Review by Madison Davis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
The End Of Hatred is Rebecca Hefner’s book 1 of the Etherya’s Earth series. Etherya’s Earth is an ‘Earth’-like planet—environment and inhabitants were created by the goddess Etherya. The goddess created Slayera, the perfect, good-to-the-score species, but the Universe demanded a counterpart to the flawless species Etherya had created, to keep the balance intact.
The goddess created the Vampyres as the Slayera’s counterpart and connected them by a bond of dependence; the Vampyres would live off the Slayera’s blood while the Slayera would be protected by the Vampyres.
Also, the Universe ordered humans to live on the planet, while also Deamons evolved.
For long years the species lived in peace, co-existed and helpful – until the night of the Awakening which caused a never-ending 1000 year-old war between the Slayera and the Vampires. The peaceful co-existence ended…
Miranda, Princess of the Slayers, was a well-educated warrior, supported by her cousin Kenden, the general of the Slayer’s army. As the rightful ruler of the Slayers, the only grandchild of King Walktor, she was too young to take over the throne and her father stepped into reign until she was ready to take over.
One day Miranda and Kenden were called to a body that was carried by the water of the rivers and landed on their shore. They found an unconscious Vampyre girl who happened to be Arderin, the Vampyre Princess and the Vampyre King’s sister.
Tired of the endless war between the Slayers and the Vampyres Miranda decides to use Arderin to act contrary to her father’s orders and take a step toward the Vampire King Sathan, who had taken over the throne after his parents were killed by Miranda’s grandfather Valktor. Threatening with the death of his sister Miranda forces Sathan and his brother to support and protect her during a mission that was necessary to end the war between Vampyres and Slayers and allow a peaceful co-existence.
From there on things start to go horribly wrong…
I purposely ended the description here, scared I could tell too much and give away the main parts of this book. I carefully avoided to mention only the main protagonists but kept other important characters in the darkness. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s curiosity and fun in reading this book.
To know Miranda, her friends and allies, her opponents and to see Miranda develop and grow into her strength is a unique pleasure I wouldn’t want to miss. The determination she follows through with her plans, her little imperfections and her stubbornness make her an exquisite character who’s easy to love and admire.
As for the Vampire Royal family: to see them and their entire species as the 1000-years old enemies of the wonderful Miranda and her people, monthly raiding the slayers and imprisoning them for their blood, is inevitable. In the beginning, it’s easy to detest them for their bloodsucking needs and cruelness. And still: to find out King Sathan and his brothers deeply love their sister and are worried about her being held hostage, had softened me up.
The entire book holds not only suspense and surprise but also deep friendship, betrayal, and romance.
I did mark it ‘mature’ since there are scenes of intimacy which are quite descriptive, enjoyable to adults only.
I think The End of Hatred is an all-around, well written first part to the series. I am curious about how the series continues.