- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press (March 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1624202322
- ISBN-13: 978-1624202322
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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The Vampire's Daughter
About the Author
Leigh Anderson graduated with a master’s degree in English in 2009. Her master’s thesis on vampire imagery in Gothic novels gave her the inspiration for The Vampire’s Daughter. She teaches writing for several American universities and is an editor for a newspaper in southern China. You can read more about her and her works at LeighAndersonRomance.com.
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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 Vampire’s Daughter is not your typical vampire romance. It is set in the 1700’s instead of a modern setting or some romanticized place where you typically think of finding vampires. There were still some of the traditional things that come with being a vampire and others that were new and refreshing. This story starts from how the vampire’s daughter came to be and continues through to show what all of this was about. It is about family, love, loss, sacrifice, humanity (or lack thereof) and what that means to the characters in the story.
I really enjoyed the story. It was well thought out, had different lore and storylines that connected to create one large story, a little bit of history and had twists that I wasn’t really expecting. There was some sex involved but not overly graphic or particularly flowery…but showed how primal vampires are. Readers of vampire stories who are looking for a new twist on things will enjoy this book. This is the first I’ve read of Leigh Anderson’s work and I am looking forward to seeing more. Thank you!
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 :).
The narrative is about Victoria, who is the daughter of the mysterious Vincent. Although it is not revealed initially that he is a vampire, with the title I don't think it's a spoiler to say so. Author Leigh Anderson is good at world-building, by gradually revealing the backstory of how vampires (and their eternal enemies, the werewolves/lycans) work in this universe.
Victoria is positive female protagonist, even though in this setting she doesn't always get to control her own life she still pushes hard to make the decisions that move the plot forward. Ultimately it's a tragic romance with her love Ethan, and the ending is very satisfying.
Fans of Whitewolf games and gothic literature would enjoy this more than than Twilight-style romance readers, but pretty much anyone would appreciate the fine writing. Don't feel pigeonholed by the genre, and just enjoy this tale of the supernatural!
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