Title: Eternal Demon
Author: Laura Wright
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Mark of the Vampire (Book 5)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 045123975X (Signet/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451239754 (Signet/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Shirene
When Erion’s son is kidnapped by the evil vampire Cruen, Erion vows to stop at nothing to find his hideaway—including intercepting the traveling party of Cruen’s beautiful bride-to-be. But instead of a vulnerable caravan, Erion is met by a feral band of female demons that includes Hellen, the bride—a creature of dark magic and darker passion.
Though the safety of his son is foremost, Erion can’t deny his unexpected connection to Hellen—inflaming a manic desire as primal as it is irresistible. As their bond intensifies, they move toward an inevitable and terrifying battle. With time running out, Erion realizes he must not only find and rescue his son but protect Hellen from Cruen and the underworld forces waiting to destroy her for her betrayal.
Quick & Dirty: Search for a lost son and salvation of sisters clash but can they unite to defeat a common enemy?
Opening Sentence: Erion landed on the familiar cobblestone street, not giving a shit who saw him flash, who saw him feral.
Let us get this out of the way first, I’m jumping into this series very late but I found myself intrigued not only by the world but by the laser-like precision in which this book was executed. Ms. Wright was able to grab my attention and maintain it during the entire book. In fact I was so engrossed that I nearly missed an important meeting and I’d say that is a great start. In case you are wondering, I made the meeting by the skin of my teeth.
We are drawn into a world where Erion has just lost his balas or child to the one creature on earth that Erion would love to rip from limb to limb if he got the chance, Cruen, a sadistic vampire. Not knowing any of the back story, I was sucked into the depth of this novel by Erion’s passion and despair at losing his child. Makes a heart go all mushy when a guy is that passionate about his child.
He goes on a quest to find where Cruen has taken his son, Ladd, and discovers through his interrogation of Cruen’s family that Cruen is set to wed. Erion then goes hunting for Cruen’s fiancé.
Cruen’s fiancé, Hellen, is the eldest daughter of the devil but has no love for Cruen or her father and only seeks to protect her younger sisters. The devil has used Hellen’s marriage to Cruen as the bargaining chip to secure his other daughters choice in whom they wed. My respect and admiration of Hellen is great. She is ready to sacrifice herself in order to ensure that her siblings are given a choice. Hellen is the type of woman that would stick by your side once you had become her friend through thick, thin and high water.
There are moments that I was dragged from Hellen and Erion’s story a little abruptly for my liking due to the continuation of the over arching story. Some of these had me more confused than enamored of the characters, but I can definitely see that Ms. Wright knows exactly where this story is going and where all her characters are in that story. For this she receives not only a pass but kudos for such insight and determination to move her story forward.
Then the question becomes do I jump into book 5 of Mark of the Vampire series or do I start at the beginning and work my way forward? I’m of two minds regarding this. Firstly, there is nothing like getting a book hot off the presses. But I think you may be doing the series a disservice by jumping into the new shiny book. Secondly, you could grab all the other books in the series and then work your way up to book 5, and get the full measure of enjoyment from all the characters that I only have a passing acquaintance with right now.
Finally, this book is one that needs to be added to every “To Be Read” pile. Whether you read it in the order that the author intended you to read them or just jump into the deep end of this amazing and well formatted world. I shall definitely be reading more of this series and when I get a spare few hours I shall visit book 1 to 4 so that I can grasp the true magnitude of this series.
Hellen nodded, but her fingers flexed, ached to hold her weapon.
“You will not shame me.”
“I am rather good at it, though, Father.”
Again the flash of fury clouded his already pale eyes. “Yes,” he hissed. “But after today the consequences will be dire.”
Hellen’s muscles tensed. “Today?” She’d thought she had more time.
The Devil’s grin made the black scorched earth below her feet tremble. “The time has come, daughter. You will leave us and take your place aboveground–”
“With the bloodsucker,” Hellen finished for him, unable to restrain her acerbic tone.
Abbadon’s nostrils flared and he coiled over her like a snake. The air went silent and the rain ceased to fall. It was his attempt at intimidation. There was nothing the Demon King appreciated more that fear in his offspring. Especially from the one before him.
Mark of the Vampire Series:
2. Eternal Kiss
2.5 Eternal Blood
4.5 Eternal Beauty
6. Eternal Sin (November 5, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Signet Eclipse/Penguin provided me with a copy of Eternal Demon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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