The Wicked (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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Damali and Carlos have finally tied the knot, but there is no happily ever after on the horizon. Cain, the son of Eve and the new chairman of the Vampire Council is amassing an army of creatures like no one has ever seen before. But while a band of human scientists are conducting secret experiments they open the dimension that holds Cain and he is released into the human world, bigger and badder than ever. Her family slaughtered, Damali heads for hell to serve justice and faces off with a nemisis the likes of ...

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Overview


Damali and Carlos have finally tied the knot, but there is no happily ever after on the horizon. Cain, the son of Eve and the new chairman of the Vampire Council is amassing an army of creatures like no one has ever seen before. But while a band of human scientists are conducting secret experiments they open the dimension that holds Cain and he is released into the human world, bigger and badder than ever. Her family slaughtered, Damali heads for hell to serve justice and faces off with a nemisis the likes of which she has never encountered. Carlos doesn't take his wife's disappearance lightly and races against time to get Damali back... only to learn that his wife might be pregnant. The question: is the child his or the Chairman's?


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Editorial Reviews

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Damali and Carlos are finally wed, but Vampire Huntress Legend fans know better than to expect a life of quiet bliss. Eve's son has escaped his exile and returned to wreak havoc on all those who oppose his military ambitions. Sympathetic character; spine-tingling action.
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Banks's sizzling eighth Vampire Huntress Legend (after The Forsaken) explodes with the wrath of Cain, who burns with obsessive passion for the Neteru vampire huntress, Damali, and hatred for her new husband, Carlos Rivera. Completely turned to the dark side, Cain takes his father's throne in Hell, recalls the evil master vampire, Fallon Nuit, from the Sea of Perpetual Agony and pursues the amorous newlyweds. Cain's mother, Eve, is so devastated by her son's evil transformation that all humanity's fecundity is adversely affected. Nuit starts assembling a thoroughly nasty new army and messes with Damali and Carlos while the ancient Council of Neteru Kings and Queens readies for war and Armageddon. In her inimitable combination of street and baroque language, Banks offers more dramatic sex, action-packed good vs. evil adventure and multicultural mythology to reinforce ethical lessons. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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A complex world of Good vs. Evil…The story is so compelling, the whole series must be read.”—Birmingham Times

“L.A. Banks writes a killer vamp series.”

—Sherrilyn Kenyon, New York Times bestselling author of Acheron

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429953733
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Series: Vampire Huntress Legend Series , #8
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 177,303
  • File size: 375 KB

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.
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Chapter One

La Paz, Mexico

Total contentment wafted through Carlos as he sat on a kitchen stool in their honeymoon villa, watching Damali bop around the kitchen. He leaned on his elbows on the wide butcher-block island and smiled. She looked so thoroughly happy and so in her element, buzzing around trying to fix their last private supper, he could only shake his head.

The last of the sun was bringing gold and rose-orange light in with the beach breeze from the decks and open windows, dappling the white rooms and Damali's beautiful brown skin. This was sanctuary; the Light had provided a few hallowed days of drama cease-fire and obligation so he could enjoy his new wife. It was a time that he thought would only happen when Hell froze over. Jesus.

He silently wondered what their life together would be like with children. After the way they'd been at it for four glorious days and nights, the result was imminent. He smiled and briefly closed his eyes just thinking about it.

Oh, yeah, this was a very personal gift from On High. He'd be reverent forever. The way Damali flitted from the counter to the refrigerator to the stove almost choked him up--the sight of it filled him up so. One day her belly would be heavy and loaded with a life they'd created. One day there would be a tiny little face with big brown eyes watching them tease each other and laugh. . . . He just wondered if what they'd make would have fangs or wings or both. He didn't care, as long as he'd made it with her. God apparently did answer prayers.

Pineapple and papaya that he was supposed to be peeling sat waiting for him, but try as he might, he couldn't focus on the fruit while he gazed at her. He was just glad that they were on the same wavelength about not wanting to go out for this last honeymoon meal together. Going back to their waiting Guardian team that was family had definitely lost its appeal, too. Although kidnapping her or stopping time to keep life at bay wasn't an option, there was something so private and so profoundly peaceful about this time that he'd tuck it away to savor it beyond the grave. He loved her. Period. End of story.

"You don't have to do this, you know," he finally said in a pleasant, mellow tone, just loving the way her white tank top fit her and the way her sheer white sarong hung low on her hips. He watched her unfettered breasts bounce as she moved. He wondered if she had on underwear. There was no visible line of a barrier, and the mystery of it all added to the excitement of watching her work. Did life get any better than this?

"I know," she said in a cheerful voice, seeming oblivious to his thoughts; then she stopped to kiss the bridge of his nose across the counter dividing them and went back to her disorganized puttering.

"But you're a vegetarian--you don't even eat steak." He laughed and poured them both another glass of merlot as a diversion, to give his hands something to do, rather than grabbing her.

"So? I know how to cook one, though."

Carlos raised an eyebrow. "Uh . . . you don't really have to cook it all that much for me . . . just a flash on both sides, and--"

"Yeah, yeah, I know . . . leave it running blood." Damali sucked her teeth. "I still don't see how you can go there with beef, but I'm not gonna start."

They both laughed.

"What can I say?" Carlos ran his tongue over the slight hint of fangs that had begun to crest just from the sound of her voice. "Baby, I don't want anything green on my plate, and you don't have to put a bunch of mushrooms and onions and stuff on the steak," he added in protest when she began making him a side salad. "You do the tabouli and hummus, and pita, and rice and beans and all that . . . just--"

"Carlos," she fussed. "You're still mostly human and need to eat a balanced meal. Vegetables are good for you."

He sighed. "Then go light on the garlic, okay?" His smile widened when she waved her hand at him. "I know all the blood-cleansing properties and what the health food digests say, but truth be told, it still gives me wicked heartburn," he said, laughing hard as she frowned. "Not everything came out of the sunlight straight, and if you smother that steak with that marinade you're concocting, you might as well drag me back to the family house on a livery tonight." He arched an eyebrow again and gave her a sly smile as he began peeling the fruit she'd shoved toward him. "I had other plans . . . but, uh, whatever you fix, I'll eat."

She set the small bowl of marinade down hard and chuckled. "Flash it, two seconds on each side--no salt, no pepper, no nothing?"

"Au naturel works best for me . . . you know that." He glimpsed her from the corner of his eye, and was rewarded by her brilliant smile.

"Fine." She moved to the counter and sipped her wine, keeping the butcher block between them, and then turned back to the stove.

As she moved about, all he could envision was the way her white wings would slowly unfold from her shoulders at the height of making love. Her satiny smooth legs peeked out from the sarong each time she pivoted to get something out of the cabinets or the fridge, and her bare feet sounded like a soft sigh. Thank you, God. . . . She was his wife. He could get used to the institution, for sure.

He burst out laughing as she pulled the steak out of the broiler, lifted it with a fork and a droll expression, then eased it onto a plate--her eyes saying yuck.

"Now do I act like that when I hand you a piece of fruit?" he asked, cutting off a juicy hunk of pineapple and feeding it to her over the counter.

"Fruit doesn't run blood, Carlos."

"Oh, no? Then what's this?" he said, leaning in toward her and kissing the juice off her chin, totally ignoring the steak between them. "The fruit is bleeding . . . just 'cause it's sweet and almost clear doesn't mean it's not--"

"Oh, man! You are ruining pineapple for me forever!" she squealed, wiping her chin with the back of her hand.

"Then come over here and sit down and let me make it up to you. Gimme that terrible image . . . and let me work with it," he said, his laughter becoming a low rumble in his chest. "Sun's going down, too . . . sheeit. I'll make pineapple your passion again before the night's over."

"Eat your dinner," she argued, playfully escaping his grasp but coming to sit beside him on a blond oak stool. "I went to all this trouble, the least you could do is taste it."

"All right, all right," he said resignedly, pulling her into his lap. He kissed her slowly and then looked at her. "I do appreciate everything you've done for me, baby." Closing his eyes, he leaned his forehead against hers. "Bless this food and the one who prepared it. Thank you, God."

They sat that way for a moment, her fingers stroking his hair, bare legs and bare feet touching, arms about each other in a loose embrace.

"I still can't believe we're married," she whispered as her mouth swept his temple. "You're my husband."

"Say it again," he murmured against her ear with his eyes still closed. "I love to hear you say that."

"You're my husband," she whispered and nipped his ear. "You're my sexy . . . wonderful, forever husband," she said against his throat, making his embrace tighter as she dotted each word with a kiss. "My . . . husband," she said over his lips, and then pulled back. "So eat."

