The Cursed (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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The Chairman has been killed and now Lilith, Satan's Consort sits on the vampire throne as the Vampire Council's new Chairwoman. She raises all the dark covens--calling every major dark witch and warlock to do her bidding. Her goal is to distract the team members, while the unborn heir to the Dark Realms awaits his own birth. All Lilith needs now is Damali's newly discovered angelic powers to make that come to past. That will allow her evil progeny to walk through the veil between worlds and take his throne as ...

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The Chairman has been killed and now Lilith, Satan's Consort sits on the vampire throne as the Vampire Council's new Chairwoman. She raises all the dark covens--calling every major dark witch and warlock to do her bidding. Her goal is to distract the team members, while the unborn heir to the Dark Realms awaits his own birth. All Lilith needs now is Damali's newly discovered angelic powers to make that come to past. That will allow her evil progeny to walk through the veil between worlds and take his throne as the true Anti-Christ. Damali and her crew race to stop Lilith. However, raising not only the dark covens, but all vampires that had not been slain by Damali, puts the world out of balance and kicks off the Armageddon.

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Publishers Weekly

In Banks's sexy ninth Vampire Huntress novel (after The Wicked), the first seal has been broken and Armageddon has begun. Lilith and her husband, the Unnamed One, are caught unawares while awaiting the birth of their angel-hybrid heir. Installed as Vampire Council chairwoman, Lilith calls on vampires, witches and warlocks (including Machiavelli, Jezebel, Genghis Khan and Medusa) to combat the forces of the Covenant, the Guardians, the Neterus and both Neteru Councils. She attacks her enemies Damali and Carlos Rivera where it hurts the most: their libidos. Soon the battle involves a Valkyrie, the Ark of the Covenant and bootleg music downloads. This "end of days" scenario is a wild amalgam of Christianity, vampire lore, world myth, functional morality, street philosophy and hot sex. Three double-page line drawings by Eric Battle perfectly illustrate Banks's over-the-top supernatural characters and scenes. As long as neither the world nor the series is ending, fans couldn't ask for more. (July)

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“Stunning.”—Publishers Weekly on The Damned

“Each book in this. . .series gets harder and harder to put down.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

Romantic Times BOOKreviews

Each book in this. . .series gets harder and harder to put down.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429953665
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2007
  • Series: Vampire Huntress Legend Series, #9
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 143,163
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

L. A. BANKS is the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon Novels. 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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Chapter One

Tahiti . . .

He was lacing up his Tims in the living room of their hotel suite by the time Damali opened her eyes, struggled to sit up, and half-stumbled through the doorway to argue. But there was nothing she could tell him. None of this was up for debate.

It was a knowing that slammed his core, sat him straight up in bed, killed his libido, and sent him over the edge of the mattress, ready for war. Never in his life had he been so sure about what he had to do. What hit him felt like a white lightning charge direct from the archon's table of old.

He'd mentally sent the call out to the brothers already. Twelve days of bliss and the honeymoon was over. The meeting was already scheduled--2100 hours, sharp. Nary a man in the joint objected. They all knew what time it was. It was about protecting theirs--if the world got saved as a fringe benefit, cool. They all had something serious to lose. A preemptive strike was in order. An unmistakable energy jolt, throne level, had run up Carlos's spine, just like it hit Shabazz's locks and fucked with Mike's hearing in a low, relentless buzz. Dan and J.L. felt it no differently than Rider and Jose smelled it. Pure sulfur was rising.

Carlos stared at Damali. She lifted her chin and folded her arms over her chest. He would not be moved. Fine as she was, standing there half-naked and draped in white silk, that was the primary reason he was gonna do what he had to do. Unlike all the times in the past where the team sat back, hid, waited for trouble to come to their door, this time his squad was going in to blow the roof off the mother--first.

"So, I guess there's nothing I can say to you?"

"Nope," Carlos muttered, pulling his foot down from the white wall and collecting a snub-nosed pump shotgun off the coffee table to stash in his long, black leather coat.

Damali stared at the huge boot print he'd left on the wall for a second and sighed hard. "Don't you think we should have a full team meeting about this?" She stepped away from the bedroom door, worry blotting out the fury in her eyes.

"Nope."

"Well, at least won't you tell me where y'all are going?"

"Nope," he said, hoisting up an Uzi to sling over his shoulder.

