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Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.


Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong…

My Review:

Overall, I enjoyed this novel while I read it. The characters are well arounded and enjoyable. Ms Staab did a good job describing Tampa and the other locations in the book. But there were several things that threw the story’s flow and my enjoyment.

The first problem is the number of cliches that were in the story. Holy vampire there were a lot. I started counting them after the first couple. There were multiple variations along the lines of “six ways to Sunday.” More than once was the phrase “colder than a witch’s tit” was used to describe the weather. In some books the use of cliches are appropriate to the character’s personality. But for these characters they don’t fit. They would jar me out of the story and it would take a little bit for me to get back in to the story.

I felt that there were too many sub-plots to this story, and they took away from the main plot. There wasn’t much in the way of courting by the hero. The love story didn’t really develop. Most of the story was spent on dealing with the wizards, and the emotions of moving in to the parent’s old home. If more of the story was spent on the actual romance, it would have been an improvement.

With all the said, I’m curious enough about what has happened to a couple of the characters that I would read the next book in the series.

I give King of Darkness a 3 Horseshoe rating.

King of Darkness is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Publication Details:

Author Elisabeth Staab
Title King of Darkness
Format Print
Length 340 Pages
Publication Date February 2012
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 978-1-4022-6315-6