Much to my surprise, I discovered this book is connected to
THE UNICORN VALLEY series, also by Lena Austin. However,
this takes place way before THE UNICORN VALLEY series
begins. So with the AFTER THE FLOOD series, we gain a bit
of background knowledge of Unicorn Valley.
Our story deals with Kella, a vampire, and Tanne Brae, a
unicorn. Always been considered an outcast among other
vampires, Kella suffers whenever she goes into heat since
none of the Vampire Princes will have anything to do with
her. The Vampires in Unicorn Valley see the unicorns as
Gods and their whole religion and culture revolves around
this. Of course, life has become somewhat better since
Kella was taken under Sedna's wing as an acolyte. Being
trained in the healing arts with the use of herbs, Kella at
least has some purpose in her life now.
As the Unicorn Prince, Tanne could have become the Lead
Stallion. However, Tanne doesn't want this life for
himself, so he lives apart from the herd as a healer. Now,
he's got a problem. During a birthing, a vampire bit him
and Tanne needs to find out if the child inherited his
magic, along with his blood. When he finds the child, now a
young woman, he can sense her magic. Of course, the fact
he's also attracted to her may add a complication or two.
Now, if only he can convince Sedna to allow him to train
Kella. Somehow or other, he manages to convince Sedna to
allow him to train Kella and leaves the Vampire village
with Kella riding on his back in his unicorn form.
When one of the Vampire Princes hears of Kella riding a
unicorn, he immediately becomes interested in her and wants
her for himself. Not wanting to be raped, Kella fights
back. Of course, her magic isn't entirely under her control
and she ends up using it during her struggles. When Tanne
hears about this, he knows he must remove Kella from the
village. He finds a cavern and redoes it to suit their
needs. Now, he has a home for himself and Kella. She
couldn't be happier, except for one thing. She wants to
become Tanne's lover.
Will the Tanne and Kella become lovers? Will they become
more? Will inhabitants of the Valley come to use their
services as healers? Will Kella ever be accepted among the
AFTER THE FLOOD 1: BLOOD AND MAGIC is a wonderful fantasy
story! Lena Austin has once again worked her magic with the
inhabitants of Unicorn Valley. I absolutely adore the
mixture of Vampires, unicorns, gryphons, werewolves,
dwarves, and all the rest. To have them together in one
series is a definite plus in my book! We have the unique
opportunity to watch two different species come together in
love. Tanne's patience and Kella's quick learning abilities
are absolutely a wonder! I was caught up in this story from
the very first page and wanted it to continue when I hit
the last. Everything Tanne and Kella end up going through
just to be together just seems to make them stronger. And
the fact I got to learn more about the making of Unicorn
Valley is something I am ecstatic about. I cannot recommend
this story highly enough!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 18, 2007
A proud and handsome unicorn stallion, Tanne made one mistake in his youth -- a mistake that created a vampire sorceress of nearly unlimited power. To redeem his honor, he must train her to control her abilities before she destroys the entire Valley of the Unicorns. The task before him is difficult... but more difficult still is to keep from succumbing to desire.
Kella has been raised to worship the unicorns as gods. She accepts Tanne's training... how can she not? But what she feels for him is more than reverence. Surely it's wrong to lust after a god...but she can't help herself.
Their magic threatens Unicorn Valley, but their passion just may save it.
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