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Burying The Shadow

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  141 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Rayojini lives an idyllic life amongst the soulscapers of Taparak until she reaches the age at which she will be initiated into their ranks. Her initiation rite, though it follows the traditional pattern of thousands of others, is different in one vital respect. The guardian-pursuers that are invoked to watch over Rayojini's progress are real. In far off Sacramante, the ar ...more
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Storm Constantine here creates a dark and fantastical other world where ancient thoughts and races combine with a humanity that is part 18th century nobility and part druidic lore; where monsters in your dreams are as real as you or i. Pre-dating True Blood, Anne Rice and all the interminable Team Edward style horromances, Constantine sets her story in a wild new fantasy world where blood suckers and lay people live side by side in a mutually beneficial symbiosis.

Here the ancient race are sponso
Nerena Lavine
This is one of my all time favourite books. I love Storm Constantine's brilliant use of descriptive writing, the author's ability to draw the reader into this realm of fantasy means that you can almost smell, see and touch a new, yet familiar world. I stumbled across this book in a thrift shop and had to buy the following books in this series as a result. I have read this book four times and would love to see this as a movie, what a beautifully dark, magical, new and vibrant twist to the Vampire ...more
Dieses Buch ist selbst nach Jahren noch ein Favorit. Das einzige Manko ist das die Gespräche sehr gestelzt wirken und große Teile der Handlung damit mehr oder weniger ins lächerliche gezogen werden, daher ein Stern Abzug.
I keep on saying I won't read vampire novels anymore, but I keep on seeing vampire books written by authors I love/authors I'd love to read and I guess promises are made to be broken.

This is my favourite of Storm Constantine's books. It's so original and unusual and just when you think you have a handle on what's going to happen next something even more unusual happens.
Saskia Walker
My first Storm book, and I was a lifelong fan after reading it! Amazing fantasy worldbuilding, a unique vampire fantasy novel that doesn't once mention the word "vampire".
Ruby Roh
I read this book several years ago now, but I remember how intrigued I was by the author's take on the vampire mythos.
Emma T.
Des vampires dans un monde tolkienien... une audace réussie. Simplement majestueux.
Lorra Fae
The best vampire novel, honestly.
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Storm Constantine (b. 1956) is a British science fiction and fantasy author, primarily known for her Wraeththu series.

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“Lift your head to me...’
His is the kiss of a timorous lover. Feel his inhuman lips on the throat, the heat of it. The bite, when it comes, is cold. Begin to sink as the blood flows into his mouth; it is almost soothing. No pain. No pain at all. His teeth grind into the muscles; ecstasy and torment. Life, the very being, is flowing out. Unholy nourishment. Holy nourishment. Drained slowly.
The trauma of it feels like being torn, but it is no more than suddenly having the ability to experience reality in a different way. Waiting for the end... for what? Cannot foretell. No longer flesh, no longer blood. Soul. Free.”
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