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The Hunger (Regency Vampire Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Oct 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; First Printing edition (28 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312998546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312998547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,074,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Susan Squires has a fascinating, unique voice; she is a rare talent." --Christine Feehan

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Companion returns with this second Regency vampire novel

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By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Squires has a new vampire trilogy going for St. Martins. The first, The Companion, was a knock out of a story that took you into sweeping locales and into the dark realm of the vampire. The second book in the series is out now, The Hunger, and she continues to the dark and oft gory vamp tales with all the power of the first.

In the late Regency era, Beatrix Lisse has spent years atoning for her sins - literally six hundred of them. She is a vampire. Still, even though the centuries pass there is one man who stays in her heart and mind, a man she loved ages ago. However, when she crosses paths with John Staunton, the Earl of Langley, she is moved by him. John is a rake of the highest order, a notorious rogue. Or so he wants people to believe. Beatrix surrenders to the passion provokes within her, but she holds tight to her secrets of being a vampire. When John abandons her, she learns he was also holding a secret close to his chest.

John is a spy for England, with a mission to find who is behind the sudden shift in power within the French government. John is drawn to Beatrix, seeing an innocence within her that pulls him, yet he knows he cannot keep her close or he would be risking her life. Soon he learns dark secrets about his love and that her centuries old rival, Asharti, is the one he seeks and she means to see both John and Beatrix destroyed. John and Beatrix must unite to defeat Asharti as the madness of the French horrors increases about them.

It's beautifully researched. Squires brings the period to life. Be warned this is a very dark tale, so people wanting kinder gentler vamps need to know going in this is a very violent tale at times. People familiar with Squires previous writings in Historicals and Vamps knows she won't pull punches.
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This is the second in the series started with "The Companion", although chronologically it occurs first; the third book is "The Burning". It's probably worth reading them in series order as the author slowly unfolds her vampire worldview and we meet some of the same characters.

"The Hunger" is about Beatrix Lisse, Countess of Lente, a born vampire who is part of an experiment by Stephan Sincai (hero of the third book) to prove that "made" vampires are no different than "born" ones. The vampire Rules require all "made" vampires to be instantly killed but Stephan decided to bring up two vampires equally to prove they are equally entitled to life. Unfortunately for him he picked a rather damaged young "made" vampire, Asharti, to bring up alongside Beatrix and eventually Asharti persuades Beatrix to leave his tutelage and they launch themselves on the world.

Anyone who has read "The Companion" knows Asharti is a nasty piece of work; Beatrix, on the other hand, has spent the last 600 years trying to make up for her first 100 years with Asharti of killing people for their blood. The Countess of Lente is known as a patron to the arts, she is well-liked in the Polite World of Regency London and in fact the men of society, who believe she is a skilled courtesan, all vie for her affections. She isn't actually a courtesan, she uses her assignations with men to feed a little from them and then to give them memories of a night to remember, even though they didn't actually experience it.

However, as soon as she meets the Earl of Langley, John Staunton, she realises he is different from all the other men who cluster around her. Mainly because he doesn't seem all that interested in her - evidently a cause of some pique - and she furthers the acquaintance.
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