He smiled and opened his eyes, then took her mouth hard.

"The steak!" she squealed, laughing as he stood up, toppled the stool, and started walking away from the kitchen with her in his arms.

"Oh . . . the steak?" he said, teasing her. "Oh, yes, the bloody steak." He looked at her, making her shake her head and laugh harder. "Decisions, decisions. My wife, or the steak--the steak, or my wife? Her now and microwaved beef later, or the steak now and her reheated later? I don't know, D . . . what should I do?"

"In four days and nights, you've practically starved me," she groaned, still giggling. "Just let me get a little bite of something," she said, laughing harder as he tilted his head to offer her his throat. "I mean something that I can digest, Carlos. Remember food? I'm hungry."

"Ah . . . the lady says she needs human nourishment for stamina. Okay." He paced back to the kitchen, plopped her down on the counter, and stood in front of their plates, one hand on her thigh.

She swallowed a smile, the possessive move to keep her where he'd set her down not lost on her at all. With a mischievous grin, he began feeding her sections of pita dipped in hummus and seemed to revel in the way she slowly cut his steak and offered him a bite of it on his fork. This was heaven. She loved when he got that devastated expression in his eyes. But he shook his head.

"Why not?" She pouted, disappointed that he wouldn't try the steak, and she looked at him hard then at the cut meat, wondering what was wrong with it.

He smiled wider. "Take it off the silver and feed it to me au naturel . . . use your fingers."

"Oh," she said with a grin.

"Now that's good," he said in a sensual rumble, pulling the juicy meat from her fingers and sucking her index finger and thumb. "Way better. I think I'm developing an allergy to silver."

"Stop lying, man," she said, cutting him another hunk of steak. "Your eyes are glowing silver."

He knew they had to be; his tattoos were burning up.

"Do tell? I wonder why." He took another bite of steak from her graceful fingers and chewed it slowly as he brought her plate over to feed her more of her vegetarian selections. But he almost dropped the plate as she captured his thumb and drew it into her mouth in a pulsing suckle.

"You're starting to sweat silver, too," she said with an impish grin.

"Might go solid gold on you tonight if you keep that up," he said as he kissed between her breasts. "So you better bust a good grub now, 'cause there's no telling how long I'ma keep you hostage in the other room."

"Is that a threat, Mr. Rivera? 'Cause you know I brought my blade."

"It's a promise, Mrs. Rivera," he murmured against her warm shoulder. "Keep messing with me, hear."

"Well since you're talking possible all-out war . . ." she murmured, giving him another piece of steak and allowing a bit of the juice to drip on her thigh.

He looked at the red splatter on her leg, bent slowly to lick it while still looking up at her. "All-out battle--hard down, no negotiating . . . taking no prisoners tonight."

"Do tell?" she said, chuckling low and sensually as he came up to claim her mouth, cresting a hint of fang. "But I have to eat my salad first." She glimpsed him with a teasing smile, grabbed her salad bowl, and ate very slowly, munching the greens casually. "You're not allergic to balsamic vinaigrette dressing, are you?"

"Right about through here, you could take a bath in it, and it wouldn't bother me none." He winked at her as she ate a little faster.

"What just got into you?" she said, smiling through bites. "Like, a minute ago, you were all cool, and then all of a sudden--dang."

"I was watching you from behind," he sheepishly admitted, "and then . . . hey, spontaneous combustion. What can I say?"

She shook her head and kissed him quickly, getting salad dressing on his mouth. "There, at least I feel better knowing you got close to a salad. What am I gonna do with you?"

He pulled back a bit and sipped his wine, smiling, but no longer even interested in the steak. "I have several suggestions about what you can do with me, but the real question is, how are we gonna do this in the family house?" he asked with a smirk, then took another generous sip of wine.

"Very, very quietly . . . sneaky . . . vamp stealth."

He laughed and gave her a sip of wine from his glass. But it was the strangest thing . . . the later it got and the more he stared at her, the more the sudden testosterone rush slammed him. Yes he loved her, always wanted her, but damn, he was feeling something way past desire. And whatever was suddenly blasting through his system had an after-kick to it that was no joke. While Damali hummed and made a funny face at him, he could feel something summoning pure molten silver to his surface, and at the same time, his old days on a throne were calling out his libido at knock-his-head-back levels. Maybe she'd spiked his steak with some Queen's Council aphrodisiac, because he hadn't felt like this since she'd ripened the first time while he was all vamp.

