"vampire lore with unexpected touches of humor"
Gabrielle Warlick is an unusual vampire. Having lost her
love in the Blood Wars, she is determined to feed only from
animals, to prevent further bloodshed between mortal and
immortal. In doing so, she has lost much of her
preternatural power. She has lived alone, separated from
both her vampire brethren and the mortals she has grown to
love, only to lose far too often.
Preston Adams is a reluctant vampire hunter. His family
has, for generations, fulfilled their quest to hunt and
destroy the undead. The cost to his family has been
tremendous, with many deaths both directly and indirectly
related to their "calling".
When Preston is informed by his grandfather that he must
hunt down and destroy Gabrielle, (his first hunt), he
reluctantly agrees. During the preparation, he realizes
that Gabrielle is not a monster, but instead is a lovely,
lonely creature who does not deserve the fate decreed by
his family. Determined to rescue her, he confronts her
with the knowledge that she is next on his family's list.
Selling her silver, they run.
Both Gabby and Preston are seen as traitors to their own
kind. And as events unfold, and their love develops, they
realize that their love was intended to be eternal. Heaven
itself meant for these two to be together. With death
pressing on all sides, how will there ever be a future for
these two star-crossed lovers?
This was a wonderful vampire story. Ms. Dartt wraps
vampire lore up with religious imagery and unexpected
touches of humor. (Charlton Heston has a walk on part.....)
The hero and heroine are well drawn and I would love to see
a follow up book developing the supporting characters.
Bravo, for a job well done.
Reviewed by Gina Duvall
Posted April 12, 2003