by Rebecca Trogner
Genre: Paranormal Romance Mystery
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: February 15, 2013
Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.
About the Author
Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She always dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her first novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Rebecca lives with her husband and son, and a rescue dog named Giblet. To find out more about the author visit:
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This is a hard book to review for me. It's well written and the characters were all nicely developed. Some things that stood out where the intricacies that were tied to this world. The gates, Elders, Ancients and so forth. I liked how Lily started coming out of her shell bit by bit, and how she took to this new world that she was introduced to. How she kept herself strong enough to do what was required of her and take action when it was needed.
As I mentioned I really liked the world building and the introduction to the different species, but I would have liked more information on them, their customs and beliefs. Hopefully we get some more of that with the next book. But the ones that were introduced I very much enjoyed hearing about them, especially Lucien and the Dragon people, oh and the Ancients.
Plot wise, I honestly did not see all that unraveling like that till Lily finally had the breakthrough with Lucien, and even then when the whole thing was finally revealed I was still very much surprised at some of the events that took place. I must give Trogner props on how she handled the big reveal. It revealed quite a bit and yet at the same time not enough. We get quite a few things cleared up about Lily but at the same time the whole plot with the gates and the Elder were still left wide open, and there is also Nina, who at this point is a big question mark.
In terms of romance, I'm not really sure how to explain this one. I liked the bit of romance that's developing between Lily and Krieger and at the same time wished it was somehow more clear? Or maybe that was the point? It's muddled because of the bond, and I just don't know how to feel in regard to their romance. I do however like that it's going slowly and taking it's due time. Also adored that it wasn't a major aspect of the book, just something that was naturally developing along side the plot. It was refreshing.
As I said, the book is well written but the style gives it an old quality to it. Like I'm reading something from the olden times but at the same time not quite. I'm guessing this came across like this because the main people here are millennia old vampires and it would just be weird if the talked normally. The only ones who talked normally were Lily and Jo. But we don't get to see much of Jo and Lily had the whole semi autism thing going on so doesn't really count. Her thought process wasn't that of an average person, which I actually liked.
If you enjoy books with ancient creatures, vampires, magic, and gory deaths, then you'll certainly enjoy this one.
Rating: 3.5 Stars