Knight of the Hunted (Born Vampire) Paperback – January 13, 2017
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (January 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542408083
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542408080
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,110,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book put a new spin on the usual vampire tropes that I had read in previous novels. Instead of vampires always being created, there were two classes of vampires. The vampires who were born were considered purebloods and were able to have certain jobs that other vampires could not have. They were considered the first-class citizens of vampire society. The vampires who were created from humans were the second-class vampires. They were not as strong as the born vampires and were not allowed to hold certain positions in the society. Then there are the werewolves. The werewolves and vampires are sworn enemies and they have rules about what to do with those enemies.
All of these details make up a very intricate universe with a lot of its own history and stories that could be told. Sure, I loved reading about Lisbeth's story, but this universe is so large that I hope the series delves into it further as the books continue. I want to learn more about how the Lycans and vampires came to hate each other, and I definitely want to see if the turned vampires are going to stay happy as second-class citizens. These could definitely make for interesting story arcs!
Back to the actual story now. I love Lisbeth and Knight's relationship so much! Rarely do I find the "forbidden love" trope to be exciting anymore, but this one was different. I found myself drawn in, rooting for them, and trying to figure out ways that the two could stay together. They simply seemed perfect for each other, and without too much of that "hate to love" annoying dialogue.
This book drew me in and refused to let me go, I loved every minute of reading it. The plot moves smoothly, there aren't any of those horrible POV switches that I can remember, every character was unique, and the world truly took the story of vampires vs. werewolves and made it its own. I have nothing bad to say about this book!
I would recommend this series to lovers of YA fantasy/romance novels or anyone looking for a new series with a vampires vs. werewolves main plot.
The restlessness displayed by their newly turned members is only a small symptom of a much larger problem.
Lisbeth's simple act of kindness to a werewolf child has greater consequences than she could ever imagine. Forced to flee her home, she encounters two men. One desires to posses and control her. The other simply desires her.
One small act will leave ripples across her life that she could never have imagined. Now she must fight for the right to live.
Powerful, compelling and hotter than Hades, this book will draw you in and hold you enthralled.
This thoroughly enjoyable vampire tale also tackles universal topics--adhering to a code of ethics, how to handle it when friendship takes a backseat to the larger rules of society, and giving those we maybe don't like at first a second look. There's a lot going on here. I'm ready to read the rest of the series!
Knight of the Hunted is the first in a vampire fantasy series. Since I finished reading this book I have not been able to stop thinking about this story, I want to make sure I absorbed it properly to get it relayed correctly in this review. In short: It’s fun, engaging, and full of everything I love in a story. I will also try to keep this spoiler free!
I haven’t read a vampire story in a long time that has pulled me in as quickly as this one did. It was easy to read and pretty unique throwing out a lot of what you’re used to in a usual horror vampire story. Different habits and customs from what appears to be a modern civilized group of vampires. The introduction to their would is well done and then when rules are broken there are definite consequences that cause the protagonist to leave on her own to save herself.
I loved the characters in the story. The descriptions of them and their interactions are very well done and pulled me in from the beginning. Some of the names were a little wonky for my brain, but I'd suspect that's because they were unique. The character development was started and felt strong as they had to learn to adjust their lifestyles. The main character is a strong sassy (but not in the obnoxiously annoying way that's seen too much in YA novels) lady that I felt drawn to and could possibly be friends with.
The world building is good, it's a usual U.S.A land but the old style buildings and weird little towns feel unique and real for the areas they're appearing. I loved all the travel in this book, and they even made a stop in Kansas which made me smile. The language is always fun when they talk about slang and being in different times throughout history. On top of all the fun conversation there's very little cursing which I appreciated. A good writer can use words and conversation to describe a bad situation without falling to fowl language to do so… Elizabeth is definitely a good writer.
Relationship building is a real driving force for the story. Friendships and romantic relationships throughout help make this story feel real and relatable… even if it is a fantasy story.
The friendships are strong from the beginning. Any of the characters are willing to help and do whatever it takes to help a friend, or even someone who they found to be friendly. I did sometimes question motives of some of them but I guess it works out in the end, and I'll have to read the next books to see what happens to some of them.
Romance in this story is represented in two different ways. First, and most importantly, is the growing unlikely love throughout the story… if you like hate-to-love stories this is kind of like that, but there isn't really a hate at the beginning it's more like distrust. I loved it though, so I really can't wait to see what happens with them later! There is no direct wooing or sexual happenings, which I was happy for because they got to learn to accept and enjoy each other's company then let it bud into what could be love. The second kind of romance is the controlling kind… like what you'd expect in a vampire story where older ones feel entitled and such. It felt very uncomfortable and sickening at times, but again there wasn't any sexual stuff going on - just controlling. Overall in the romance category this book was pretty PG-13.
The only thing I could complain about in this book was a couple mistakes in wording. This doesn't bother me much, so I don't hold the two words against this story.
Overall I give this 5 out of 5 stars. The story read pretty fast and smoothly and had a way of keeping me captivated even when I wasn't reading it. Definitely one of the best books I've read in several months so I'm happy to add this to my 5 star list!
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The world setup is intricate and interesting and I cannot wait to see how it all plays out.
Do yourself a favour and read this series.