received a copy of Wild Shadow from the author and gave an honest review as a Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team member.