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4.0 out of 5 stars A vampire tale set in Regency England.
Add Susan Squires to your list of supernatural romantic authors, along with Christine Feehan, Amanda Ashley, she gives us a vampire story that makes you wonder how vampires got such a bad reputation.
Julian Davinoff, lays claim to Sarah Ashton's home. He already owns the ruined abbey adjacent to her land. Sarah, along with her friend Corina, is fascinated by this...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A vampire tale set in Regency England., 1 April 2002
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Add Susan Squires to your list of supernatural romantic authors, along with Christine Feehan, Amanda Ashley, she gives us a vampire story that makes you wonder how vampires got such a bad reputation.
Julian Davinoff, lays claim to Sarah Ashton's home. He already owns the ruined abbey adjacent to her land. Sarah, along with her friend Corina, is fascinated by this stranger who is suspected of murder in London. How Sarah risks all to rescue Julian not only from Corina but from himself gives us a story that is a little predictable in places but with enough twists and turns to keep you wanting to find out what happens.
Susan Squire gives us a new twist into how vampires become vampires
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5.0 out of 5 stars Squires second novel is a must read!!, 14 Sep 2002
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Deborah MacGillivray "Author," (US & UK) - See all my reviews
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Susan Squire's second book proves she is here to stay!! Danegeld was a gritty medieval; this time her talent it turned toward a vampire tale. It is moody, dark, gothic, and captivates the reader in a story that is far from the normal vampire tale.
Her lead characters are extremely well drawn, though I really really want to just smack Corrine really HARD!!! Squires maintains the brooding darkness, the duality we find in ourselves, vampire or not, and the question of how far are we willing to go for love.
He is Julian Davinoff, the dark lord always in black, and he has come to claim Sarah's beloved and ancient home. She suspects he is so determined to gain possession of the family home that he has bribed to have the deed stolen so she cannot prove her claim.
From the first, despite the legal entanglement, Sarah is pulled toward this man, scare of him as much as she is fascinated by him.
Unfortunately for Sarah and Davinoff, Sarah's "friend' becomes suddenly obsessed with him as well, a friend already bordering on madness, a friend rumoured to have tastes for dark and evil for perversions, with the obsession pushing her into complete insanity. She will destroyed them both if not stopped.
Squires paints extremely complex characters, hardly stereotypical, in a moving story that will haunt you long after you put it down....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another very interesting vampire Regency from Susan Squires, 9 Feb 2007
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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I've read "The Companion", "The Burning" and "The Hunger" by Susan Squires, three books set in the Regency period about vampires that feature some of the same characters. I bought "Sacrament", thinking it was from a different series as it had a different publisher, but it in fact uses the same setting as her other books. As in those books, The Companion is a parasite that lives in the blood and gives the human host some unusual characteristics - the ability to heal, excessive strength and long lifespan.

There is a dedication at the beginning of this book that mentions Georgette Heyer. Now if a keen reader of Heyer read this book expecting something similar they'd get rather a shock - although set in the Regency period the whole tone of this book is completely different. Of course a vampire book is, of necessity, not strictly historical but I did find myself irritated by one or two historical anachronisms - for example, our heroine is Lady Clevancy; who is her father? Presumably the Earl of Clevancy, but then she would be Lady Sarah, not Lady Clevancy; and when her father died, where was his heir, and we know she hasn't been married before - there's a lack of accuracy in English titles here. There are also some Americanisms in speech ("drug" for the past participle "dragged") and "gotten" and other common errors. But I liked the setting and particularly the detail of things like a journey on a mail coach from London to Bath (which took several days, unlike many authors' journeys from London to Gretna Green in 3 hours!) and on the food available in a house around Christmas time when foraging and travelling around Europe.

Our hero, Julien Davinoff, is a vampire and an old one at that - there's a lovely little scene where he discusses events in history that he's witnessed and people he knew - there are lots of famous names mentioned and historical allusions which are great fun. We don't actually find out a great deal about him personally until halfway through the book - before that point he's just a baddie who is laying claim to Sarah, Lady Clevancy's property and against whom she is fighting. Her friend Corina is trying to fascinate Mr Davinoff and it is slowly revealed to us that Corina isn't all that good news and that she persuaded Sarah into an indiscretion many years ago. Susan Squires' books seem to have rather nasty female characters in them who torture our heroes - Davinoff gets off more lightly than some in this book but he still has a bad time. But Sarah shows herself to be a brave heroine - until she is given the offer of a lifetime when her courage fails. She soon regrets it and has to set out on a quest to be given another chance - but is it too late.

This is a very enjoyable book with great settings in Bath, Vienna and Transylvania as well as different characters, some of whom are historical (we meet William Wilberforce, for example). The story is interesting and the characters are engaging, as is the author's take on history (we meet the inspiration for Satan in Dante's Paradise Lost) and the overall theme that love is the only thing that can make life worthwhile is one that probably a lot of us feel sympathy with. It's a good read and a great introduction to Susan Squires' Companion novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 26 April 2013
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A well written detailed story. Love story with many twists. I would recommend it to people who like historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 4 Aug 2014
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Elegantly written with great personality and a wonderful style. I enjoyed this historical fiction very much. Thank you for writing such a fantastic book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars but still found it quite a good read., 20 Aug 2014
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Different to what I expected, but still found it quite a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 6 Sep 2014
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