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Dhampiri [Kindle Edition]

L. M. Smith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Colleen Patrick thought she was just going to the market one autumn day in 1872, when everything she knew about herself – and the world around her – abruptly changed. Living the American dream, she had been happy with her young, Irish husband on their small farm in Kentucky. Little did she know the town’s exotic gypsy family is actually a family of Vampires with big plans for her: plans that did not necessarily require her consent.

At just twenty-two years old, tragically removed from her life and thrust into an existence for which she was carefully selected, she is now a murderer, a widow, and an immortal.

As this epic tale unfolds Colleen is abruptly taken captive by a clan of Valkyries, demanding vengeance for a war which happened long before she was born, turning her world upside down once more. Now she must choose between the family she has grown to love and the delicate toddler who's life is in her hands.


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About the Author

L. M. Smith is both an avid reader and writer. Her favorite authors include Kim Harrison and Richard Adams. She began writing stories and poetry as a child and has always been fascinated by mythology and the paranormal. A self-proclaimed 'desert rat', she lives near Las Vegas, Nevada with the love of her life, their two dogs, and two cats. She is currently attending classes at the University of Phoenix and enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, and taking long walks with Vladimir: her Doberman Pinscher.

Product Details

  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453894993
  • Publisher: L. M. Smith (September 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OKH4U0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this very much! March 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Dhampiri. What the heck does that mean? This was the question in the back of my mind before purchasing this novel, but after just having read, and very much enjoying The Citizens written by this same talented author, I purchased Dhampiri. I knew if I only enjoyed it half as much as I did The Citizens, then I got my money's worth. Not surprising to me, I enjoyed this book every bit as much as I did her first book.

I would like to say, up until now I had no interest at all in anything that had to do with the Vampire craze. I knew this book had a lot to do with them from reading the editorial review, but the short review sounded like it would be an interesting story, and I was curious how the author would handle an entire novel about the Vampire subject. Plus, I wanted the book to enlighten me on the meaning of the title without researching the subject myself, as I normally would have done.

The book starts out in 1872 with 22-year-old Colleen Patrick. She and her husband, Ronin, a young immigrant couple happily living a nice quiet life on a little farm in America they built themselves. I took a liking to Colleen from the very beginning. The actions start right away when her trip to town changed her life completely. She was turned into a Vampire and her emotions and actions when she realized what was done to her, I thought, were very well-written and believable.

The story spans 150 years or so, since Vampires are immortal, and, without giving any of the story away, the book just keeps getting more and more exciting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 3, 2012
By Kadie
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book as a gift for an honest review ~waAr~

this book starts out a little slow, but it turns into an amazing read.i was unable to put it down even while cooking dinner!

I hope book 2 of this will come out soon, would love to read more about what happens to Colleen and Ancira.

L.M.Smith is an amazing writer, and i can see her books becoming best sellers and even movies! i would be honored to read more of her works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat October 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
"Dhampiri" by L.M. Smith is a Vampire story I read purely on the strength of the author's other work. Currently a little maxed out on the paranormal I was pleasantly surprised to find a very "realistic" and relatable voice in the book. We experience with the narrator the moment of 1872 when she is being bitten and turned, we witness exactly the way she feels, what she can smell and all kinds of other sensations. The decriptions are so well done, it felt almost real to me.
The story however continues with the battle between the Valkyries and the Vampires and a hostage situation. It wouldn't be Smith without strong writing, sharp logical plotting, a rational thinking protagonist and dependable characters. The story has an ending point in 1992, Halloween. As far as Vampire stories go a real treat.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!! September 1, 2012
By Janie
Format:Paperback
I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.

I found this to be an enthralling read. It show's another side to vampire's that some would think impossible to contemplate but the author makes this work to her advantage. It is full of turn's that you don't see coming til they happen. I hope that there will be a second book as would like to know what becomes of Ancira. A must read for any Vampire fan x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not get it September 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked how the book started, but in the middle it kinda goes off. At first it is about the main character then it is more like the main character telling a story that does not fit in with the beginning. I gave this 2 stars instead of one because the beginning was wonderful and then this just got confusing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Read! October 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I love stories about vampires, so downloaded this book. I really enjoyed it!

