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The Awakening
     

The Awakening

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by L. A. Banks
 

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There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses

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There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru. A woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It's just a matter of who will get to her first. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire, is one of the most powerful Damali has ever encountered and he has allied himself with the deadly Amanrath demons in order to claim her. But the Vampire Council has plans for her as well. And now an unlikely variable has entered into the equation, an ex-lover now turned vampire with an agenda of his own. And she must risk trusting him once more if they are to survive.

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Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Minion (2003), Banks proves that vampire novels, like their vampire characters, often spawn progeny all too much in their own image. Events begin precisely where they dead-ended in the first novel, with rock 'n' roller cum vampire-slayer Damali Richards the prey of renegade vampire-master Fallon Nuit, who wants her eliminated for the grief she's caused him and his hybrid demon-vampire minions. The Vampire Council also seek to vampirize her and the child they scheme to seed her with before her 21st birthday. The council is depending on newly un-dead Carlos Rivera, Damali's ex-lover, to find her weak spot-but Carlos has his own agenda to retrieve his soul before he becomes an irredeemable vampire, and he secretly plays the council, Nuit and even Damali and her band against one another to achieve his goal. For all the double-crossing intrigue, choreographed bloodshed and physical mayhem, readers will find little in the plot to distinguish this novel from its predecessor. The author devotes most of her energies to fleshing out minutiae of her weird world, which includes elaborate hierarchies and biological imperatives that govern its hordes in the afterlife. The result is an ambitious but often slow-going fantasy that will appeal mainly to Banks's loyal minions. (Jan. 28) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In a world where vampires struggle for control, Damali Richards, a hunter of vampires and a spoken-word artist, stands between the living and the undead. Richards is a determined and driven heroine, able to use both her wits and her fighting prowess to protect human prey. Banks's sequel to Minion envisions an intriguing portrait of vampiric society, reminiscent of Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton. A good series for most libraries, with sure appeal to fans of vampire fiction. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Second and shorter trade paperback entry in the Afro Vampire Huntress rock 'n' roll trilogy rip-off of Blade, Buffy, and Lestat, following Minion (2003). At 20, destiny-driven Damali Richards, a New Orleans orphan and now a Spoken Word artiste, nears full awakening of her superpowers as an adult vampire huntress as she runs about carrying rhino bullets fresh-packed with hallowed earth and holy water grenades that blast like C-4-which has got master vampire Fallon Nuit and the Vampire High Council in a major tizzy. Unhappily for Damali, her sometime lover Carlos Rivera got turned and is dead, man, or rather undead, and time's gotta come when Damali or one of her devamper Warriors of Light stakes him out so that he gets real cool, real dead. It's war, with Fallon Nuit's demonic Minion of rogue hybrid-vampires against Damali, who's protected by seven guardians, including band members who double on drums and crossbow, or computer-crossbow-wooden stake, or as Aikido instructor/choreographer/bassist. As Carlos is led through a many-layered hell of demons, each layer as richly defined as Dante's Inferno, his bloodthirst rises, and, back on earth, he nearly attacks his mother, his grandmother, and their young helper Juanita before he's interrupted. Meanwhile, the Council demands that Carlos bring in Damali in three days, when she ovulates, so their seed will ripen in her before her birthday. Technically, Carlos, who died in prayer, is not dead, only transformed, and thus untrustworthy for this job. Will he sign the eternal contract and deposit his soul with the Council? Will Nuit's plan for armies of hybrid demons to turn hundreds of thousands of Damali's concertgoers on five continents besuccessful? Will vamps get viral immunity to sunlight and become daywalkers? Strong improvement for Banks, who found herself attacked by Internet fans of Laurel K. Hamilton, Anita Blake, and Buffy's Joss Whedon, vampiricists who make no reflections in mirrors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429994439
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/21/2004
Series:
Vampire Huntress Legends , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
274,308
File size:
264 KB

Meet the Author

L. A. BANKS is the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series. She had a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a master's in fine arts from Temple University. Banks considered herself a shape-shifter. She wrote romance, women's fiction, crime and suspense, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore. She lived with her daughter in an undisclosed lair somewhere in Philadelphia.


L. A. BANKS was the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon Novels, including Left for Undead and Never Cry Werewolf. She had a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a master's in fine arts from Temple University. Banks considered herself a shape-shifter, writing romance, women's fiction, crime and suspense, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore. She lived with her daughter in Philadelphia until her death in 2011.

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The Awakening (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is known by many names; Slayer, vampire huntress and Neturu come to mind and she is feared by the forces of darkness who wants to destroy her before she reaches her twenty-first birthday and comes into her full powers. She is protected by seven Guardians and together they battle the creatures of the night. Her one weakness is Carlos who if he traveled another road would have been her guardian but at twenty-three he is a powerful mob boss who makes a fortune dealing drugs.............................. Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire master wants to control all vampire activity on Earth and to have the slayer killed before her twenty-first birthday. He turns to Carlos but before the transformation is complete he is whisked away to the vampire council who will make him a master vampire if he destroys Fallon Nuit and the Neturu Damali Richards. He accepts the deal without signing any contracts because his own goal is to protect the slayer, even from himself and help her even though she discovers what he has become and rejects him................................ Make no mistake, all the vampires in THE AWAKENING are evil beings who think of human beings as cattle. Carlos is different because as he was turned he was praying and so there is hope for him if Damali will give him a chance. This is a fantastic urban fantasy tale and all the loose ends will be tied up in the final book in this series THE HUNTED............................. Harriet Klausner
LunaWolf More than 1 year ago
Incidentally I found this book to be better and more enjoyable than the first one, and even that one was pretty good. I felt that the somewhat slower start that Minion had really came to fruition in this novel. If you like a good story where good and evil are subjective, despite what each side tries to say, this is a good series. Bad Blood is another great story by this author where light and dark aren't always as black and white as we think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away and kept me on edge. I laughed, fussed, cursed, and waited with anticipation. There’s a touch of many guilty pleasures in this book, and I loved every minute of it. It was a temptingly delicious delight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
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FIFi1224 More than 1 year ago
Love her books, action from start to finish, check out her crimson moon series as well,,
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