Review: Dance Macabre by Susanne Saville

Dance Macabre by Susanne Saville
Series: Lords Of Pendragon (# 1)
Release Date: October 19, 2011
Publisher:  Decadent Publishing Company
Pages: 78
Source:  Publisher

Caught in a web of poverty and injustice, Lily Rafferty takes employment in a dance hall. Though she loathes being viewed as a pretty piece of meat wrapped in silk for the enjoyment of the West End gentlemen out for a bit of slumming, she can’t help but feel her luck is about to change.

Rhys Trevan Morgan, Viscount Talfryn is a vampire with a mission. Another supernatural creature prowls the night leaving a trail of blood and gore in its wake that eventually leads him to London’s East End and to the Barbary Coast dance hall. He doesn’t need the distraction of coming to the aid of a young woman forced to strip and parade herself on stage for the voyeuristic pleasure of the club’s wealthy patrons.

Soon, the momentary distraction becomes a craving Rhys can’t resist and he wonders if the fair Lily will be the end of his frightful curse or the vehicle of his destruction.


Review:  Susanne Savelle has a style of writing that just drew in me in. A period piece told by a historian with remarkable attention to detail showing in language and descriptions to everything from dress and setting. For 80 pages, I was treated with a great back stories of the lead characters. I also got my paranormal fix in this book.

However, I personally did not like our lead lady Lily Rafferty. Lily is an orphan, having lived a hard life with no family to protect her. She works as a Cyprian, a dancer, in London. I feel that she never really comes to terms with herself and what she had chosen to do for herself. Though I am not fond of Lily, this does not take away from the story for me.

Mr. Talfryn is a wonderfully written nobleman turned vampire. Sexy, strong and kind! He brings the action to this story, trying to right a wrong that plagues him. There is nothing about him that I did not like. He really made the story for me.

Dance Macabre is a well written book that will keep the pages turning. The dancing, fighting, and romance keep the action flowing as the plot unfolds. The details of the time period alone make this a wonderful read. The first of book of the Lords Of Pendragon starts the series of right.