Colleen Patrick is a very likable character. She had immigrated to America with her husband, Ronin, from Ireland in 1870 and had settled in Lexington, Kentucky. In the autumn of 1872, her life takes a dramatic turn when she meets the Deussen's. Her life will never be the same again.

This is a book I have been wanting to read for a while. I have read other books by this author, so I was excited to begin this one.
I started to read this book and was quickly drawn into the tale. The story spans 120 years and finishes in 1992. There are several points of view, but the story is mostly told through the eyes of Colleen. I was a little confused as to the motives of the Duessen's, especially Anca and Dorian, and why they would pick Colleen to be one of the family. There did not seem to be a sexual element to this choice, but rather a servile one. But, I did wonder if Anca had feelings for Colleen because of something Dorian said. However, this was not explored by the author.

The story is certainly unique with regards to vampire life. The characters were quite interesting, but I would have loved to have seen more interaction within the family unit. Large segments of Colleen's life seemed to have been skipped over, so on occasion I felt a bit lost. But, as soon as the Valkyries were introduced, things got even more interesting. I liked Pandora. She seemed level headed and logical for a Valkyrie. They have been at war with the vampires for a long time, and have been slowly recovering from the last battle 200 years previously. The Valkyrie queen, known as "Mother", is one ticked off lady, with a grudge against the vampires. In my opinion, her need for revenge made her deranged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dhampiri
Despite the fact I normally won't read vampire stories I gave this one a try. It wasn't bad. The storyline is pretty good and rather engaging. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian Bigelow
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and so realistic...
I just have to take my hat off to L. M. Smith. This is a beautiful story with a fresh new and undiscovered take on the life of that called Vampires. Read more
Published 24 months ago by ~AC Wright~
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful first book for the writer.
A truly wonderful read. It keeps your attention from the start and has a truly heartwarming ending. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves vampires.
Published on November 26, 2012 by Danny Guyton
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like a mothers love
Dhampiri by L.M. Smith
I received this book free on an Amazon promotion.
The story, with Vampires and Valkyrie could easily have been a copy of so many others, instead... Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by Wanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This has an old-fashioned feel to it, beginning in a historical time period, but the writing evolves as the time passes. Read more
Published on October 20, 2012 by T. Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Anne Rice
A review of Dhampiri by L. M. Smith

As author of Coffin Girls (Elegantly Undead: Book 1 of the Coffin Girls Witch Vampire Series) and a long-standing fan of fang-related... Read more
Published on October 16, 2012 by Aneesa Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I received this book in exchange for a honest review ~WaAr~

This book had tons of information in it. Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by abbott123
4.0 out of 5 stars Vamps vs Valkyrie
I was given this book in return for an honest review. The story spans from 1872 when Colleen is turned into a vampire against her will through 1992. Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by Heather L. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read
I was given this book to read by the author and can honestly say that I could not put it down. The rivalry between the vampires and the valkyries was a ride and a half I loved the... Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by Sally Goodall
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More About the Author

L.M. Smith is both an avid reader and writer. Her favorite authors include Kim Harrison and Richard Adams. She began writing stories and poetry as a child and has always been fascinated by mythology and the paranormal.

A self-proclaimed 'desert rat', she lives near Las Vegas, Nevada with the love of her life, their three dogs, and two cats. She is proud to be an alumna of the University of Phoenix and enjoys horseback riding, kayaking, and taking long walks with Vladimir: her Doberman Pinscher.

While working on her next upcoming publication, her guilty pleasures include salt-and-pepper flavored sunflower seeds and cold, home-brewed coffee with Italian Sweet Cream ... though never at the same time because that would be yucky.

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