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Friday, June 11, 2010

Review: Nocturne by L.D Harkrader


where I got my copy: Raab Assoc.

A romantic tale of vampires and magic from award-winning author L.D. Harkrader

Flanerry Lane is tired of being protected by her Uncle Anatole. After years of studying magic in the back of his bookshop, she's ready for an adventure of her own. Then one day, strange things start happening. A burglar breaks into the butcher's shop, stealing nothing, but leaving the floors sparkling clean. Soon the seamstress's apprentice vanishes on her way home, leaving behind only a shoe still laced at the top. And then worst of all, Uncle Anatole disappears. That night, a young vampire hunter named Pascoe knocks urgently on the bookshop door. Pascoe insists there is a vampire lurking in nearby Blakely Hall. Flanders looks deep into Pascoe's gorgeous eyes and finds herself agreeing to help him. As Flanders tracks the vampire, her feelings for Pascoe grow until she stumbles upon a secret that turns everything she thought she knew about Pascoe--and herself--upside down.

Our heroine Flannery Lane has a mysterious past, she was left at the doorstep of the Wicker Street's most powerful wizard when she was a baby. For the longest time her life was just in that box. A lace dress worn when she was a baby and a letter that says she is better off with her own kind. Anatole (the wizard), immediately noticed that Flan is with magic. I had the greatest hopes that Anatole can teach her how to be  great like him when she grew older but Anatole has been restricting her of using it. But magic is a part of her and she loves it and is efficient at it. So I feel a little disappointed in that part of the story. But Flannery's got the making of a great stubborn, independent, strong willed, resourceful heroine so at the end I started rooting for her.

The other part of what I like was the tone of the story, it was written with an medieval twang and British english accent. I like it a lot and it reminds me of Harry Potter but the difference ends there. Nocturne is not only a story about magic but vampire hunters and vampires. There used to be this great hunter, Lord Blakely but he was defeated by his former stableman turned vampire named Lucien Kidd. The cause of the feud? Love of course. After this battle nobody saw Lucien again, nobody really knows where he went and nobody questioned it that much. The town was left vulnerable and paranoid that evil might attack them. For sometime they look up to Anatole (Flannery's Uncle - adopt) until rumors started milling about him. For a long time nobody claimed the Blakely Manor until a one Adrian Blakely showed up.

The story was pretty predictable yet you have that doubt that it might be what you are suspecting. I wish there was more about Pascoe and Flannery together, it feels so unfinished. Book 2?

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