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Posted February 8, 2012
One of my favorite things about the stories that Heather Killough-Walden writes is the way her characters come to life. Even though this is a spin-off of The Big Bad Wolf series the characters, previously introduced or brand new, are extremely all well developed. The Vampire King stands on its own and, thanks to the incredible story telling gift of Heather Killough-Walden, you will soon come to love (and hate) the characters you meet in this series.
Roman DeAngelo is everything you would expect from a 3000 year old vampire king, and then some. Dark, to die for (he-he) gorgeous, unbelievably sexy and more than extremely powerful. He has only one weakness, Evie Farrow, a lovely human (or so she thinks) writer who can't quite connect to the human world. She is everything Roman dreams of, literally. His enemies would do anything to bring him down and Evie could be the way to do it.
Evie Farrow is the kind of female lead that we (okay, I) want to be. She is intelligent, strong and determined. She is touched with a hint of magic and has that extra something that can't quite be described or understood. Not only does she have Romans heart from the moment he meets her, she has attracted one of Romans most dangerous enemies, a very powerful warlock who is also a rogue vampire with a never ending hatred for Roman.
TVK is a wonderful romance with edge of your seat suspense in an adventure full of agonizing and wonderful twists and turns. It begins with the first chapter and it never lets up. Even the ending is a promise of things to come...
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Posted February 7, 2012
I just finished The Vampire King by Heather Killough-Walden and the first word out of my mouth was "WOW!" This author has laid out a fast paced, exciting storyline that makes it almost impossible for the reader to put this book/ebook reader down. The story of self-published author Evelynne Farrow, who has always believed in vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, is that of a hard-working young woman who spends most of her time writing stories and taking care of her infirmed parents. She really doesn't have much of a life, but that soon changes when she unexpectedly meets Roman D'Angelo aka The Vampire King. Roman, who is said to be over three thousand years old, has never met a woman like Evie and that's where their relationship begins. As their story continues, you will meet several fascinating characters who work with/are friends of Roman and those who also want to destroy him by any means possible including killing Evie. I love the way this talented author weaves the histories of the secondary characters into the main story which makes the reader want to see these characters reappear in sequels. Some of these characters are the Thirteen aka the Thirteen Kings and each has a special power or ability that is necessary for protecting the Offspring. This story is rich with details and readers will lose themselves in the progression of Evie and Roman's relationship and the mysterious twists and turns that this story takes. Be ready for a thrilling and bumpy ride, but promise it will be worth the chills with an ending that leaves you breathless! I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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Posted February 7, 2012
This is an amazing book. The first of The Kings series, The Vampire King is action packed and has a romantic twist. It's a spinoff of the Big Bad Wolf series and doesn't disappoint in still having some of the BBW characters in it! It picks up where The Hunt (BBW #4) left off. And the best part is that you don't need to have read the BBW series to know what's going on! Heather did an amazing job of reintroducing the characters and plot of BBW and keeping TVK it's own book. I loved it and could NOT put it down! :)
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Posted February 7, 2012
I won't be the one to spoil any big thrills of this tale. I will, however, encourage any and everyone to open this book, find a comfortable seat and get lost in the world of the vampires. Heather has the perfect recipe for a fantastic story with a pinch of revenge, a cup of loyalty, a splash of edge-of-your-seat-excitement, and a whole lot of love. Even if the Big Bad Wolf series wasn't read prior to The Vampire King, readers would have no problem understanding the problems being encountered in this book (the fight between the supernatural beings and the Hunters). Heather made the "spinoff" transition smoothly and filled in readers the background of the Hunters and Werewolves from the BBW series without it becoming confusing. On the other hand, if the BBW series was read prior to, such as in my case, both series' parallel each other and they come together beautifully in a magical lust-filled adventure that is hard to put down even for a bathroom break. 5 stars to the author and plot. I recommend Vampire King and BBW to all!
