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Petra (Immortal Codex) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 5, 2017
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I can't say enough about the characters. The two main characters, Petra & Lucius, have a complex relationship that centers around both what they have become and the love that carried over. Their nemesis, Clarius, shares an equally complex relationship with Petra that is both horrifying and strangely addicting to watch play out. I love a well-written villain, and Clarius is certainly that.
I would recommend this story to anyone drawn to not only vampiric tales but love stories and historically rich stories. I cannot wait for the next books to come out.
What an emotion-filled, action-packed story! There is never a dull moment, that’s for sure. And I absolutely loved all of the historical aspects of the story. I fell in love with both Petra and Lucius. Their love story is at once passionate, enduring, and heart-breaking.
I was drawn into the story immediately and caught up in the romance and intrigue. This being the first in a series, I know the story is bound to get grittier and continue on this wild, passionate, romantic ride. I look forward to reading the whole series.
Part of the attraction of this book was that it begins in the Roman Empire, one of the few historical eras I don't mind reading about. Also, I know the author can write a good tale.
I don't want to give anything away but this origin tale won't answer all your questions about "how did vampires come to be" but it will introduce you to a new breed of vampire. In fact, there are two types of Essentiae (might have spelled it wrong) but only one source of immortality. This isn't a "one bite" and you're in forever club.
One thing that stole some of the tension from the story is the story outside of the story format. We start in the future and then the tales are retold as they're written into the immortal codex. Because of this, we know that some people who leave the "family" will eventually return and that spoiled the story for me.
If you like vampires, you should definitely check out Lasota's new series. If you enjoy reading historical fantasy, you'll probably enjoy this.
I received a review copy and have chosen to review the book.
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Definitely a new and different look at vampires. Some draw blood while some draw the life force...
A great love story with lots of agonising, some find ways to forgive while others cannot. Mistakes are made and resolved by somewhe others find it hard to let go.
In a way, this book reflects the lengths some will go to for love and revenge. Lots of secrets still held close by some characters so it will be very interesting to read on to the revelations. An intriguing read, I definitely recommend it to fans of the genre.
Petra by Cheri Lasota
Petra was a girl born into slavery in ancient Rome. One the Day she watched her master kill her mother, Petra is ordered to deliver her master's baby. She accidentally poisons her mistress and unborn child. In a fit of rage her master forces Petra to drink the same deadly poison putting into play a series of unforseen events. This was a very enjoyable book that I look forward to continuing reading the tale. My only complaint is I need a Latin to English dictionary. To bad they didn't offer Latin in the schools I went to. Great read, though.