Prince of Twilight Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2006
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About the Author
Maggie Shayne is the bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the groundbreaking vampire series Wings in the Night, the most recent of which is called Prince of Twilight. Her numerous awards include two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, the National Readers Choice Award, and the coveted Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Maggie lives in a small town in southern central New York. Find her at www.maggieshayne.com.
Top Customer Reviews
After waiting five hundred years for his lost love Elizabeta to return to him after she killed herself thinking that vlad has been distroyed. The time has come to ressurect her, unfortunately to do this she must take over anothers body. This unwanted task falls to her spiritual decendant Tempest. This is the most interesting aspect of the book as the two soul battle it out for dominance in the one body. And the dillemma that Vlad faces knowing tht one has to perish to save the other. Vlad is everything that He should be, Imposing, powerfull with a very dark attraction. The tension that is created between the main characters is electrifying, and knowing that vlad may be the cause of her ultimate demise yet loving him anyway is heartbraking to read and suprisingly sets tempest up as a very srong woman. The whole story culminates in an ending that has it all in my opinion. A breathtaking, thoughtfull and heartrending story that restores my faith in the romantic novel.
cover was slightly creased which is why I gave the product a 4****
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Regardless, this is the first time I have been so utterly disappointed in a Shayne novel. I'll continue to read. Hopefully this was only a once spoiled egg.
Also, there was nothing endearing, or convincing about the relationship between the main characters. While I would love to believe that a twenty- something male (physically anyway)could be so very attracted to a nearly forty year old woman, who dressed like a twenty-something woman, I don't really want to read about it. I prefer the fantasy, to the actuality. Their banter was stupid too, "Take me Vlad if you think you can." "Oh I can take you and you can't stop me." "Vlad I want you." "Go to sleep so I can take you in your dreams." Does she want him or doesn't she? Can he take her, or does she need to be out cold first? Please I was so confused.
Apparently, Stormy is madly in love with Vlad from a previous encounter she had with him at the age of 23. An encounter which she had no memory of, except in her dreams. I don't know about anyone else, while I may dream about men in my sleep, I don't fall hopelessly in love with any of them in my reality. Anyhow, the confusion doesn't end there, apparently Stormy must fight off the soul sharing her body, the one the magicians couldn't find an actual body for. The two are locked in battle for the use of Stormy's body, and while this goes on Vlad confuses the two even more. He wants Stormy in her dreams so Beta won't know what he does to Stormy's body, yet wasn't Beta his great love (of two days remember), the one he waited five hundred years to be with? Is he cheating on her soul or getting it on with the body? Was he there for Stormy's body, or Beta's soul? See how confusing this gets, try reading the book it gets worse.
Finally, the original Vlad Dracula of history was an evil man, why choose him as your main character? I think the premise that he had only killed all those people out of anger for the death (suicide actually) of his great love (did I mention of two days) did not convince me to forgive "poor" Dracula.
I gave this 2 stars because I was actually able to read it. When I don't instantly throw away a book like this, there must have been something worthwhile in it, though I cannot tell you what that was. Could be that I was just bored and it was the only thing around to read.
"Prince Of Twilight" by Maggie Shayne starts out with an interesting plot and surprisingly likable heroine who is perky and outspoken without being annoying. The story is apparently about Dracula himself who binds part of his (undeserving) wife's soul - after she kills herself - to a ruby ring and waits more than five hundred years for her reincarnation. Stormy, the heroine of the book, is that reincarnated person who, falls for Dracula, but is not too enthusiastic about giving up her body for his bride to use. Dracula then faces the dilemma of wanting his wife back and falling for Stormy.
The problems I had with this book are little things like Dracula losing the ring and the scroll that would bring his wife back because he went to war carrying these things on his person and had them looted when he was injured and thought for dead. I expected him to be a little more intelligent than that and hide those things somewhere safe before going out to fight. Also, Dracula, who is said to be the second most powerful vampire on earth in this book, in on deathbed when he is stabbed on the abdomen with a knife or shot with a gun (this happens on 2 separate occasion when he is dying and has to be saved). These things should be like pin pricks to him otherwise one wonders how he survived centuries of war.
The book is full of these logical holes and they kept me from enjoying it. Even with a good plot and characters the intelligence behind telling a story makes the difference between a great writer and a mediocre one. I was reminded once again why I never buy this author's books. I borrow them from the library and only rarely.