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Posted February 12, 2012
My Favorite author has out done herself!! The Vampire King is Brilliantly written and her best book so far. It's hard for me to choose one favorite because I Love all her work. She has an imagination I could only wish for!! Vampire King Roman D'Angelo has finally found his true Love after 3,000 years of being alone. He is gorgeous, extremely powerful, and force to be reckoned with. He is very protective and loyal to those he cares for and loves. Evelynne Farrow..Evie to her friends, is 30, beautiful, smart, strong, a humanitarian and she is very human....or is she? She is thrown into Romans world. A world of magic and creatures she thought came only from our imaginations! What she doesn't know is that she is meant to be there. But, there is one creature that wants her for himself and wants to use her to destroy The King! I loved that our author brought in characters from the books it was spun off from...The Big Bad Wolf Series. Ms Walden takes us on a fantastic journey. This tale drew me in from the first moment I started reading it. What a wonderful start to this new series! You'll just have to read it to see what happens. You will be Thrilled!! I will be patiently waiting for Book two in The King Series!! Thank you Ms Walden!
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Posted February 11, 2012
I became a fan of Heather Killough-Walden with book one of The Big Bad Wolf Series. The Vampire King, a spin off, is another magical series I cannot wait to sink my teeth in to further. The characters capture your heart and interest from the first sentence and leave you anticipating the rest of the "Thirteens" stories to come. If you haven't read the BBW series I encourage you to do so, however it is not a requirement as the previous characters are woven into the story in such a way you have a full understanding of who they are. Congratulations Heather as I am certain this will be another BEST SELLER! I am eagerly anticipating books 2, 3, etc..... Please don't keep us waiting too long.
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Posted February 23, 2012
Any author will tell you that the one draw back about our occupation is the lack of time to read any books other then our own. With that said as an author, I am extremely picky about what books I chose to read. I came across this author’s work when I read an excerpt of her new novel and thought this is some great writing.
As a thriller writer and an enormous fan of the genre I have to admit that outside the classics and of course likes of Nelson Demille, Joseph Finder, Ken Follett my knowledge of other author’s works is limited. So needless to say, I went into my reading of The Vampire King with little to no expectations.
When an author can not only transform another into a reader but also fan, trust me she has a gift. Once I became an author my entire approach to reading was altered. Due to the automatic tendencies to notice character development, view points, prose, and things like transitional sentences and or chapters it is hard to become just a reader. Not that readers or any less critical the authors but readers naturally approach a novel as if it was written solely for them and them only. Authors on the other hand recognize and understand the extreme difficulty it takes to complete a novel and do it in the level that this author made look effortlessly.
I began reading this as and author reading another’s work but Heather transformed me into a reader that was able to enjoy great writing, combined with a brilliant plot, and characters that exploded from the pages, or rather in my case, the kindle screen. If anyone passes over this novel thinking of it as another vampire book they are doing themselves a great disservice.
This novel was a thought provoking journey with enough action to make film maker John Woo salivate. Which brings this warning to mind. If you happen to see the author’s photo do not be fooled by her delicate features. Her words will snatch you out of your arm chair and tear into your mind till in certain scenes you feel almost voyeuristic in reading her work.
Her words, sentences, and chapters are biting and gripping but flow from one to the next with the smooth grace of flowing water. I will recommend this novel to everyone because no matter what genre you gravitate to everyone loves the escape of an addictive page turning adventure.
Get The Vampire King and this author’s work will be your new guilty pleasure. But don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself tossing and turning all night wondering what author Heather Killough-Walden with make your favorite character do next (believe me, there are plenty to chose from) it happened to me.
Until I read her book I had never even picked up a vampire novel and now this sweet and innocent looking author has pulled me to the dark side. However when I recalled a line from The Vampire King I felt a little better about myself.
“Even the Dalai Lama has skeletons….”
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Posted February 11, 2012
Heather Killough-Walden has an exciting new series out! The first story, The Vampire King…
Power…it’s aura is strong and radiant, shimmering all around him….Roman D’Angelo… everything about him screams Alpha Ruler! Ancient, wise, proud, and terribly alone …until
Evelynne Grace Farrow…Evie to those close to her.
