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Embrace the Twilight (MIRA) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2003
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
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About the Author
RITA Award winning, New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published over 50 novels, including mini-series Wings in the Night (vampires), Secrets of Shadow Falls (suspense) and The Portal (witchcraft). A Wiccan High Priestess, tarot reader, advice columnist and former soap opera writer, Maggie lives in Cortland County, NY, with soulmate Lance and their furry family.
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After the demises of DPI - an organization set on destroying vampires - things seem to be going better. But there are still a few rogue agents running around and they have set their eyes on Amber Lily - a unique creature introduced earlier in the series that lives between the world of vampire and human. Willem Stone - a very mortal man - is really all that is there to stop them at first. He's quite a fantastic hero in several different ways.
Willem Stone has a strange link with a gypsy woman names Sarafina - a name you will recognize if you've read the previous book in the series. She's quite a bitch through the whole story and I never really like her - which made it hard to enjoy the romance of the book. I really enjoyed the continued world building and development Shayne brought out in this one though. It's what has kept me returning to the series over the years. The world is not stagnant, and even if I don't like all the characters, they all have a role to play that is special and all their own.
The story started a little slowly with Sarafina, a Gypsy woman, struggling to deal with problems within her group. Her sister Katarina dislikes her and although Andre, her boyfriend, takes care of her she knows that others in her group think there's something odd about her (apart from her being a seer, that is). Sarafina knows that there is a helpful Spirit sometimes with her who talks to her and keeps her company occasionally - and she loves this friendly Spirit. Unfortunately there's also a demon out there who is draining blood from people and Sarafina is concerned as she can hear this demon's voice in her head sometimes, as well as the friendly Spirit's.
Willem Stone is an American soldier who has been taken hostage and is being tortured. When the pain gets too bad he passes out and finds himself dreaming about a gypsy girl Sarafina, watching as she tries to build bridges with her sister, but he knows that Andre and Katarina are actually plotting against Sarafina. And then one night he watches as Sarafina is turned into a vampire... his vision ends and he eventually escapes from his captors and returns to America a hero as he hadn't given away anything under torture.
But Willem can't quite settle back into his normal life - partly because his foot is seriously injured but mostly because he wants to know what happened to Sarafina in his dreams and isn't able to get back to them. And then he manages, with a lot of pain, to revisit her and finds that a great deal of time has past and she is now a vampire. When Willem bumps into a vampire in a hospital one evening he starts to wonder if his dreams might have some basis in reality.
All this that I have given as an introduction takes place in the first half of the book and from that point onward the story rather changes. We are introduced to new characters that Willem is hired to protect, he runs into Sarafina who's somewhat different from the young gypsy girl he knew and some vampire hunters manage to kidnap a very important girl. Can she be rescued, and why has she been kidnapped? Perhaps Willem can help with some of these problems.
The romance between Willem and Sarafina isn't actually all that significant a part of the story - in fact, I didn't find it romantic at all. Rather the opposite. There was much more interest in the relationship between some of the vampires in this story - a family relationship rather than a romantic one. The world that Maggie Shayne has built (where vampires can communicate by telepathy and can addict humans to their blood) is nothing new and I felt that the story never really got going. The preamble of Sarafina's life as a gypsy was too long and the rest of the story felt rushed. The ending also left rather a lot of open threads (although I can guess a couple) but I didn't find the book enough of a draw to find the next one and see how it continued. It's not a badly written story (the information about Willem's time as a prisoner and how he deals with that, and the subsequent fame, was very good) but for a romantic book this one fell rather short of the mark for me.
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