- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (May 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425209725
- ISBN-13: 978-0425209721
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey, Book 1) Paperback – May 2, 2006
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Garnet Lacy, who is hiding from the witch-slaying Vatican agents known as the Order of Eustace, and who wants no more supernatural help from interfering Lilith, figures it's best to hide in plain sight, so she acquires a job managing an occult bookstore. Eschewing magic to stay undetected by the agents (and also because her cat familiar is allergic to it), Garnet has no desire to hook up with anybody the least bit magical, until Sebastian Von Traum walks in looking for mandrake root. Because Garnet can see auras, it is obvious that Sebastian is a vampire. But he is also a witch who achieved immortality along with the ability to not fry in sunlight. The Vatican wants his formula, his eternally adolescent vampire son may be in cahoots with them, and another vampire has taken up residence in Garnet's home along with Lilith. Hallaway's entertaining debut paranormal romance will appeal to readers of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Diana Tixier Herald
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“What’s not to adore about a heroine who frets equally about the Vatican and ripped pantyhose, an herbalist who dresses like one of the Jets in West Side Story, and a fascinating ‘other world’ most of us could never imagine, much less write about? Tate Hallaway has a wonderful gift, Garnet is a gem of a heroine, and Tall, Dark, & Dead is enthralling from the first page. I hope this is the first of many more books from Tate Hallaway.” —MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of Undead and Unreturnable
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This book features Garnet - a witch that has a goddess living within her.
Parrish an ex-boyfriend thats return
And Sebastian whom is Tall, Dark .. & Dead :)
There is always something going on and its quite action filled, never a dull moment and the chars are rather wonderful - I liked William, which I think many people can relate too, just trying to find the right belief thats suits him.
Now this book can get confusing quite easily if you skip parts, which I love in a book that every moment is important and never dull.
I gave this book 3 stars for 1 reason ... I could not at all get into Sebastian. He was suppose to be Tall, Dark, which he was and sounded quite wonderful but he was cold and quite unlikable. He never showed much affection towards Garnet, except for occasional jealousy.
Actually half way thru the book he was romancing and hung up more on his dead wife then Garnet herself.
This is a good book to read and all but it really has no real passion and romance in it that I found, although it is a wonderful book and lots of action and never a dull moment, it is not a book to close your eyes and sigh over a truly romantic novel.
And Garnet is madly, passionately, devotedly in love with whichever vampire happens to be with her at the time. She trusts the one she's with, mistrusts the one she's not and has sex with whomever's closest.
"Tall, Dark & Dead" has a few problems, and Garnet's fickle heart is least among them. One is the overall presentation of witchcraft. Garnet pretends to be a new-agey witch poseur to throw pursuers off her track, and yet the actual performance of her craft is drawn from those very same neopagan sources.
The story obviously needs a villain, and author Tate Hallaway (a.k.a. Lyda Morehouse) demonizes the Catholic Church to provide one. Perhaps it's just me, but when her protagonist is a member of a religion that prioritizes religious tolerance, it seems unwise to slam another faith so blatantly. In this case, the church employs psychics to hunt and murder witches, and is considering creating an army of Catholic vampires to strengthen the hunt.
Problems aside, I enjoyed "Tall, Dark & Dead" much more than I expected. Even the problems mentioned above were amusing in a good-natured but exasperating kind of way. Hallaway is a graceful writer who knows her way around a sentence, and she's building a strong supporting frame for Garnet Lacey's world. I hope the coming sequel, "Dead Sexy," works out the kinks and focuses on Hallaway's strong points.
by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor