Saturday, January 14, 2012

Review: Dance of Death (Jonathan Barrett #4)

Threatened by soldiers on the outside and turmoil on the inside, Jonathan Barrett valiantly fights to protect his family and the peace of the Barrett estate in this thrilling sequel to Red Death. Nearly consumed by his dark desires, Jonathan struggles to control his supernatural powers and his overwhelming thirst for blood while in the company of his immediate family and a scheming young cousin.

Dance of Death, by P.N. Elrod, is the fourth novel in the Jonathan Barrett, Gentleman Vampire series. After escaping the Revolutionary War in the New England colonies, Richard and his sister now live in London with their cousin, Oliver. Although he has come to terms with his new condition and supernatural abilities, there is still much he has not learned. Furthermore, his enemies from the previous novel, Death Masque, rise again to cause Jonathan more trouble and angst.

Seemingly invincible since his transformation into a vampire, Jonathan Barrett must admit his own weakness when he unexpectedly meets a four-year-old boy who strangely resembles him. The young boy is actually his mortal bastard son, Richard. Jonathan intends to do right by the lad. When Richard is kidnapped and held for ransom, the only one who can help Jonathan is his long-lost immortal love and creator, Nora Jones.

This is the last novel in the Jonathan Barrett Gentleman Vampires series. It brings me great joy and sadness to finish this series. When I first read the first novel, I could barely understand the language difference. Now, I appreciate Elrod's painstaking efforts in re-creating the word usage and idioms of the English colonists in the late 1700s.

Stay tune for my next review, Omnibus ~Lunch Time Reading~
, a collection of (primarily Vampire Files series) short stories, spanning 15 years of publication.

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