Children of the Night (Diana Tregarde Investigation Series #2)

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Diana Tregarde is new to New York, and to her Guardianship--but she's ready to defend her friends, and her adopted city, from any evil--even vampires: the Children of the Night.
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Overview

Diana Tregarde is new to New York, and to her Guardianship--but she's ready to defend her friends, and her adopted city, from any evil--even vampires: the Children of the Night.
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Editorial Reviews

Locus
"A very enjoyable thriller with a sense of humor."
Marion Zimmer Bradley
" It's a delight to know that a writer whose work I've loved all along has written something so fresh and original."
C. J. Cherryh
"Diana Tregarde is an intelligent and resourceful entrant in the [dark fantasy] field—with a most charming and unusual associate."
From the Publisher
"Easily one of the best things I've read for a couple of years. I loved it."—Marion Zimmer Bradley

"Mercedes Lackey's work is as sharp—and scary—as the suddenly revealed fang of a vampire. She'll keep you up long past your bedtime."—Stephen King

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765313188
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Diana Tregarde Investigations Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 431,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenyx and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist’s model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    Strong Vampire Urban Fantasy

    Before Buffy or Hamilton's Anita Blake or Harris' Sookie Stackhouse, Lackey was writing Urban Fantasy with a strong heroine, Diana Tregarde, starting with "Burning Water" and also including, besides this one, Jinx High. Of the three novels, I think this is the strongest. I've read the Tregarde novels didn't sell well, and that's why Lackey hasn't written more with this character. I find that a shame--I like these books as much as any by Lackey and more than many an urban fantasy featuring vampires that are bestsellers. I like the vampire character in this one, Andre Le Brel and how he partners with Diana. This story is actually a prequel to the first book, Burning Water, so you could start here first.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Unique for being first; not unique in any other way

    This is the first novel I've read by Mercedes Lackey, and it took me quite some time to get into it.

    I was initially put off by the style -- very purple, adjectives attached to every noun (sometimes multiple adjectives), half of each page written as Diana's stream-of-consciousness thoughts, which were equally frenetic when she was bored alone in a shop as when she was having a panic attack. And while it isn't Lackey's fault (her magical butt-kicking heroine predates most others) the whole set-up seemed too familiar by far. It should indeed appeal to Buffy fans, but don't expect it to take the now-familiar subgenre anywhere new.

    Then I was put off by a number of items that cropped up that read like anachronisms, whether they are or not. For no reason I could discover, the novel is set in the early 70s, after the Watergate scandal broke but before Nixon resigned in '74. Yet there is a mention of Diana wanting a personal computer -- and I'm pretty sure personal computers weren't available until '75. There's a mention of feeling like being in a Stephen King novel -- but he didn't get published until '73, and I find it unlikely that his was a household name THAT immediately. I grant, the times are close enough that there may have been a week or two in '74 when a person might have thought all those things, but they just READ like anachronisms.

    But around 2/3 of the way through, after Diana joined forces with Andre, the plot picked up enough pace that I sped through the rest. Andre was my favorite character, though he doesn't break the ethical vampire mold in any way either, and though I cringed at the way the romance was handled, it was at least blessedly short.

    So overall, I have to say I liked the book, but I am very borderline about whether or not to read another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    Diana Tregarde starter novel

    This is an excellent book. I have read it several times and if you like Mercedes Lackey, or witchy vampire tales, you'll love this book. I wish she had written more of them. Burning Water is good, but this is the first and is well done. I believe it may have inspired a book called Sunshine, by another author. If you like this book, you have to read that one too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2003

    So long, my favorite book by Mercedes Lacky

    This was the first Mercedes Lacky book I read- and thougth at first I dreaded it somewhat, it turned out to be a great read. as another reviewer has commented- 'vampires, and witches and gypsies- oh no!' I prefer this Diana Treagarde investigation over Burning Water ( I still haven't gotten my hands on the third- Jinx High)- the only thing Children of the Night had that Burning Water needed (other than more pages- it's just never enough) was romance- and boy, was there romance in Children of the Night! The only thing left to do is learn more about Andre LeBrel's past as a human and a young vampire in France and then of his coming to America with his Lowara. I recommened this book to any Diana Tregarde 'fans', any Mercedes Lacky 'fans', and anyone interested in a good read about vampires, witches, and what happens when you put them in the Apple with a few deadly soul-suckers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    A devilishly good read

    A wonderful second volume in her Diana Tregarde series. Now if I could only find the third book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had a copy of this book yrs ago, but lost it.Couldn't remeber the name or title so I couldn't find it.Luckily, I fell in to her section in the store and found it! No wonder I liked it so much!I encourage anyone to read a Mercedes Lackey book!

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