"Don't ignore me by eating steak. You know I'm telling the truth, and we can't be going back to the house hooting and hollering, Carlos--so stop looking at me like that. And it's gonna be tight while we move the team around from place to place, so you'd better get all that out of your system tonight," she said, laughing at his slight scowl.

"Quiet."

"Yep, quiet," she said, briefly pressing her fingers to her lips and giggling. "Silent scream."

"Silent scream?"

"You wouldn't."

"Hmmm . . ." For a moment he just stared at her, wondering if he could take her to the point where a climax hit her so hard and fast that no sound would exit her throat. Maybe he'd been going about this all wrong, dragging it out? Carlos tilted his head and pressed one finger to his lips, studying her windpipe, then shook it off, making her laugh harder.

Yeah, it was their last honeymoon night and all, but he had to chill. This didn't make no kinda sense and was quickly about to border on insane, if he tried what was currently running through his head. Midflight she'd freak, and where the hell did that come from anyway? No. He took a deep breath, willed his hands not to tremble or quick-snatch her, and forced a smile. Shit.

Carlos kept his expression neutral and his tone light, but he was two seconds from battle bulking on Damali and wasn't even sure if he could pleasure-infuse the bite, he needed her so badly. If he made love to her in this condition, he knew he might actually hurt her, all fun and games aside. No.

"Vamp stealth only, then, huh? Girl, you know I can roll up on you like pure mist," he said, playing off his discomfort, "but uh, I don't think after I materialize, you're gonna be quiet, regardless."

He'd made her giggle so hard she set down her salad, losing interest in it. "You talk so much trash, Carlos Rivera."

"Husband, Carlos Rivera," he said, correcting her with a brief kiss. "And you love it, 'cause you know I can back it up."

"That ain't no lie," she said, her smile fading as her gaze went down his body with her hands. His skin was starting to swirl with energy colors beneath the coppery, golden tan the sun had kissed on it. She allowed her fingertips to trace down his stone-cut chest over his permanent brand of her fist clutching an Isis blade, and then slowly down his torso, almost willing his nylon black-and-white Oakland Raiders basketball shorts to disappear. When he obliged the thought and dropped his shorts away in one lithe move, she laughed and shook her head. "You need to stop."

"I'm supposed to give my wife what she wants, right?" he said, laughing in pain as he took her mouth.

She came out of the kiss serious and breathless. "You've always given me what I wanted, Carlos--you." Her arms wrapped around his neck as her legs wrapped around his waist. Whatever had set him off like this turned her on to no end. "That's all I ever wanted from you . . . was you."

This time there was no playfulness in her tone, or his kiss. As he stalked through the villa with her in his arms, she could feel his body changing and bulking to near battle proportions. The transformation was slightly unnerving, but she rationalized the fleeting nervousness away as a last-night-alone-throw-down-jones. However, the way he dropped her in the center of the bed and looked down at her like she was dinner, fangs fully crested, she briefly hesitated. Even his tattoo was different. It had gone silver, then gold, and was now white-hot, light, and smoking. She wouldn't even look down at the other one. Did she say silent scream? Probably.

He didn't need to tell her; it was brace herself now or never. Shame on her if she wasn't ready. Seeing that message blazing in his eyes oddly got her there in a heartbeat, though. For the first time since they'd been together, it was obvious that he was in no frame of mind to take his time with slow torture. Her man had immediate plunder in his sights and had started breathing hard without her touching him. Devastating.

"Baby, you all right?" she asked quietly, staring up at solid silver in his eyes that had began to turn gold at the edges of his irises.

He shook his head and then immediately blanketed her, not even waiting for her to pull off her clothes.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Start with 1

    I have read the whole series, LOVE IT i wish there was more

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    The Wicked

    Plot:

    The plot of The Wicked continues were the last book ended, setting up for Armageddon. Damali and Carlos are finally married and her ex-almost-lover Cain is pissed. There is not much to say about the plot, it follows the rest of the books well and is just another piece in the puzzle needed for the final battle.

    Characters:

    I love the characters in this series. Mainly, I love Carlos. In this installment, Carlos grows a lot as a person. His relationship with Damali is tested but he is able to overcome the past and move forward not only to save their marriage but also for the good of the team. Damali has always been a solid character to me. She pretty much the same character wise. She did learn that she is not invincible and learned a bit of humility.

