I really enjoyed this book. It had the perfect balance of action and proper storyline, and the historical aspect of the story is a bit of fun (who kneI really enjoyed this book. It had the perfect balance of action and proper storyline, and the historical aspect of the story is a bit of fun (who knew Henry VIII had an illegitimate vampire son lol). The only negative that i found with this book was to do with the editing there are a few sentences that I had to read a few times as the wording was wrong and I also found a few double word errors, that may just be this particular edition though. Overall a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading the next one. 4/5...more
It began when Henry woke to the twilight -- and the discovery that a ghost had invaded his inner sanctum. This was the start oA struggle but worth it
It began when Henry woke to the twilight -- and the discovery that a ghost had invaded his inner sanctum. This was the start of a dangerous nightly game. Henry was allowed to ask one question of his mysterious visitor. If the answer was no, someone -- innocent and unsuspecting -- would die. It soon became clear that what this wraith -- and the others who eventually joined it -- wanted was revenge on those responsible for killing them.
So if you are reading this I assume you have read one to four and know what happened at the end of book four (If not look away now!) (view spoiler)[ Henry had to change Vicki or else she would have died, I'll admit I am not a fan of vampires changing the main mortal half way through a series, I think it changes the main character dynamic too much, and unfortunately I feel this has happened in this series as well. The majority of this story surrounds the battle for territory surrounding Vicki and Henry and moves away from the romantic side of their relationship as Henry feels that it is impossible for vampires to share territory therefore them being together is impossible......or is it? Vicki has never followed convention, even when her eyesight was failing she continued to work nights as a PI and when convention states that you can only be in love with one man Vicki falls for both Mike and Henry. So this book talks a lot about controlling the hunger and her new nature whilst also looking for the perpetrators behind an organ legging ring. I just feel that there is too much going on in this book and it tends to jump from point to point very quickly, it also seems to go on too long, there seemed to be unnecessary detail and even pages of additional dialogue which I found boring and really not relevant to the story line. The main character (Vicki) has changed immensely, it seems that becoming a vampire, has given her a personality transplant, and we only see very few glimpses of her pre-vamp personality coming through, I feel that this makes Vicki and Henry two very strong personalities which is too much to have to come to terms with in after reading four books from this series already. However I did enjoy the action scenes in this book including a scene in a warehouse which was really well written, and I enjoyed the fact that the book ended with a resolution (albeit a difficult one.) (hide spoiler)]
TL:DR If you have read book one to four you will want to read this one, please do but know that this one is very different from the others. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am in love with Molly Harper's writing. Jane and Gabriel are one of my favourite fictional couplings, right from the beginning of their turbulent reI am in love with Molly Harper's writing. Jane and Gabriel are one of my favourite fictional couplings, right from the beginning of their turbulent relationship I have been hooked by the humour and tears surrounding them and the people around them. The biggest draw to this book for me is the fact that the 'outside' characters are as important as the main, and even they get some fabulous one liners and are integrated into the story so well. Unfortunately I think that this will be the last in the series as the majority of the story lines have now been closed, which is a shame as I feel as though I am losing a friend in Jane ( Yes I am that sad). However if that is the case then I think that this was a lovely way to end a series with the main characters all happy and settled, which is what I have wanted for some time.
I have read many of Molly Harper's books and they all have the same witty style to them, it was the first series that I read that I described as chick lit with a twist. I really like the fact that there are small nods to Harper's other writing (i.e. in this book there is a reference to an influx in werewolf dating guides coming from Alaska which is a nod to her were series.) This book also introduced Iris Scanlon, who is the star of Molly Harper's next novel The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.
In conclusion I will never tire of Molly Harper's writing even though it will take me a while to recover the loss of Jane....more
It is London 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking the Wallachian Prince known as Count Dracula as her consort. HiA Savage New Era Has Arrived
It is London 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking the Wallachian Prince known as Count Dracula as her consort. His polluted bloodline spreads through London as more and more civilians choose to become vampires. In a grim area of Whitechapel the 'Silver Knife' is cutting down vampire girls. The eternally young Genevieve Dieudonne and Charles Beuregard of the Diogenes Club are drawn together as they hunt down the sadistic killer bringing them closer to the England's bloodthirsty ruler.
I loved this book, I already want to read it again. It is gripping from the first page, even though the reader knows who the killer is, there are more mysteries to uncover as the story progresses. The historical and literary references are accurate, it is easy to see that the author has done his research. The main story follows the search for the 'Silver Knife' or 'Jack the Ripper' but there is also a healthy dose of politics, horror and romance as well. The story is well written and draws the reader into the story, using excellent descriptions of the surroundings, smells and sights so that you are almost there with the character.
To sum up, I am already looking for the other books in the series!...more
Some really excellent stories by some well known authors. However I found onw or two not to my liking and found that the stories by the bigger authorsSome really excellent stories by some well known authors. However I found onw or two not to my liking and found that the stories by the bigger authors (i.e. Charlaine Harris and Tanya Huff) were continuations from their series' and may not be easy to follow if you hadn't read their more popular series. Other than that I enjoyed the majority of it and even discovered some new authors to add to my ever growing TBR list. ...more