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The Forsaken (Vampire Huntress #7)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  1,864 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
The Chairman of the Vampire Council is dead, and Lilith, the consort of the Unnamed One, and the Unnamed One himself are out for revenge against Damali Richards, the Vampire Huntress, and her lover, Carlos Rivera. A ruthless and carefully planned strategy---one that not even Damali will anticipate---has been developed. There is only one entity who can best Damali, send Car ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin
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M.J. Friday
In The Forsaken, lucky #7 in the VHS, we learn that Dante (Vampire Council Chairman & son of the Unnamed One) was beheaded by a Neteru. Lilith is being punished by her Husband who blames her for the demise of his son. Lilith however while giving the Devil his due comes up with a plan to end her punishment, gain her husbands favor and also take down the Netetus by using Damali's music Muse , who happens to be the son of Dante with Neteru Queen Eve, Cain. Cain was banished to the Forsaken Land ...more
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
Oct 02, 2011 Kat (Kindred Dreamheart) rated it it was amazing
I love, love, loved this one. Cain was one "smooth operator". I couldn't stop giggling cause he won me over; but he was soooo BAD. Yeah Carlos messed up, but in the end I was still cheering for him. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Sumiko Saulson
Nov 22, 2013 Sumiko Saulson rated it it was amazing
My mother gave me this book... it starts out with a compelling (and frightening!) action scene and then never really lets up. The romance between The Vampire Huntress and fellow vampire slayer Carlos Rivera never overshadows the kick-ass action, terrifying Lilith-lead Vampire Council or Damali Richards' overall badassery as The Vampire Huntress.

What I loved the most about this book was how it never shied away from the gruesome details when it came to killing: both vampires killing humans, and v
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Lei
Dec 13, 2008 Lei rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes vampire stories
This book was awwwwsome. This is one of my favorite books. Basically it was about how Carlos was trying to win back Damali from, guess who?,Cain. Yes that Cain whom killed his brother Abel according to the biblical story. I wanted to literally go into the book and slap Damali so hard that she would be speechless. How can you have secong guesses about marrying Carlos, an ex-mater vampire and former male Neteru!? She was driving me CRAZY!!!
I really hated Cain for even trying to battle Carlos for D
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Tracey
This is definitely my favorite book of the series so far. The introduction of Cain took this story to a whole other level. I was always team Carlos but last book, he fucked up bad. So when Damali was getting seduced by the new big bad, I was all for it. Carlos deserved to feel all the pain he put his woman through. The best scene has to go to Tara though. She told our Neteru some things I've been thinking for a while but she is brutal, fearless, and awesome in her delivery. I hope to see more of ...more
Tiffiane
Mar 22, 2011 Tiffiane rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish
I will not be finishing this series. The first 5 books were fantastic and book 6 started a downward slope into a complete mess. I had high hopes book 7 would be better but it just wasn't. I am very disappointed in these last 2 books I attempted to read because L.A. Banks could've done so much better after the elaborate set up in book 5, and yet she didn't.
Mzpastrychef
May 30, 2011 Mzpastrychef rated it it was amazing
You have to give this series a chance..yes there is some hip hop language but this saga of books takes you on a journey. It brings in elements of good and evil, heaven and hell, God and the devil.. There are characters such as cain & abel, adam & eve and so on... Give this series a chance before you just say forget it...in the end it will be worth it..check out all 12 or 13 novels!!!!
Erin
Oct 04, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
This series got me through an entire summer. I was lost in these like I was lost in Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series. When I had to snap back into reality it took me a second to catch back up. I could have spent all of my time fighting evil in this series.
Yvonne Bailey
Jul 20, 2014 Yvonne Bailey rated it really liked it
Carlos finally gets a taste of what he dished out to Damali! It's been a while since I looked in on Damali and Carlos and I am glad that I got a chance to see what they were up to. To see these two come full circle was awesome. I cannot wait to read The Wicked.
Jenn Davis
I could NOT put the book down. This is the MOST intense book so far in the series. Intense revelations were made in this book. It was wonderful.
Mary Whidden
Jul 19, 2012 Mary Whidden rated it did not like it
Just couldn't make myself read these anymore. That's why it scored so low. I couldn't finish the book.
Zen
Dec 11, 2008 Zen rated it it was ok
For now, just read the title and you will know where this series currently stands with me.
Nanci D.
Nov 30, 2014 Nanci D. rated it it was ok

I'm afraid this book does not impress me much. I just can't get into it somehow.
Adrienna
What has always impressed me the most about these series, is that she can write some kick-butt action scenes (which I have a hard time doing) and sets the tone in romance close to erotic scenes. Moreover, even though this is supposed to be about vamps, she knows how to bring biblical concepts with a twist in the storyline.