"Stop," she said, walking deeper into the suite, now talking with her hands. "Team protocol. One half of the team will not know where the other half is--not done, brother. And you all just can't up and leave Tahiti on a dime, no explanation, no nothing, Carlos!"

He stared at the door. "You'd better go put some clothes on before the brothers get here."

"Carlos Rivera, are you listening to me?"

His response was very simplistic and to the point as he went to the door. "Nope."

Big Mike was two steps from the door as Carlos swung it open. Carrying a shoulder launcher, Mike pounded Carlos's fist.

"Ride or die, brother," Mike said in a low, ready-for-war rumble, and then nodded toward Damali. "Evenin', D."

Consumed with frustration, she raced into the bedroom, grabbed a T-shirt and her jeans, and hurriedly threw them on. She looked at her ten-carat engagement ring and matching diamond-studded wedding band and sighed, then slipped them into her small front jeans pocket. Clearly, the honeymoon was over for everybody, and there was no sense in getting her rings fouled by nasty demon gook if she had to go to war. Men! They'd lost their minds. She came out of the bedroom like a bee had stung her, just in time to see Rider roll through the door with Shabazz, both giving Carlos a silent fist pound and her a brief nod as though she were a civilian.

Shabazz slammed a clip into Black Beauty, his eyes ablaze, locks lifted off his shoulders by two inches, blue arc crackling. Rider's forearms bulged as he carried something ridiculous that looked like a custom-made Gatling gun. Damali's eyes tore around the stone faces, hoping that the younger male members of the team would bring some sanity to whatever had set the senior brothers off. But as soon as Jose rolled through the door with a red bandana tied around his head, wearing a long leather coat, toting a crossbow with a snub-nosed welded to it, and J.L. stepped in behind him looking straight Samurai, her hopes considerably dimmed. By the time Bobby and Dan came in, she'd sat down heavily on the edge of the nearby dining room table.

Dan strolled in wearing a leather coat that swept the ground and clutching dual AK-47s. Bobby gripped handheld Ingram semis in both hands. Berkfield was with them, his seniority providing no rational balance whatsoever. He was strapped with grenades on a flack-jacket vest like he was going to 'Nam and carrying an M-16. There would definitely be no reasoning with them.

"I got black-box vamp on all scents coming off artillery. Everybody's ammo demon-readied, hallowed-earth shells and shit?" Carlos asked in a low rumble, gaining nods all around. "Then let's do this."

"Hold it, hold it, hold it," Marlene yelled, running down the hall, breasts bouncing, barefoot, wearing only a purple lace-and-satin robe. Her eyes wild, she circled on Shabazz, breathing hard and pointing at him. "Not after all we've been through, and not without saying good-bye--ever."

Marjorie was on her heels, her eyes frantic, as she clutched the front of her pink silk negligee closed. "Richard, have you lost your mind?"

For Damali, it was an out-of-body experience. She knew the delay might take a few minutes, but she wasn't even wasting her breath to argue. These men were already as good as gone. She knew her husband. There was that certain look that Carlos got in his eyes that she'd come to learn--that "no means no" stare. She sighed as Inez burst in behind Marlene and Marj, trying to make an impact against a stone wall. Before her girlfriend opened her mouth, she could tell by the look on her brother Mike's face that, audio-sensor or not, he wasn't trying to hear it.

"Baby, don't do this. . . . Listen, we can figure out a plan, a team strategy," Inez said, tears rising quickly as she whirled around in a white silk teddy, vastly overexposed. "I heard you all the way down the hall talking that ride-or-die mess." When he didn't move, she threw her arms around his waist.

"Suga, stay with 'Mali, hear," was all Big Mike said as he peeled her away from his body, brushed her mouth with a kiss, and gave her a gentle bear shove toward Damali.

Stunned, Inez hugged herself and went to Damali, whispering thickly. "Say something to them, girl!"

For a moment, Damali didn't answer her. Mike had spoken like he always did, real low and quiet, almost subsonic when he's upset. How in the hell did Inez hear that all the way down the hall?

"Ain't nothing to say," Damali finally muttered, shaking her head. "This is a testosterone thing, and obviously we wouldn't understand."

Juanita's voice hit a decibel as she was coming down the hall that made Mike, Carlos, and Jose cringe. "Oh, Jesus, no, Jose," she shrieked, red silk robe billowing as she slid into the suite, tears streaming. "I just got married and I'm not trying to be no widow. No, don't you leave me Jose Ciponte, or I'll never forgive you if you die." She stretched out her arms. "I'm your wife, por favor! You crazy? What am I gonna do without you, answer me that!"

