Review: Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Posted January 19, 2023 by Angie in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel, #1) by Jeaniene FrostShades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1, Night Huntress Universe #14) by Jeaniene Frost
Published by Avon on October 30, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (260 pages)
Source: Library
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The Rule Breaker...

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he's never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker...

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait...well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s carefully cultivated, devil-may-care roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences.


This is the Night Huntress spinoff series that I need in my life! Vlad’s series was fine, but it was still Ian that stood out most to me in that series. Where we left him stomped on my heart and I needed to know if he’d be okay! Well, Shades of Wicked starts with Veritas tracking our favorite bisexual vampire to a brothel in Poland…hosting a sexy circus. I can’t say that I’m surprised. But it’s not all fun and games when she tries to apprehend him, and use him to track down the demon Dagon.

Shades of Wicked is actually narrated by Veritas, the seemingly stuffy Law Guardian we’ve met a few times throughout the other series. While I was hoping to get into Ian’s head, it’s not surprising that we don’t, since the author does tend to write from a female perspective. However, I loved getting to know Veritas so well! There is so much more to her than being a stickler for the rules, who also has a knack for secretly helping our favorite characters out of some sticky situations. Her backstory was especially interesting! She has definitely been through some stuff, and I don’t blame her for throwing out the rules to take down Dagon!

We also do get to know Ian way better as well! We already know that while he’s very sexual and inappropriate and sometimes a straightup jerk, it comes from a good place. Mostly. He’s not perfect, but he does have a persona to keep up. He certainly has heart though and I loved seeing more of it in Shades of Wicked. My little Grinch heart cracked even more when he tells Veritas that no one ever wants to just be with him, they always want something. I want to just be with you, Ian! We also learn more about his human life here, which I was not expecting at all!

Shades of Wicked isn’t just all character development, although that is really good here. It’s also super action packed as Ian and Veritas travel around, fighting demons, rescuing innocents, destroying buildings while having sex, blowing stuff up…It’s just a jolly good time! The book is really fast paced, so there’s never any room for getting bored. I just flew through it!

I really enjoyed Shades of Wicked. This is a fabulous start to what I hope is an epic trilogy! I need more Ian in my life!

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4 responses to “Review: Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

  1. I loved this one too. I was so happy to learn more about Veritas and Ian. With them together most of the time, we got a lot more Ian (than we did of Vlad in his books) Thanks so much for joining us and sharing your review!

  2. I agree, this book was so great and I love both Ian and Veritas. I was thankful to see so much of Ian through Veritas’s eyes (since that didn’t happen as much with the Vlad books). Great review, can’t wait to chat next month!

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