When reading about this sensual being, later figuring out it was Cain, before the explanation came on page 142, and speaking on Neterus and before time, then first man and wom
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Kristi
Jul 14, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: scifi, fantsy or horror fans.
I enjoyed this book. Banks keeps improving as she goes. Looking beyond the flaws of slang (I'm black and I don't talk like her characters and every black person I know doesn't talk like this either - end rant) I still enjoyed the intent of the book. Banks has taken a unique view of vampires and the THE BIBLE and created a different spin to the genre. I loved this book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I read a lot and I liked visiting this world and greatly appreciated seeing my ...more
Pippixxx
Oct 03, 2007 Pippixxx rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to read a lot of jive talk
I really can't get into this book for a number of reasons. #1 is a whole bunch of sex scenes that just seem gratuitious. If I wanted to read porn, I would buy Playboy.

#2 Her characters do a whole bunch of jive talk, I guess that is the only way to describe it, you might have to read the book to understand, but it comes across as hokey to me. But I'm white, so, hey, maybe people talk like this all the time and I just don't hear it, but it sounds contrived to me.

#3 It jumps all over the place and
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Philip
Apr 05, 2016 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes, take a chance on this book
For me it was slow in to getting to the whole plot of the story. But, also I just happen to run across this book and bought it. So, I'm reading it out of order in a series of her other books from the Vampire Huntress Legend. I end up doing this a lot of the time. Guess I need to use the library more often....lol. But, once I got into the book it was a good read; after all of the action started taking place. I think if I ever find any other by L. A. Banks, I will give them a chance. I'm not one t ...more
Necia
Jul 08, 2008 Necia rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book to me. It drew me back into the series. Damali and Carlos have been to hell and back, figuratively and literally. I like the fact that although both of them have these supernatural powers, they both are very human, and easily make human mistakes. Especially the mistakes that happen in relationships. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of this story develops.
Jennifer
Sep 23, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
What in awesome read!! I just could not put it down!! You get so involved the people in the book, that u really feel like your there living it with them!! I have to keep going and finsh this series. I can't wait to see how it all ends! Now it's time foe the next book
" The Wicked " so can not wait!!
Marilyn
May 25, 2009 Marilyn rated it really liked it
rounded up from 3.75

Book was really slow, too much romance..Didn’t really get good until the end and there was really no big fights involved. They introduced a new character "Cain" just loving him. Cant wait to see what will happen with Damil and him when they meet again. There was so much sexual tention between them.
Angela
Sep 30, 2009 Angela rated it it was amazing
The way how Damali handled herself was very well written. She wasn't being whiney but someone who didn't know how to break through to her love about her POV and how she was feeling. Carlos was still struggling.
Can't wait to read the next one.
Kisha
Oct 14, 2009 Kisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book of the whole series. This book hit on so much things I have always felt but never been able to put into words. I wanted to give it to my husband and be like - read this, just read this.
Debbie Chittenden
Dec 16, 2015 Debbie Chittenden rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
This is probably one of my favorite books in this series. I absolutely love Cain and the dynamic that he and Damali have for each other. She deserves a little payback to Carlos. Of course, I know that Carlos and Damali belong together , ultimately; but the change was fun.
Heather
Oct 18, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
I think this was my favorite in this series so far. I was hooked from the beginning. There was drama galore, and action around every corner. The story was DEEP, I really loved this 'alternate' reality we were exposed to.
Liz DeMarco
Jun 06, 2012 Liz DeMarco rated it it was amazing
Love this series! Damali is sooo bad ass and yet vulnerable, a wonderful twist on the vampire tales.
Naomi
Jan 08, 2009 Naomi added it
The entire series ROCKS!!! The last book of the series called THIRTEENTH will be available Feb 2009.
Dallas
Jul 15, 2010 Dallas rated it it was amazing
The most intense of the series thus far. I must have gone through half a box of Kleenex with this one - for all kinds of emotions.
Elizabeth
Jun 03, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I am glad I didn't put it down like I wanted to in the first chapter. Got really good. Some evolved psychology going on.
L. Malaika Cooper
Apr 24, 2012 L. Malaika Cooper rated it it was amazing
Banks consistently served up juicy and thought-provocking Vamp-themed novels with an Afrocentric twist. Damali and Carlos are unforgettable characters. I will miss this sister's writings.
Alexis
Aug 08, 2012 Alexis rated it it was amazing
The story, her level of detail, the depth of her world and mythology - just amazing. I hope I still have this series somewhere because I am in the mood to reread it! It was that good.
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A pseudonym used by Leslie Esdaile Banks, she also wrote under the names:
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Leslie Esdaile Banks
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L.A. Banks, a native Philadelphian, was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program. With many awards to her credit, Banks also held a masters of fine arts degree in film and media arts from Temple University. She lived in
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