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Blood on Silk by Marie Treanor

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Cover art: Blood on Silk Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Blood on Silk - 1st in the Awakened by Blood series
Author: Marie Treanor
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-23156-7
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Romania and Scotland
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Marie's Website/Blog: www.marietreanor.com


Elizabeth Silk is a Scottish academic who is researching vampire legends for her PhD. She decides to travel to Romania to research a particular local legend. The vampire in question is Saloman. He is reported to be the most powerful vampire, even more powerful than Vlad himself. What Elizabeth is attempting to do is find historical evidence to support her theory that Saloman was indeed human and not a vampire at all. All the evidence she comes across, though, suggests that the legends could be true. Certain facts and dates do not add up and so Elizabeth decides to go his grave site.

The place where the locals have sent her has been leveled by workers who are building new homes. Elizabeth asks one of the workers and he informs her that it was indeed a burial site but is no more. Elizabeth thanks him and decides to look around for herself. She accidentally trips over a stone near some ruins that have not been leveled yet and finds herself looking into a vast crypt. After moving some loose stones near the hole, she is able to ease herself down into the crypt. Elizabeth is astonished by what she finds. She finds what looks to be the infamous Salomanís final resting place complete with a coffin. As Elizabeth leans over the coffin, blood from a small cut on her hand drops on the lips of the stone relief on top. Unaware of what she has done, Elizabeth is about to find out that the legends of Saloman are true.

A group of vampire hunters, upon hearing of Salomanís return to the world, have come together in order to send the vampire back to the grave. Elizabeth is taken in by the hunters as a new recruit to help them beat Saloman. Elizabeth is torn though and must decide if killing Saloman is the right path to take. She is torn because, despite her misgivings about vampires, she is very attracted to Saloman. It is not just a physical attraction, but something on a much deeper level.

I have been very lucky to find great authors who write vampire stories. All of them have certain similarities to their vampires but have enough differences as to set them apart. These differences help keep the stories new and fresh. Marie Treanor gives you a vampire that is older than the legends of Vlad Dracula and yet still similar. Staking him will only paralyze him instead of killing him. He must still drink blood in order to survive. Salomanís story is one of revenge for those that staked him and for their descendants, but upon seeing Elizabeth he is torn. He is torn between the need to exact revenge and the passion Elizabeth has reawakened in him.

Praises for Marie Treanor; this book has found a permanent place alongside the likes of Anne Rice and Laurell K Hamilton.

Jillean

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