Recommended For: 12+
Themes: Loyalty, love
LGBTQIA+ Content: M/M and F/F relationships common.
I didn’t realise this was a prequel to what I now understand is a while series of books called The House of Night. After reading this, I’m not sure if it’s for me (I’m not a big vampire – or vampyre in this case – fan).
The beginning of this piece was outputting but I now know why. There’s an expectation by the authors that you’re familiar with the world, so there’s less explanation than I would have liked. I’ll not hold that against the novella though, because I’m reading the book out of order.
Bryan Lankford is the middle son of an earl and the most troublesome, and his father has had enough of him. Too quick to draw his sword, Bryan has finally gone too far and the Earl orders him onto a boat to…anywhere. Bryan’s fate is changed when he is Marked – by none other than a vampyre.
This story follows the burgeoning love of Bryan “Dragon” Lankford and Professor Anastasia, the youngest professor in American history. You get a taste for the worldbuilding, the magic system and the society of vampyres. If you like vampire books and magic, you’ll probably like these books. The writing leaves something to be desired (I think it’s too much tell and enough enough show) but the ideas are good.
Nice to see that in vampyre culture, LGBTQIA+ relationships are seen as perfectly normal.