Posts Tagged ‘Vampires’

The Sandrian Chronicles: Written in Blood by Keith Montgomery

September 25, 2017 - 8:32 pm No Comments

The Sandrian Chronicles: Written in Blood by Keith Montgomery
Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 12th July 2016
425 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


Sandrian’s are vampires with a heartbeat and Adalius was one of the finest of their clan. Troy Thomas was a slayer, trained by one of the best slayers, his father. Both were on missions to rid the world of rogue vampires, both after the same prey, Anna the evillest of all, the vampire that killed their loved ones. With Lycans, other slayers and even the odd regular vampire baying for Anna’s blood, it is going to get bloody.
Although different breeds, Adalius and Troy were very much alike. They were both loners, dedicated to their cause, and had few people who they trusted with their lives. Working on their own they were dangerous but as a team they were a deadly force. Throughout this story you find out more about their past and you understand what makes them tick.
Anna on the other hand was a complete and utter bitch. Killing anything thing that got in her way, she went around thinking she ruled the world. She had no conscious and always tried to get what she wanted. Having her followers, she was one dangerous vampire, and she got off knowing that others were after her blood.
There are quite a few characters in this book and I hope that some get developed as the series continues. It will be interested to see what happens to New Carrollton’s finest. One of favourite minor characters was Kyle, a vampire whose nature was very liken to Spike, my favourite type of vamp and I would love to know more about his story.
The illustrative way the author wrote helped you imagine what was going on, and with each new character, I had a perfect imagine of what they looked like. The story immediately was full of action and you knew what you were getting yourself in for. The fight scenes were fierce and I needed to carry on reading as I wanted to know who was going to live or die. To calm down the intensity of this book, there were some great comedy moments. Some of my favourite one liners came from Taine the Lycan doorman from Club Détente, and he came across as a gentle giant. The banter between Troy and Adalius increased when another Sandrian came into the picture.
I was so engrossed in this story that I did not want it to end, and whilst it did finish on a slight cliffhanger, I am left wanting book 2. This is a great story if you like your paranormal creatures to be strong, dangerous and deadly, then this is the book for you. This is the first story I have read by this author and whilst I have heard nothing but praise for this story, I was still surprised just how good it was

Beneath the Floodlights by Martin Tracey

September 21, 2017 - 7:36 pm No Comments

Beneath the Floodlights by Martin Tracey
Published Authorhouse on 22nd July 2011
364 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


When I was told about a book that incorporated Vampires, Football and Birmingham, I knew that I must read it.
Johnny Knox is the Captain of Kingsbarr United. Being a lifetime fan, he lived his dream every time he put on the blue and gold strip. Happy on and off the pitch, the only thing that marred his perfect life was losing his son in Romania. Going back to Romania year after year looking for clue, Johnny never gave but hope, and when he came upon a young lad fighting for his life, he knew he had to save him whatever the cost.
After getting relegated from the Premier League and struggling with their form, the owner brought in Cezar Prodanescu, a professor in football and owner of the Fosturnea School of Football Excellence. What people did not know that he was a Master Vampire, a genetics specialist and the real reason why he was in Birmingham. What he did not count on was falling in love with a human.
With its mixture of vampire and football, this story got me hooked and whilst reading this I reminisced about my time living in Birmingham. Coming from North Birmingham, I know Sutton Park very well and for it to be a major place in the story was inventive. I enjoyed how the author had his own take on vampire lore, as this enabled the vampires to do so much more The descriptive writing of the football games gave it an atmospherical feel to it. Whilst I liked Johnny as a character, I did have other favourites in the book. Vincent” Bruiser” Bradshaw, a Tourette suffering midfielder, due to his condition, he got away with swearing at the ref, and I wonder how may professional players would love to get away with this. Some of his outburst did give the comedy moments in the book. Jody Ropper the 80s loving defender, who before each game played an 80s playlist to get the team motivated, he was not afraid to throw a bit of 80s fashion into his attire and Gene Macgoree, Kingsbarr’s super fan and secret vampire hunter. Like most footballs teams you always get the one that is not team players and always think that they are worth more and Kingsbarr is no different. Leon Davis was this player and he reminded me of one of the players in my club WBA. The footballing vampires were exceptional at their craft and next time you watch the likes of Naymar, Messi or Ronaldo, you could imagine them as vampires.
The ending had a feel that there may be more come and I hope to read more of Callum’s journey. This is a great read and if you are looking for a different type of vampire book then grab this.

 

The Guardians (The Tempest Isle Series Book 1) by SC Storm and Rena Martin

August 10, 2017 - 6:51 pm No Comments

The Guardians (The Tempest Isle Series Book 1) by SC Storm and Rena Martin

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 29th July 2017

256 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Living on the Tempest Isles are the Guardians are a group of supernatural creatures, born to protect the supernatural and human world from the reapers, but times are getting harder and it falls to a small number of people to save them. The guardians of each race need to ascend to ensure their race survives.

From the start of this book, you notice that the story does not just revolve around one character. Vampires, wolves or witches, each supernatural race had their main characters and their stories were intertwined to tell a story that fantasy lovers will enjoy. All the races appear to live in harmony, but as the story progress you find out that a small group are out for revenge and as more reapers appear, their plan seems to be working.

