This new novel by Shelley Nolan perfectly delivers on its foreboding title. Jackson Kyle’s in trouble. Once a powerful warden, he is now a rage-driven freak with a murderous blood lust. Soon the wardens be forced to act on their pledge, 'No warden shall suffer a freak to live.’
Things get even more interesting when he crosses path with Justice, who has been marked by Gaea as the one to cast judgement on mankind in a few day's time. Justice has been hunted all her life and each of her bodyguards have died protecting her. It only takes one touch from Justice for Jackson's urge to kill to be replaced by the urge to protect her.
'You have the dubious privilege of being my personal bodyguard. Protecting me from harm is now your only objective, at least until someone else comes along, kills you, and takes your place.’
Jackson’s imperative and Justice’s date with destiny drive the narrative. The humans, wardens, half breeds, and freaks engage in a bloody war as the day of judgement approaches. Jackson is continually struggling between his warring freak instincts and his need to keep Justice safe. Then there is their growing intimacy, a complex interplay handled expertly by the author and one of my favourite things about the story. Both Jackson and Justice were very relatable characters.
I was on tenterhooks for the last half, wondering how the plot threads would be resolved. I would love to see this as a movie or on Netflix. Think Bodyguard, with a Beauty and the Beast twist!
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Dark Justice (The Last Ward Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Shelley Russell Nolan is an avid reader who began writing her own stories at sixteen. Her first completed manuscript featured brain eating aliens and a butt kicking teenage heroine. Since then she has spent her time creating fantasy worlds where death is only the beginning and even freaks can fall in love. A member of Queensland Writers Centre and the Regional Writers Reference Group, Shelley regularly attends workshops and writers festivals to meet other writers and readers. Born in New Zealand, moving to Australia with her family when she was seven, Shelley currently lives in Central Queensland, Australia, with her husband and two young children. They share their home with two wrecking ball kitties, a deformed budgerigar and a pipsqueak of a dog that is fairly normal as dogs go. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07XLDFD3T
- Publisher : Odyssey Books (11 September 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 3878 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 750,021 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in Australia on 7 October 2019
Reviewed in Australia on 24 September 2019
Dark Justice contained a twist on the zombie theme that I loved! It had equal parts romance and action, with realistic and detailed world-building. I also enjoyed the "female messiah" theme and fast pace. Fantastic!
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Reviewed in Australia on 12 January 2020
I really enjoyed this fast-paced and action packed novel. It allowed me to escape the pressures of my day to day reality, taking me into the world of freaks, humans, half breeds and wardens, that the author Shelly Russell Nolan had imagined and brought to life in her novel, Dark Justice. I particularly liked Jackson Kyle, a former Ward Captain. After being afflicted by a virus and then having a bond imposed on him, he is at odds with his own compulsions to both kill and protect. Struggling with the darkness and light within, he is called upon to fight violent battles that just keep coming, but fight he must to keep Justice safe so she can see out her destiny. The story is shaped by love, jealousy, discrimination, loyalties and a need to accept the darkness that dwells within. One of the strengths of the work is the spirit of camaraderie that develops between some of the key characters. As the characters care for each other, it is easy to start wanting the best for them and I found myself cheering them on as the story approached its dramatic conclusion.
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Dark JusticeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2021
Dark Justice is not my usual genre that I like to read. I prefer thought-provoking classics. However, I enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced and interesting. Shelley Nolan created a new world based on the old classic, Beauty and the Beast, that I think many would enjoy.
Action-Packed! Every Bit as Thrilling as The Fifth Element!Reviewed in the United States on 3 October 2019
Set amidst a world decimated by a virus and populated by bloodthirsty freaks, genetically enhanced soldiers, humans, and half-breeds, Shelley Russell Nolan’s Dark Justice is an edge-of-your-seat thriller in every sense of the word. From page one, the story is chocked full with exciting and action-packed battle scenes galore as our world, now 500 years in the future, teeters upon the verge of an apocalyptical Armageddon. Yet it’s the unlikely romance of Jackson Kyle, a Warden turned freak and Justice, a young woman who holds the scales of the fate of the world in her hands, which adds not simply a touch of tenderness, but true hope for the future of all humanity … not simply in the pages of this book … but today … here… and now. Clearly having polished her craft to a brilliance that truly shines, with Dark Justice, Shelley Russell Nolan has created a Must-Read for everyone who loves Action, Sci-fi, Young Adult, Romance, and just about every genre I can think of. I absolutely loved it! Definitely a five-star rating!