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Review: King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

26 Jan

King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab
Sourcebooks (Feb. 2012)
Mass Market: $6.99 (2/7/2012); ebook: $6.99 (2/1/2012)
ISBN: 9781402263156

Favorite Line: “Though he had gotten an instant soft-on from the muscleman by the bar wearing  nothing but a leather thong and a dog collar, his dick woke up and took notice when his stare fixed on a pair of long, peaches-and-cream legs that disappeared under a plaid skirt that stopped just shy of broadcasting her preferred brand of underwear.” (p. 13, egalley)


Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.


Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong…

Elisabeth Staab‘s new paranormal romance series is called the Chronicles of Yavn. It introduces a new world filled with powerful, and not so powerful, vampires. Book one, King of Darkness, does just what the title hints. It tells the story of the king of darkness, the king of the vampires, Thad Morgan. Well, it tells the story of him finding the mate the oracles proclaimed existed and boy is it steamy.

Yep, it’s filled with hot sex and violence. What do you expect from vampires? It also has a great human secondary character whose story I can’t wait to read. King of Darkness has bad guys capable of kicking the good guys butts and even more sexy vampire men. The vampires have abilities related to the amount of power each wields and the vampire king has little power until he gets with his queen. His queen isn’t used to being around other vampires and brings a breath of fresh air to the staid world of old school vampires. Unfortunately, she’s also TSTL at times. When you read the book you’ll see what I mean.

While there is no question that the story was entertaining, it was also forgettable. I won’t be re-reading it, but I am looking forward to more from this author. I’m hoping to care about the hero/heroine of each book to come in this series as it would definitely improve my opinion of the series. The books sound as if they will be individual love stories with an overreaching arc which will involve a battle pitting wizards against vampires.