Monday, September 26, 2011

Review of Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, #1)Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from the publishers. This did not change my review in any way.

Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter is the first book in the Royal House of Shadows series. Books two, three, and four are authored by Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, and Nalini Singh, respectively. If the other three are anything compared to Lord of the Vampires, this is going to be one heck of a series! This book was so steamy I felt like I was sitting in a sauna while reading it, and I could not put it down.

The Royal House of Shadows series is an interesting retelling of fairy tales. Each novel is taking a fairy tale and remaking it in some way. Gena Showalter has loosely based her novel, Lord of the Vampires, on the story of Alice in Wonderland. After receiving a strange, old book on her doorstep one night, Jane wakes up to find herself in an alternate realm. Something I really liked about this book is that Jane already knows about vampires and realm traveling. Sometimes I get tired of reading page after page of the heroine denying the truth, or the hero hiding the truth from her. It was a nice change of pace to be able to get right into the story and the romance.

The romance in this book is hot and steamy. Nicolai is a prince in the kingdom of Elden, and he’s known for being a ladies man. When the Blood Sorcerer attacks the kingdom, the King and Queen use their magic to instill the need for vengeance in their four children and to also send them to safety. Unfortunately the spell is warped and Nicolai is sent to a sex market, where he is bought by a princess of Delfina and his memories are wiped. Somehow Nicolai is able to use his magic to summon Jane to save him, and there is an instant connection between the two characters. Jane is a sympathetic character, having lost her family in a devastating car accident that left her in the hospital for months. She’s smart, brave, and easy to like, and is an innocent when compared to Nicolai. Its nice to see her blossom and grow throughout the novel.

This story is only the beginning, as the next three books tell the story of the other royal children from the kingdom of Elden and how they will come together to defeat the Blood Sorcerer. I found Lord of the Vampires to be an exciting beginning to the Royal House of Shadows series and I can’t wait to find out how the royals are going to overthrow the Blood Sorcerer and take back their kingdom. This is definitely a series I recommend fans of the paranormal genre add to their bookshelves!

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