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Master of Darkness (Primes Series, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2006
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Susan Sizemore is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, contemporary, and futuristic romances, including Primal Instincts, Primal Needs, and Primal Desires. She lives in the Midwest.
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The plot shapes out like this: Phillipa, Joe's older cop sister, and Matt Bridger, Cage's brit cousin who is the enforcement for the Family of vampires, hook up at Joe & Marcus's wedding. Matt knows that Philipa is his lifemate but he is afraid she will be targeted by his enemies and so runs away super quick.Flash forward 3 years. The happy Cage couple has just had their first child and it's time for the christening. Both Matt & Phillipa are back in town as godparents. But a psycho vamp has enlisted a few other supernatural friends and they are pulling heists in the same city. As a distraction to Matt the ringleader brainwashes a few Purist vampirehunters to target the baby and then Phillipa. Matt's werewolf buddy Mike, whom we met in Laurent's story is also in town after the baddy but stuck in doggy form. He may find salvation in an odd place though- a vampire magician who will be the subject of Ms. Sizemore's next book in the series.
Each volume tells a story about a particular enforcer, Char McCarin in Seattle, Selim in Los Angeles, Istvan the roamer, and now Olympias in Washington, D.C. Once the wife of Philip of Macedonia, she has had 2,000 years to hone her political and power skills, rising to become the chief enforcer for the United States. In her concerns for the maintenance of the Law everywhere she has forgotten to apply it equally at home. Her laxity has permitted the local vampire nests to make their own rules, and now that she is determined to bring things back under control, rebellion is about to break out.
It does not help that she has selected a possible companion that another vampire wants, or that someone in the nests is plotting to bring her down. And what will she do with another vampire who has requested permission to die? Olympias has no choice but to burden her slaves with too much responsibility and now she must deal with the consequences. The ensuing crisis will take all her political and fighting skills.
Sizemore is one of the few writers who can write about vampire politics without becoming distractingly boring. Part of this is the mystique of the enforcers, a specialized breed that prefers to feed on the hearts of other vampires. Another part is that her characters, despite the possession of immortality and superhuman powers behave like real people. No overblown romanticism or new goth world order here, but interesting personalities dealing with life among the pointy-toothed.
The writing shows good pacing, and while not sparse does not dwell too long over any particular facet. Violence is sudden, horrific, and then over with. Much time has been spent thinking through the logic of this world, and it rings true even when it crosses over to the fantastic. The overall effect is a refreshing shift from more stereotyped vampire fiction. If such existed, I would call the 'Laws of the Blood' series vampire fiction for vampires. While the individual novels do occasionally intertwine all can stand independently, so you may begin with any volume you please.