"That's what I'm saying," Marlene hollered, her voice breaking. "'Bazz, you of all people in here know my heart can't take a move like this."

Shabazz never got a chance to respond. Krissy had swung into the room barely covered in an ivory Victoria's Secret deep-plunge sheath, holding on to the edge of the door like she was about to bust a Jet Li move. Damali started toward her, to catch her in case she fell, because the poor girl was obviously rushing down the hall so fast that she almost missed the opening and then barreled into J.L.'s arms. Jasmine and Heather were right behind her with jewel-green and aqua silk flowing, and threatening to accidentally set off ammo as they threw themselves into Bobby's and Dan's arms. All the guys could do was raise the weapons toward the ceiling and kiss the tops of their heads, repeatedly muttering, "It'll be cool."

Tara strolled in shaking her head, eyes filled and glittering with unshed tears. There was resignation in her stride, a slow and deadly calm of a woman who'd seen way too much over many, many years. She tied the sash on her ice-blue robe and drew a deep breath, as though carefully measuring her words the way she carefully tied her sash.

"I could smell the hysteria, Jack Rider. The damned testosterone jumping off your skins with the adrenaline. If you die on me, I'll kill you. Thirty years . . . thirty years, and I only get to have you to myself again for twelve days before you start up hunting sulfur trails?" Tara sucked in a shuddering breath. "I do not believe you." She waltzed away. "I need a shot of Jack Daniel's, I swear."

"Now that the entire team is assembled . . ." Damali pushed off the table, walked over to the door, and slammed it hard. "I guess we can have a real meeting."

Madness was the only description her mind could scavenge. Damali allowed her hard gaze to rake the male Guardians. Every man was cloaked in a shotgun-concealing leather duster, black jeans or fatigues, black combat boots or Tims, and sporting a black wife-beater shirt or a vest. For a moment she wondered if they had previously discussed battle uniform, too. This didn't make no kinda sense!

"Okay. I give up. You're men," Damali said, throwing her hands up as she glared at Carlos and then the others. "You're grown. Can't nobody keep you from a ride-or-die." Her hands went to her hips when no one spoke to even begin negotiating. "Fine. Do as you please. I just have one question though. Why? Why now, why so crazy, why without a group plan? And what is this bullshit about only taking half the team--the men? Just answer me that and I'll stand down. No argument. We can lock on your coordinates and send in reinforcements if you get boxed in, whatever. I just wanna know, what detonated y'all tonight?"

Surly glances passed between the men and they answered in unison, "Lilith."

Silence strangled the room and raised blue arcs of static to crackle up from the rug. For once, the female squad members were at a temporary loss for words. Carlos's eyes met Damali's in a hard glare and then he glanced at his watch as though he were about to bounce any second.

Open a channel, Carlos, Damali mentally said, her voice more mellow. Baby, what happened?

I'll go into it later, D, but trust me when I say that after twelve days of being with their wives, every man in here is ready to die tonight. No telling whose wife is pregnant--and to get a strong Lilith-topside vamp vibe, they were all hitting my brain with SOS messages like you wouldn't believe. Every brother had the same question--"Yo, Rivera, you feel that?"

Then we all need to be involved, Damali's mind shouted back. You need to get with that!

No, D, what you all need to get with is the fact that ain't nobody on the team ready for their woman to be battling or even linked to them in a way she could possibly get hurt--not even psychically. Berkfield is going because Krissy could be carrying his grandkid, just like Shabazz ain't never trying to lose Marlene again in this lifetime. Same deal with Rider about Tara. Every brother done prayed on it, had his own one-on-one with his Maker, and came to his own conclusion. I'm not forcing anybody to do shit, D. Case closed.

"That's unrealistic!" Damali said out loud accidentally, the information was freaking her out so badly.

"Is it?" Shabazz said, his gaze sweeping the group. "You heard the man, D. We're all ready to go out shooting."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa," Marlene said, quickly stepping into the center of the all-male circle and slowly walking around Shabazz. "You're a tactical. How did you hear what two telepaths were saying?"

Shabazz stared at Marlene for a moment and slowly lowered his weapon. "I don't know. I heard it as clear as day, though."

