Synopses & Reviews
This collection of all-new stories of dark seduction includes tales of the romantic vampire by today's most provocative authors. Includes a new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story by Hamilton; a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse tale by Charlaine Harris; and works by MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, and Vickie Taylor. Original.
"Those looking to take a brief taster's tour through five sexually charged paranormal worlds may enjoy the stories and novellas served up in this anthology, but readers with an appetite for something a little more meaty likely won't be sated. Although Hamilton's name dominates the cover, her contribution is a meager 30 pages, which amounts to little more than a teaser for her next Anita Blake novel. Harris's offering is similarly slim and static, though it shows off the cleverness of Sookie Stackhouse, the psychic heroine of her Southern Vampire series (Dead to the World, etc.). By far, the collection's best offerings are Knight's 'Galahad' and Taylor's 'Blood Lust.' In the former, a fledgling Majae (i.e., witch) teams up with the famed knight Sir Galahad, who's really a benevolent vampire, to destroy a nest of deadly cultist vampires. And in the latter, Taylor imagines a much more traditional world, wherein vampires can't touch anything sacrosanct and are organized hierarchically, a system the protagonists, a junior vampiress and a microbiologist-turned-vampire, are about to dismantle. The action moves swiftly in both stories, as does the romance, but like the other entries in this anthology, they lack depth and development. Nevertheless, this is a suitable introduction to the various worlds these authors have popularized." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The bite is back in vampire fiction as five of today s most provocative authors cast their irresistible spells on you
Follow a vampire hunter who can be as deadly as her prey. Meet a down-home southern girl who s found out, much to her chagrin, that vampires are her type. Feel the euphoria of fear in the shadow of a reluctant queen of the undead. Step closer to the hot-blooded edge of passion as a strange new mythology of the night is unveiled.
Includes never-before-published stories featuring vampire hunter Anita Blake and everyone's favorite vampire-loving waitress, Sookie Stackhouse."