07 September 2008

Review: Shannon Drake - Beneath A Bloodred Moon

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0821762982
ISBN-13: 978-0821762981

Maggie Montgomery, the owner of Magdalena's, an elegant New Orleans boutique, was shocked to learn about the mysterious beheading of a local street person, and the trail of blood that led from the corpse to her building. Her shock turned to turmoil when she met Sean Canady, the police officer who arrived to question her... and inspires a dangerous desire.

Something powerful - and beyond reason - had brought Maggie and Sean together. Something that spoke of an interwoven past, and a passionate torment that began generations before under a blood red moon. For on the night, over a hundred years ago, disturbing events occurred within the Montgomery family, and now Maggie must begin a quest to find the one man whose love was pure enough to save her from the darkness within.

For all the fans of Anne Rice: read this novel of Shannon Drake! With her talent she takes us to a vibrating and sinful New Orleans with its rich and dynamic history. It all starts with Magdalena defying her father for true love and in doing so altered many lives including her own.

There are actually two stories told which starts with Magdalena in the 19th century and Maggie and Sean in the present story. I was swept back and forth between those two as they weaved a magical tale. Ms. Drake had me guessing what was going on for the bigger part of the novel and at the end left one thing in the dark that had me wandering.

What I absolutely loved was how I got drawn into New Orleans, the city speaks to the imagination with its smells, sounds and colorful inhabitants. The vampire world Shannon Drake creates has an almost classic feel to it with a love that was lost and found again and a history that slowly becomes revealed to the reader.Sean as a New Orleans cop knows he serves the law in a city that loves too sin but the murders he has to solve now are the most gruesome ever.

The mystery in this novel is written in a slow and enticing pace with surprising elements though I guess the bad guy wasn’t that very hard to uncover. The chemistry between Sean and Maggie sparkled and sizzled throughout the story, the plot was magnificently told and both made me turn page after page. For me all the elements came together in this novel making it a joy to read and once again brought me back to the roots of vampire stories.

This is a very promising opening in a series I think many will come to treasure!

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