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Haven: A Lowtown novel Paperback – May 8, 2018
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I cannot say how much I love this author. She is creating a world which sucks you in, which makes you want to know more about Blackthorn and its inhabitants.―I Heart Books
Fans of sexy vampire fantasies will want to sink their teeth into this―Evening Telegraph
Dark, disturbing, enthralling, breath taking and downright genius piece of writing.―Passionate About Books
A shining, brilliant new talent in the paranormal genre!―CC MacKenzie, USA Today Bestseller
A must read for paranormal romance fans.―Moonrise Book Blog
This is a paranormal universe like none you have encountered before.―Keeper Bookshelf
I absolutely adore the world she's put into place here. Everything is so well formed with its own history and culture that it really feels like I'm living in Blackthorn...―Marked by Books
This is a paranormal universe like none you have encountered before... There are stories that are so powerful, so intense that I do not believe anyone should warn you about what is to come... I truly do feel that if you love the Paranormal genre and have not yet discovered Lindsay J. Pryor or these novels then you need to read them, experience them first hand.―Keeper Bookshelf
This concept is creative and different from other paranormal books I've read lately.―My Paranormal Book Review
The author's fluid writing style kept me glued to the pages. But more than her talent for words is her ability to create a complex world while intersecting character storylines adeptly.―The Author Visits
About the Author
Lindsay J. Pryor is the author of the Amazon bestselling BLACKTHORN series, her dark, complex and gritty urban PNR having achieved numerous Gothic and PNR number ones in both the UK and the US.
Quickly deciding that fantasy was more interesting than reality, Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and Communication and is a qualified Psychology lecturer and English teacher. She taught for eighteen years before becoming a full-time author.
Lindsay was born and grew up in Wales and now lives in South West England with her husband, their rescue bunny and a plethora of wild woodland creatures.
To find out more about Lindsay or her books, please visit www.lindsayjpryor.com or visit her Facebook page where she regularly chats to her readers.
BLACKTHORN is Lindsay's debut series. Due to the overarching plot, the books are best read in order. The series concludes with Book 8.
Book 1 - BLOOD SHADOWS
Book 2 - BLOOD ROSES
Book 3 - BLOOD TORN
Book 4 - BLOOD DEEP
Book 5 - BLOOD DARK
Book 6 - BLOOD INSTINCT
Book 7 - BLOOD BOUND
Book 8 - BLOOD BROKEN (Release date TBC)
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I was eagerly awaiting this story as I totally loved the Blackthorn series and although the final book in that series is not out yet, I very much love the whole world setting the author has created, and this book/series is set in the same world.
If you have not read her Blackthorn series (seriously why not?, go forth and one-click :) ) , no worries, this book starts a new series with new characters. For those that have read the Blackthorn series , well there are slight overlaps which you will recognize, but the events in this book are completely separate to those in Blackthorn. The time-line of this book coincides with the timeline of the first few books of the Blackthorn series.
I have to mention that this is not your ordinary run of the mill PNR. In my opinion, Ms Pryor has cornered a separate niche in the market which I call PNR Suspense. All her books to date keep you on the edge of your seat, reading as fast as you can while still absorbing the story, because OMG no, OMG yes , oooh didn't see that coming, why?, noooo, yesssss, swoon. This pretty much sums of most of the emotions during one of her books (including this one).
So to clarify the world setting for those who haven't read Blackthorn. We have humans, we have the 2nd Species ( which are witches), we have the 3rd Species (which are vampires and werewolves). (there are also the 4th species, but I wont go into that as they don't feature in this book). In the world Ms Pryor has created, in each city the different species have been segregated into districts, starting with with all the paranormal's (ie 3rd species) and human criminals ( convicts -> cons) in the center district (otherwise known as Blackthorn). Around the center (Blackthorn) is the Lowtown district in which the low income/poor humans , the gangs of thugs and some paranormal's live. Medical facilities in this district are poor to non-existent and ordinary people struggle to survive and make a living. Around this district is Midtown, a more affluent district where NO paranormal's or witches may live or even cross its border. Around Midtown and outlying areas lies Summertown where the privileged humans reside.
The setting of this book is Lowtown where we meet Ember who is a late 20's 30 something waitress/assistant manager of a restaurant who has spent her whole life preparing to move to Midtown. The application process requires a complete clean record, no indications of being a feeder ( as in either donating blood via syringe or having a vampire sire who feeds from her) as well as of course a human bloodline. The book starts with Ember going into the final stages of the application process to be allowed to move to Midtown. In the mean time enter Nate, who has been coming to the restaurant where Ember works for a few weeks and who Ember has become interested in (from afar).
So all I can say, is read this book, you wont be dissapointed, you will be hooked.
It isn't just the humans, but the second- and third-species that are trapped, unable to go forward, desperate not to fall back. Pryor has done another brilliant job of sinking her fangs into her readers, making us care about another entire group of people.
We remember it isn't just the power players that matter... we should care about the people left to suffer.
We enter familiar territory connecting with characters who tug at the heartstrings with the wonderful tension of their relationship and their struggle to survive in the brutal world they inhabit. Nate is enthrallingly human despite tendencies to violence.
Combine a great turn of phrase, an excellent pace and a beautiful flow of words and readers find themselves once again captivated by this author in a book that is impossible to put down until the very last page.
Ember and Nate are the heroin and hero in this novel.
Ember is a witch but not a practicing one and Nate is a Vampire for hire. There paths cross when Ember was a little girl and Nate was present when her twin brother is abducted and her mother dies by accident. She never forgets him and has blamed him for her mother's death and the kidnapping of her twin brother.
Nate has been looking over Ember from the shadows every since her mother's death unbeknownst to Ember. Things get out of control and Ember guesses Nate was the Vamp involved with her mother's death and her brother's disappearance. The work together to get out of a situation that could lead one or both to their death's and receive the HEA.
There were a few plots that didn't sound believable such as Ember not knowing her brother that was in her life for 5 years before he was taken. Twins share a special bond and it's had to believe that she felt she didn't know him.