Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, #1)

By Gena Showalter
Releases August 30, 2011
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley for review.

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.

Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him.

When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...
In the beginning I was a little lost because so much was happening without much background information, but once I got to the end I realized why. The characters are just as confused as the reader and as Nicolai gets his stolen memories back we learn the back story.

I thought it was an interesting world and that in our human world we know very little about this world but people like Jane are researching the paradox. Jane has guilt about that once she is in the other paranormal world with magic, witches, and vampires. However, Nicolai and Jane’s connection is strong and loving that they can get through anything. Jane really likes how he keeps saying “Mine” like its her nickname.

I really liked the flashbacks Nicolai has. They were the comic relief for me. The scenes with his mom, father, and little brother Micah make me want more scenes with Nicolai’s family. I can’t wait to see what the other fabulous authors do with there siblings in their books.

Royal House of Shadows
1. Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
2. Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe (Releases October 2011)
3. Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen (Releases November 2011)
4. Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh (Releases December 2011)

All you want to know can be found at the Royal House of Shadows Website.