The Vampire’s Warden has a very unique setting, and I can’t say I’ve read anything quite like it before. So much have been done with Vampires to the d...moreThe Vampire’s Warden has a very unique setting, and I can’t say I’ve read anything quite like it before. So much have been done with Vampires to the date, that it’s hard to come by something totally new to the genre. It’s a novella (don’t let the page count fool you) that begins a series, and to my understanding the next one will be novel length.
My copy is a signed ARC I won from a giveaway, and I knew very little about this book before reading it – just the backside blurb. I have to say, that without winning the copy, I probably wouldn’t have read this at all, since even though I had heard about it, it didn’t seem intriguing enough with the vague description and plain cover (yes, I do judge books by the cover). Also having the protagonist as a namesake for a famous singer put me off. These things have improved in the current versions I’ve understood, since the cover has changed and the female leads surname seems to be Wood nowadays instead of Brightman. It would have been my loss though, since The Vampire’s Warden is a good novella.
Sarah Brightman (not the famous singer) has just lost her father, and he left her something else than the inn to look after.
When I started reading Vampire’s Warden, I got a bit of horror story feeling out of it. It has a lingering star, and you can really get the feeling it’s happening in the countryside and the autumn is just about there. What bothered me in the story, that Wright used time to describe things that weren’t really necessary for the story and yet she rushes through others, that would’ve been nice to get some more information of. I think the novella would have worked nicely on book length if the author would have taken the time to expand it a bit. At places this feels like a first draft.
I still think it’s a great read for paranormal lovers – if for nothing else, the unique setting should be a reason for you to read it. I’m expecting quite much from the follow up book.(less)
I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC of this book. Since I finished the first book of the Descent-series, I’ve wanted to get more.
Reading sequels is lik...moreI was lucky enough to get an e-ARC of this book. Since I finished the first book of the Descent-series, I’ve wanted to get more.
Reading sequels is like coming back to see good old friends. At least that’s how I felt when I picked up “The Darkest Gate”. The book begins with a scene in the past, when Elise is still a scrawny teenager and she and James are struggling with their everyday life. I love the peeks of the past, that continue throughout the book — they also entwine tightly with the plot, so they’re not fillers.
You don’t need to wait for the action in this book. We get tossed into life changing happenings from the start and see how well the characters can handle themselves in the midst of it all. I got to understand Elisa much better in this book. I think she’s a character very different from your usual heroine, and I like it. First my brain tried to force Elise into a mold and I expected her to behave differently, so she managed to surprise me over and over again. When I was done with the book, I felt I knew Elise better.
James wasn’t my favorite in this book — he seemed a bit cold and trying to put a distance to Elise. I’ll be interested to see how all this will affect the third book, with all the happenings in this one. There was lots going on especially at the end, but you’ll have to read about that yourself for me not to spoil you. Anthony on the other hand is growing on me — he’s much stronger than he first appeared. Betty is pretty much the same, though she’s going through some hardship with the rest of them. And then there's the mysterious Thom... I have my suspicions of him.
As usual, Reine is great at writing descriptions. She can make a battle so alive to the reader, you almost might be the one receiving the punches. We also got to know a lot of things in this book, that were left in the dark the last time, but there’s still things that were left unanswered and I believe will get and answer in the third part of the series. Personally I found it a bit frustrating, when Elise reveals something to Anthony, but it’s not revealed to the reader at that point. Overall the build ups in the book won’t let you hanging too bad, but just makes enough tension for you to keep turning pages.
It’s no secret, that Reine is one of my favorite indie authors so I have high expectations for her books. “The Darkest Gate” keeps up with the standard of awesome. This is the true urban fantasy style book, where the action tops the romance — there’s hardly any of the latter. So, if you’re waiting for this sequel, it’s safe to say, you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re not familiar with the Descent-series yet, but you love urban fantasy, I suggest you go pick it up. (less)
4.5 really. The end of the book made me think that part should be labeled "Reasons Why You Should Self-Publish". Pretty sure that wasn't King's intent...more4.5 really. The end of the book made me think that part should be labeled "Reasons Why You Should Self-Publish". Pretty sure that wasn't King's intent. Anyway, great book even for those who aren't that interested in the writing part.(less)