    One thing that has always bothered me about Banks characters is that they all have about the same voice. There was no real variations in the dialogue to distinguish between characters. The only time that the characters "voice" was different was when dealing with hybrids or the vampire from Louisiana, that used French terms. Otherwise there was no variation in speech patterns which is annoying since Banks uses dialogue to give readers important information.

    Writing:

    LA Banks writing style is very engaging. I finished this book in two sittings, staying up until 3am the first night. I just did not want to put it down. The only negatives in Banks writing other then the dialogue issue is that she tends to do a lot of information dumping. Which I normally skip because sometimes the information is not that important (at least to me). Also, her fight scenes are a little confusing. I don't always understand what is going on and end up having to read some sections several times before I get it.

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  • Posted November 26, 2009

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    I have enjoyed this book (the series). I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Sci-Fi with a true meaning.

    The bond that has grown between Damali and Carlos has strengthened along with the family. They have over come so much and still remained together as a family. The battle with Cain and the loss of Guardians not only brings together but strengthens the love for family and new friends. Love and Faith can win over anything!

    This is one of the best series that I have. L.A. Banks has everything in these books. Evan though this book is a Sci-Fi book it holds a very important meaning. To love you family unconditionally and to forgive them always. You should never turn you backs on family and should help your neighbor when you can, and always stay true to your FAITH! This book and series has alot of insight and meaning if you truely open your mind, think and read between the lines. L.A. Banks is an excellent writter and I look forward reading more of her books.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    The Wicked

    In reguards to this book specifically I thought is was written very well and read smoothly. The story went together very well with great detail. I enjoyed the characters in this book. It's just to bad that Cane was not able to deal with the situation he was put in for all whom were in involved - because a little help from Lilith whom Eve would of loved to put her out of her missory. Being a mom I understand what Eve went through with her Son Cane ending up the way he did. We all have to remember we are responsible for the choices we make not our parents just us. As far as the whole series I read all of the books and absolutely loved them and the way they processed all the stories. It had a lot of preternatural stuff along with romace also. This book series will give you some tears, smirks, laughter, omg and of course the "I wish my relationship was like that)." :) In my opinion not only should this series be included in the fantasy/sci fiction it should also be included in the paranormal genre also. These are great books.
    I liked how she included some religious stuff as far as the different religions with the different types of denominations(jewish, catholic, islam, buda ect.) that worked with the prophecies of different types of religions. This set works with demons, devil(or the unnamed one), angels, even touches somewhat from the titans era nefertiti, eve, adam ect. from the very beginning). Believe me I am not a religious person at all but the way she did these books was phenominal. After reading this set to me it would be kind of neat if there was truely those that are special that are looking our for our world behind the scenes would be exciting/scary at the same time with connections along with it. I have kept all the books and plan to read them again. I have heard she it coming out with another book for the series and definately look forward to reading it.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    just a book you cant put away until you finish it.

    this is one of the book that you want to finish reading in the moment you start it. not because its bad, its just because you want to eat it in a second. you want to know what is gonna happend, how carlos and damali encourage the others and them selves. you will love to read ths book as much as the forsaken. this is one of the best book ever, and i enjoy reading the complete saga.

    if you want to believe in a diferent type of love this book will show you that you can achieve anything you want if you believe in love.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    This Was Very Good

    I very much enjoyed this book. I have already completed the 12 book series. I believe L.A. Banks is a good author and I have started to read her New Novel the Crimson Moon Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Pretty good.

    It is a wonderful book filled with passion for both love and war. extreamly provacative in some areas, i don't recommend we let out children read it, but for adults it is great. a little hard to follow if you can't keep up with the younger generations lingo, it is definetly an everyday persons book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Loved it but...

