Sunday, June 29, 2008

Title: Dark Tales 1: Vampyress
Author: Shannon Leigh
Publisher: Wild Child
ISBN: 978-1-935013-10-5
Genre: Paranormal e-book
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by: Amy J Ramsey;

Ivona Knight is a beautiful and alluring woman with features of a porcelain doll. No mere human would ever speculate that she was concealing a curse so evil and hideous deep within her soul. She is bound to walk this earth until her promise can be fulfilled, to avenge her family and her lover by slaying all future descendants of Vlad Tepes Dracula.

Ivona’s vengeance leads her to a tavern. A terrible storm has taken out the power and demolished the bridge, so no one can leave. The patrons are running rampant with their dismay. Not knowing how long they will be stranded in this place, they proceed to argue amongst themselves over the only available food left. One woman proposes that each person tell a story, whether true or false, and the bartender will judge what story is the best and the winner gets the prize.

Ivona’s story was of her past and how she obtained The Evil that she now carries within her. While she was conveying her story, Ivona detects a strong familiar presence. A handsome stranger with black hair, blue eyes and the physique of an athlete catchers her eye and makes her body feel things she has not felt in centuries. Is this the descendant of Dracula that she is meant to slay or is he harboring a secret of his own, waiting for their paths to cross one another?

DARK TALES 1: VAMPYRESS will captivate the reader until they finish the last page and left wanting more. I was impressed on the aspect Shannon Leigh gave to this story. The plot and the character development are sensational for such a short story. I will definitely be awaiting the next book in the series and eager to read more about the characters. I would recommend this for anyone who likes paranormal, vampire, horror, and thriller genres.