- File Size: 2708 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Prescourt Books (November 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZQZ3T5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bonfire (Hours of the Night Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Vespers, so I can't really say that I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this novella as well. This follows Thaddeus and Sarasija (Sara) as they spend their first Christmas together. They decide to spend it at Thaddeus' home on the Bayou. It's really hard to say too much about this book, since this is the 2nd (1.5) in a series. I want people to go out and read the first book without spoilers.
For 2 very different people they are trying to find common ground in spending the holiday together. Sara's family is Hindu, but they celebrated Christmas with Santa and all the "non-religious" aspects. Thaddeus, a vampire, would love nothing more than to attend mass, as he did as a child, but finds himself "unwelcome" in the eyes of the church. On top of this being a very sweet Christmas story, there is also the paranormal element as well as a mystery.
Ghostly lights have appeared in the swamp. The locals call them "Feu Follet" and it has caused quite a panic in the area. The lights mesmerize people and compel them to follow them. As a result people have gone missing. Due to Thaddeus' already causing suspicions with how different and mysterious he is, it isn't long before fingers are pointed at him as being the cause.
When the locals come banging on their door in fright, after a child goes missing they are moved to help in the search. Can they find the source of the lights and the child before it's too late? And with all the pomp and circumstance that the holidays can be, can they find what really matters to them and create their own?
This story continues on from Vespers (but it's a stand alone) and we find Thad and Sara coming into their own and more comfortable with each other, their complicated relationship and figuring out the best way a Hindu and a 100 plus year old vampire should celebrate Christmas. In the midst of that, the lights appear. The effect for the most part, is disorienting people, but before Thad, Sara and some new found neighbors can figure out what they are, a child goes missing.
Both Ms. Rancourt and Ms. Preston did an outstanding job in creating a wonderfully festive, yet eerie atmosphere of the swamp down to the foggy mist, a gypsy type vagabond band singing carols, and a pinch of good old fashion magic.
This is a perfect addition to the Hours of the Night Series and a fun holiday mystery to solve.
I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Because this was written as a holiday novella, it cannot have the scope, nor the mayhem, of its progenitor. And yet, Rancourt and Preston manage to give this small book a rich gumbo of plot, set in the isolated bayou River House built by Thaddeus’s family in the 19th century. Yes, there is a mystery involving magic – magic that unnerves even the unflappable Thaddeus. Yes, there is potential danger and violence. Yes, the setting of the bayou and river in the dark is exploited beautifully to send chills down the reader’s spine.
But what this book is really about is Thaddeus becoming more human because of Sara. This is by no means just a holiday-themed sop for the fans of “Vespers.” As the prose alternates between Thaddeus’ and Sara’s point of view, we delve into their hearts in this early stage of a relationship that has been earth-shaking for both of them. Thaddeus’ vampire powers, and his instinctive desire to disappear and be unknown, is presented in opposition to Sara’s outgoing 21st-century optimism. Each man finds the other bizarre and alluring, and both of them have to learn how to move forward, both in the small rural town in which they live, and in terms of how they see each other.
If “Vespers” seemed to be a kind of updated homage to Anne Rice’s sweeping New Orleans novels, “Bonfire” strikes me as a sort of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in gay vampire romance. Yes, I’m serious. I’m not going to claim that Rancourt and Preston’s writing is quite at that level of poetic beauty, but the story has the same sort of epic smallness that made “Mockingbird” so powerful.
What surprised me about this book is that is stands strongly as a whole book, not just a holiday treat. It is a must-read for those who have read “Vespers,” and its subtle emotional power will stay with you long after the Christmas decorations have been packed away.
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