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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S. (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312352360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312352363
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,065,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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L. A. BANKS is the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon Novels. She had a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a master's in fine arts from Temple University. Banks considered herself a shape-shifter. She wrote romance, women's fiction, crime and suspense, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore. She lived with her daughter in an undisclosed lair somewhere in Philadelphia.

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By Mrs. T. Hartley on 27 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Carlos and Damali have finally tied the knot on hallowed ground and she now has wings curtesy of being descended from the healing powers angels. Yummy Cain from The Forsaken has gone over to the dark side and is wreaking havoc on the world and the guradian team and in the process is helping Lilith to create the anti christ. Cain rides Carlos's energy while he is on honeymoon with D and there is confusion on whether the child she may or may not be carrying is a fusion of light and dark or worse. Drama galore. This book is one of my favourites of the Vampire Huntress Series. Ms. Banks delivers on all fronts. The story is gripping, the characters are all in your business and the chemistry, Lord have mercy, off the charts.

One of the best things for me is to see how Damali and Carlos are finally maturing as a couple and growing ever closer. Five stars and more if there were more to be had for this book. Bring on the next and the next.
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I believe I have read all of L.A. Bank's Vampire Huntress books. Sexy and strong female characters, a little romance and some action. Good fun
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
They just keep getting better! 7 Feb 2007
By Michelle L. Beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Book 8 in the VHL Series prepares us for the ultimate showdown between good and evil. The "Wicked" picks up where the last installment left off. Cain (the brother to Abel, son of Eve and Dante') is agonizing over his loss of Damali, his muse. Damali meanwhile is honeymooning with the man she loves and has chosen, fellow Neteru Carlos. Once Cain gets a glimpse of what the two lovers are doing, he makes the ultimate choice to accept his dark side and takes the violent journey to "hell" to reclaim his throne. Positioning himself with Lilith (his grandfather and his father's ex-lover) he sets actions in motion, which will prove to be the catalyst of one of the deadliest battles ever. He makes a deal with his grandfather, "The Unnamed One", that he will destroy Damali and her guardians if he resurrects Fallon Nuit (Book 1 in the series) from the Sea of Perpetual Agony. With one of their deadliest enemies return, comes a series of events that you will not forget. New alliances are made and new characters are introduced as Damalia and Carlos struggle to maintain peace among the group and in the world. We even see the mother to all, Eve struggle to remain in the light after her son (Cain)has made a decision which will break her heart. Her despair and grief has led her to prevent any children from being born. She holds out hope that her child can be redeemed, and wishes more than anything that she can save him.

What Mrs. Banks so aptly does in this latest installment is discuss how decisions we make have consequences. For example, when Eve was tempted by Dante in the Garden of Eden, her affair lead to the birth of Cain. A decision whose long reaching consequences affected not only her salvation, but her relationship with her husband, Adam as well.

We also see old alliances break and new ones form, as the group fights to save humankind. We see how our own desires and anger can make us make bad decisions, that will or can ultimately lead to our downfall or salvation. In other words, I suggest you read this book, especially if you are a lover of the series. It will take you on a journey that I know you will enjoy. And it will definitely leave you wanting more. I can't wait until the next one.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"Better than the last book!" 7 Feb 2007
By LaShonda Bates - Published on Amazon.com
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In book 8 of the VHL Series, Damali and Carlos are enjoying bliss on their honeymoon. However, all good things must come to an end. Cain, the only living son of Dante' and Eve, goes mad after finding out that Carlos, someone who he deems unworthy, was chosen by Damali to be her mate. And to add salt to the wound, he finds out that Carlos was given the sword of Heru after discovering the one he has is a fake. Convinced that his mother's people won't accept him, he makes his way to hell where he is more than welcomed. Together with Lillith and the One Who Shall Remain Nameless' blessing, he conjures up a plan to not only cause havoc among the Guardian team, but to Damali and Carlos' marriage as well. How does he do it? By bringing back an enemy who has had a damaging effect on alomst everyone on the Guardian team. Cain is seeking world domination, will he succeed?

Meanwhile, every member of the Guardian team is paired up with a mate and are restless without the Neterus. However, their mini vacation is interupted when some demons show up. Then shortly afterwards, something affects the team and the Neterus must try to find a way to save them and fight the evil that's coming for them. Will all of the team survive the latest attack threat?

Oh my good-ness! I read this book and I must tell you that it has all of the elements that makes a good book: Love, action and suspense! The reason I love Mrs. Banks' books is because each one of her books is always better than the last one and believe me when I say that this book is better than the last one! There are a lot of things that happen in this book, but I won't tell what because that will be giving away too many spoilers. However, I will tell you that some loose ends concerning relationships are tied up in this installment of the VHL Series. Which ones? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. If you are a lover of this series then grab the tissues, because this book is going to take you on a roller coaster ride. You'll laugh, cry and even get angry. So, believe me when I say that "The Wicked" is a must read!

