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Children of the Night (Diana Tregarde #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  3,893 ratings  ·  93 reviews
When Dave Kendall realizes that his rock band is under the control of hanger-on Master Jefferies, he figures he's just been partying too hard. But Diana Tregarde and charming vampire Andre Le Brel have been tracking Jeffries for some time. Now the witch and the vampire face Jeffries and his evil minions in a battle for the soul of rock-and-roll.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by St. Martins Press-3pl (first published 1990)
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Gail Carriger
This is the second in her Diana Tregarde series. Lackey was writign Urban Fantasy before we called it that and this is one of her best. You don't need to read the first one before it. This one introduced Andree sexy French vampire, one of the first hot vampire to enter modern SF/F literature. The romance between him and Diana (a strong and powerful witch) is adult, complex, and deeply moving. Real romance. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Critic's Hat Notes:

With my critical hat in plac
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Oriana
I am 99% sure this is a mistake. Mercedes was my very first favorite author, when I was about twelve. I must have read Castle of Deception forty times; I can still call to mind entire paragraphs from it. But I know I was an idiot at twelve, and I really don't want to learn that Mercedes was never all that good to begin with, but I just want to read something totally unlike all the pomo super-modern lit fic I'm always immersed in, and this certainly fits that bill. So we shall see...

Also, Tor? WT
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Rebecca
I'd originally read this book back in my heavy-Lackey, middle/high school phase. Now having lived and worked in New York for a few years (and no longer being a hormone-drenched teenager), I found myself curious about how it would stand up.

Lackey was doing urban fantasy before it really caught on--if her vampires are derivative of anyone's, they're Rice-esque. So you don't have to worry about errant sparkles, at least.

There may be some lingering affection biasing me here, but I thought this held
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Jasmyn
Diana Tregarde is a guardian who is sworn to protect those who ask for her help. She finds herself caught up in a complex series of what at first appears to be coincidence, but with the help of her friends and a man she just met, she puts the pieces together to find that many of the strange things happening were really linked together.

Diana experiences every possible emotion in this book and Lackey is there to show them to us in a detailed way that leaves the reader grinning at her jokes, wishin
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 26, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Urban Fantasy
Before Buffy or Hamilton's Anita Blake or Harris' Sookie Stackhouse, Lackey was writing Urban Fantasy with a strong heroine, Diana Tregarde, starting with Burning Water and also including, besides this one, Jinx High. Diana is a practicing witch and a "Guardian" sworn to protect innocents who get caught up in the supernatural.

Of the three novels, I think this is the strongest. I've read the Tregarde novels didn't sell well, and that's why Lackey hasn't written more with this character. I find th
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Punk
Supernatural...thriller? Diana Tregarde is a Guardian, a witch who's devoted her life to battling evil supernatural forces. Here, she meets an assortment of vampires.

This book is awful. The writing's completely over the top, abuses italics and "quote" marks to the point of insanity, and is filled with bizarre folksy phrases. Characters lived in the "Apple," were "in deep kim-chee" at least once a chapter, and Diana (fresh out of college) called all sorts of people "laddybuck" and once said "law
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Ciarda
Noticed most of the negative reviews appear to be from twenty-somethings who didn't bother to notice that the book was set in 1974. I, although a child in 1974, remember the culture of that time. Yes, the book is quite true to the time it was set. (And Ms. Lackey would certainly know- she was born in 1950). This is the best book of the trilogy. I prefer Lackey's Diana and Andre to the pornofied human/vampire urban fantasy romance mysteries by later authors. (Sookie, Anita)

The dynamics between Di
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Gwen
I paid 50p for this book, and I want my money back.

Oh Mercedes, why? What went wrong? Was it the 80s? Did the 80s do this to you?

Mercedes Lackey is always a guilty pleasure. Fluffy fantasy novels with fun themes and only a cursory nod to anything deeply meaningful. I usually rip through them in a couple days, like a bag of sugary marshmallows. But this one I ripped through because I just wanted it to end.

Here, I will write a book blurb for you:

"VAMPIRES! DRUGS! FREAKY SEX! DRUGS! TERRIBLE SLANG!
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Maxwell Heath
This was a fun book. It definitely starts off much more quickly than the previous installment of the series, since it opens with Diana's perspective. I was still disoriented by the setting a bit, since it turns out that this is a prequel to Burning Water and Jinx High, something that isn't indicated anywhere. However, I had fun reading about one of Diana's earlier adventures, as it answered some of the questions I had after reading Burning Water. It was nice to see Andre, Diana's vampire boyfrie ...more
Amanda
Weeeeellll.... It was an early effort. While it was interesting to have a heroine beset with panic attacks, it got old very quickly. Ultimately, Diana obviously didn't learn her lesson from the first book (which I didn't read, but there are enough allusions that I don't need to) in regards to going after the monsters before she simply can't avoid them anymore. When it boils down to it, she didn't do much of anything at all. This book was really all about Dave and his "friends" (view spoiler) ...more
Yodamom
This book is filled with magic and Guardians and psychic vampires and yet it has a real feel to it. Di the heroine has a job, bills, friends and a broken heart. She has panic attacks that can impede her in her job. She has unruly hair and does not dress to impress.
People are ending up dead, their souls ripped out of their bodies. this triggers memories causing her to have black outs. Her ex is somehow involved in this drudging up too many bad moments. She ha to use all her skills to fight and o
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Heather
I was pleased to see when I posted this book that there's a new edition out with a different cover. I've always wondered about the leather jumpsuit with what appears to be shoulder pads that Diana is wearing on the cover of my copy. Surely Diana is much too cool for shoulder pads.

When I first read Children of the Night, I was completely besotted with it. Also, I was pretty young and clueless enough to think that New York City somehow existed in a time warp where people still used typewriters and
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Phoenixfalls
This is the first novel I've read by Mercedes Lackey, and it took me quite some time to get into it.

I was initially put off by the style -- very purple, adjectives attached to every noun (sometimes multiple adjectives), half of each page written as Diana's stream-of-consciousness thoughts, which were equally frenetic when she was standing alone in a shop as when she was having a panic attack. And while it isn't Lackey's fault (her magical butt-kicking heroine predates most others) the whole set-
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Amanda
This was my first Mercedes Lackey novel. I kinda skimped on the scifi/fantasy giants and went for a lot of the indie & newer stuff, but I'm starting to fill in my gaps now. Gail Carriger has a reading group, and selected this book for September. I rather liked it, with a few caveats.

Lackey never seemed quite set on what time period this book was set in. There's a bit of anacronistics going on. She thankfully never visits the love triangle option, which I was quite pleased with. But if you se
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Garrett Mccutcheon
Urban fantasy is usually a lot of fun to read. Take, for example, the Dresden Files, which are a laugh-out-loud race to finish line. Slogging through the first third of this book, however, was a chore. And that's all the further I made it. There was not enough substance there to keep me interested in the characters or the lore. The writing is over the top, overly dramatic, and vacuous. Just not for me, I guess.

(Note: I obtained this because it was part of the Humble Book Bundle.)
Mary
There were several things about this plot that bothered me. They give everybody at this party mystery drugs. Several people die from them. Only the not all that great band is targeted by Master Jeffries to become psychic vampires. Why them? How Jeffries turned them is also not explained.

Di worked for me as a character. Dave not so much. Andre was contrasted with Dave. I wanted to find a way to save Dave.
Stephanie Jobe
Yes I know it is out of character for me to read books out of order, but when I first read it in the 8th grade I honestly didn’t know it was part of a series and so when I finally got a copy it was the priority instead of the still unfamiliar first book. Diana is much like a female version of Joe from Charlie Huston’s Already Dead. Yes, there is a vampire. Yes, there is a love interest but trust me this is not one of “those” books. Diana is a Guardian, which means she has to help people in magic ...more
Rachel Triska
In this novel I felt that Ms. Lackey took her signature jump-straight-into-the-story-and-have-the-reader-pick-it-up-as-they-go-along attitude a little bit too far. I felt as though I was missing something between this book and the last; and I also found some of the suddenly-introduced terminology bewildering. Also, it was much more difficult to connect with some of the new characters than it had been; although it is true that I found myself deeply immersed in Diana's plight. Still, although this ...more
Nancy Oakes
Much better than Burning Water, Children of the Night again stars Diana Tregarde, who is a guardian with great occult powers. This time she is babysitting her friend's occult store and a young Rom man comes in looking for her friend. With her powers, Diana senses the boy is in trouble and offers him sanctuary. A few days later, she finds the boy dead in an alleyway, with a person hanging over him -- a vampire named Andre LeBrel. However, it seems that Andre really is innocent, but that means tha ...more
Jenessa David
This was the first non-high-fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey that I read.

