L.A. Banks has taken THE BITTEN, the fourth book in the Vampire
Huntress series, to another level. A vampire civil war was averted,
but a master vampire stole one of the keys - the living blood of
Christ which opened one of the gates of Hell, causing a fluctuation
in the balance between Light and Dark, affecting Damali Richards,
the vampire huntress. The added horror is that the stolen key can be
used to open the sixth seal as foretold in the book of Revelations.
This would unlock all of the gates of Hell; the sun would turn to
ashes, and the universe would be in perpetual darkness. The need for
a day walker from the union between the vampire huntress and a master
vampire would no longer exist. The owner of the key and the seal
could decide the outcome of the Final War, `the Armageddon'.
Damali and Carlos Rivera, the Council-level master vampire, are ready
to pursue the contradiction of kinetic emotions that flows between
them. Since reaching her twenty-first birthday, Damali is immune
to attacks of vampirism, but that was before the key was stolen.
Carlos is shocked when in the throes of passion, Damali unleashes
the fangs of a master vampire and feeds from him. A tormented Carlos
knows something major has gone wrong. His Damali, the vampire
huntress, is turning. Damali and Carlos' lives become an oxymoron;
she travels the world of darkness as a vampire, and Carlos crosses
prayer lines to plead for her safety. Their love creates a situation
which could prove to be as ill-timed and as deadly as the stolen key.
Desperate to find the key, Carlos masterminds a plan to prevent
further disaster. He elicits the help of Damali's team, and begins
his mission, but at what cost? A confrontation in Hell with the
vampire Council, Damali's death, or his own destruction? Theory and
real world circumstance always produce different results.
L.A. Banks has crested another realm to her writing, as she unleashes
a battle, between the topside master vampires, so intense it alters
the stasis between good versus evil. With the skill of a veteran, Ms.
Banks takes this horrific storyline and evolves it into a classic love
story without losing the power or the intrigue of the world of darkness.
In awe at the depth of this story, and the intensity with which Ms.
Banks approaches this series, I anxiously await book five. THE BITTEN
is not for the faint of spirit; it will cater to those who love to
embrace the forbidden. At one point I was tempted to lower my collar
and offer my neck. Kudos to L.A. Banks for another masterful link in
this arduous chain. Outstanding!
Reviewed by aNN
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers