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The Vampire's Daughter
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
About the Author
LEIGH ANDERSON loves all things Gothic and paranormal. Her master's thesis was on vampire imagery in Gothic novels and she met her husband while assuming the role of a vampire online. She currently teaches writing at several universities and has a rather impressive collection of tiny hats. She lives in a small town in the mountains with her husband, human child, and two fur-children. She is currently working on too many writing projects, and yet not enough.
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We begin with Hannah grieving her sister who will soon die from an illness no one knows how to cure. Hannah leaves the house and ventures to the edge of the woods, a place that is forbidden due to the demons and monsters that rule the woods in the dark. As she composes herself and prepares to head home she encounters a man. She realizes he is the monster (Vincent) but he tells her how he has watched her for years and desires her for his wife. He offers up a cure for her sister if only she will marry him. Hannah takes the cure from him but refuses to agree to marriage as she will not be coerced. He agrees but tells her where to meet him if she will marry him.
Hannah's sister is cured and she leaves to marry the monster. Hannah and Vincent have a daughter (Victoria) who Hannah brings to the village and plays with her family. One day it is said that Victoria developed a reaction to direct sun and if not for Hannah sacrificing herself she would have died.
With Hannah gone Victoria is raised by Vincent and the women her father keeps. On cloudy overcast days Victoria goes to the village and to church. She meets up with her childhood friend Ethan who is living with the Priest and playing to take his vows. Ethan realizes he loves Victoria and gives up the plan to be a priest. He asks her to marry him.
Vincent's head female wants Victoria gone and strikes a deal with the Lycan in the woods to raid the village in hopes of having the villagers sacrifice her to them in order to protect the village. The towns people do just as was thought but the Lycan (Xavier) notes that Victoria is Vincent's daughter and does not take her. Unfortunately for him, Vincent arrives and puts the wolf in is place. He lets his women feed off the town and takes Victoria home but not before she give Ethan a charm that was her mothers to protect him from the vampires. Protect him it does.
Victoria finds out that Vincent has promised her in marriage to another of "their kind" and she must send Ethan away. The next day when he comes for her, Victoria turns him away, for his own good. He is heartbroken and leaves the village. He becomes hateful of Victoria and finds his way to another town and priest.
This priests brother is a slayer and knows of the demons from Ethan's village. He is enlisted to show the way for the slayer and does.
What comes next is full of revelations for all. I hope you enjoy the read :).
As for the storyline, the mixture of religion into this book was unexpected for me but I didn't mind it. The stories involving vampires and werewolves isn't new. The way this story came about with all the characters involved with all theirs arcs was new. It ended almost how I expect towards the end, but I was far from disappointed. Overall, I think Leigh did a terrific job and I would recommend it to someone looking for a story that isn't drowned and diluted with sex.
The story takes place in the 1700s and I honestly felt like I was taken back in time to that era. Religion plays a very large part in the lives of the characters (well at least for most of them). Ethan & Victoria are childhood friends that grew to love each other, but it seems like they are destined to be apart. Victoria continually shows that she will do anything for her father (including turning down Ethan's proposal!), but he almost seems to have ulterior motives that made me question how deep his affection for his daughter was.
I haven't read anything else by Leigh Anderson – and I think this might actually be her first book published, because I couldn't find anything else by her yet – but when I read her background and saw she had previously done a thesis on vampire literature I knew that was why this book was so good. This author manages to hit all the traditional characteristics, while putting a spin on the novel to make it her own. I was very pleased with this book, and I cannot wait to see what else she might publish.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The Vampire’s Daughter is the first book that I have read by Leigh Anderson. This was an interesting different approach to a vampire story. I have read other books where two vampires have children, but a vampire and a human, not so much well maybe one other.
The plot of this story takes us to the Carpathian Mountains in a hidden village in the mid 1700’s. Victoria is a very religious girl whose best friend is an orphaned boy studying to become a priest. Victoria is also the daughter of a very powerful vampire who has plans for his daughter that will bring the vampires added strength. Ethan is Victoria’s best friend and although he has been training to become a priest, he falls in love with Victoria and decides that he would rather marry her then become a priest. Unfortunately, Victoria’s father plans involve her marrying another vampire. The chemistry between Victoria and Ethan started as childhood friends and grew stronger as they got older. This is a shorter book and the pacing keeps us moving right along with a powerful love, secrets revealed, and hard decisions made. The ending was better than I expected. You see these characters grow and change throughout the story. If you like vampire books, this is a good one.
SCORES on a scale of 1-5 Stars rate each of the Following 5 Categories
PLOT: 4 Stars
CHEMISTRY: 5 Stars
PACING: 4 Stars
ENDING: 4 Stars
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 4 Stars
Review Copy of The Vampire's Daughter provided by the Leigh Anderson and The Book Garden for an honest Review. Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
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