C T Adams & Cathy Clamp – Touch of Evil

Book one in the Thrall series

I don’t know about you but sometimes I look at a book and thing nope dont want to read it, but then something keeps drawing you back to it until finally you have to give in and just read the blooming thing!  Well this was one of those books, for ages now I have been picking this book up and then putting it back but finally I have read it, and I’m really glad I did!

This is a vampire story with a slight difference, vampires aren’t as we normally expect them to be in this series, they are in fact a parasitic creature that take over a human host.  They call themselves the Thrall and actually have a collective hive mentality.

At first I have to say this book was pretty confusing, I kept wondering if there was a book that preceded it because it really felt like I was coming into the story with something missing.  This, to my way of thinking, is bad writing on the part of the authors, they jump straight into this world without actually setting it up in the readers mind.  Once you get into the book, things become much clearer and it actually becomes a pretty intersting story line, but I think many people will give up on the book before it starts to make any sense at all.

Kate is a woman with psychic abilities who a few years ago was attacked by the soon to be vampire queen (vampires in this book call themselves the Thrall).  She survives the attack without becoming a host to the thrall (a vampire), but it leaves her with a conection to the Thrall collective.  As the vampire queens host dies (they have an average life span of just a few years) the queen decides that Kate will be her replacement queen, whether she wants to or not!

Once you get past the initial confusion, this becomes an intersting and enjoyable read, with an original view on what is a vampire (no dark brooding vampires set to seduce the unsuspecting heroine! Roll over Bram!) Its not sexy, its not seductive and the heroine is someone you could actually imagine knowing.  So if you want something different than the normal vampire fare, try this one on for size.

Tazallie

1)Touch of Evil

2)Touch of Madness

3)Touch of Darkness

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~ by Tazallie on August 31, 2008.

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