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Children of the Night

(Diana Tregarde #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,963 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Rock band Wanderlust is about to hit it big, guitarist Dave Kendall is sure of that. They're playing better venues, in front of bigger crowds-and the people showing up at the after parties are increasingly good-looking and cool. Some even radiate power, like "Master" Jeffries, the tall, saturnine man who seems to have some sort of weird control over Dave's fellow bandmates ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by St. Martins Press-3pl (first published 1990)
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Michelle hi Eli, Burning Water was published first, so it's listed as #1 on the author's website, amazon, and pretty much everywhere. however, Children of the…morehi Eli, Burning Water was published first, so it's listed as #1 on the author's website, amazon, and pretty much everywhere. however, Children of the Night takes place in the timeline before BW, so it may make more sense to read this one first.(less)

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Gail Carriger
This is the second in the Diana Tregarde series (but you don't have to have read the first). Lackey was writing Urban Fantasy before we called it that and this is one of her best. This book introduces Andree the sexy French vampire, one of the first hot vampires to enter my reading life. The romance between him and Diana (a strong and powerful witch) is adult, complex, and deeply moving. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Sep 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
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
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised that it was set in 1970s New York and it was a refreshing setting. I thought that Lackey descriptions were well done, providing a realistic fiction version of what I would imagine New York City would have been like.

I thought the characters were flawed, but likable, especially the main protagonist, Diana Tregarde. I thought the idea of a psivamps a fascinating concept, heightened by Lackey'
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranoramal
DNF at 50pgs.

I'm simply not interested. The story jumps all over, it's all in Diana's head and who were those people and why in the bookstore.

Not for me.
Apr 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
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
Before the days of Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse, before Bella... There was this book.

This book gave teenage me the creepy-crawlies and made vampires sexy at the same time. This book introduced me to the idea that there could be more than one kind of vampire, and that the blood-sucking kind might not be the most dangerous. This book has a female protagonist who is both vulnerable and bad-ass, a woman fighting psychological demons as well as literal ones, and that makes her someone I could b
Lamentablemente después de leer 37% del libro no tengo más ganas de continuar leyendo. Tanto el personaje principal como el estilo de la escritora no me atraen. Diana sería más interesante como personaje si su personalidad no fuese tan plana. Y la forma en que Mercedes Lackey describe la historia me cuesta concentrarme eh invertir en ella.
Lo siento pero esta lectora abandona este libro y va por otras que sean más a su gusto.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shite, fluff, queer, fantasy
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:

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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book first of the Diane Tregarde series. In it I found out that things I'd 'felt' as true and actual were not merely issues of my own imagination but that there really are psychic parasites who can (and do) drain the energy of others. A thing which is real -- and brought out into conscious (and public) awareness. If for no other reason, this book gets 5 stars.

Note: It is through reading the books of Mercedes Lackey that I was introduced to the idea that many things which I had experi
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good read! It's nice to read how Diana starts out and know, see, how she and her skills and abilities grow as she matures in life experiences and wisdom (I'd read Book 2 already - Burning Water and knew this was a prequel).

Not only is it a good story and we get to meet Andree, this is one of the first books I read wherein I encountered the concept of psychic vampires and realized that what I'd been experiencing throughout my life was not just my imagination but actually happening. I real
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was almost as good as the first, though it took me a while to get into. It's a prequel so it filled in some of the blanks, but it's not obviously a prequel at first so the timeline confused me initially.

Some interesting things with Vamps and vamp like creatures, sort of a combined sad/happy ending that's leaving me trying to recall if any of them were mentioned in the first book.

Don't have the 3rd unfortunately. Will have to be on the lookout.
Jessica Redmon
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old favorite

I first read the Diana Tragarde books as a teenager and they have aged really well. A very cool “actions have consequences” take on magic and a heroine that is not perfect, but still very badass.
Maggie Mcdonald
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
read this one first. chronologically it falls before the 1st book and gives you background on characters referenced in book 1
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This story is cute, but the use of word "oriental" to describe a Japanese character was really off-putting and wrong.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun easy read when you're feeling a bit second hand
Mary Ann
My age is showing because I can see the battle between good and evil while still discouting the presence of a 'good' vampire.
Mz. Diana Gagliardi
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read and reread all the Diana Tregardes in HS and still remember them fondly :)
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, own
I know. But sometimes you just want fluff. Delightful.
Kelly Martin
I would have loved this book 10-15 years ago when I was reading this style of book. Still it wasn't all bad.
I enjoyed this book rather like I enjoy B-flicks: entertaining, a little bit cheesy, and somewhat unremarkable in the end. Diana ran the gamut for me, she wasn't the strong woman I had the idea she'd be, although I wouldn't categorize her as weak exactly. Unfortunately, it seemed to me that she spent an awful amount of time on either feeling sorry for herself or weeping, sometimes both. Good lord woman! Get it together! I didn't mind it so much earlier on because I thought she would grow by the ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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-
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
a solid 3.5 stars from one of the trailblazers of the genre, though there's some confusion as to reading order: this one was published 2nd, but comes in the timeline before the first book, Burning Water.

somewhen in 1973 or 4ish, Nixon's on trial and everyone's smoking grass and hanging groovy with the band. a young witch has moved to NYC now that college is done. though she has a pretty heavy amount of magical power, bills loom large for everyone, and saving people from demons & whatnot gets
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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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 &am ...more

Other books in the series

Diana Tregarde (5 books)
  • Arcanum 101  (Diana Tregarde, #0.3)
  • Magic 101 (A Diana Tregarde Investigation Boxset)
  • Burning Water (Diana Tregarde, #1)
  • Jinx High (Diana Tregarde, #3)
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