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"A unique story of vampires and vampire hunters!"

Donovan Bramwell is a quasi, half Vampire and half mortal. He is also the next in line for the leadership of The Protectorate, an organization of Vampires and mortals locked in an age-old combat with the evil Upyran Vampires. An organization Donovan has wanted nothing to do with since he was fifteen, the age when his father was murdered in the most painful way possible and his grandfather, leader of The Protectorate, did nothing to help. Also when Donovan happened to be bitten by Vastos, the prince of the Upyran Vampires. This happened when Donovan was sent to help Iceni, the last of the Ceni tribe. So the call from his grandfather's solicitor, also in charge of the The Protectorate Council, is not a welcome event. It turns out Donovan's grandfather has finally become a full-fledged Vampire and is doing his best to get Donovan to take over The Protectorate. According to his grandfather's will, if Donovan does not accept leadership of The Protectorate within forty-eight hours, he will lose everything, including his beloved home, Dun Sidhe.

Meanwhile, Iceni, the Ceni Princess and the only one of her people left, is desperate. She must regain the loss of her amulet. After all these years, she is finally going to try the one man who might be able to help her defeat Vastos, Donovan Bramwell. Sneaking into his home one night, Iceni attempts to seduce him, but it backfires on her when Donovan finds her by reading her mind. Donovan sends her off to sleep.

Will Donovan help Iceni recover her amulet from Vastos? Will Donovan take charge of The Protectorate, or will he lose everything he holds dear? How is the bite from Vastos affecting Donovan? Will Donovan turn because of the bite?

DEADWALKERS: THE PROTECTORATE is a fantastic look into the world of the vampires, mortals, quasis and all the other characters inhabiting Angelique Armae's world in 1815 Ireland. In this story, we learn about the vampire society with the different tribes and organizations. We also learn of the ancient prophecy and Donovan's part in it. The scenery and time is all well described and puts us right in the middle of the action. The characters all remain true to their personalities and some of them learn more about themselves than they really wish to. This story does a wonderful job of filling us in with the background information without becoming overwhelming about it. I can't wait to find out where Angelique Armae will take us next in the DEADWALKERS SERIES.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 18, 2006

SUMMARY

**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST SHAPESHIFTER ROMANCE**
**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL**

A Quasi Vampire...
An evil entity older than time...

In Regency Ireland, a dark legacy re-emerges from the depths of the Vampire realm, leaving three souls trapped between two worlds...

Donovan Bramwell is heir to an ancient Celtic vampire kingdom and its earthly branch known as the Night Watch, a secret organization made up of vampires and humans protecting the mortal realm. But when the time comes for him to ascend to the throne, Donovan refuses. He's been harboring a deadly secret, a bite inflicted by an evil entity. And only Donovan knows he's the one soul capable of destroying the very world he was born to protect. Now his enemy has returned and Donovan is determined to save the Night Watch, even if it mean's sacrificing his own soul. But as Donovan prepares to carry out his secret plot, a female quasi vampire thwarts his plans and forces him to relive issues he's spent centuries trying to forget...

Born a royal Celt with Vampyric blood, Iceni lost her family and her tribe to the Romans and the deadly vampires who befriended the Empire. After spending centuries trying to fight the dark souls who took away her world, Iceni now has the chance to finally avenge her parents' deaths and take back the sacred relic housing her father's ancient powers. But to do so, she needs Donovan Bramwell to join her cause. And considering she didn't exactly use conventional means to get the man's attention, she must first convince the Night Watch heir she's not the enemy...

Suffering from a bite gone wrong, Vastos, a Vampyric prince older than time, returns to man's world determined to cure the ailment inflicting his soul. But to do so, he must fight his greatest antagonist—Donovan Bramwell—the one soul keeping him alive, yet causing his demise. Vastos has two choices, conquer the Night Watch and take the throne away from Donovan, or destroy Iceni and take full control of her father's powers. And to a dieing vampire, choosing one option over the other really doesn't matter...

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The Protectorate
(Book 1: The Dead Walker Vampire Novels)
by Angelique Armae

Imajinn
October 1, 2005
Available: February 23, 2007
ISBN #1893896366
EAN #9781893896369
Paperback (reprint)
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Angelique Armae

Shadows of the Soul
Come the Night
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