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Benajah's Keeper Paperback – October 24, 2012
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"A debut author offers a welcome, fresh perspective on the vampire canon.
In the world of Evanna Amaranthine, vampires are guardians who protect humanity from itself. These vamps feed only on society's dregs, but that moral bent isn't enough to stop the hatred of a single line of determined vampire killers. One born each generation, the latest is more fanatical than his predecessors, and Evanna's mission is to kill him. Not quite a human, but not something Evanna's ever experienced either, vampire-assassin Rian Delmar lacks any redeeming qualities. To get close enough to kill him, Evanna must masquerade as human, while living with fellow vamp Zak. It's Zak who's the catalyst here; he introduces Evanna to the human world, which includes a persistent human painter named Messiah. Zak's other purpose--and Messiah's--is to teach Evanna how to open herself up to human emotions--and with them, the memories of her past human life. The novel doesn't fully explore Evanna's self-discoveries, but it opens the door for future installments. The main characters are generally rich, and Evanna's process of mastering the nuances of human life adds interest and counters the occasional bouts of predictability."
Although billed as a romance, this nuanced novel, in fact, straddles genres. In a masterstroke, the book begins with a Bible-like prologue about how vampires were created with the blessing of God. By connecting vampires to the Creation story, the author gives the beings a mythic, sacred quality not generally found in works about vampires. As the bloodsuckers struggle to balance their human and vampiric qualities, as well as their relationship to their prey, the plot plants itself firmly within the personal realm of finding oneself. The inner conflict Evanna experiences is combined with outside threats from menacing vampires, evoking the timelessness of a battle-laden epic while exploring age-old themes of love, war, and identity. The human and vampire characters are well drawn, although Evanna’s aloofness initially makes her irritating. Her transformation from emotionally unavailable to deeply feeling occurs with layered realism. Even though the protagonist’s love interest has the annoyingly symbolic name of Messiah, he nevertheless manages to transcend traditional Christ-like attributes and become a believable character. Readers will also find themselves invested in the doings of the secondary characters because they are similarly multilayered, even the villians. Dougan enriches vampire lore by creating a fascinating code by which these beings live and a society of guilds that they inhabit. Anyone tired of standard-issue vampire fare will welcome the complexity the author brings to her bloodsuckers. For those who enjoy tales of reincarnation, the past-life vignettes integrate themselves seamlessly into the present-day plot. Both teen and adult audiences will find themselves drawn to Benajah’s Keeper. ForeWord Clarion Review
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Though i know the author and though we haven't known each other all too long, this shows more of her interesting and very spirited personality. Which combined with what I have already read twice in Benajah's Keeper, I cannot wait for more in this story.
The ending(I will not give any spoilers out) did make me frustrated but a good kind of frustrated that good stories create and push my mind into thinking of what could come next.
LOVE IT and congrats on this Aeryn!!!!
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I had a hard time relating to Evanna. She's a character that I wanted to like, but her personality was all over the place.Read more
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