    Am I the only one who thinks Damali was in the wrong with the Cain situation. She totally played with his heart and drove him into the darkness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    Wicked (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #8)

    It was defintely worth the shipping wait lol I had no idea how this book was going to end at first I thought someone very imporatnt was going to die and my reaction was OH HELLL NO lol I wish I would of wrote a review as soon as I read the book so I would have more to say but I can't wait until July because the next book is going to be the big one!!!!!!!! Hell is coming to an end I can feel it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    OH MY GOD!! THIS BOOK IS UNBELIEVEABLE!!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!! At first, I didn't like how the book was going 'cause I didn't want any problems between Damali & Carlos since they just got married & 'cause I wasn't sure how Cain would be defeated, if the issues with Eve would be resolved & if the family would survive. As usual though, I was hooked & read every chance I got!! I finished reading the book about 2 days later & OH MY GOD, THE FINAL CHAPTER HAD ME IN TEARS!! The last time I cried this much was when I read The Hunted (also by Banks)!! I am such a big fan of the entire Vampire Huntress Legend books. Anyone who is a lover of paranormal romance SHOULD GET THIS BOOK ASAP!! I've been hooked ever since I first read The Minion & have a dedicated fan ever since!! This book combines the perfect blend of romance, action, horror, friendship & love. I'll be the first person in July when The Cursed comes out, I CAN'T WAIT!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2007

    Wow!!!

    I absolutely loved this book. Carlos has really come into his own--he's got all the power and charisma that he had as a Councilman, but now he's working for the Light. I loved how comfortable he was with his power--both magical and non-magical. He's become a leader worth following. And I love the fact that he's finally reached the point where Damali and the group's welfare matters more than his. He had that ability as the Councilman, but he'd lost it a little over the last two books. He's always been my favorite character, and this book is one of the reasons why. I actually ended up getting misty a couple of times during the book. All of the characters, including the new ones, are great. I hope we get to see more of the other Guardian teams.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    'The Best Book Yet!'

    In book 8 of the VHL Series, Damali and Carlos are enjoying bliss on their honeymoon. However, all good things must come to an end. Cain, the only living son of Dante' and Eve, goes mad after finding out that Carlos, someone who he deems unworthy, was chosen by Damali to be her mate. And to add salt to the wound, he finds out that Carlos was given the sword of Heru after discovering the one he has is a fake. Convinced that his mother's people won't accept him, he makes his way to hell where he is more than welcomed. Together with Lillith and the One Who Shall Remain Nameless' blessing, he conjures up a plan to not only cause havoc among the Guardian team, but to Damali and Carlos' marriage as well. How does he do it? By bringing back an enemy who has had a damaging effect on alomst everyone on the Guardian team. Cain is seeking world domination, will he succeed? Meanwhile, every member of the Guardian team is paired up with a mate and are restless without the Neterus. However, their mini vacation is interupted when some demons show up. Then shortly afterwards, something affects the team and the Neterus must try to find a way to save them and fight the evil that's coming for them. Will all of the team survive the latest attack threat? Oh my good-ness! I read this book and I must tell you that it has all of the elements that makes a good book: Love, action and suspense! The reason I love Mrs. Banks' books is because each one of her books is always better than the last one and believe me when I say that this book is better than the last one! There are a lot of things that happen in this book, but I won't tell what because that will be giving away too many spoilers. However, I will tell you that some loose ends concerning relationships are tied up in this installment of the VHL Series. Which ones? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. If you are a lover of this series then grab the tissues, because this book is going to take you a roller coaster ride. You'll laugh, cry and even get angry. So, believe me when I say that 'The Wicked' is a must read! 'If You're Afraid of the Dark, Stay in the LIGHT!' Ashe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Stay In The Light!

    L.A.Banks has once again taken us on a journey where Good versus Evil! The Light against the Dark! As we once again travel with our Neteru, Damali and Carlos, we are faced with Lilith once again! What treacherous deeds await the Guardians? Who will pay? Who walks away and who dies? The Vampire Huntress Legend Series is by far the most vivid story about Vampires and the human lives intertwined with them.Take a plunge, come along for a fantastic journey with The Neteru and her Guardians. You will forever be touched!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    Wicked (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #8)

    True. They will bring their A game definately Carlos since he seems to get more powerful when each book is written. But Yonnie and Tara are vampires.... There will be soooooo much chaos now that Cain is the Chairman and Nuit is his right hand man....I think Yonnie will be tempted to join the darkside but Tara...man, she wanted to take bodies when she was fighting with Damali. Who knows what will happen.... I think Nuit will have his own agenda...he's so used to being a Shaq, i can't imagine him being down-graded to a Wade. We'll see though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    a 'Wicked'ly Great Read

    Finally, wedded bliss for Carlos & Damali? A small slice of peace, perhaps? Well......not for long. It seems as if every time these two find an opportunity to wrap themselves up in one another, some new drama kicks off. L.A. Banks has done it again. She's taken us on another white-knuckle, nail-biting, fasten your seatbelt & hang on tight roller coaster ride of action, romance, and yet another battle between the forces of good and evil. Only this time the stakes get higher and there is a lot of collateral damage on both sides. Fans of the series will meet new characters, revisit an old foe thought to be long gone, and say tearful goodbyes to some beloved characters. An arrogant son will get his comeuppance, a mother's heart will break, and a near miss will bind our hero and heroine on a profound, new level of love and respect that even death could not diminish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    They just keep getting better.

