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5.0 out of 5 stars much ado about vampires
I love this author & have bought a lot of her books.This was just as good as the others,even tho' i do prefer the Dragon stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I think I like KMac's DRAGONS books more than her Dark Ones these days....
KMac is an autobuy, and this book was awaited impatiently, but for once, I found myself putting a book of hers down to read other stuff and do other things. It's not a bad book, in fact it has some pretty witty and funny dialogue (mostly about lusting after each other and sex and groping!), mainly in the mind-reading things that Dark Ones and their Beloveds do, but for me...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I think I like KMac's DRAGONS books more than her Dark Ones these days...., 2 Oct 2011
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KMac is an autobuy, and this book was awaited impatiently, but for once, I found myself putting a book of hers down to read other stuff and do other things. It's not a bad book, in fact it has some pretty witty and funny dialogue (mostly about lusting after each other and sex and groping!), mainly in the mind-reading things that Dark Ones and their Beloveds do, but for me her Dragons books (Aisling and Drake and the Baltic and Isolde ones) are better.

This book starts with Corazon - Cora - whose sister Jacintha has just married a Scottish Dark One, undergoing hypnosis at a girly evening and experiencing 'her' own death. Except that the face of the deceased is not hers, but she has the memories, recalls her decapitation, and recalls seeing a man killing the woman who killed 'her' (this is relevant, as there is an explanation as to why Alec and Kristof from the previous two books are both friends and enemies).

Soon after, whilst visiting an empty manor house with Diamond, the blonde who gazumped Cora as her ex-husband Dermot's wife, but to whom she bears no hate/irritation/resentment/anger, they are both transported into the Akaasha (limbo-life, not Hell/Abbadon) where she rescues a dehydrated Dark One, Alec (who we met in Zen And The Art Of Vampires and Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang), who she then recognises as being the guy who killed 'her' killer.

They have telepathy, and from what she learns and recalls, she realises that she is his Beloved, but she reasons that she wouldn't want a man to love her for that reason, nor for the fact that she saved his life, so she stays quiet. When she manages to get them both out of the Akaasha (by tricking lich-master Alphonse De Marco (who we've seen under a different name in the Pia/Kristof books), who used the Guardian Noelle (still single and without her Dark One) to summon them, she and Alec have to go on the run - he because he's been condemned there for being responsible for the deaths of other Dark Ones (allegedly), and she, because she is now the Eye of Lucifer, having absorbed the power of The Tool, which De Marco is expecting her to hand over, as the price for getting Alec out of the Akaasha.

So they go to Pia and Kristof and Cora is forced to admit that she is Alex's Beloved reincarnated in the body and soul of Cora, a situation which is then further complicated by 'her body' i.e. the initial dead Beloved's body, being raised by Pia and Kristof. Said body, Eleanor, is now a lich, with all of their memories, but no soul, and she is not the present Alec's Beloved. Confusing? A bit, yes, as I had to go back and forth a few times before getting my head round things - Eleanor is the old version of Cora, with a face that isn't/doesn't resemble Cora's, minus a soul and minus being a Beloved.

Things get even more complicated when the demon lord Sally (from the Aisling and Drake books) makes an appearance and tries to oust Bael, and we learn more about who/what she really is. Cora is abducted, Eleanor is still around, soulless and Un-Beloved, moping, but managing to unintentionally provide comic relief. We get introduced to lich-master Brother Ailwin, who turns out to be evil, Asmodeus and Bael make an appearance, we find out about The Sovereigns, Ragnor the ghost horse makes an appearance (I was just waiting for the kitchen sink to be added to the mix....). Then Christian Dante arrives as the book concludes...

Overall, still the madcap, funny, zany stuff that I expect from this author, but if anything, it had a bit too much going on and it was hard to keep on top of things. I'm also sure that several of the Seven Steps To Joining were skipped, which was not explained...Which is why the Dragons books win over the Dark Ones for me from now on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars much ado about vampires, 22 Mar 2013
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I love this author & have bought a lot of her books.This was just as good as the others,even tho' i do prefer the Dragon stories.
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