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The Darkness (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #10)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great Series but....

I purchased this series on my nook because it is one of the best I have ever read. At the time of purchase I purchased these books as lend me books. I noticed a few months later that they no longer had the lend me icon in my nook library. When I called B&N I was told th...
I purchased this series on my nook because it is one of the best I have ever read. At the time of purchase I purchased these books as lend me books. I noticed a few months later that they no longer had the lend me icon in my nook library. When I called B&N I was told that the publisher can choose to retract lend me at any time. I feel that at the time of purchase if the books are lend me they should not be able to go back on a purchase. After all I cannot get a refund after I have read the books. And what is the point of using lend me as a sales pitch when it can be withdrawn at anytime following a purchase. I do not think this is fair to the consumer.

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

An interesting vampire story, but written with a lot of slang - in street slang, it is a bit hard to follow for middle-American reading.

The lead characters are fairly well defined, but the use of colloquialism throughout makes it difficult to understand what the characters are saying many times. The characters are a rap or soul band (never quite defined - I will call it rap but that may not have been t...
The lead characters are fairly well defined, but the use of colloquialism throughout makes it difficult to understand what the characters are saying many times. The characters are a rap or soul band (never quite defined - I will call it rap but that may not have been the intent of the writer) with a female vampire-hunter as the lead singer. Other friends and relatives make appearances and add warmth and depth to the characterizations.

The lead characters travel into Hades and the vivid pictures painted of the various levels are well defined in the early parts of the book, but later portions of the book seem to minimize or even ignore the powers of the satanic beings on these levels that are defined in the early going.

The lead character (the story is often told from her perspectives) is the female lead singer whose music is supposedly so powerful that it shakes the netherlands when she and her band sing their songs - a child-like concept that is hard to accept and that takes away from the rest of the book, in my view.

The writer defines different levels of hell and uses demons and vampires throughout the story line as the heroine works to save mankind from what appears to be a manifestation of the anti-christ, a demonic child born of the devil and of a long-dead evil woman. The book ties in with other books in a series, and I have not read the other books. It stands well on its own, though.

In other specifics, the sexuality and the romance between the heroine and her boyfriend Carlos, a sympathetic character who was a former drug dealer who has been rescued from near-damnation but is still on the brink, is a bit forced and does not flow well within the context of the novel. I could buy into the general concept, but with the overlay of the forced sexuality, the street dialogue, and the strange notion that this one unique individual and her band could somehow shake the spirit world all the way to the deepest levels make it a difficult premise to accept.

I much prefer the complex but more fluid work of Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series (Part 1 is refenced in the I recommend group below) or even the rather pulpish Twilight series in this genre.

That is not to say that the book is not good or that it is not worth reading if this type of escapism interests you as it does me. I just think there are better choices.

posted by -Q- on April 21, 2009

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