Sunday, May 1, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: Death’s Sweet Embrace
Author: Tracey O’Hara
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 05/04/11
“Death’s Sweet Embrace is a compelling read. I can’t wait to read more about the Brethren.”
—New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur
“Tracey O’Hara writes in a voice full of passion and power.”
An exciting new star in contemporary urban fantasy, Tracey O’Hara returns with Death’s Sweet Embrace, the second book in her Dark Brethren series. In the bestselling vein of J.R. Ward and Patricia Briggs, O’Hara follows up her sensational debut, Night’s Cold Kiss, with a sizzling supernatural take on the Romeo and Juliet story, as two forbidden young lovers from rival shapeshifter tribes must join forces with Aeturnus vampires to thwart a fiendish serial killer. Gripping, dark, and sensual, Death’s Sweet Embrace is an exceptional supernatural adventure that will appeal equally to discriminating fantasy fans and lovers of paranormal romance.
After centuries of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens the tenuous peace.
Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force forms to halt the madness, including the vampiric Aeternus Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes . . . and forbidden lovers.
A centuries-old blood feud has divided their shapeshifting peoples, and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside, for the killer they seek is but the first sign of the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.
This is book two in the Dark Bretheren series following Night's Cold Kiss: A Dark Brethren Novel, I loved the first book & Christian only makes a cameo appearance & Antoinette just plays a supporting role.
In this installment we follow Kit, a widowed shapeshifting 'Animalian', who has been banned from her tribe & children. After taking a job teaching she is pulled into a harrowing investigation by Oberon (were bear), to find the killer who is sadistically killing shapeshifters on campus.
I enjoyed this book even more than I did the first one. While the first one served as a good introduction into the world and characters, this one really cemented my connection to the characters.
While the publisher categorizes this as Urban Fantasy, it is really more Paranormal Romance and shouldn't be missed by fans of either category. Tracey's characters come alive for the reader in this series and she was able to give a plot twist that surprised me. This book introduces several new characters to the series that I hope will continue to be featured in future books.