    Book 8 in the VHL Series prepares us for the ultimate showdown between good and evil. The 'Wicked' picks up where the last installment left off. Cain (the brother to Abel, son of Eve and Dante') is agonizing over his loss of Damali, his muse. Damali meanwhile is honeymooning with the man she loves and has chosen, fellow Neteru Carlos. Once Cain gets a glimpse of what the two lovers are doing, he makes the ultimate choice to accept his dark side and takes the violent journey to 'hell' to reclaim his throne. Positioning himself with Lilith (his grandfather and his father's ex-lover) he sets actions in motion, which will prove to be the catalyst of one of the deadliest battles ever. He makes a deal with his grandfather, 'The Unnamed One', that he will destroy Damali and her guardians if he resurrects Fallon Nuit (Book 1 in the series) from the Sea of Perpetual Agony. With one of their deadliest enemies return, comes a series of events that you will not forget. New alliances are made and new characters are introduced as Damalia and Carlos struggle to maintain peace among the group and in the world. We even see the mother to all, Eve struggle to remain in the light after her son (Cain)has made a decision which will break her heart. Her despair and grief has led her to prevent any children from being born. She holds out hope that her child can be redeemed, and wishes more than anything that she can save him. What Mrs. Banks so aptly does in this latest installment is discuss how decisions we make have consequences. For example, when Eve was tempted by Dante in the Garden of Eden, her affair lead to the birth of Cain. A decision whose long reaching consequences affected not only her salvation, but her relationship with her husband, Adam as well. We also see old alliances break and new ones form, as the group fights to save humankind. We see how our own desires and anger can make us make bad decisions, that will or can ultimately lead to our downfall or salvation. In other words, I suggest you read this book, especially if you are a lover of the series. It will take you on a journey that I know you will enjoy. And it will definitely leave you wanting more. I can't wait until the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2007

    wicked will be the best book yet

    jay from v.a. I totally agree with you when you said when the master calls they have to answer,but answer who? well if your up on this series then that answer is a no brainer since carlos turned yonnie and then yonnie made tara a second generation vamp. Plus nuit couldn't control carlos from the jump since he was turned with a prayer on his lips and a cross in his pocket. If you think cain and nuit is going to be on top at the end of wicked, you better think again cause when it comes down to damlia carlos will take your head and if you mess with carlos well let just say you don't even want to mess with that man.their's no telling what she will do. But carlos on the serious is going to bring his A game and then some. Especially if damalia got pregnant after consimating their marriage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Wicked (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #8)

    I cannot WAIT for this book I will walk to the post office my dammed self to get this book I like Cain in a scary way because I know he is such a huge threat imma really need Carlos to step up for this one he's going to need so much more than good luch this time around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    Wicked (Vampire Huntress Legend Series #8)

    After reading The Forsaken, I was left thinking....Armageddon is definately comming!!! Cain is pulling out all stops...Him and Fallon Nuit together will make an indestructable team no doubt. And from what it looks like, Yonnie and Tara might convert to the dark side because its in their nature...The Wicked will definately be a doosie!!!! Keep it up L.A.!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Can't wait for The Wicked!!

    I can't wait for The Wicked, I pre-ordered it and it should be in next week. I don't know about all of you other Damali-Carlos fans but I am feeling Cain. Carlos is marinated but Cain is a seasoned Neteru/council vamp. Him retrieving Fallon Nuit is so unexpected but awesomely smart on his part that I can't put it into words. Think about it, Nuit was Carlos and Damali's greatest nemesis. Him comming back will definately shake up the Guardian team and people will die. Cain and Nuit are definately going to create a nasty army with all of the evil supernaturals in Nod and then creating more powerful vamps not to mention Yonnie and Tara. Its in their nature to come when the master calls and no matter how far you have come or how much good you've done, you know you have to come when Daddy calls!! Can't wait for The Wicked to come out and I know without any shadow of a doubt that I am not the only one.

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