"Thrilling dark fantasy!"
Back in the 13th Century in Hungary, Lucien Korvina was a
very happy man. He had a wife he loved dearly and a
beautiful little girl. All that happiness ended one night.
One fateful night when monsters came down from the mountain
and raided his village, killing every man, woman and child,
except for Lucien. For daring to lift a weapon against them,
they forced him to watch as his daughter was literally
ripped apart and her flesh eaten by the monsters, his wife
repeatedly raped and killed. More dead than alive, they left
Lucien staked to the ground, telling him they would return
the next night to devour his flesh. Unfortunately for them,
someone took pity on Lucien. A Revenant queen from another
world and time, Sibylline saw Lucien and made him One of the
Now we jump ahead several centuries. In 2052 there was a
great war and civilization as we now know it collapsed. The
Revenants saw their chance and seized power. There are now
four Revenant princes with Lucien being the heir apparent.
Humans are captured and kept as herds to feed the Revenants.
Under the Revenants are the Thrall, enthralled by the
Revenants to do their bidding. Since the death of his wife,
Lucien has not taken a woman. Now Petros—Lucien's friend and
second-in-command—knows this isn't natural and between him
and Christina—Lucien's Healer—finally manage to convince
Lucien it's time. However, when they realize just how much
the woman they have chosen looks like Lucien's dead wife,
they have second thoughts. Too late however, for Lucien has
seen her and decides to keep her.
Khamsin has no idea who her parents are since she was raised
on an orphanage barge. Since she managed to escape that,
she's been living hard—very hard. The only thought in her
mind is to remain free. No one wants to be captured by the
Revenants and made a part of a herd. After all, everyone
knows the nasty vampires just want to drink human blood. So
when Khamsin is captured, she fights for her very life to no
avail. Not only has she been captured, but she is destined
to be the woman of the prince himself. When she realizes the
prince is suffering from a migraine, Khamsin finds herself
pitying him, in spite of herself. The more time Khamsin
spends with Lucien, the more she realizes she does indeed
care for him.
Will Lucien be able to find love with Khamsin? Will Khamsin
be able to love Lucien considering how she feels about
Revenants? What of Sibylline? What does she have planned?
And what of the other three princes? Will the evil prince
cause problems for Lucien and his lady?
LUCIEN'S KHAMSIN is not only a great paranormal romance, but
also has a bit of the futuristic in it. Charlotte
Boyett-Compo truly has a gift for world-building. I feel
comfortable in her worlds without ever becoming overwhelmed
by too many details. Her characters are always bigger than
life with very Alpha heroes willing to go through anything
for their women, heroines strong enough to stand up to their
men and go after what they want and secondary characters
loyal to the hero and heroine. Her evil characters are just
that—pure evil and very easy to hate. And then we have the
queen—or goddess—and we're left not really sure how we
should feel about her because of some of the things she
makes her heroes endure. As always with any of Charlotte
Boyett-Compo's books, I very highly recommend this one.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted May 6, 2010
In 13th century Hungary,
Lucien Korvina comes face to face with mythical beings
from his childhood nightmares. Legendary Sagitarry and
their beastmasters the Manicore, descend on cloven hooves
upon his tranquil, rustic village and wreck havoc, killing
and mutilating everything in their path.
Left for dead from grievous wounds, Lucien is found by the
mysterious Sibylline, a Revenant queen from beyond space
and time. In her fangs is the promise of eternal life and
when she pierces the dying man's jugular, he becomes One
with the Blood. As one of the Undead, he has become her
plaything—her prince of the Revenants.
Khamsin has no idea who her parents were or from whence
she came. Growing up on an old cruise ship turned
orphanage after the Great War of 2052, she has never known
love. Captured by Lucien's men, she fights to escape the
clutches of what she believes is pure evil—vampire beings
intent on draining her blood and enslaving her body,
forcing her into thrall to a Revenant master.
In the great keep at Modartha, Khamsin learns the true
ways of the Revenants when—despite her fear of him—she
falls in lust and love with Lucien Korvina. There is but
Sexual Content: Rated E-rotic
Book Length: Novel