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The Forsaken

(Vampire Huntress #7)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,020 ratings  ·  44 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 (Why Read)
Aug 31, 2011 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.
Yvonne Bailey
May 21, 2014 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.
Sumiko Saulson
Nov 22, 2013 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
Dec 08, 2008 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
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
Feb 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
May 30, 2011 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 the end it will be worth it..check out all 12 or 13 novels!!!!
May 21, 2012 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.
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.
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
For now, just read the title and you will know where this series currently stands with me.
Mary Whidden
Jul 05, 2012 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.
Nanci L.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok

I'm afraid this book does not impress me much. I just can't get into it somehow.
Takiyah Dudley
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
it was really hard for me to get into this book. I really couldn't side with damali I mean I could but I couldn't, and I figured she should have known what was going on long before she had it told to her by the other queens. But other than that it's as great as the other ones and I will continue to read the series. RIP l L. A. Banks you're missed
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
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Dark fantasies. Dangerous seduction. Demon lovers. ""This time, the fight against evil means giving up everything..."" "The Chairman of the Vampire Council is dead. Lilith, the consort of the Unnamed One, and the Unnamed One himself are out for revenge against Vampire Huntress Damali Richards and her lover, Carlos Rivera. A ruthless and carefully planned strategy has been developed--one that is powerful enough to destroy them both while the fate of the world hangs in the balance... THE

Jul 01, 2008 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
Oct 03, 2007 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
May 31, 2014 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 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
Jun 26, 2008 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.
Sep 22, 2010 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!!
May 25, 2009 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.
Sep 23, 2009 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.
Oct 14, 2009 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 01, 2014 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.
Jul 28, 2008 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.
Loved it!
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Must Read
enjoyed the entire series.
Felicia Marie Ciaudelli
This series is one of my favorites!
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A pseudonym used by Leslie Esdaile Banks, she also wrote under the names:
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Leslie Esdaile
Leslie Esdaile Banks
Leslie 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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