King Of Darkness-Elisabeth Staab

King Of Darkness

Elisabeth Staab

Sourcebooks, Feb 7 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9781402263156

 

Isabel Anthony lacked any power so she was ridiculed by her vampire peers as a nonentity freak until she left.  She masquerades as a human; becoming the last shift DJ at Club Insomniac in Orlando.  As she takes a bite out of Venus, Thad Morgan and his bodyguard Lee arrive seeking the female who will help the former meet the prophecy that will save his periled race from extinction.  He realizes she has the mark of his destined mate as described by the oracle, but neither Thad nor Lee expected her to be in to females.  However, instead of welcoming her king, Isabel flees.

 

Thad catches Isabel and explains they are destined mates who share a common mark that when they mate will release powers to save their species from the insidious wizards.  In combat, she becomes a believer when her latent skills surface.  As Isabel ponders her changing situation, she vanishes, which has her beloved mate and his subjects panicked that the vicious wizards have taken their queen.

 

This is a complex superb romantic urban fantasy in which the first venture into the Staab mythological universe seems genuine due to anchoring places like Orlando and the fact that innocent humans are collateral damage in the cross-species war.  Filled with action from the moment a stunned Thad enters the late night human bar and never slowing down, readers will enjoy the vampire king seeking his soul mate in order to save his species from the wrath of the wizards.

 

Harriet Klausner

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