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Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday's Short Review: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Title: Lord of the Vampires
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Royal House of Shadows,
book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.

To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.

Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate "The Dark Seducer" had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who could help him.

In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm.

But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai's memory…but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.”
Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter is book one in the Royal House of Shadows series by Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh.

Sadly today’s Review is going to be a short one and with many “sadly” in it, because it’s my first DNF review since I started my blog.

I was very excited when I learn about this series, not just some great authors but two of my favorite authors (Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh) were getting together to write these books. I also loved the paranormal-fairy tale idea they were going to be based on.

Happy is an understatement of how I felt when I got my hands on Lord of the Vampires, but sadly this emotion didn’t last for long. After couple of pages into the book I was a little bit disappointed and confused I couldn’t believe this book was written by Mrs. Showalter, it didn’t feel like her at all.
 I love Mrs. Showalter writing style and books, one of my all time favorite series (Lords of the Underworld) is written by her. So I really was expecting to love or at least like this book; it NEVER crossed my mind the possibility that I might DNF it.

I was talking with some people on Twitter about this book and my decision to DNF it, they asked me what was it that it didn’t work for me. My answer was the same one I will give you.

First and foremost I couldn’t connect with the main characters, I didn’t like neither hero nor heroine. Hero was supposed to be an alpha male but I felt he was just an animalistic brute. Heroine is supposed to be a very smart woman but I never felt it, she feels rather dumb. Their relationship is one of those “mine at first sight” but apart from that I didn’t feel any real connection between them.

Sometimes when you cannot connect with the main characters there is a good secondary character that saves the book, “sadly” that was not the case with Lord of the Vampires, the secondary characters were worst than the principals. 

Something that really killed me was the dialogue or for better understanding the lack of it. All the conversations between characters were almost like “Me Tarzan, You Jane” kind of communication. This was not just between main characters but also with secondary characters.

My final thought: Sadly Lord of the Vampires wasn’t for me, this doesn’t mean I won’t read anything else from Mrs. Showalter because it’s not like that, I still love her and next September 27th I will be getting Darkest Surrender. It also doesn’t mean that I won’t read the following books of this series because I can guarantee you that I will. It was just that after 137 pages Lord of the Vampires wasn’t doing anything for me and I took the very difficult decision to stop reading it. 

My Verdict: DNF

Other books in the series
Lord of the Vampires
Lord of Rage (09/20/2011)
Lord of the Wolfyn (10/25/2011)
Lord of the Abyss (11/22/2011)

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I definitely won't be picking this one up! Sounded awful.

  2. I finished this, but it was a big disappointment for me. Like you, I just couldn't connect with the characters and they really elicited no feelings from me.

    On a happy note, Showalter also released Dark Taste of Rapture this week and it was awesome!!

  3. I'll definitely be reading this but I'm very scared now. I've read Jen's review, Julie's review and now yours and I don't think I'm going to rush to the store at the frist of September to pick this one up. :-(

  4. As I wrote in my review, le...sigh... You did a good job writing your review Marcela. :)


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