Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hunting Memories - Barb Hendee

Hunting Memories
The Vampire Memories Series #2
Barb Hendee


Note: If you haven’t read the first book in this series (BLOOD MEMORIES) this review contains some critical, but unavoidable spoilers.

Eleisha has been a vampire for close to two centuries, but she’s just discovered that she has the ability to feed from humans without killing them. Her newly-discovered telepathic ability allows her to feed, then alter the prey’s memory. For a vampire who detested having to kill to survive, it’s a huge discovery. Even better is the realization that she’s not the only vampire who can do this. She teaches Philip, who has always been a predator, to do the same thing. He doesn’t enjoy it as much as a real hunt, but it keeps them below the radar.

Eleisha and Philip recently fought off an attack by her maker, Julian. Julian, having no telepathic abilities, has been engaged in a centuries-long quest to destroy all other vampires. Eleisha and Philip believe they’re alone until she receives a letter from Rose. Rose, most importantly, tells them that they are not alone. Eleisha’s new mission is to bring Rose into her little family, and establish some kind of underground or safe harbor for vampires, away from the dangers posed by Julian.

Julian makes an excellent villain. He’s older than the rest, and knows the truth about the nature of vampires and the rules by which his kind once lived. Since he hasn’t passed that information along to any of his children, they’re all feeling their way along while trying to avoid him.

Rose’s story is told mostly in flashbacks, detailing how she came to be a vampire. Her present-day life is terribly lonely. She’s lived in the same apartment for decades and is, for all intents and purposes, a shut-in with no friends or family. It makes perfect sense that Julian would go to any lengths to stop the formation of a united front against him, and he has some interesting tricks up his sleeves. These books are clearly meant to be read as a series, and while the basics from the previous book are sketched in, new readers may feel that they’ve missed a lot. There’s clearly more of the story left to tell, and I look forward to it.

Rating: 7 ½
October 2009
ISBN# 978-0-451-46291-6 (trade paperback)


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