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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345520769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520760
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 12.1 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 7 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this story - can't wait for the next book in the series. Story line very interesting - characters great - interaction between characters great - multiple story lines in the same book. I love almost everything that Linda Howard had written.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Publisher abandons series Oct. 9 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
1st...I love this book.

2nd...I was trying to find out when the 2nd book in the series would be published. Well the book has been written, and the title is Warrior Rising.

BUT....the publisher says the bottom has fallen out of the Vampire book market and they've put the book on hold indefinitely.

Shame on Ballantine publishing.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Good Read Oct. 4 2010
By J. Gore - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have stopped reading books by Linda Howard as her stories have become cold, boring and I didn't like her characters. While on holiday I needed something to read and seeing that Linda Jones was co-writing the story I tried again. I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next book in the series.This book was well worth buying.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Good Book May 6 2010
By Book Lover - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not sure why the reviews on this book are not better. I enjoyed this book alot...Yes there is a lot of backround but the characters were interesting and you really felt their emotions. Very well written. I can not wait to read the next books in this series. Lots of new twists in the vampire world in this book. I would recommend it highly.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
More Urban Fantasy than Romance June 1 2010
By SusiSunshine - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book surprised me in many ways, not always in a good way but it did nonetheless. It's the first book in a new series and as in most first books it has the bitter task of introducing the world and the characters.

The world we are thrown in is nothing totally unique but it worked for me. We have vampires living hidden between the ignorant humans who are unaware of the danger they live in. Vampires aren't completely the way they are often pictured in these kind of book but they aren't really something new either. They drink blood, they don't like the light but can learn to tolerate it and they can't breach into your home because of spell cast a few hundred years back. But all the rest we think to know about them isn't true. The vampires in this book are mostly aloof to say it nice. They see the humans as a necessity, something they need to live. They need the human blood and the best way to do that is to stay hidden in the dark or otherwise the humble humans would start a rebellion against the monsters. That's what most of the vampires think. In the last few years a group of rebells formed and now wants to grab the reigns of the world and form it the way they want it: vampires as masters and the humans nothing more as kettle. We also have the immortal warriors who are there to save the human race from the danger that will come. They are from another world and can only enter ours if invited by a so called conduit, a special human descendant of this warrior. The conduits are the warrior's only way to get here so it is a logically step for the vampire rebells to try to destroy this passage. So the conduit hunt begins.

The story starts with one of the oldest vampires in this world- Luca Ambrus. He is our hero and one of the few blood born vampires (that means he is the child of 2 vampires and not turned through blood transfer as most of them are). He's very old (2000+ years) and powerful, he has gifts most vampires can't even imagine and he likes to live on his own, secluded from the rest of the world. For me Luca was not easy to like. He's not a bad guy or had any major flaws I could point out now but he just didn't do it for me. His actions his reason to do them were mostly wrong in my mind. He did good things and all the stuff hero's are supposed to do but I never had the feeling he did cuz of the right reasons. I'm not sure if that makes any sense at all to you but it is hard to explain. Perhaps he was too aloof for me but it was right to make him that way. I know that 2000 years of experience would make someone different and perhaps he was just too different for me.

Chloe is a conduit and of course she doesn't know that. She has an ordinary life with even more ordinary problems. When the first vampire tries to kill her she is thrown headfirst in a world of monsters and her only help is Luca. He offers his help and she knows it would be stupid to refuse. She wants to live and she was never someone to shy away from problems. I really liked Chloe as a character. She is a strong woman with the right morals and a good attitude. I enjoyed reading her part of the book and was a bit disappointed that there weren't more parts about her. I disagreed with her a few times and some choices really pissed me off but I still liked her.

That brings me directly to one part of the book I didn't like so much. We have again a vast variety of POVs. I never noticed it so much in the past but I kind of run into more of those books in the last few books. It could be that it is only me but I was highly annoyed with the ongoing shift between places and characters. It always happened when I just started to feel for a certain character and bam we are thrown into a totally different storyline again and I was left wanting more of the last one. Not a good start for the next part and so it went on and on. I think I really am no fan of this.

Also worth a mention is Sorin- he is the second in command of the bad rebel vampires and I really enjoyed his part in the book. He was a good mix of good and bad and he really drew me in. I so hope he gets his own book in this series. He is so worthy of my interest.

All in all I think the many story-lines and different plot directions distracted a bit too much from the romance between Chloe and Luca. I was surprised that they loved each other at the end. The world building was nicely done and the story was interesting. The story didn't grab me as much as I wanted it too but all in all I still want to read book 2, Warrior Rising. I'm highly intrigued by both Sorin and his heroine Iklayina.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
THERE IS NO BOOK 2 July 5 2013
By L. Ludwig - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Figured I would start off just letting potential buyers that the sequel, Warrior Rising, was NOT published...and it does not appear that it will be any time soon, if at all.


I still think it is an awesome book and a worthwhile read. I checked it out from the library, so I did not invest 'real money' on it, but was totally ready to buy book 2. Imagine my disappointment....At any rate, this book does leave you wanting for a an ending in the sense that you want to know what it going to come next, what is in the characters' futures. However, it definitely a 'stand alone' in the sense that major events were dealt with and one is given closure.

I hope the publishers change their mind, or the author(s), if allowed, self publish.

Others have given plot summary, so I won't redo that...just wanted to let you know that
1) its a good read, kept my interest (although at times it seemed a bit wordy in the beginning, but found a nice pace)
2) there is no book if you are one that NEEDS full closure this might not be for you
3) different vampire story, but definitely not what I would consider romance ;) Don't get me wrong, it is there but where as normally a romance focuses primarily on main characters' love (acquiring, accepting, fighting, etc.) here it is simply a part of the story...not a focus

HOpe this review helps :)

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