A 24-year-old library science student is swept into a dangerous game—even for a vampire.
The well-trodden world of vampires has a new, bookish addition in Amber Fang. Remaining nomadic to outrun suspicion, Amber feeds on a strict monthly schedule and under an even stricter moral code—no innocents, only remorseless murderers and evildoers. After the disappearance of her mother, however, Amber suddenly finds herself the hunted instead of the hunter, pursued and recruited by a secret organization simply called the League that wants to unleash her appetite on the world’s most powerful criminals. But there is more at play than anyone lets on, and Amber soon realizes how little she knows about the League, about the people they want her to drain, and perhaps especially about her own fellow vampires. Slade (Crimson, 2018, etc.) has chosen an interesting approach to a vampire narrative, the first in a planned series, focusing on intrigue, global threats, and mysterious backstories—a recipe more typical of a spy thriller and one that is made tangy with the liberal sprinkling of paranormal drama. Amber’s first-person narration is immediate and, at times, overly sardonic but entertainingly irreverent all the same. Those in the know will find Slade’s librarian jokes and fictional MLIS curriculum either irritating or hilarious in their inaccuracies.
Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer—except Buffy is the vampire and has the research skills of Giles. (Paranormal thriller. 14-adult)