She is simply beautiful…inside and out. Always doing the ‘right’ things whether for her family, friends, helpless animals. She has a sweet heart. And she is as alone as Roman….
He desires her more than precious life itself and she falls hard for the feared king… it was his eyes….
Never mind that he is Vampire… their king….never mind that they truly exist outside of her imagination…never mind that an entire world of the supernatural has opened up and swallowed her whole…. Were’s and Witches do exist and the world that she has known has been shaken to its very foundation…
Evie is now a believer…and very much in love with a vampire…as he is with her.
But there is always a snake in the garden, isn’t there? Or snakes….lol
Enter a mad vampire, bent on revenge, with a hatred that could topple the vampire world and an ancient god…. Seems Evie is special in her own right…..and very tasty..
We know how powerful evil is…good will have to be very, very good to prevail against these odds…
If this isn’t enough to peak your interest…. Did I tell you about the Were’s and the uhmm, yummm Vamps? Oh yeah …Heather is so cleaver…weaving a tale to make your toes curl…in a good way. Oh and the blazing hot lovemaking doesn’t hurt either…
All of this makes me very eager for the next installment of what I know will be a huge hit for Heather. You must have this book in your library! I promise you will not be disappointed!
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Posted February 14, 2012
HKW does it again! Book One in the new "Kings" series is excellent, a MUST read! Her ability to craft delightful, relatable characters while maintaining the fantasy that readers of this genre love is addictive. The storyline flows and you can almost feel the paths that open as the plot thickens and coalesces into what you know will be characters in her next stories. Doubly nice, as with any first book in a series, she doesn't short the reader on the background info which is extremely important, and manages to maintain the focus of the story where it belongs not allowing us to get lost with what is to come or sacrificing the reason we're reading this book in the first place, Roman and Evie. I also love that she twines characters from her previous books into the story keeping them alive, but letting The Vampire King stand alone. HKW whets the readers appetite for her other books, but doesn't make it necessary to read the previous ones to know what’s going on...however, trust me, go read them all, not because you have to, but because they are soooo good you will want to. You will NOT be disappointed. I for one am not. Thanks again Heather! Can't wait for the next one!
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Posted February 14, 2012
Roman and Evie are a compelling pair whose story is a "getting to know you" tale tainted by an antagonist who is hell-bent on revenge. The author weaves a tapestry of obstacles and inner conflict, some of which can be solved by magic and some by pure grit. What does a vampire king do when he meets his fated queen? When the machinations of a courtier threatens his future with his mate and both their very existence? He follows his heart and convictions, armed with the surety that life would cease to matter if he were to lose his queen. "The Vampire King" is a wonderful read with lots of arresting characters. The plot is well woven and interspersed with nerve wracking and unpredictable twists and turns. A satisfying read richly embedded with secondary characters whose potential stories have you looking forward to more in this series.
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Posted February 8, 2012
I simply drank this book in! Literally didn't put it down until I had read the whole thing. Wonderful flow of action and drama, great tie ins to her Big Bad Wolf series and vivid characters. I can't wait for the next of the Kings books!
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Posted February 13, 2012
Finished this book in 2 days - Just could not put it down. The sdtory line in unique and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. When is the next book scheduled to arrive from this series? I just purchased the BBW series to get me through until then.
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Posted February 12, 2012
Posted February 11, 2012
Heather out done herself again. This novel captivates the reader allowing them to place themselves into the storyline. Enchanting her readers to continue to the very last sentence. Not only does the book put the readers into the mind of each main character it allows them the see the story through different perspectives. Each character is truly is one in it's own accord; not taking the stage from the other. In the end it leaves the reader wanting more. Letting her readers live vicariously through her characters. With twists through out the novel. I personally can not wait for the next installment of The Kings Series!
