Tuesday 8 November 2011

A Review for Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter.

Posted by Guest Reviewer Melanie
Published Date: August 23rd, 2011 
Finished Date: October 31st, 2011
Publishers: Mills & Boon (Mira) 
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400 

The Blurb from Goodreads: Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out. 

Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him. 

When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...

The Review: 3.5 out of 5 - This is the first in a series, each by a different author but all centring around the same storyline. 

An evil blood sorcerer decides he will conquer and claim kingdoms but the King and Queen of Eldon won't go down without a fight, one being a Vampire and the other a witch. Accepting their fate they are determined that their four children will survive. So they join their powers to keep their children safe without the knowledge of where they come from or who they are, but with an overwhelming need for vengeance against the new King of Eldon. 

In the first book Nicolai, the eldest who is a vampire finds himself as a sex slave to a pair of sadistic princesses who take pleasure in his pain and keep him chained up, a slave to their every whim. He somehow manages to bring a human into the realm by murdering one of his tormenters and placing Jane in her place, appearing to everyone else as the murdered princess.

In the beginning he views Jane as a means to an end which is to escape and gain revenge on his parent’s killer even though he can’t remember why he needs to do it. His plans start to unravel with the amount of time he spends with Jane and his memories start to appear, giving him an insight into who he really is and what has been one to him. 

To be honest I wasn’t really sure about this book to begin with. I have never read a book by this author and wasn’t quite sure what to expect but i actually really enjoyed it. It was easy to read and not that confusing compared to others I’ve read that deal with other realms. I found myself waiting for the memories that were coming to light to know more about Nicolai and how they were going to affect him as each new thing was revealed. The relationship was really sweet but very primal at the same time, the way his speech reverted to basic one words when he was overcome with emotion brought home a sort of savagery and I liked it! Jane was also endearing with the way she wouldn’t give in and do as she is told or wouldn’t back down. Just like a strong modern woman should be, even after everything that had happened in her life.

All in all I really liked this book and will definitely be looking into the follow ups and possibly some of this authors other works too.

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