I will say straight away that vampire-themed fiction is not
my usual cup of tea. I usually stick to thrillers and
mysteries. Having said that, there is something deeply
compelling and fun about Zara's Curse.
The book starts out with Zara Lane attending a nightclub
with her friend Abby. The club is an old church that has
been converted into a Goth bar. At first I was mildly
disinterested with the character of Zara, but she quickly
won my affections very early on with her snappy lines
and sense of humor.
Where the author really shines though, is in the rich
back-story he has given each character. These aren't
two-dimensional people who you could care less about.
Each of them have very unique personalities which stand
Without giving too much away, because the book is so
ripe with twists and turns, the book is more or less a
vampire-romance. But unlike books like Twilight or its
many clones, Zara's Curse doesn't keep the reader
bogged down with incessant moping and brooding. Sure
there is some of that, but not much.
Zara herself is a bold female character, who swoons a bit
for her vampire crush, but at the same time exhibits inner
strength and logic. Qualities that are almost devoid in
most females who exist within the genre.
The character Twig--Zara's quirky hipster friend--offers
more than just comic relief, although he has some of the
best lines in the book. He is also a breath of fresh air,
and more of a realistic portrayal of a guy than the
oiled-chested beef-cakes who usually dominate these
types of books.
The lead vampire character, Micah, who plays the target
of Zara's affections, is mysterious and often amusing in
his glib outlook on the world. His eccentric family are fun
to hate. The sinister Damon Caspari is cunning and
deeply disturbed. Micah's sister Vivian is also alluring in
her oddness. She is elegant and subtly dangerous.
Then there is Drake. Micah's close friend who might just
be the most twisted of the lot. On the surface he appears
to be a jock with not much going on upstairs. But as
Zara's Curse progresses, we start to come to grips with
just how violent and evil Drake really is.
This is book one of a series entitled, Empire of Fangs,
which is also written by Andrew Domonkos and slated to
be released sometime in October. He is an exciting
author whose sharp, dynamic style could give Twilight a
run for its money.
Book 1 of the Empire of
Reviewed By Bob Sakamono