Nov 6, 2013

{Review} of Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade by A.D. Robertson

Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade by A.D. Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Romance
THEME: Paranormal, Mature
RECEIVED: Publisher

Twenty-five-year-old Tristan Doran enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. As a direct descendant of the Keepers—witches who have embraced dark magic—he defers to no one but his overlord, Lord Bosque Mar. For most of his life, Tristan has been kept out of the centuries-old Witches War, his bloodline too valuable to risk in battle.

But when a beautiful, young human Searcher named Sarah is captured and made a prisoner in his Irish castle, Tristan’s infatuation with her flings him headlong into the fray. Captive and captor, unable to contain their longing, embark on a passionate, forbidden romance together—only to learn that their love is at the heart of a prophecy predicting the downfall of the Keepers’ ages-old reign.

Captive explores the darker side of the richly imagined Nightshade universe, a fantasy world of powerful dark witches, shape-shifting wolf warriors, and fascinating history. The first of three erotic novels, Captive delves deeply into the fiery, illicit romance of two young lovers whose very desires invite their doom.


This was my first time stepping into the world of Nightshade as I haven’t had the chance to read the young adult series by Andrea Cremer aka A.D. Robertson. Luckily for readers like me I didn’t have any problem understand this world and Robertson did a great job with the history behind the Keepers and the Searchers without being overwhelming. However after reading this series I definitely want to read the young adult books now to get more background into this world.

Captive follows Sarah a searcher and descendant of Cian, who is sent on a dangerous mission to an enemy island to get some answers to a prophecy. Sarah knew this could cost her and when Guardians of the island capture her she is taken prisoner to their Master. To her surprise she comes face to face with the Keeper, Tristan, who is nothing like what the stories have said about his kind. The two discover that they are connected and yearning for something more, a way to stop the war that’s been go on for far too long.

Sarah is a tough but innocent young woman who goes after what she wants and mostly to prove herself to the Searchers. The readers don’t get much background about Sarah, but that she has a very protective best friend Anika and a crush on her fellow team member Jeremy. The readers do discover she has a good heart towards the many servants on the island she becomes prisoner on. She also discovers that not all stories about the Keepers are true and Tristan is extremely important to their enemy’s leader Bosque.

Tristan has his life already planned out for him, as a direct descendant of Eira he must keep the lineage going. Sadly for him the Keepers leader Bosque Mar has kept him alone with only servants and people he chooses for him. But once he meets Sarah he becomes fascinated with her, her life, and the freedom she has had. He learns from her and realizes that he wants a life that he chooses and not chosen for him. Sarah and Tristan have so much chemistry and their spark is shown right in their first meeting. I enjoyed their banter, innocents and compassion that they share together.

Overall this was a great beginning, I liked the back-story and how the Searchers prophecy connected all the pieces together for both protagonists. The romance was the key focus of the whole plot, highlighting that the two of them meeting is only the beginning, which I assume connects to the young adult series. The villain Bosque is someone who is seriously dangerous, creepy and I can’t wait to see what he does next. This is most defiantly an adult novel with sexual content and steamy scenes. I did enjoy Sarah and Tristan’s chemistry, but I felt it was fairly quick and I wish there were a few more challenges before they got together. The ending was also a bit rushed as well, there is a lot of pieces still left to cover that could have been added to the end. I’m hoping for some answers in the next book. In the end I look forward to continuing this series and can’t wait to see how Sarah and Tristan handle their new paths.


This is an adult novel that contains sexual content meant for mature readers. Fans of Boone Bruxs' Bringer and the Bane series and Claire Ashgroves The Curse of the Templars series will enjoy Captive by A.D. Robertson.

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