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Children of the Night (Diana Tregarde #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,715 Ratings  ·  118 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 Tor Books (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
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
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: fluff, fantasy, shite, queer
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
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
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
Rachel Triska
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Stephanie Jobe
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my first foray into Lackey's other worlds (I spent most of my reading of her in Valdemar) and I wasn't disappointed.

Diana is strong, but with enough weakness to make me adore her and root for her to overcome what is threatening her territory. Throw in some vampires, one of which is a polite Frenchman, an evil entity that begins terrorizing the mundane human inhabitants of the city, a rag-tag group of do-gooders and a morbidly good ending and you've got a great tale and beginning of a gr
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I was introduced to Urban Fantasy by the Diana Tregarde Series and the Anita Blake Series. Haven't read either in a very long time, so I thought I'd revisit the former first in the hopes of recapturing my love of the genre.

Nope. Lackey is, first and foremost, a Fantasy writer, and like all Fantasy writers, she has no idea how to cut the verbiage to get to the meat of the story. The first scene was filled with Diana's thoughts IN ITALICS. I kid you not, whole pages of the first scene were italici
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first Diana Tregarde mystery, this book is set back in the seventies, yet doesn't seem dated. I enjoy the majority of characters, including some of the ones that are just hinted at. The story has a good magic/psychic system in place, one that meshes reasonably well with the "real world" so it's not jarring one out of the tale. I like the heroine's weaknesses and her approach to them. The hero presents an interesting twist on the traditional "romantic hero.

As a side note, this is another of M
Jenessa David
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Nov 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Brent Soderstrum
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-choice
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
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf
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
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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
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Diana Tregarde (5 books)
  • Arcanum 101  (Diana Tregarde, #0.3)
  • Magic 101 (A Diana Tregarde Investigation)
  • Burning Water (Diana Tregarde, #1)
  • Jinx High (Diana Tregarde, #3)

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