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Posted February 20, 2012
I'm not sure how this book got 4 stars unless the author did it herself. Too frustrating to read, not worth any amount of money. The story jumped around and new characters were introduced throughout. I kept thinking I had missed something and wasted time backtracking, only to discover that I hadn't missed anything--it wasn't there to begin with! UGH! It's self-published for obvious reasons. All in all, very disappointing.
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Posted February 15, 2012
This book did not impress me at all. The writing was very amateur. The story line was typical and overdone. This book was just a spinoff of the Twilight books and an Anne Rice novel. I definitely won't be reading any more books in this series. The writing seemed forced and that the writer was trying to hard to relate to a more modern audience. Sorry, but I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book to get lost in.
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Posted March 23, 2012
Oh gee, where to start? So many problems with this book...
I was happy when I opened this ebook to see that it was well over 600 pages long. Yay! A good length to last me a while. WRONG. The book is really barely 200 pages. It was a very short book and read very quickly. Normally I would not bash an author for this. Short and sweet is sometimes good. In this case, not so much. Since this is a start to a new series, she way kept trying to build up this overly complicated world in very little time. If you want to do that, fine, but actually devote the effort to doing it right! She kept mentioning all these different people and storylines and places that at the end of the book had absolutely no impact on the storyline whatsoever. The cave and the astral realm? Yeah, they added nothing to story and had no importance. The scene with the werewolves from her previous books (haven’t read them, but from that little snippet in here I can’t say I’m really eager to give it a try)? Nope, had nothing to do with anything either. And the bad guy Ramses and the hunters? Another background character with the potential to be interesting. But cut those scenes out and you’d never know the difference. There was just SO MUCH useless junk in this book. All it did was distract from the fact that main characters had no plot themselves. Take out all the useless background fluff and you a 30-page novel. Not joking.
Which brings me to my next complaint. The story is incredibly repetitive. And I mean that literally. The author kept repeating scenes. The SAME EXACT scene just from another characters point of view. I kept flipping back thinking I must of had a glitch in the ebook (there were a lot of formatting errors in this book that would make you think so) because I would have sworn up and down that I was reading the same page I had just finished. Nope. She just rewrote the same page she already had. Okay, so that 30-page novel is actually more like 20 pages now.
In the end, I can overlook formatting errors and misspelled words. It was obvious that this book hasn’t received a single moment of editing, and I’ll forgive it for a self-published author. But the one this that just completely destroyed this book for me is the fact that there was NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AT ALL! She introduced the Vampire King. Told us he was 3,000 years old, gorgeous, and all-powerful. He meets Evie and proceeds to fall head over heels in love with her for no reason whatsoever. The only conversation they have between meeting and living happily ever after is the one where he tells her he’s a vampire. Her only part in the conversation is to stare at him like he’s a lunatic. Next thing you know she’s been kidnapped and the only way to save her is to turn her into a vampire. The end. Seriously? He has one conversation with her (if you can really call it that) and he’s professing his undying love for her and naming her his queen? Oh, please. He’s acting more like a naïve teenage girl than a 3000 year old vampire. That may be endearing to some, but I just wanted to smack him and tell him to grow a pair already. But in a nutshell, that’s the entire book – they meet, they talk once, she gets kidnapped, he saves her/turns her/screws her and TA-DA! The end. I just saved you $3.
One more thing. I got so sick of the all the references to how Evie was a superior person because she was also an author. Felt more like the author praising herself than developing the character. Ugh. Don't bother.
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Posted February 18, 2012
Posted February 20, 2012
This book was not well written at all. The author jumps around too much. Also, the first 15 or so pages are all back story and written in a very boring way. The author needs to learn how to add this information in w/o the reader being "lectured" to. She also adds characters in half way through the book, dedicates a whole chapter to them, and then you never hear from them again. The 2 main characters are nice but their stories are very shallow and needed expanding. Overall, 600+ pages of boring. I do not recommend it to anyone and I will not be reading anymore in the series.
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Posted February 11, 2012
This book started off slow, and the author tended to ramble on and on through most of the book until the end. I liked the last part of this book. But I wont be buying any of the other books in this series. It just wasnt that great in my opinion.
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