Avast! Adult Book on the Horizon!
Title: Twilight Prophecy
Author: Maggie Shayne
Publisher: MIRA Books
Summary: The fight for vampire survival has begun. Dr. Lucy Lanfair has just finished a translation on an ancient Sumerian tablet that foretells the fate of the vampiric race rests in the hands of the mongrel twins. Lucy is asked as a guest on a popular talk show to reveal her findings. In the guestroom, she meets the guest who is to go before her. The guest is a former government DPI who has just released a tell-all book about the existence of true vampires in the world. As Lucy watches in the greenroom, the guest she had written off as crazy gets assassinated on live television. She runs, and is rescued by the two "mongrel" vampire twins James and Brigit. James has the power to heal, while Brigit has the power to destroy. Lucy feels an instant attraction to James and joins him in the battle to save the vampire race from certain annihilation.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It did the job it was supposed to do, entertain! I was a little disappointed to learn that it was the 17th book in the series, which I was unaware of before picking it up. The book had lots of action, some adult romance, and a good story. The characters of James and Lucy were solid and their love story was sweet. I liked the way the vampires were portrayed. I will say Brigit's character was the most interesting because it made me think, does being given the power to destroy with a glance make one evil? I thought this was an interesting proposition and Brigit's struggle with her true nature was the most interesting thing to witness.
Some problems I did have in the book were just the attitude vampires exhibited toward humans. Most specifically, James leaves his vampire relatives to go do good in the human world but then when he gets called back in, he's very dismissive and superior to the human race as a whole. Lucy's attitude towards humans also becomes this way. I guess it just irked me because all vampires were human at one time, so how can these characters have such contempt for what they once were.
James also got a little big headed as the novel progressed. Just because he had the power to heal and restore life doesn't mean he always should. He got a little bit of a God complex, which made him a tad annoying.
In short, this was just a fun, entertaining novel to read!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Did someone say vampire apocalypse?