Rhiannon Donovan, daughter to the vampire Queen, would rather die than be made a bride to a demon Lord. Aijyn, courtesan to the undead Daimyo of Kansai, can think of nothing more horrifying than his promise of eternal life. In the halls of the Blood Lotus Temple, the two women struggle against the chains of their fate, and find a solace in each other that could mean freedom for them both… or might cost each of them the ultimate price–their lives.
Review: I need to start this review by saying that I have never ever read anything so moving, so emotional, so sensual and so tense, as I did with this book. Really. Brantwijn, you rock!!
I saw that this book needed to be reviewed and I looked at the cover of the book, I looked at the blurb, I looked at the premise of the book, and thought, “why not”. This book is haunting, it’s beautiful, it’s scary, it’s anxiety ridden, and it’s still with me in my heart and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Could you please hurry up Brantwijn? I’m dying here. That being said, this book doesn’t end, there’s more to the story. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
This is a paranormal vampire f/f romance book. If any of this is questionable to the reader, I would strongly advise to not read this book.
This is not Twilight, this is not vampire “lite”, this is not a vampire being lovey dovey and wearing their hearts on their sleeves. These are hardcore vampires. They have no hearts, they have no compassion, and they have no use for anyone who’s weak, vulnerable, or doesn’t have a use for them.
That being said, I want to talk a bit about Aijyn, one of our protagonists. She’s quiet, and poised. She understands her time on this earth is limited, she knows she’ll die. Any day could be her last and she’s accepted her fate. She’s not happy, she’s resigned. She knows she’s supposed to be the Daimyo’s plaything, his pleasure always comes first. She’s also brave, and intelligent.
Rhiannon knows how much she’s despised by pretty much everyone. She has to surpass all expectations and she still is seen as inferior.
I’ve kept these short because I don’t want to give the plot and their backstories away. The reader learns so much about these two women and I don’t want to taint anything with my excitement.
The author’s research into Japanese culture, language, and history, is impressive. The reader doesn’t need to understand Japanese culture to understand what the author is conveying because the meanings of the Japanese words are easily understood within the context of the sentence. I could “see” what the author was trying to convey with her word and I just need to reiterate how blown away I was by this book.
If anyone wants to take a chance on a book, this is it, read it, you won’t be disappointed.