"That's my department," Marlene said, pressing her hand to her chest, "but I was never strong enough to pick up from those two if they had a blocked, direct transmission going."

"Mar," Damali said quietly. "Your locks are lifting off your shoulders."

Marlene quickly touched her hair and watched the strong blue-white static current run over her hands. "Oh, shit! I'm not a tactical."

"I've got it, too," Heather said, staring at her hands and then at Dan.

Krissy nodded, staring at the bluish, flickering wash that crept over her fingertips and then glanced at J.L.

"I'm scared," Jasmine said. "I admit it! All right. I don't want you to get killed so, Bobby, put down that damned gun and talk to me!" His weapon left his hand in a hard midair yank and hung suspended as Jasmine turned away and began to cry.

"Oh . . . shit . . . that's a wizard move if ever I saw one," Bobby murmured.

Juanita covered her nose and dry heaved. "The static discharge is messing with my sinuses. I need air."

Jose just stared at her for a moment. "Baby, just as a sensory test, tell me what's in the fridge down the hall in Marlene's room," he asked, stepping in close to Juanita.

"I don't know, and who cares?" Juanita said in tone close to a wail. "Champagne, some mango, watermelon, avocado sushi--without fish, some--"

"Oh, my Father . . ." Marlene whispered. "The girl got a nose."

"Look, the club section is starting to fill up, people," Berkfield said, his eyelids fluttering. "We need to move."

"Sho' he right. About fifty big blood suckas at the bar. I got 'em," Mike rumbled and pounded Jose's fist.

"Yeah, I got them punk bitches by the gaming tables," Jose said.

"You saw something in your head, Richard?" Marjorie asked in awe.

"Wait!" Inez hollered, putting her hands up. "You can see, Mike?"

"Yeah, baby--"

"Since when?" Inez shrieked, now walking around in a tizzy.

"My point exactly," Juanita said, going up to Jose and stroking his cheek. "Baby, you couldn't ever see; don't you think something is way wrong up in this joint?"

"Okay, fellas, just hold up for a second, okay--you all can go, we couldn't stop you if we wanted to, but check it out . . . don't you find any of this a little strange?" Damali's voice was strident as her hands went to her hips.

"I need to do a divination," Marlene said.

"We ain't got time for all of that right now, baby," Shabazz said, his eyes hard.

"This club," Marjorie asked. "Where is it?"

Carlos looked around at the assembled male warriors, gave them a discreet nod, and they stepped in close to him. "Babylon," he muttered, then he quickly folded the group away into a silver splinter of light.

Pandemonium broke out in the suite.

"I cannot believe they did something like that!" Inez yelled, walking in a circle where the male team had been.

Both Marlene and Damali glanced at each other as though to say, that was a Rivera move if ever they saw one. They let their breaths out hard at the same time and spoke in unison. "Puhlease . . . I can."

Copyright © 2007 by Leslie Esdaile Banks. All rights reserved.


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From the national bestselling author L. A. Banks comes a walk on the wild side with the new novel in the popular Vampire Huntress Legend series


The Chairman has been killed and now Lilith, Satan's Consort sits on the vampire throne as the Vampire Council's new Chairwoman. She raises all the dark covens--calling every major dark witch and warlock to do her bidding. Her goal is to distract the team members, while the unborn heir to the Dark Realms awaits his own birth. All Lilith needs now is Damali's newly discovered angelic powers to make that come to past. That will allow her evil progeny to walk through the veil between worlds and take his throne as the true Anti-Christ.

Damali and her crew race to stop Lilith. However, raising not only the dark covens, but all vampires that had not been slain by Damali, puts the world out of balance and kicks off the Armageddon.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Satisfied

    Came quickly and was satisfied

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    Not a filler book.

    This is not just some filler book to fill in the time between the 'The Armageddon Finale' books (10-12) and the last epic battle book. This book stands on its own two feet. Knowledge of the previous books is not required, but very helpful to get the full understanding of the various character interactions. New readers will definitely get their appetites whetted and want to read the entire series. This book ties up various loose ends from not only the last book but concludes or furthers some ongoing story lines from previous books. Our Neterus and Guardians begin to go back to where it all began both physically, mentally and spiritually. The big war is comming and they get to test out some new powers and show off their skills both on and off the battle field.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    Best Book By LA banks SO far

    oh my god i love this book it the best one so far lilth is even crazy in this one given birth to demons and she even got her husband all up in the mix i cant wait to read the last one i really dont believe that d and carlos can kill her or her husband they been alive for so long and he always saving her when she close to getting murk i think d should get pregnant in this last book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2007