My first impression was one of...well...disappointment. I've read dozens of Lackey's books (many several times over) and was somewhat caught off-guard by what I at first thought was an excessive amount of sarcasm. I might have simply been expecting a slightly more toned-down/serious kind of writing with little bits here and there that make you snicker.

I kept reading however and began to enjoy Diana's sarcasm a little more.
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Laura
I had pneumonia and was placed on bed rest for a week. I dug deep into my old book pile to find this one.

I like the Diane Trefarde aeries. It was deep enough to keep me intrigued but not so deep that I got lost in my fevered reading. It passed the time nicely.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Mercedes Lackey was the first author I was a really big fan of of my own accord - that is, without the classmate's mother who gave me access to her library of SF and fantasy books introducing me to her. I was a pre-teen and young teenager at that point, and I've generally moved on from this author, but sometimes it's fun to look back at what you used to read. I think this book holds up reasonably well. It seems like the main romance happened a little easily, but it was also low key. (This was on ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Allegedly this is No.2 of the Diana Tregarde books by Mercedes Lackey. Yet this one is obviously a prequel to Burning Water since it involves the vampire Andre who is mentioned in Burning Water and her gay friend Lenny who is also mentioned in Burning Water.

Diana, Andre, Lenny and his lover Kevin are out to stop a group of psi-vampires who are feeding off the souls of runaways and vagrants. In real life the are a band called Children of the Night. One of the members of this band is Dave who is a
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Michael  Starsheen
An oldie but goodie

I enjoyed the book for its characters and their interplay, as well as the suspense. I haven't read the book for a while, but I really enjoyed it again. I recommend this book for you.
June
Sep 17, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lackey and strong female, Supernatural, romance fans
Recommended to June by: Gail Carriger
I'm not sure why this is second in the series, since it seems to happen before the first. A strong female character that has panic attacks... I totally concur with Gail Carriger's review.
Carien
I think this was the first Lackey book I read that wasn't set in her Valdemar setting and it was when I read this book that I discovered that no matter what Lackey writes, (Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Edwardian Fantasy) she knows how to write a compelling and suspenseful story if she sets her mind to it. I adore Diana and I love the world Lackey creates in this book. Her vampire lore is divers and well researched I must say and one of my favourites so far. It is the second book in a series, but it c ...more
Ron Stetson
Lost some sleep

0155 Hrs. Could not put it down. Why do you require so much verbosity to say what a simple sentence conveys.
Kris
This book was written and set in the late 80's/early 90's, so some things are a bit dated (slang, lack of computers). Not bad overall, though. Diana Tregarde is a witch and a Guardian of the Earth. A former boyfriend becomes involved with some evil characters who feast on the emotions of the unsuspecting. A vampire in trouble shows up and makes an alliance with Diana to defeat the evil. I have this in a 3-in-1 hardback along with the first and third books in the series and for some reason, this ...more
♥Xeni♥
This book still haunts me today, a few years after I read it. The idea of psychic vampires was a new one for me... as was emotional vampires. E.G. as in vampires who suck the emotions out of their victims.

It really shouldn't have been, but it was, and thus the book still haunts me. I am glad that Diana managed to wrap up the mystery by the end, even though this was one of the freakier ones. Wait, what am I saying? All of Diana Tregarde's stories are whacky and crazy and completely freaky. I thi
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Marian
I love this series. This is the first of the series I read, followed by the "first" of the series, Burning Water.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Diana Tregarde (4 books)
  • Magic 101 (A Diana Tregarde Investigation)
  • Burning Water (Diana Tregarde, #1)
  • Jinx High (Diana Tregarde, #3)
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1) Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1) By the Sword (Valdemar: Kerowyn's Tale, #1) Magic's Price (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #3) Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)

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