Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rev iew - Serafina and the Silent Vampire

Serafina’s Book One
By Marie Treanor

Coming 28th August

Silence has never been so sinful…

Welcome to Edinburgh's unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina's.
Serafina MacBride is psychic - but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client's party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire - annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client's son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.

But the amoral and seductive  Blair is also on a mission - to find and kill a nest of young vampires who've invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights - and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk.

Supported and hindered by Blair's eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina's, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.
In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being  she's trying so hard not to love.

My review:

We first meet this interesting cast of characters getting set up for a party and the only way to put it is that things definitely dont turn out the way they had planned.  And from there on out it is a constant moving puzzle where things are not always as they appear and there are more paranormal happenings going on that even one psychic is aware of.

Sera is a great character.  She really is a psychic and can talk to the dead.  But she is not always a completely honest one.  If she can help you, she will.  But if she can fool you for money, it is entirely probable that will happen as well.  She is assisted by a great group of loyal friends and coworkers.  Which all come together to make the group a Serafina's nothing if not unique.

Blair is a vampire.  Those are Serafina's dont entirely believe in a real vampire.  But he is there to show them reality.  Blair has been living a long time and has gotten accustomed to a peaceful but boring life.  This is when he starts discovering random "vampire" kills around the city.  This helps start him on the path where he and Sera will cross.

Both are interesting characters with intriguing histories and loyal if slightly odd friends.  Its very entertaining and great fun to watch them all try to get along to accomplish what is needed to save humanity.

Another thing I liked about this story is the alternate characteristics of a vampire.  Here a true vampire can not talk to just anyone.  They can only communicate telepathically.  Which can make it quite a challenge when one is talking to you out in public!  They are loners.  Rarely coming together in a group and never too many living in one area.  All of which make this new breed of vampire Blair discovers even stranger.  

This was a great paranormal story from one of my favorite authors.  And I highly recommend you pick it up and see what you think of Serafina's for yourself.  I am looking forward to seeing what they all get caught up in next.

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