"If You're Afraid of the Dark, Stay in the LIGHT!" Ashe!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
great vampire thriller 10 Feb 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Damali and Carlos are finally married and spending the last day of their honeymoon making love. Both are Neterus, beings who work for the Light fighting the minions of darkness whenever they cross paths. There job will never be over until they are called upon to play their destined role in Armageddon.

Eve's son Cain, locked away in the land of Nod, discovers that his beautiful Damali married Carlos, a vampire Neteru like him. Cain breaks out of Nod and assumes the Chairmanship of the Vampire Council in the sixth level of hell, a job that suits him perfectly since he is Lucifer's grandson. He intends to gather up an army and kill the guardians that surround Damali and Carlos so that he can destroy Carlos and mate with Damali. Cain knows that she is the descendent of an angel and she has wings that come out whenever she uses her healing powers. Cain is linked to Damali and through her to Carlos because during a time when carlos and Damali's relationship was on the rocks, she let him bite her. He shows his link to Damali to Carlos hoping to draw a wedge between them before the two sides meet in battle.

The eighth installment in the vampire huntress series is filled with romance, action and adventure. This storyline leads up to the battle between the forces of light and darkness and until the dust settles nobody will know who the winner is. The love that exists between the two protagonists is wondrous and gives them the strength to keep fighting when all they want to do is get some peace. L.A. Banks is a talented world builder who writes a great vampire thriller.

Harriet Klausner
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
And the series continues on... 14 Feb 2007
By Chantay W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Wicked, book eight in the Vampire Huntress Legend Series, begins in the land of Nod with Cain, son of Eve, lusting for the Neteru Damali Richards. But once he realizes that Damali has married the love of her life Carlos Rivera, Cain's sworn enemy, things go straight to hell...literally. It is there where Cain strikes up a deal with evil forces and takes over his father Dante's previously open throne as the head of the Vampire Council. Cain plans the destruction of the beloved male Neteru Carlos. He wants to eliminate the competition, in hopes of having Damali all to himself. Cain also wants to rule over the world with Damali at his side. He makes sure he has a chance at success when he brings back an old slain nemesis of both Neterus.

In the midst of all that happening, Carlos and Damali are in Mexico enjoying their honeymoon away from their guardian team. The two are content with the way things have turned out and are hoping for a future of happiness together. As they begin to celebrate their union, there is a surge in the energy that affects Carlos the most. When they finish their lovemaking, Carlos notices that he has taken a too generous bite out of his wife and begins to panic. But Damali calms him and they return to their guardian team. There is still no peace to be had when they learn that Cain has gone to the dark side. When the two Neterus go off to visit with their respective councils the guardian team is yet again left alone. When they are paid a visit by some strange creatures the team does not know whether they are friend or foe.

Like the other titles in the series, The Wicked definitely brings the action with a pre-Armageddon battle where there will be loses to both the good side and the bad side. Before that happens in the book, the readers get to see a special moment of when the good guys come together to protect the innocent against evil. As always, Banks focuses on the strong values of love and family. These values are truly seen when Neteru Queen Eve is faced with a choice of what to do with her wayward son.

The truth behind what and who Damali really is happens to be revealed. The realization may be shocking to some. From first starting this series with Minion, I continue to be impressed by Banks and her wealth of knowledge towards the series. With each book, we get closer to the Armageddon and the characters evolve into better persons and fighters. They learn about their past mistakes in hopes that they will not make them in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed The Wicked. There were quite a few tear-jerker moments for long-time fans of the series that are sure to pull at your heart strings. This is one book and series that I definitely recommend to everyone for your reading pleasure.

Reviewed by Chantay W.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HI....MY NAME IS BILLIE AND I AM A VAMPIRE HUNTRESS ADDICT! 1 May 2007
By Mz. Billie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
MS. BANKS...MS. BANKS..MS. BANKS!

WHAT CAN I SAY THAT I HAVEN'T ALREADY SAID ABOUT THIS SERIES..YOU ARE EVENTUALLY GOING TO SEND ME INTO CARDIAC ARREST!...LOL..LOL

WITH EACH BOOK I READ IN THIS SERIES..I TRY AND SEE HOW YOU WILL OUT DO THE OTHER AND EVERYTIME YOU LEAVE ME BREATHLESS..MY BLOOD PRESSURE PROBABLY GOES UP...SOME SIPS OF WINE..LOL

DAMALI AND CARLOS WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME..

THIS EPISODE WAS ANOTHER GREAT ONE..I DONT KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN WITH THIS..

IM JUST GOING TO SAY IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ANYTHING BY THIS WOMAN( MS BANKS) START FROM THE VERY BEGINNING..WITH THE MINION AND WORK YOUR WAY TOO THE REST OF THE SERIES.AS WELL AS IT BEING ACTION PACKED..ROMANTIC..FULL OF SUSPENSE..ITS ALSO FULL OF KNOWLEDGABLE INFORMATION AND MAKES GO HMMMMMM..IS THAT RIGHT!

HEY.. YOU DONT HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT.. GO BUY THE SERIES..
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