    Ever Amazing

    Hell is silent. Cain is dead. The Unnamed One, furious. Lilith, moments away from being stumped into another puddle of oil, tells the Dark One that she has secreted Cain¿s heir away out of Neteru tracking range to the Land of Nod. To her surprise, her husband is thrilled, revealing a secret of his own, rewards her, and installs her as the Chairwoman of the Vampire Council. Meanwhile, Carlos and the male guardians, fed up with Lilith and sensing something foul afoot, posse up (heedless of their wives¿ objections) and take the fight to all the way to Lilith¿s lair¿in Babylon! Total destruction is their calling card. In the heat of battle, each guardian discovers a marital bonus. And Adam¿s unexpected appearance guarantee¿s their safe return home and opens the first seal of the Armageddon. Once the Level Seven occupants realize what the Neteru team has done, Chairwoman Lilith goes to work. Treacherous Evil is her middle name, and she raises the dark covens and some of mythology and history¿s greatest villains such as Medusa, Siren, Genghis Khan, and Machiavelli. Fallon Nuit is restored. Even Yonnie takes a throne. This plan, if it succeeds, will detonate and destroy the Team from the inside out. This is it. Carlos knows it because he started it. He refuses the comfort of Damali¿s arms and wings. The Team, the whole world is at stake. Summoned before the Neteru Council of Kings and Queens, the pair learns how bad things really are. Not wanting another biblical seal broken, Carlos pleads with Hannibal to put his red stallion back in the stable while Damali solidifies plans to unify all guardian teams worldwide with a Warriors of Light Tour. THE CURSED, book nine of the Vampire Huntress Legend series, continues to please. The Team¿s visit to the Holy Land had me in tears. Get ready for brilliantly choreographed battle scenes. Get ready for more of Eric Battle¿s illustrations. Get ready to experience the galaxy. Banks¿ masterful storytelling continues to blur the line between fiction and reality, blending religion and myth, creating delightful characters, some whom I intensely wish were real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

    VHL is the best vamp chronicle written!

    WOW!!!! I have spent the last 6 months reading all of the series and boy was this one worth waiting for! Damali and Carlos and the Guardian team are some of the most well developed characters I have ver gotten to know. When is the next book coming out?!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    A reviewer

    With every book it gets better & better. I absolutely LOVED this book, series...OMG!! I had to give Lilith her props her diabolical plan has redeemed her in my eyes as a formidable foe to our heroine Damali!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    The Legend Continues!

    Honeymoon bliss for the Guardian Team is short lived in The Cursed, book 9 of the Vampire Huntress Legend 'VHL' Series. While Lilith is making up with the Unnamed One, he tells her some very interesting information about a secret that she thought she was hiding from him. While this is going on, every male Guardian gets weird vibes that something is going on in hell and knows that it has something to do with Lilith. So, against the female Guardians' pleas, they go down to Lilith's lair to try and stop any madness before it begins. In the aftermath of the battle, the first seal is broken and the Armageddon has been accidentally started. To keep the Neterus and the Guardian team occupied while awaiting the birth of the unholy offspring, Lilith gets appointed chairwoman and is given permission to reform the vampire council. To help her in her evil crusade, Fallon Nuit has been reinstated as a councilman. Also, Lilith resurrects some of the most evil and nastiest beings who weren't beheaded by an Isis blade. Those resurrected help to put an evil curse into motion against Damali. Will the curse hinder Damali in performing her Neteru duties?--------------------Meanwhile in Nod, with Cain's absence, the land is in chaos. Lilith promised the dark hybrids that they will be free to fight on her side once the Armageddon comes, so the darker hybrids are no longer hiding in the dark side of Nod. They are actively at war with what's left of the good hybrids in Nod, led by a hybrid named Valkyrie. Will the good hybrids succeed at keeping the darker hybrids from escaping?--------------------I read this book and it had my head spinning! As usual, L.A. Banks hits us with a splendid tale that brings together action, suspense, mystery, mind blowing battle scenes and love scenes. The love scenes are vivid and tasteful. For those of you who love the Neteru Queens and Kings you're in for a treat, because they also make several appearances throughout the book. In this book, you will be happy to know that everyone on the Guardian team steps up their game when it comes to fighting for the LIGHT. Even though it didn't have as much drama as the previous title I really enjoyed this installment of the VHL. This book also has a sneak peek at Crimson Moon: Bad Blood, L.A. Banks' new werewolf series that is sure to be a hit! If you're a big fan of this series then I highly recommend that you read this book. Especially if you want to find out what happens to Yonnie.----------Lashonda Bates

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    L.A. Banks has done it again!

