Atwater-Rhodes begins a new vampire series with a new world in this first installment of the Maeve’ra series.
Vance has lived all his life in a wonderful, colorful greenhouse ruled by the beautiful Lady Brina. Now 14, Vance adores Brina and feels completely loyal to Midnight, the vampire empire ruled by Lady Jeshickah. Vance is not a vampire: He’s a shape-shifter who transforms into a quetzal. He leaves the greenhouse when Malachi Obsidian, a rebellious shape-shifter who hates Midnight, takes Vance to its stronghold, and once there, Vance discovers how brutally the vampires treat their human slaves and others they command. When he learns that he has some sort of magic, he faces more decisions, especially since a mysterious disease has begun to ravage both human slaves and vampire masters. At last, other groups become involved in an effort to destroy Jeshickah and the seemingly all-powerful, oppressive empire of Midnight. Vance makes for a naïve, rather hyperconscious narrator, continually speculating as to who may be telling the truth and what their motives may be. With this series, the author takes inspiration from the mythology of ancient Mexico, basing names and spellings on Mayan and Aztec words. It’s clear that this installment is just a setup volume, and the plot to take Midnight down will span many characters and pages to come.
Plenty of fun ahead for the author’s many fans. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)