"L'enforcier meets his match"
Again Ms. Roycraft has taken a distinctive twist from
traditional vampire lore to bring readers an entertaining
story. Not a traditional horror tale or romance,
AFTERIMAGE is an entertaining multifaceted novel
points of intrigue and romance set within the vampire
subculture in contemporary time.
The international vampire culture hinted at in DOUBLE IMAGE
comes alive with more information of the ruling Directorate
of vampires and a personal look at Drago was the most
powerful l'enforcier for the Directorate.
Alex Dragovich, best known as Drago was sent to pass
judgment on Marya, granddaughter of mortal Roma woman and
vampire: daughter of a dhampir. Her "¼ vampire blood"
makes her blood
poison to vampires and a human able to detect vampires --
and therefore a danger to their community. Marya has put
her life "on hold" the past 12 years awaiting this, her
final evaluation, the decision will be made for her life or
death. Although Drago hates aberrations,
he is irritated with the Directorate and on a whim grants
her life. Drago has never found the "affaire d'amour" and
is appalled that he may be developing feelings for this
When Marya is told Drago has reversed his decision, she
retaliates by threatening to kill him or any other vampire
that comes. Drago did not change his decision and is
infuriated by her threat. Finding that someone is trying
to undermine his authority Drago must keep her with him to
protect Marya, who has become a pawn in this power
struggle. Will Nikolena, his supervisor come to his aid or
has his lone-wolf approach left him fighting this battle on
his own? Who among his associates can he trust and who
wants him to receive the final death?
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted December 8, 2001