    You guessed it, LA Banks has done it again! This, the 9th book in the series is a perfect example of how love conquers all, and how good will always prevail over evil. Lilith, consort to the Unnamed One is literally in Hell, begging for her life. Her husband is furious, that she has caused the death of his two heirs (Dante and Cain). She soon advises him that she can redeem herself because she has hidden an heir to the throne (his throne),in the Land of Nod (hidden away from the Neterus). While her previous actions may have appeared reckless, she can and will redeem herself she assures him, by even more scandalous means and devious plans. While they make up (those scenes are classic), the guardians appear to be cursed by Lilith, who is attempting to break up the group by affecting their relationships, via their sex lives. Having accidentially opened the first seal to Armageddon (via Adam's rage), the entire universe appears to be off kilter. Nod is in chaos (a warrior, Valkyrie fights valiantly and Damali feels that she must heal all) the pearl is grieving for Cain and appears to be infected Fallon Nuit is bidding his time and making allies Yonnie is trying to maintain his sanity and play the game Guardian powers are combined and strengthened (apparently marriage does have it's advantages) Biblical science is told and explained and Lilith is recreating the Vampire Council by resurrecting some of the most vicious characters in history (i.e., Sebastian, Medusa, Jezebel, Machiavelli, and Genghis Khan)..., and all while the Covenant and the Guardians struggle to maintain the balance of good and evil on Earth. If you are a lover of the series, or looking for something 'brilliant' to read, The Cursed is perfect. For devoted fans, we see old issues resolved (Tara,Yonnie and Rider), and new ones revealed (Dan and his lovely wife). And we are allowed to spend time with some of our favorite characters (people to us)..Marlene, Shabazz, Dan, Heather, Rider, Tara, Jose, Juanita, Big Mike and Inez. This book was so brilliantly written! Mrs. Banks created scenes that will make you laugh and cry, but most of all, this book will transport you into another world, one filled with well developed characters and plots. I can't wait for the next one, and do not want to see the series end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. When I reach the end of the book, I always sit back and ask myself, how will she top this one, and sure enough the next is even better then I could ever imagined. The Cursed is no exception. Biblical references, make me pull out The Word, mythology and history keep me tuned to The History Channel, and the characters feel as though they are my family. I cry and laugh with them, and bob my head with my hands on my hips along with Damali when she gives someone a piece of her mind... The seeds planted in ones brain from this book will spark interest in many things, for me it was history of worlds long gone. Always been into history, but this sent me over the edge... The relationship between Carlos and Damali, the love in the family for each other gives hope. To have fictional characters feel as though they are your best friends and that you are a part of that family is remarkable. I crave to know what will happen next. We in the fan club talk about being addicts, junkies jonesin' for a VHL hit. I'm telling you now, to have to wait until February for 'The Darkness', the tenth installment, will leave a poor Warrior of Light in cold sweats. But there is nothing like taking a hit from re-reading the series and getting a little taste to stave off the shakes then a BTB 'Between the Books'. Mama Banks, done did it again. My only disappointment... that the series can't last forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    The ninth and still on fire!!!!

    I may sound redundant but I feel the same way. I believe that The Series is getting better each launch. I have new hatred for the Lilith Character. You have to wonder when is she going to get her dues. The growth in all characters and the new ones created into light is mind boggling. I suggest that when you purchase this book turn off the cell or at least put it on vibrate and get all healthy snacks available, because you will be rooted in place until the end. I have already Pre-ordered the next installment 'The Darkness' and is trying to have some control or patience. God help me whew...I'M MIST...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2007

    4.5 - Banks is the BEST!

