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The Vampire's Assistant

(The Vampires of Emberbury #0)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The mystery of an empty grave leads Julia to find magic and love among the creatures of the night.

When Julia asks her deceased husband to take her with him, she doesn’t expect an answer. But when it’s vampires who hear her request, she’s given a choice: follow her husband to the hereafter… or remain in this world and assist the undead.

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Published May 6th 2020
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Tanweer Dar
Sep 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great little book from a truly talented author.

I've read Eva Alton's writing before, and loved it, and I wasn't disappointed by 'The Vampire's Assistant'.

The story is set in the aftermath of WW2 and follows Julia, who is a war widow. She finds herself in the most unusual of circumstances with the most unusual of people (no spoilers!).

What follows is a gripping take of growth, love, loyalty and mystery. Masterfully told by Alton, this is a thoroughly enchanting and enjoyable read.
Author Raven Storm
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great quick read!

Just finished this novelette which is a prequel to Stray Witch. I loved that book, and I loved this one! Perfect witchy read for this time of year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jul 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted this book to be longer! I need more!
Wendy Bayne
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A love story in a surreal post WWII world. It is heart felt and heart breaking but shines a light on why and Vampires require daytime assistants.
The characters are so realistically portrayed that the sights and sounds draw you into the book.
I loved it and could not put it down.
I really liked this book. It's set after WW2 and it tells the story of Julia, a widow who is trying to solve the mystery of her husband's death. She finds herself involved with a clan of vampires. The characters are awesome. I loved Julia, Ludovic and Francesca. It was a great introduction to this series. Can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Kellie Tibbs
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a BIG TIME Anne Rice fan and I can say this book for me totally measures up. I love books about Vampires, Witches, Magic etc and this story did not disappoint. Julia is searching for answers centering around her husband's death and placement of his body... his grave is empty, yet she lovingly visits him regularly. Just below the cemetery, another world of Vampires and the Occult is alive and flourishing under cover. Ludovic is captivating and had me spell bound. This book is a must read! No ...more
E.P. Stavs
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Vampire's Assistant is a beautifully written love story, somehow both dark and tragic and sweet and refreshing, all at once. A must read for any lover of the paranormal. Or anyone else, for that matter. I couldn't put it down! ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful vampire - witch story with romance and mystery. Quick read. Enjoyable, well written.
Bedside Book Review
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Vampire's Assistant is a novella that prequels The Vampires of Emberbury Book 1 ‘The Stray Witch' which is one of the first books that I reviewed for Bedside Book Review.This novella is written in the same light and easy way as 'The Stray Witch', it is a quick little story to read and absolutely can be read as a standalone book. However, be warned, if you pick up this book you will be completely drawn into Eva Alton's world of vampires and witches. Julia is a war widow who is stalked at her ...more
Nov 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
(Have read book 1)

The Novella was a wonderful book to read. It gave me new insights into some characters in the main series, as well as introducing some new ones.

I liked Julia from the start. I wanted to immerse myself in the world of the vampires with her to discover things by her side. To be honest, I would have loved to read more about her life. The story was over far too quickly.

I still find the concept of the collaboration between vampires and witches very interesting and can only recommend
Ilene G>
Nov 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story.

I enjoyed this novella. The plot is good. Julia and Ludovic are good characters. Julia works for vampires, discovers she's a witch and starts to use magic. There is also the mystery of Julia's husband's death. I wish this story were longer.
B.L. Cagle
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What can I say. Eva Alton always delivers. I came to love Alba and Clarence from after reading book 1 (Stray Witch) and the story only continues to get better and better.
I am ready for the next book, and I highly recommen this series.
D.E. Kilgore
Aug 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
Adorable story line- loved the set up into the world building and the characters. Will definitely be picking up more books by this author.
amelia james
Jun 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
Liked it.

