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  • Series: Vampire Huntress Legend (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (January 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312316836
  • ASIN: B0009X1MKA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this follow-up to Minion (2003), Banks proves that vampire novels, like their vampire characters, often spawn progeny all too much in their own image. Events begin precisely where they dead-ended in the first novel, with rock 'n' roller cum vampire-slayer Damali Richards the prey of renegade vampire-master Fallon Nuit, who wants her eliminated for the grief she's caused him and his hybrid demon-vampire minions. The Vampire Council also seek to vampirize her and the child they scheme to seed her with before her 21st birthday. The council is depending on newly un-dead Carlos Rivera, Damali's ex-lover, to find her weak spot-but Carlos has his own agenda to retrieve his soul before he becomes an irredeemable vampire, and he secretly plays the council, Nuit and even Damali and her band against one another to achieve his goal. For all the double-crossing intrigue, choreographed bloodshed and physical mayhem, readers will find little in the plot to distinguish this novel from its predecessor. The author devotes most of her energies to fleshing out minutiae of her weird world, which includes elaborate hierarchies and biological imperatives that govern its hordes in the afterlife. The result is an ambitious but often slow-going fantasy that will appeal mainly to Banks's loyal minions.
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From Booklist

Picking up where Minion [BKL My 1 03], which launched her Vampire Huntress series, left off, Banks throws her heroine into the middle of a vampire power struggle. Damali Richards is about to turn 21, and if the vampire council can get to her, they can impregnate her with a child who will grow into a daywalker--a powerful vampire that can withstand daylight. The council wants to use her former love, Carlos, now a master vampire, as the lure, but Fallon Nuit, a fugitive from the council who wants to start his own vampire empire, also expects Carlos to deliver Damali. A group of Templars claims to want to keep Damali safe. Carlos is torn. He still cares for Damali, but his lust for her blood is growing more powerful each time he is with her. With The Awakening, Banks solidifies her intriguing, dark series as a project worth watching, and readers will be pleased to learn another installment is on the way. Kristine Huntley
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Me, I'm a bit out there, I guess you can tell by the books:) I like keeping some things close to the vest--my favorite things to do among them... guess it's that whole mysterious author groove, LOL... but I like the good guys to win in the end.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on January 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fast on the heels of MINION, the predecessor to the vampire huntress
series, is THE AWAKENING...the tale continues. Every one thousand years
a Neteru is born, divinely created and specially anointed, a female
vampire slayer with all the powers of the world of light. And should
she willingly host a vampire seed during her entrance into womanhood,
she will produce a 'day walker', a master vampire who can dwell
topside as a human, with the power to also transform other undead into
day walkers.

Carlos Rivera, a third generation vampire, has been summoned by the
Vampire Council and escorted to the sixth realm of hell. He is elevated
to a master vampire because the Council needs him to bring them the
huntress. Carlos is tormented, Damali Richards is the huntress and he
has had an attraction for her long before any vampire madness occurred.
When they were teenagers he promised to be her protector; now he is
destined to deliver to the world of darkness, the one woman he vowed to
protect.
Everyone's awaiting Damali's twenty-first birthday, the day of her
ovulation when she enters fully into womanhood, and the night of
reckoning for the darkside. There is dissention in the vampire ranks,
both The Vampire Council and a master vampire turned rogue, Fallon Nuit
want Damali. Ready and waiting to do battle with both powers is
The Covenant, the guardians sent to protect her. Whichever is victorious
will rule; and Carlos is the catalyst. Because of her love for him,
Damali openly welcomes him across her threshold, into her fortress. And
because of his love for her Carlos compromises himself and reveals that
he too is a master vampire, but he has a plan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allison Hobbs on January 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I haven't picked up a good vampire novel in quite a while. After reading the work of the authors whom I considered the masters of vampire fiction: Anne Rice, Stephen King, and even Robert McCammon, author of "They Thirst", I really didn't have high expections for this novel or any others in this genre.

What a surprise to discover that a Philadelphia sistah has written a bona fide, nail-biting vampire novel that is equal if not better than Anne Rice, et. al.

Damali, the Huntress is a black woman with locks. The multi-racial cast of characters added depth to this superbly written tale.

For me, one of the high points of the story is when Carlos, Damli's former friend now turned vampire invades her compound. There is unexpected erotica during this encounter that left me breathless.

The cover illustration is phenomenal. I heard there's going to be a movie (or perhaps movies) I'm not sure, but I hope so. I'm so excited I have to back track and pick up Minion and I'll read The Hunted next.

Kudos to Ms. Banks for reawakening my love of vampire novels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on July 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although the series is a Vampire Huntress Legend, this second volume is really all about Carlos. The Huntress shows up for only a few scenes. Most of the book is more stage setting for the conflict to come. Carlos, one close to the Huntress, is a target for a lot of powerful factions. They all want his help and can offer him different rewards.

Most of the flaws of the first book are still here. Characters continue to change their speech patterns left and right. We learn a lot more about the Huntress and her role in history but most of the effects of her Awakening aren't seen in this volume (although they should be).

The big conflict that the first volume was building for cam off as a disappointment although I am sure there will be more repercussions in the next volume. After all, the whole story only lasted a couple of days. Although the predicted conflict of the first book is over, this volume predicts more troubles ahead so you will want to have the third volume waiting when you finish this one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Houser VINE VOICE on June 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I take back what I said about "Minion." "The Awakening" was excellent and definitely the best of this series. I had some struggles with the first novel in this series, "Minion," but "The Awakening" blew me away. I would strongly recommend a familiarity with African American literature before you attempt to read L.A. Banks. Her use of dialect could be hindering for the reader who is not used to it. Other than that, the novel is dynamic. Excellent character development and delivery. The protagonist is very sympathetic, thus the reader can easily relate to her. I would highly recommend this novel and its precursor to anyone who enjoys fantasy and vampire fiction.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down! Not only does this story have great vampire fight scenes, but the characters' interaction and conflicts are intriguing. Banks knows her occult lore and designs some of her own theories to explain the unexplainable. I love her descriptions of the layers of Hell, and the central idea that what you send out is returned to you. Unlike Anita Blake, who says she is a Christian, but we never see her beliefs as a part of her. Damilia's deeply rooted beliefs are what make her an ideal vampire huntress. She understands evil, because she truly believes in the ultimate good.
I LOVE Carlos. In my opinion, he is the most interesting character. Within him is the ultimate struggle between good and evil. The relationship between Damilia and he, is so moving. I can't wait to read the next book, The Bitten.
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