Title: To Walk the Night
Author: E.S. Moore
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kat Redding (Book 1)
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0758268726 (Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-0758268723 (Kensington)
Reviewed by: Rachael
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons…
Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She’s good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death—and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power.
Kat can’t allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she’s encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface—and costs her whatever is left of her humanity…
Quick & Dirty: A true urban fantasy with a unique world and a kick ass heroine.
Opening Sentence: Blood dripped from the edge of my blade, falling soundlessly in the deathly quiet room.
E.S. Moore has created a new world where monsters exist. His vampires and werewolves are the stuff of nightmares and the night is to be feared. To Walk the Night is the first installment of the Kat Redding series, a new gritty, urban fantasy.
Kat Redding is also known as “Lady Death” and is feared by all supernatural creatures. She kills the monsters that go bump in the night without mercy, to make the world a better place for the Purebloods. She is aggressive, tough and gritty, has major anger issues and she also happens to be a vampire herself. Turned against her will after she and her brother were captured during a failed hunt, she hates everything about herself and vows to take down as many monsters like her before she loses her humanity.
The world that Moore created is unique and compelling in the never-ending sea of vampire and werewolf books out there. His vampires and werewolves are truly monsters, well mostly. Humans or purebloods live in fear and go into hiding at night but otherwise live their lives during the day trying to forget that the monsters of legend truly exist. To Walk the Night is truly an urban fantasy and the only hint at a possible romance is in the last paragraphs.
Kat was born after the Uprising, when vampires and werewolves came out of the dark and took over the world. She and her brother hunted and killed the monsters until they were captured. Kat hates what she has become but she continues the fight. She refuses to let them win. In To Walk the Night, Kat learns that not all werewolves and vampires are monsters, that some actually strive to be better, like her.
Kat is approached by Jonathan and the Luna Cult; he wants her to help them take down a minor vampire house. She is used to working alone with her only help coming from a Pureblood, Ethan, that she rescued when she escaped and killed those who had captured and turned her. Ethan is the only person she trusts and the only person who knows who she truly is. She thinks the cult members are crazy because they worship the very monsters she kills, werewolves. Kat accepts the offer only because she wants the chance to take down a minor vampire house and she knows that she cannot allow them to gain control of the Luna Cult’s pureblooded members and their wolves.
To Walk the Night is slow on the uptake. I had a hard time getting into it, even though there was action and fighting from the start. I liked Kat and the other characters just fine; she is the kick ass heroine that I love. Although, I can’t put my finger on what exactly the problem was, I think it was the way the world was presented at first. The book starts with action from the first sentence, and the world building takes a back seat to that. It takes a while to become invested in the characters and their world and this makes it seem sluggish in the beginning, but once I learned about the world I was hooked.
Once I got past the slow beginning, I really enjoyed To Walk the Night and I look forward to reading the next installment to see what lies in wait for Kat.
“What the fuck?” I said, taking a step back. I knew silver didn’t seem to work against the former Cult wolves, but having his family jewels cut almost clean off should have kept the wolf down. I didn’t care how crazy you were; you didn’t get up from a wound like that.
The werewolf lunged at me; claws bared and ready to tear me apart. I just barely managed to slide around the blow. As I slipped around him, I jabbed him in the ribs with the tip of my sword, opening a gaping wound in his side. He growled with pain but stayed on his feet. He turned back to face me, ignoring the blood pouring from his body in appalling gushes.
Close combat was clearly not working. The wolf made another pass at me and I dodged him easily. The wounds might not be causing him as much pain as I would like, but they were still slowing him down. He staggered to the side and snarled in rage before charging again.
He never even came close to me and he howled in frustration. He sounded weak now, his howl more of a groan than anything. He was panting, frothing at the mouth in a red-tinged foam that splattered the floor at his feet. He glared at me and staggered forward a step. His motions were slow and deliberate, as if he had to think hard about putting each foot in front of the next. He lunged at me, only to come face-to-face with my modified Glock.
There was a muffled thump as the bullet buried itself in his brain. He dropped to the floor, and this time, he stayed down.
“Get up from that, asshole,” I growled, turning to the rest of the battle raging around me.
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