“S.C Parris is bringing vampires back to their roots in her Delacroix series, no sappy or shiny vampires here. They live in the dark (except where magic allows them to travel during the day), live off the blood of humans, and war with other Creatures.
The Dark World is full of memorable characters and rich back story. It is obvious that the author has been thinking of this story for a long time because every single character has a story to tell. S.C. Parris has taken classic vampires and given them a new mythology while maintaining their vampire-ness, as well as evolving them to find ways beyond their limitations through technology.
There were a few minor typos and grammatical errors, but being aware that it is a self-published book, it is remarkably well done and it did not distract from the story at all. The only other issue that I had with the book was Alexandria Stone. Because of the blurb and the prologue I assumed the she was the center of this story, and if not her, than the matter of finding her. While there are points in the story where it is clear people are looking for her, by the end of the book there is very little resolution on this matter. You are still left wondering what is going on with her and why is she so important. Being that there are more books in the series though, I am sure we will get to know soon.
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads, but I am looking forward to purchasing and sinking my teeth into the next book in the series.”
The Delacroix Series
The Dark World (Book 1)
“Her name…is Alexandria Stone.”
These are some of the last words Xavier Delacroix hears from his beloved Eleanor Black…just before she bursts into a Lycan Creature. And if this wasn’t enough to rattle Xavier’s brilliant mind, other Vampires - namely Dracula - are becoming elusive and speaking only in vague air about Xavier’s supposedly brilliant blood.
But with a human to find, Lycans to kill, and questions to ask, Xavier is not so sure what to believe anymore…or who.
The Immortal’s Guide (Book 2)
When the Great Vampire dies, Xavier Delacroix is thrown into a World he barely knew only to wade through the grand mess left behind. For he must search for The Immortal’s Guide, the only book in existence that will help him realize his place in the “new” Dark World.
But he is not alone, of course. Eleanor Black still wants him, and those close to him are forced along for the journey bringing with them their own trials.
With a human to protect, a book to find, and Elite Creatures to evade, Xavier Delacroix is once again forced to find answers to the many questions that fill his disturbed mind. And he hopes, in a place not greatly changed by the one Creature he cannot hide from, that these answers reside in The Immortal’s Guide.
The Two Swords (Book 3)
When the Dark World faces a powerful threat, Xavier Delacroix must seek out the one Creature who holds terrible secrets close to her twisted heart.
Yes, Eleanor Black is once again setting the Dark World ablaze with her ever-growing power, power she is not at all keen to relinquish…especially when she has several important Artifacts and Dark Creatures at her side.
With a steadily dying human woman kept miserably close, Xavier Delacroix is quite aware time is of the essence: He knows he must protect the mysterious Alexandria Stone before she dies, for she holds immensely special blood - blood that means the difference between locating a most elusive Eleanor Black or allowing the Elite Creature’s energy to consume the Dark World entirely.
Due December 2013!
and this is what I come back to:
:) Warms my heart, it does.
Excerpts from The Dark World:
He extended a hand. “My…Lady….”
She hesitated, but took it all the same. And he saw that she noticed the cold of his skin, indeed, it seemed as though she were prepared to gasp or scream, it appeared to alarm her so. But then her confused gaze met his own and his eyes flashed, forbidding her the notion of doing either. It was with relief that he saw her beautiful face break into a rather pleasant smile, instead, and he moved at once, gently kissing the back of her small hand, glad that she was not immune to a Vampire’s…charms. It would not do if she caused a scene in front of all of his guests.
As he stood and stared upon her still, releasing her hand from his own, he knew. She was different from most humans, this was most painfully clear…it was not in appearance, for she looked like any other rather beautiful human, but it was something within her skin…her interesting brown-green eyes….
“…My Lord…,” she curtsied politely as he continued to stare upon her.
“Stone. Alexandria Stone.”
“My Lady Stone,” he continued pleasantly, suddenly aware he could not smell her blood…, “it seems you are new to London. Please. May you accompany me to my quarters for a talk…as to better…educate you on the way things are done here?”
-The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel; Chapter 12: The Escort