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Monday, October 03, 2005

Dark Lover

I’m into the first chapters of J. R. Ward’s Dark Lover and am actually surprised that I’m enjoying it as much as I am. When I first heard about the novel and its vampire mythology, I immediately assumed it wasn’t for me as I’m not into vampire romances (Buffy and Spike being the exception). Anyway, I happened to see the book while in Borders, liked the cover and took a chance.

The mythology is totally new, so I can’t even refer to Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse to acclimate my expections in the novel’s plot. Vampires in the story are created through a bloodline and can be killed with conventional means like any human. The plot diverges from the established prerequisite of death by another vampire and exchange of blood as the means to “turning.” No damned souls here, but still damnable lives for The Brotherhood of the Dagger, an ancient rank of vampires entrusted with the protection of the “civilian” vampires against their mortal enemies, the Omega and the lessings who are the Omega’s human henchmen. With names like Wrath, Rhage, Vishous, Zsadist, and Tohrment, you got to know that these are some kick-ass Alphas. As another reviewer pointed out, these are not your regular Victorian, tortured vamps. These are some rap-loving, hard-driving, rip-your-heart-out soldiers who can annihilate their enemies expediently. And, of course, with any romance Alphas, they are fine as hell.

Here’s the author’s description of main vamp, Wrath:

Wrath was six feet, six inches of pure terror dressed in leather. His hair was long and black, falling straight from a widow’s peak. Wraparound sunglasses hid eyes that no one had ever seen revealed. Shoulders were twice the size of most males’. With a face that was both aristocratic and brutal, he looked like the king he was by birthright and the soldier he’d become by destiny.

And that wave of menace rolling ahead of him was one hell of a calling card.

Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to run up against him in a dark alley…unless you are the protagonist, Beth, who is unknowingly half-vampire and is about to go through a painful transition that only Wrath can see her through...if he can convince her of her unhuman destiny. The sexual tension is thick between the two, so I’m looking forward to some heat coming out of the pages. Ward’s style is crisp and tight, so this should be a good read. I’ll let you know how I like the rest of the story.

Sharon Cullars Coffee Talk at 10/03/2005 08:52:00 AM Permanent Link     | | Home


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