Title: Deadly is the Female (Proud to be a Vampire)
Author Name & Publisher: Laura Huntley (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 23, 2013 – 62pgs
Tenebrae lives for the hunt, but is often distracted by a pretty face, much to the chagrin of her friend Mortifera. To the outside world they are head of an elite boarding school for young women, but by night they are a family of vampires who stalk their prey with brutal glee.
When one of their own is captured and burned by a mob of local men, Tenebrae vows revenge at any cost—even putting them all in greater danger.
What a brilliant book so well written, entertaining and so captivating in its conception.
I started out hating the lead character, her personality, her conduct, her whole persona was one I could not identify with. As the tale quickly evolved so did my preconceptions about Tenerbrae. I began to understand why she was the way she was, why she felt the way she did and at this point I began to feel sympathy and understanding for this complex woman.
The plot is a well constructed, exciting and totally intriguing. I felt the reference to becoming a vampire and the similarities to being a lesbian and living in a lesbian community and the relevance towards living in a vampire community were a brilliant allegory.
The supporting characters in the novel were colourful, provocative and totally in keeping with this exhilarating novel.
The climax was as hair raising and impressive as it was justified.
This novel has certainly made me want to read more of this genre particularly by this author. I thought the short introduction of this “quirky” author at the end of the novel was a great touch.
Even if you have not ventured into the genre of vampire novels before I would thoroughly recommend this fascinating a credible novel.
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Laura is a writer from Yorkshire, England. Her first novel, Black Eyed Boy, will be published in 2015. Her short stories, flash fiction and poetry are included in several anthologies.