Thursday, October 23, 2008

Blood Memories - Barb Hendee


Blood Memories
Barb Hendee
Roc

Paranormal/Vampire

Eleisha Clevon has been a vampire for a very long time. It’s important for vampires to keep ties to their past, but still live in the present. To that end, Edward has been a huge help. It’s rare for two vampires to live in the same place, especially since there are so few of them. But Edward has been a good friend to Eleisha. When he calls her, ostensibly to say good-bye, she knows something is deeply wrong. She’s not prepared for the chaos she finds in this home. And she’s unable to stop him from throwing himself off his porch and into the sunlight to burn.

Unfortunately for all involved, two cops witness the event. When Edward died, the life force of the thousands on whom he fed poured out of him. It knocked down Eleisha, but, more shockingly, it knocked down one of the cops on the lawn. That shouldn’t be possible. Desperate, Eleisha turns to Maggie, another vampire. Maggie is able to give her some information, but not nearly enough. Not enough to explain how this cop could get into her head and share her thoughts. Definitely not enough to explain how he and his partner, mortals both, were able to track her down in her new home.

This novel is a standalone, apart from the author’s “Noble Dead” series. It’s a bit less tightly plotted than that series, but the pacing is fast and the story original. This version of the vampire mythos contains a few twists, such as the ‘gift’ that each vampire possesses, based on their maker and their gifts during life. There are only a few vampires in the world, and the rules of their society are fairly strict. Dealing with Edward’s death and the cop who can see her thoughts adds a very interesting extra level to this paranormal thriller. I’ll be interested to see what comes next.

Rating: 7 ½
October 2008
ISBN# 978-0-451-46229-9 (trade paperback)

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