    Well this story opens in of all places HELL. Of course things are hot and fiery with Lilith and the Unnamed One discussing the bad sides loses but when Lilith lets her husband know of her ultimate plan things really get muy caliente! Seriously, the Unnamed One decides to surprise his wife and gift her with a few things she has so desperately been craving. And due to his old ties, Carlos is able to feel when certain energies are at their peak or depleted and weak. Going on instance alone, Carlos and the male counterparts of the Guardian team pay a visit to Lilith¿s empty liar and literally bust-up the place. When they return home, they have some explaining to do to their worried spouses. They left without fully explaining themselves! Hmmm, which subject should be broached first, the fact that they broke the first seal or their mad newlywed wives? .................................. So, the beginning to the end has begun thus the end is near aye? Indeed it is, with Lilith calling together witches, warlocks, and so on some of which are history¿s most menacing characters. Their strategy is to thwart the enemies, Damali, Carlos, and the Guardian team by attacking their sex drive. Ouch, they are all newlyweds! Lilith has another plan up her sleeve though and it requires the help of Damali which she is certain she will get. Seems like the evil guys have a leg up in this one but the good guys always come out the box with a few surprises no one ever expects, not even the guardian team! Will the good guys be able to overcome their enemies and ALL their ominous plans or will something anti-righteous escape to return again? .................................. The Cursed by LA Banks solidifies the fact that there is only one 'L.A. Banks' and that her vampire series is 'the' series to check out! I absolutely loved how Banks included characters like including Jezebel, Genghis Khan, and Medusa to name a few to create a sort of quintessential bad guy team. The plan that Lilith came up with was actually really clever! If given the chance, it would have caused some major damage to the team. The perk to The Cursed is undoubtedly the drawings created by illustrator Eric Battle! They really set the mood and give the reader a great visual as to what is happening within a given scene. Vampire Huntress Legend series fans get ready to hear words from each and every character as the battle between good and evil continues! This book is recommended for those who are fans of the series as well as those who have a love for history. .................................. Chantay W.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    Blessings for 'The Cursed'

    I don't know what else folks are reading this summer, but this year's must read is The Cursed by L.A. Banks. With each installment of the VHL series, we are taken to even more dizzying heights than the last. From the first page to the last, the action, the scheming (by Lilith--yup, she's back, and bolder than ever!), and the dizzying roller-coaster ride that being part of any family provide will have you laughing out loud and talking to yourself. Are you still reading this?? You're just a click or two away from getting this book, what are you waiting for? Seriously--this book is THE best book you'll read this summer--Satisfaction guaranteed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    L.A.Banks has done it AGAIN!

    This is the 9th book in the VHLS Series. I had thought that the book before this, The Wicked, was awesome! I was wrong, so wrong! L.A. Banks wields a pen like no other! As Damali, Carlos and the Guardians go forth to try and capture Lilith (the foul), the Team encounters turns and twists like never before!------------Lilith and her husband, The Un-Named One pursues their quest to bring forth Devil spawn, darker and more evil than the previous. While doing this they even try to lure Yolando into the fray! But The Team, led by Damali and Carlos, have acquired new powers that lead them to heights never known before! If you love adventure, intrique, mystery, macabre along with the true meaning of Love for the Family, you'll not be disappointed.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    One of the best horror authors writing today

    She is Lilith the wife of the Lord of Hell and he blames her for the death of vampires he had plans for but instead of torturing or killing her, he forgives her because she has done the one thing that makes him happy. She has created a child with him and hidden the embryo inside a hybrid-angel residing in the land of Nod. The inhabitants of Hell can¿t enter there and the people who fight for the Most High are forbidden to enter there.------------- Lilith knows she is in trouble because nothing grows is the place of banishment and if her husband finds out, he will be furious, a situation she wants to avoid at all costs. While husband and wife share a romantic two weeks together it ends when, Carlos, a Neturu married to Damali (also a Neturu) causes total chaos in Hell. He is helped by fellow Neturu Adam who breaks the first seal signifying the beginning of Armageddon. When Lilith tries to mess with Damali,, she enters Hell and deals Lilith and her minions deadly blow. However Lilith has a plan to free the angel-hybrid by using Damali as the instrument ensuring the birth of the antichrist. Carlos and Damali who don¿t know anything about her plans find themselves in a struggle that could kill them and all they hold dear.----------------- THE CURSED is a great horror novel filled with superb characters that one easily understands as one set works for the Creator and the others work for the devil. Lilith is particularly well drawn as a villain readers will love to hate. There is plenty of action in this fast paced work with the Neturus and the dead battling one demonic attack after another. L.A. Banks is one of the best horror authors writing today.---------- Harriet Klausner

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