Page turner. Good characters and good story line. Am interested in reading more books by Eva Alton. Will recommend to other readers.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Got the book at the beggining of the month and finally got the tine to read it. It's a prequel. Nice writing, likable characters and left me wanting to read more about them. An easy catchy read. Finished it fast and was relieved the "next" book from the series is already out and continued with that one right away! ...more
Charlotte Taylor
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read 2 of the 3 main books of this series, plus the novella A Winter's Cobalt Kiss, I was keen to learn more about Alba's predecessor, Julia. And I couldn't have been more delighted to meet her! A war widow grieving over the empty tomb of her husband is how we first meet her, but Julia proves herself to be a survivor, and a feisty one at that! There is a mystery surrounding her husband's empty tomb; one which the very dashing Ludovic helps her to solve. This short story is full of love, l ...more
Elizabeth Holland
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After having read Stray witch I've been very eager to pick up this short story. All I can say is that I was not disappointed. It was fascinating to learn about both Julia and Francesca's history. I hadn't guessed that either of them had experienced so much. I'm tempted to re-read Stray Witch now I know so much more about the story! It was a captivating read and one I couldn't put down. I only wish that it had been much, much longer! I want to know more about Julia - perhaps another short story, ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Eva Alton has grabbed me from the opening sentence - and I am not a reader of paranormal fantasy. Well, except for Alton books. I read Ms. Alton’s first book, Stray Witch which was worth every 5 star I gave it. The Vampire’s Assistant, the prequel, was just as compelling. The characters are well developed and as always, there’s good vampires along with a couple of scarier characters (beware of bookstore owners). Alton’s writing is exceptional. If she keeps this up, she’ll be a force ...more
Jessica Piro
Oct 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written short story about a paranormal romance talked about in Stray Witch. This gives a perfect, sweet taste of what you can expect in The Vampires of Emberbury series!
Heather Bane
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the prequel to The Vampires of Emberbury series. I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was well written and the characters well written as well. This was a quick read but held your interest from start to finish. I would recommend reading and am looking forward to reading book 1.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Elizabeth McDaniel
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julia was a war widow but found out her husband might not be dead. Then she ended up being in service to a vampire. While on her journey to finding her husband, an unexpected love was found, she realized new things about herself, danger followed them and her husband had life altering secrets. Interesting and intriguing story

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Sue Wallace
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Vampire's Assistant: by Eva Alton.
The mystery of an empty grave leads Julia to find magic and love among the creatures of the night.
A good short read. Likeable story and characters. I'm looking forward to the next book. 4*.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Michelle Randall
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In 1946, as a war widow with not much to her name, Julia thought life was over. How was she to go on, what was there left for her without a husband and a future? As she sat at her husband's grave compilating life, a choice was presented to her, choose death and join her husband or choose life on someone else's terms. Julia choose life, and The Vampire's Assistant, by author Eva Alton is her story. Of course when she made her choice, all Julia really knew was that she
Cheryl Drake johnson
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Julia is a young widow who is found in the cemetery by a young woman one night while visiting her husbands grave the woman is all over and she feels threatened but then the woman backs off and says something about her husband not being in the grave but Julia is so distracted by the woman that she decides to leave the cemetery and when she gets to the street she turns around and the woman is attacking her dragging her back to the cemetery Julia is still trying to figure out how this little woman ...more
Dec 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
New author and narrator for me. Not bad, I'm only mildly interested in this post WW2 paranormal romance with a few mysteries. It is only the prequel though. ...more
Hanna Birkely
Jan 01, 2022 rated it liked it
Definitely liked this book. It happens in 1946 and gives a new connection between vampires and witches. Will Julia find her husband that disappeared in the war? How did she end up with vampires?
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"Once upon a time I used to draw people's homes in the real world; now I build imaginary worlds so they can dream and forget about real life."

Eva Alton is an award-winning author of paranormal romance, magical realism and paranormal women's fiction novels. She's the author of Stray Witch and The Vampires of Emberbury Series.


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The Vampires of Emberbury (4 books)
  • Stray Witch (The Vampires of Emberbury #1)
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