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I absolutely adore vampire books and this book has become a favourite read of 2017! What a way to end 2017 with a new favourite vampire novel. So eager for the next audiobook.
Oh wow, the narrator was so amazing! The narrator did an excellent job! I honestly could not get enough of this read!
Perfect for readers of paranormal romances.
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As a fan of RA Steffan and her go-to narrator Gwendolyn Druyor, I am once again starting a new series, this one a contemporary vampire tale cowritten with Jaelynn Woolf.
The story is set in New Orleans with enough local detail to make your hair frizz from the humidity every time you listen. A coven of six vampires has come to town in an attempt to defeat the demon Baal, and the city is mad with horrible violence erupting at random all over. After a mass shooting, vampire leader Tre meets human Della, who just might be the reincarnation of his lost love Irina and is the key to defeating Baal.
The love story between Tre and Della happens quickly, but it isn’t insta-love. Even with the possibility that she might be reincarnated, Della has some healthy skepticism at first.
For vampire fans, this is both familiar and slightly different. Their abilities include healing, flight as mist, flight as owls, and some mind-reading with other vampires. If you’re already a fan, nothing in the world building will make you stumble.
The writing itself is lovely. There were a few good descriptions and turns of phrase that caught my ear. I was particularly impressed with the writing of the fight scenes and general violence and mayhem. I could feel the reality of the crazy fervor around the characters.
The only time I thought the story lagged was after the first sex scene where Tre is giving Della the backstory on what happened to him. We as readers and listeners already know most of what he’s telling Della. She does need to know what he’s saying, and it should be a scene we witness. I’m not sure what could have been done to make that better. If I’d been reading vs listening, I would have skimmed those scenes.
We got enough of the other vampires to make me curious for the other stories when we get to them. It should be a fun ride no matter how it happens.
As to Druyor’s performance, she is consistent as always. I have listened to enough hours of her performing Steffan’s works that I recognize voices she’s used for other characters in different series. This is a great voice for fiction, and I’d put her in my top ten favorite narrators.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What if Vampires weren't simply the creatures of the night? What if the Big Bang was the rendering of the balance between light and dark and our very existance keeps the two halves separate? What if vampires are the living embodiment of that rendering? In this book there are 6 vampires who were marked for darkness when human but, through great sacrifice from their soulmates, escape it. Now they dwell in the space between. They are the failures of Bael, the demon who wants darkness to reign supreme. More importantly there is a legend that 13 of Bael's failures will one day defeat him and restore balance.
This book is the first in the series. It is quite dark, weighty and violent, with plenty of action and a bit of stage-setting for the remainder of the series. Set in turbulent New Orleans, it shows the dark underbelly of demonic intentions with the undead attacking people, nightly gun violence and so on. Della is a human caught in the crossfire who, it turns out, is a prominent target of Bael. It turns out she has a connection with Trey, the leader of the vampire coven. Trey is unable to resist the call of her soul and repeatedly protects her. Their connection is strong as they figure out what they are to each other and how that is relevant to the legend.
I found this book very interesting. It is quite different from the usual vampire romance. I am looking forward to the remainder of the series. I was a bit iffy about Gwendolyn Druyor's performance to begin with but, as the story progressed, i appreciated how she brought the characters to life with their individual personalities reflected in the narration. She also reflected the darkness and desperation in the story. I enjoyed her performance.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review