Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes Paperback – December 16, 2020
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"Fans of Kim Harrisonwill be drawn into the imagery of Noble's first book of the Dark Eyes series.In between bouts of fighting and the intensity of paranormal, dark fantasy,there are moments of comedy that make this series opener a real page-turner." --Booklist.
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"Andre," he said. "Private Investigator, but I'll do anything for money." He winked.
"You're not human," I said. "What are you?" I stretched out my Charmed senses and felt magic within him.
"I'm a vampire, princess. Same as you, but with a little extra dark superpower. I'm a full vamp though, and from what I can tell from your dismal amount of speed out there, you're half."
He dragged a chair from the wall and sat across from me.
"You have the Dark Charm?" I asked. "I should have figured; you ooze sleaze bag."
"And you have a little something special up your sleeve too, don't you, princess? I bet you get a little hot now and then, don't you?"
I narrowed my eyes.
"And with a name like Karolina Dalca . . . I bet you've got enough training to back up that look you're giving me."
He knew my name, my powers, and where to find me. My eyes fell over his body, sizing him up as he sat across from me. Strong jaw, tall, six feet and maybe four inches, and muscular broad shoulders. I could take him--if I took him by surprise
- Publisher : Wild Rose Press (December 16, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1509232788
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509232789
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.59 x 7.99 inches
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"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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The author has discovered a fine way to dangle a carrot in front of the reader of occult tales by placing the following before book’s entry: “Who are you anyway?” I asked. “Andre,” he said. “Private Investigator, but I’ll do anything for money.” He winked. “You’re not human,” I said. “What are you?” I stretched out my Charmed senses and felt magic within him. “I’m a vampire, princess. Same as you, but with a little extra superpower. I’m a full vamp though, and from what I can tell from your dismal amount of speed out there, you’re half.” He dragged a chair form the wall and sat across form me. “You have Dark Charm?” I asked. ‘I should have figured; you ooze sleaze bag.” Presto! and the author has us by the wrist and her initial entry into the heart of darkness (with innuendoes and wit) begins.
We meet Karolina Dalca – ‘I was born in Romania, but it never had the chance to be my home. Instead, I wound up in northern Ontario, completing an extra credit internship in my tiny town, staring down the face of an alleged flasher, I readied the paperwork before my mentor, Constable Danny, interviewed the perpetrator. It wasn’t an ideal way to spend the summer, but my psychological profiling exam blew up in flames – literally – and extra was the only way I would pass…My cell phone lit up with its silent ringtone. Mama called for the twentieth time, I hung up on her in an argument. She should’ve known better than to play with a vampire’s mood – half vampire or not…’
The book’s back cover condenses the story well: ‘Blindsided by an attack that destroys her home and blamed for murder, Karolina Dalca, a half-vampire, escapes, only to plunge into the magical societies from which she was sheltered. Betrayed by those around her, she abandons her dreams of becoming an investigator and flees, trusting only herself. Her police internship would never prove more useful. Hoofing it through the wilderness, she makes it to her university dorm, disheveled but delightfully deflowered. Enter a full vampire: one wielding dark magic and a ride out of Canada. A fugitive from the law, Karo complies with his demands to escape, unsure whether his requests are bewitched. She vows to clear her name and avenge her mother's death, but Karo's family secrets aren't so easily left behind.’
The line between complete immersion in the creatures of the night fright and the magic of the author’s wit makes this initial volume of a series a tasty aperitif for more. M.R. Noble enters the literary stage with a wowser! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 20
What I Liked
I enjoyed the unique twist on vampire and werewolf lore. In this story, vampires are born to vampire parents, not mortals turned by a vampire.
Werewolves are also born to werewolf parents. Though, a mortal or other supernatural can willingly complete a bonding ritual with a pack leader that will turn them into a werewolf after their first kill. The gypsy lore is definitely a personal favorite spurred by supernatural shows from the 90s; gypsies are mortals with white magic abilities. Karolina Dalca, the main character, is half gypsy and half-vampire, so interspecies relationships can result in offspring with partial supernatural traits. I found this world fascinating and loved the creative interpretation of supernatural beings.
Karolina Dalca is a multifaceted character. I loved her fire and independence, as well as the fact that she is not afraid to tackle challenges head-on. At times, though, she is like horror movie characters who you find yourself fussing at for their awful choices—the type of character who goes down to the basement or out the back door. You know the type.
I enjoyed the dark and gritty tone of the story, which is mainly about the Vampire Russian Mob (so you should expect a lot of unsavory realness). This story definitely delivers. It skirts that line between horror and dark, but I never felt scared or disturbed. With more than its fair share of violence, some rather graphic, it reflects the graphic violent nature of vampires and gang/mobster activity.
The story has a good flow and naturalness to it that lends to the quick pace. I found myself rapidly flipping the pages to find out how things turn out and what would happen next. The suspense could have been generated a bit more organically in the action scenes. Still, otherwise, the tension builds in alignment with the pace.
If you are looking for a dark, gritty, unique take on the supernatural world, you must pick up this book. You will enjoy the creative twist while being captivated by the story as it unfolds.
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Plus the female lead isn't a delicate flower to be protected, but a force to be reckoned with!