With so many character, you would think that this story would be difficult to follow, but that is not an issue as the story was written in the 3rd person. The style of writing made it a quick read and it was not till I wrote this review that I realised that it was written by two authors. Whether you are a vampire or a werewolf fan, you will definitely find your favourite character. This story had action, revenge, betrayal and romance. Ending on a cliff-hanger which involves a lot of blood, I hope that it is not long before book 2 is out

Archangel’s Heart

June 21, 2017 - 12:24 pm No Comments

Archangel’s Heart
Guild Hunter Book 9
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Gollancz
Page Count: 381pp
Release date: 2nd Nov 2016
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Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

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Right, things are a little complicated if you don’t know the series or haven’t read the previous books, but Singh drops in pieces of exposition during the first couple of chapters. So, I’m going to summarise the gist of it here for you.
This is the ninth book in the Guild Hunter series, a series in which an Archangel named Raphael is betrothed/mated (call it what you will) to his consort Elena. Raphael is in charge of New York, a city where angels, humans and vampires roam. Vampires are created by Archangels/angels, who repay the debt of saving their life and making them immortal, with a 100 years of servitude. Some angels can be brutal towards their ‘property’ indulging themselves in sexual torture, physical abuse and downright nastiness. But in the main, they are treated well, for instance, Montgomery was made by Raphael and works happily for him as a kind of butler/organiser/PA. He is also happily married to his partner of choice. Raphael is madly in love with his Elena (Guild Hunter-turned angel) who is the equivalent of a toddler in terms of angelic power. She returns his passion in spades. As for the Guild Hunters, they basically hunt ‘naughty’ vampires who runaway from their masters.
At this stage of the series, Elena is coming into her powers. This book is set two years after the events of the last book. Archangel Alexander awoke from ‘Sleep’ claiming back half of his lands from the current ruler Favashi. Cue tension and possible war. At the same time two years ago, after making zombie-ish creatures to try and take power, Lijuan was last seen disappearing into the distance (presumed not-dead due to her age) and there was the ‘cascade’, causing untold destruction and changes in the world hierarchy. Now, as Lijuan has been missing/dead for two years, a mysterious and ancient order of angels, the Luminata, call the Cardre of Archangels together to discuss the fate of Lijuan’s territory. But if she is not in ‘Sleep’ and is in fact alive, there will be eleven Archangels awake at the same time; with possibly deadly and disastrous consequences.
Elena is allowed to accompany Raphael to the compound but only as consort, so bringing her faithful guards with her is out of the question. So death is a very real possibility. Especially as her best friend Bluebell (Illium) will remain on duty in New York. He, too, is becoming a staggering angel in his own right. Thankfully though, she can take one of Raphael’s other ‘Seven’, Aodhan. Still bearing the dual scars from his time in hell, Aodhan has finally returned to art. Yet his creative side belies a clever, dangerous angel.
So, the trio set off in the skies to meet with the Luminata and the other Archangels and co.
When they get there, the architecture is stunning, as is the Morrocan scenery, bringing back all manner of memories for Elena about her mother. But something is not right at their lair. And lair is probably the best word for Lumia; for it feels more like another Archangel’s refuge than a pseudo-religious/mystic and peaceful land it pretends to be. The angels at Lumia ring alarm bells for Raphael, Elena and Aodhan. Secrets abound. Adding to this is the evidence of bloodlust attacks and the possibility that it could worsen, and the need for proof as to what has indeed happened to Lijuan.
When Elena visits the local town, it’s clear the villages are scared to death of angels – the question is ‘why?’.
Between various mysteries and story threads, Singh delivers an intricate sometimes confusing world build. If you’re new to the series, this isn’t the best book to start with, as it’s heavy on the politics and world build.
I love that Singh delivers multicultural societies in her novels, reflective of the world in which we live (without the mythical creatures that is) and she is brave enough to deal with Aodhan’s PTSD among other issues. However, I have to confess, of the series, it wasn’t my favourite, though it did give us a glimpse into Elena’s history, and the relationship between Raphael and his mother Caliane was explored.
Enjoyable, romantic and lots going on.
A solid 3.5/5

Kinship: The Uncertain Life of a Vampire Hunter by Caroline A Gill

February 22, 2017 - 9:44 pm No Comments

Kinship: The Uncertain Life of a Vampire Hunter by Caroline A Gill

Published by St Helena Press on 26th October 2016

174 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Valen is a vampire hunter, going from city to city, clearing the nests of vampires. As the battles with the vampires become more and more difficult, Valen knows that he is losing the war. With other hunters keeping secrets and a mysterious light source at one scene, Valen does not know who to trust, but when he came across an enigmatic woman playing darts, he knew that he had to put his faith in someone.

The way the author describes Valen, you can sense he is a man on a mission, but that it took its toll. He took every death and every failure to heart.

As this is a story about vampire hunters you can expect action from the moment you start reading. At the start of this book, I did feel sorry for Valen as he had no one to watch his back or to talk to when he was feeling really depressed.  However, after he joined up with a partner his whole demure changed and he did start to feel more confident with himself and his actions.

Running through the story is the mysterious light source and whilst some fact about it come out, I hope more is explained in book 2.

This book is different to others that I have read about vampire hunters as this shows the loneliness of a vampire hunter. A good read full of vampire kills