Title: Shadow Lord
Author: Tony-Paul de Vissage
Series: Second Spieces Series #1
Release date: March, 2015
Publisher: Class Act Books
Men call them vampires. They call themselves aventurieri. For generations, they hide in the mists of the Carpathians away from their human foes.
In 1793, everything changes… Their prince’s assassin is murdered. His son demands revenge.
Marek Strigoi’s quest for justice will take him from his Transylvanian homeland to the Hellfire clubs of Vienna and the boudoir of a Parisian Marquise, but not even love can stop his vengeance.
Mircea Ravagiu must die. Janos Strigoi’s spilled blood demands it, and Marek must obey.
When both the hunter and the hunted are vampires, not even Hell will stand in the way!
Shadow Lord by Tony-Paul de Vissage is the first book in the Second Species Series. I have to say that at first I had some concerns if I would like the book. The book descriptions were promising but the book starts with very young characters and some violence that you wouldn’t see those young children being a part of, but the book took me by surprise further along.
When Jonas Strigori and his wife were killed and their four young children were taken captive, the oldest son Marek knew he had to take over as leader and save his brothers and baby sister. The children were taken and hold in a cell without any water or food. For little vampire child Karoly it was something he couldn’t handle and he died in that cell before Marek was able to rescue the others.
There is only one thing on Marek’s mind after the rescue and that is revenge. He will hunt down Mircea Ravagiu and kill him for his parents and little brother’s death. He has also a little mystery to solve around his baby sisters.
This book surprised me, the beginning was a little concern with the violence and young characters, but that turned out pretty good a few chapters later. From that moment I was sucked into the story and knew I had to finish it. Marek was a strong young man, who left everything behind to take over his father’s clan and grew into an even stronger leader. The family bond was strong between the brothers, even when everyone and everything was against them.
Tony-Paul de Vissage is a great writer and he doesn’t write your typical vampire story. This book is filled with violence, romance and many secrets, so if you love that in a vampire story then this is the book for you.