"A new twist on the traditional legend of vampires"
Wow!!! Michelle Pillow puts a whole new spin on the legend
of the vampires with this, the first book in her TRIBES OF
THE VAMPIRE series. This book will keep readers engrossed
from beginning all the way to the shocking twist of a
climax at the end.
Hathor Vinceti has come to London to help her beloved Aunt
Georgia run her bed and breakfast inn. One evening while
trying to find a restaurant her aunt recommended, she gets
lost and finds herself in a place she never imagined to
exist. What she discovers is a dark underworld society
where vampires rule and don't care who gets in the way of
Servaes is a 17th century French Marquis turned vampire
who has grown weary of his long non-life and is only going
through the motions to please others and keep the unruly
young vampires in line. When he sees Hathor in the crowd
at London's vampire club one night, he is immediately
drawn to her for some unexplained reason. Something about
her is different and though he can't understand it, he
senses she may be very important to him.
Servaes and Hathor are drawn to each other from the first
moment they see each other, but all is not easy in their
love. The young vampires are jealous of their happiness,
and will destroy it at all costs, and the Tribal Council,
thought to be a myth by most vampires, is not happy about
Hathor's introduction to their world. Can their love
survive the dangers they face, and can Hathor truly accept
Servaes for who, or what, he is?
This story is absolutely fascinating! It follows a slow
but steady pace throughout much of the book, but there is
plenty of action and intrigue, and of course romance, to
keep readers captivated. Though Servaes and Hathor's story
follows through to a more then satisfying ending, there
are enough mysteries left in the story that are sure to be
addressed again in future books in the planned series.
Also, the stunning climax will leave readers gasping for
breath at the totally unexpected turn of events. Though
surprising, it will make readers shout with joy, and make
them realize that was the only way this story COULD end.
The relationships between all the characters are well done
and beautifully portrayed, especially the romance of
Hathor and Servaes. All of the fears, frustration,
tenderness, and love between them can be felt very
strongly by the reader. One will also feel the hate and
fear of the lesser vampires, the courage and underlying
strength of the more powerful ones, such as Jiri, and the
familial love between Georgia and Hathor. One will be
hoping throughout, that the lovers find the happiness they
both long for.
This is probably one of the best books this reviewer has
read this year, and is one of those rare books she feels
is totally deserving of the best rating possible to give.
There was nothing disappointing about this book, except
for some editing errors scattered throughout. Although the
unresolved mystery subplots may leave fans wondering, this
doesn't detract from the story. It's evident that these
mysteries will be carried on into future books, where this
world will be delved into with more detail. Well worth the
time and money, don't wait! Run on over to NCP and pick
this one up today! It is guaranteed not to disappoint.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, September 2004. All rights reserved.
Reviewed by Kelley Hartsell
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted November 28, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 19, 2006