dinsdag 18 maart 2008

Kathryn Smith - Be mine tonight

In 1307 six warriors are on a mission for King Philip. They are about to uncover the secrets of the Knights Templar and their treasures with them. But when they enter the secret room, they didn’t know it was full of traps. In the middle of the room they find a table with a Grail on it. Believing it is the Holy Grail, Severian de FoncĂ© tries to take it and becomes mortally injured. The only thing he could think of is to drink from what he believes is the Holy Grail in order to heal his injuries. The other warriors see that Severian´s wounds are healing and drink from the Grail too. It wasn’t the Holy Grail they found, but the Blood Grail and it transformed them into immortal vampires.

In 1899 Prudence Ryland is on a mission to find the Holy Grail for her own reasons. It is not the fame or the riches she is after. She wants the Grail for one purpose only, she wants to live. Prudence is dying of cancer and the only way of surviving is a sip from the Holy Grail. It is her last hope and she will do anything to find it. With the help of her good friend Marcus Grey Prudence found the location, all they had to do was to dig it up. The only thing they didn’t know is that it would bring so many lives in danger.

Severian who now goes with the name Chapel hears of Prudence efforts to find the Holy Grail and arrives in Cornwall to keep her from discovering it. Because if she finds the Blood Grail it means they will also find the warrior Temple, who protects the Blood Grail from the moment he and the warriors drank from it. Temple will do anything to stop the intruders and keep the Blood Grail save from the wrong hands. When Chapel finds out about Prudence’s illness he has the chance to offer her what she is been searching for, a full life…. Will she accept his immortal kiss and live forever with him?

The main-characters Chapel and Prudence are fabulous together. Chapel is struggling with his immortality; he cannot decide if it is a blessing or a curse. Long ago he lost the love of his live because of his immortality and doesn’t ever want to love again. Together with Father Molyneux he is planning to keep Prudence from discovering the Holy Grail or worse the Blood Grail.
Prudence is a strong and determined young woman. She is fighting the cancer in her body and hopes to find the Holy Grail in time, so that she can live a happy long life with her father and sisters. Not knowing that the stranger Chapel will turn her world upside down and maybe even saves her life.

Father Molyneux and Marcus Grey are both playing a huge role in this novel and I know we will read a whole lot more about those two in the following books. They are helping vampire warriors to keep the Blood Grail from falling in to the wrong hands. Because there is an Order who will do anything to get their hands on the Blood Grail even if this means capturing all the vampire warriors.

Be mine tonight by Kathryn Smith is the first novel in the Brotherhood of Blood series and I loved it. She definitely knows how to write a top-notch vampire novel full of great characters, danger and unconditional love. She grabs my attention from the first page and holds it al the way through the book. I couldn’t put the book down and was very surprised that I finished it a few hours later.

What really got to me was the determination of Prudence to fight against a deadly disease and for wanting to live a full life with love and companionship. Even Chapel’s struggle with his immortality and decision made my heart skip a beat… Should he help Prudence and make her immortal or let her die?
The next novel would be Night of the huntress and I know for sure it will entertain me like this novel.


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