Title: Zane (Sin City Sanguines #1)
Author: Amanda Sebring
“I’m a good vampire, Quinn. Not a good man. I can’t have it both ways, and neither can you.”
Forget everything you know about vampires.
They’re as mortal as you are. They’re born, they live, and they die as vampires. They eat, sleep, laugh, and bleed like you do. And when immortality isn’t an option, they have much, much more to lose.
Vampire coven master Zane Carus has been kidnapped. His old friend and former love, police captain Quinn Masterson, must find him and rescue him before his captors can carry out their demonic intentions. But pitting herself against every vampire, vampire hunter, and hybrid in Vegas is a deadly venture. When even her allies turn against her, she must take matters into her own hands to see her vampire safe again, even if it costs more than her life to save him.
In a world of vampires, witches, and hybrids, we meet Zane. A vampire with a rough and tumble personality and a background that could bring anyone to tears. His Black Star and closest confidant, Quinn, is loyal only to him and swears the bond they share is more than just a Blood Bond. When he’s kidnapped by a hybrid named, Miranda, Quinn will invoke the forces of every being she can to see to it that he’s returned safely.
Just so many good things to say about this book, I’m not sure where to begin.
First, I want to say that I’ve never read a book with such interesting lore inside of it. The way that Miss Sebring blends the worlds and lives of vampires and witches was fascinating. Not to mention the classic vampire mythology that was explored and examined in a new light. No hate against YA vampire books or anything, but it is so refreshing to see an adult vampire book. Quinn, as a detective in the human world, had so much more to lose than any of the characters.
And speaking of the characters, even though there were a lot of them, they were each fantastic in their own way. Zane was fun to read. His sarcastic comments and martyr complex made him interesting.
Miranda, a hybrid, was a solid enemy. With her hive of vampires at her disposal, she was fearsome. She had some dangerous ideals in mind for Zane, though I have to say I did not expect what happened when she moved to put those plans into action.
What else is interesting? That twist at the end of the story. I never saw that coming, but it’s always a good thing to see characters evolve throughout a story. Seeing a hero take a turn for the darkness is a fascinating way to go.
So much action, suspense, and even a tinge of romance in this book. It has everything that a vampire lover would adore. In my opinion, this series should be popularized over stories like Twilight.
One last note: I love the way that the author also built up tension in the background of the main story for events that I am sure move over to book two in the series. And oh, how glad I am that there are two more of books set in this awesome world for me to devour.