"excellent vampire mythos"
"The Girl who was Infatuated with Death" by Laurell K.
Hamilton. Ms. Rhonda Mackenzie wants vampire executioner
Anita Blake to find the vampire that has bitten her
daughter two times and kill. If she is bitten three times
she will become a vampire which is what she wants because
she will lose one leg, perhaps two if she doedn't changes
over. Anita asks the master of the city, Jean-Claude if he
will help her find the vampire. After not seeing him for a
long time because she was learning to control her powers,
Anita realizes her feelings for him have not changed.
"One Word Answer" by Charlaine Harris. Telepath Sookie
Stackhouse of Bon Temps Louisiana is visited by Mr.
Cataliades and Waldo the vampire to inform Sookie that her
cousin, a vampire who was staked, left her estate to her
cousin. Mr. Cataliades informs Sookie that Waldo killed her
because she was the favorite of the queen of New Orleans
and he wants Sookie to stake the vampire Sookie doesn't
want to but Waldo makes sure that he will not be returned
to his queen to be tortured.
"Biting in Plain Sight" by Mary Janice Davidson: In the
town of Embarrass, everyone knows that the vet Dr. Sophie
Tourneau is a vampire but they ignore that fact because she
takes great care of their animals. Liam is in love with her
and when she goes out hunting a serial vampire killer, he
insists on accompanying her. He tells her how he feels and
she takes him to bed and drinks his blood. She cares about
him but she's not sure if she is better off without any
emotional ties to a mortal. When they go after the vampire
killer, Liam impresses Sophie with his actions and his
commitment to her.
"Galahad" by Angela Knight. Caroline was turned by a
vampire into a witch with magical powers and immortality.
She lives in Avalon in the mageverse where vampires and
witches form a symbiotic relationship. Witches need their
blood drained every few days to lower their blood pressure
and vampires have a willing blood source. Caroline has a
vision about humans drinking from a cup and turning into
vampires who are the antithesis of the undead in the
mageverse. Galahad, pure of heart and a vampire is assigned
by Morgana Le Fey to work with Caroline to find the
threecups and destroy the evil vampires. Along the way fall
in love but Galahad fears Caroline won't want him once she
learns all the ugly things he had to do to defeat the bad
"Blood lust" by Vickie Taylor. Garth funded Daniel Hart's
research into making synthetic blood but stole the formula,
Daniel's girlfriend and his house before revealing himself
as a vampire. Daniel asks vampire Deadre Blue to turn him a
vampire so he can kill Garth, his girlfriend who is now a
vampire and then himself. Deadre doesn't want to do it but
when he is accidentally killed, she feeds him her blood and
he turns into a vampire. Deadre has fallen in love with
Daniel and goes with him to fight Garth the enforcer to the
High Matron. The synthetic blood make Daniel Garth's equal
and their upcoming battle will leave one of them dead.
All five authors have a different take on the vampire
mythos but that doesn't mean one story is better than
another. This is one of the best vampire romance
anthologies ever produced bringing back cult favorites like
Anita Blake and Sookie. The stories by the other authors
would make several great series.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted December 19, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 29, 2006