The Vampire’s Daughter is written from the third person point of view and mainly follows the life of the main protagonist Charlotte. Charlotte is a human girl that was rescued from an alley by Valek, a vampire, when she was an abandoned baby, now grown up Charlotte lures unsuspecting humans home to feed Valek, as by law he is unable to leave their small Occult town to hunt for himself.
This is a tricky book to review, as Charlotte the main protagonist loves her Guardian, father figure in a way that feels inappropriate. The only way to decide if I like the relationship between Charlotte and Valek is to think, I love my Father-in-law but could I find him sexually attractive and the answer is, no, some lines are just not supposed to be crossed.
She hated the fact Valek could hear her thoughts. In most ways he was like a father, but in other more annoying ways, he was much like an older brother.
Yes I am aware that there is no blood relation, so no actual incest takes place so with that in mind I gave The Vampire’s Daughter a chance despite my initial aversion.
Elves govern the magical creatures that exist and it is against their law for humans to know of their existence, with Charlotte living inside the Bohemian Occult city and knowing of their existence she and Valek are breaking the law openly and with the elves, creatures of light hating vampires, creatures of the dark it is all the incentive they need to arrest Valek.
Charlotte has many friends within the city mainly an elf, Aiden who has a soft spot for Charlotte, a living scarecrow, Edwin who has an ability to warn Charlotte when something bad is going to happen, a phaser Mr T noẑka, phaser’s are creatures who look human but are able to shape shift and Evangeline a beautiful witch, who helps Charlotte with spells but has taken a fancy to Valek, so the friendship is not always reciprocated.
When Aiden decides that he wants more than friendship from Charlotte he reports Valek to the elfin council and this is where all the action starts. The Elves storm Valek’s castle at dawn and take prisoners. We see another side to the elves as not all their motives are good or kind, they seek power over all the magical creatures and they fear vampires as the vampires are the only other creature strong enough to destroy the elves. Now the elves have struck, the vampires will need to retaliate before all their numbers are decimated and wiped out but first Valek needs to escape the elfin prison and save Charlotte.
Escaping from the castle with help from an unexpected source, Valek flees to an old vampire acquaintance Francis, where other vampires have gathered together in his safe house. Francis will not grant them admittance unless all the vampires are allowed access to Charlotte and with dawn approaching Valek has very little choice but to agree.
With a large group of vampires under one roof things get a little tense but with a common objective to save the vampire race from extermination a plan forms to hit back. A good read with action, twists and a very different type of romance.
There were a few issues I had with The Vampire’s Daughter, mainly the whole father and daughter inappropriate relationship made me cringe and for part of the book I felt that Valek was a weak character but apart from that I enjoyed it. It was definitely an accomplishment from Shayne Leighton to get any stars from me as after reading a few reviews I didn’t want to enjoy it, and for me to see past the fundamental flaw and enjoy it tells me that Leighton has a good talent for writing.
The Vampire’s Daughter has a different spin on light verses dark with vampire’s as the blood sucking demons they are suppose to be, tied up in a well written plot, if you can see the relationship as a vampire and a soul mate rather than a vampire and a daughter then give this one a try.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- The Vampire’s Daughter
- The Vampire’s Reflection
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