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"Excellent beginning of new series!"

In the city formerly known as Los Angeles, the vampires and werewolves finally brought their epic battle public, turning the streets red with the blood from humans, "fangs" and "dogs". Now there is a tentative treaty between the three factions: the vampires live in skyscrapers occupying the sky, the humans live on the ground where they have always been and the werewolves move in under the city. Suddenly LA is the CRIMSON CITY.

With the sudden and violent death of her half-brothers by a Mech -- a creature that was created by the humans but shouldn't exist, Fleur Dumont swiftly becomes the head of her people: the primary vampires, or "fangs" as they are called by the humans. This is a duty she hasn't been trained for and therefore all she can do is prove she is worthy of leading the vampires; whether it is in continued peace or into war with the humans, rests on her shoulders.

Dain Reston is an intelligence officer in B-Ops. He has no memory past waking up in the hospital, his arms burnt and finding out his beloved wife is dead at the hands of the "fangs". So he beats the streets every night with his equally emotionally unstable partner Cydney monitoring the tension levels between the three groups. For several days the city has been quiet until a curious blip appears on their police scanner heading for the Dumont Towers. Going in that direction, they arrive just in time to have a very angry vampire land on the hood of their vehicle.

With the peace treaty on the brink of disintegrating, Dain and Fleur work together in order to find out who ordered the Mech. With vampires getting killed, humans disappearing and the evidence inconclusive, time is running out because the humans have adopted the attack first attitude.

Starting another multi author series, Liz Maverick doesn't disappoint. CRIMSON CITY is full of action and intrigue. I really enjoyed her twist on the vampire, especially having them live high in the sky. There is enough politics introduced in the beginning to bog down the brain, however, everything is cleared up and clarified later. I also am confused by Dains past, but the discrepancies turn the story into a fantastic action romance.

Once fancying herself in love, Fleur broke one of the primary rules of the vampire: Never turn a human. It cost her the ability to get trained to rightfully lead her people instead of her half-brothers. So when she is suddenly dealing with Dain, the epitome of everything that could draw her to a man, she is out of her league on every level: dealing with the "dogs", her wardrobe, struggling with maintaining control of the vampires and now her desires to bite another human. It is fascinating to watch her grow from a pampered princess into a grown woman, er vampiress, in full control.

Dain: he is a mystery (even to himself). He is strong, fearless and very loyal, but he has no past and feels horrible guilt because he cannot remember is own wife who he evidentially loved more than anything else. But now he must deal with a vampire and he is finding that they are broken into factions themselves. His loyalties are now divided. Plus, his own boss has cut his top-level security and he no longer has access to the Mech facility.

CRIMSON CITY is an excellent book. I can hardly wait to see what the other authors have in store for this series!

Posted March 4, 2006

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted December 3, 2006

SUMMARY

Where it all began

Once, this was the City of Angels. The angels are no longer in charge.

From the extravagant appetites of the vampire world above, to the gritty defiance of the werewolves below, the specter of darkness lives around every corner, the hope of paradise in every heart. All walk freely with humans in a tentative peace, but to live in Los Angeles is to balance on the edge of a knife. One woman knows better than most that death lurks here in nights of bliss or hails of UV bullets. She's about to be tested, to taste true thirst. She's about to regain the power she's long been denied. And Fleur Dumont is about to meet the one man who may understand her: a tormented protector who's lost his way and all he loved.

Theirs is one tale of many. This is Crimson City, where desire meets danger and more than just the stars come out at night.

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Other books in the series:
  1. Crimson City by Liz Maverick - July 05
  2. A Taste of Crimson by Marjorie M. Liu - August 05
  3. Through a Crimson Veil by Patti O'Shea - October 05
  4. A Darker Crimson by Carolyn Jewel - November 2005
  5. Seduced by Crimson by Jade Lee - March 06
  6. Crimson Rogue by Liz Maverick - Apr 06
  7. Shards of Crimson (anthology) - January 07

 

Crimson City
(Crimson City, Book 1)
by Liz Maverick

Love Spell
August 1, 2005
Available: July 30, 2005
ISBN #0505526220
EAN #9780505526229
357 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Liz Maverick

Crimson & Steam
Irreversible
Wired
Shards of Crimson
Crimson Rogue
The Shadow Runners
What a Girl Wants
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