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Vlad (Veiled #2) by Stacey Rourke

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History believes me to be a merciless savage. A terror upon the Earth known as The Impaler. Archaic lore whispers I am the first of the vampire lineage.

These claims ... are all painted in bloody truth.

Now, while the world watches in fear, a war is brewing. Humans are targeting vampires in merciless attacks to force us back into the shadows.

They woke me to be their weapon.
They know not my loathing for my own kind.
Even I cannot say for certain whose side I’m on.

I have bowed before the alter of darkness rooted in the Nosferatu bloodline. Been forced to drink of its bitter sacrament. They refer to me as The Son of The Dragon, and I laugh. For I, alone, know that malevolent essence is one no man could ever tame.
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review. Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Supernatural, Urban
Pub. Date: November 26, 2018
Series: Veiled

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Review

The political battle for vampire rights is far from over and is on the brink of becoming an all-out war between humans and vampires. A high-ranking politician in the United States has developed a drug that causes a feeding frenzy when vampires are exposed to it, and he is using it to rally support for his anti-vampire policies; creating a panic in the human population.

Vampires are losing. Hundreds of vampires around the world are being slaughtered by panicked humans and law enforcement. Vincenza, the leader of the vampire rights movement in the U.S., realizes the battle for vampire rights has escalated into all-out war. There is one glimmer of hope, the progenitor of vampires and legendary warrior, Vlad The Impaler, still lives and it is up to Vincenza to convince him to join forces.

Rourke's interpretation of Dracula's story is fantastic! Fans of classic vampire lore will recognize some of the elements of Vlad's origin story, but it also has several unique and contemporary twists that make this interpretation fascinating. The characters are nothing short of mesmerizing. If you are a fan of the classic vampire tales, you will recognize several names in the plot; however, the histories of these characters, while inspired by the classics, are different from what you have seen before.

The premise itself is a deviation from the norm. In the past, vampires have remained in the shadows, hidden from human eyes. In this case, vampires are known to humans and are fighting for the same basic rights that humans are entitled to. As such, the vampire society in this series is distinctive from many of its literary counterparts as vampires are a part of human society and have social norms to reflect this interactive co-existence with humans. If you are like me and enjoy reading plots that parallel current events, I think you will find the parallels in this plot delightful and insightful.

As a fan of the classic vampire lore, I didn't find anything to criticize. Inspired by the classic tales, Rourke has created an entrancing universe that strikes a natural and perfect balance between timeless favorites and contemporary literature. I really can't wait to read more!

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About Stacey Rourke

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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

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