Reviewed by Ulysses Dietz
Member of The Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Gideon Llewellyn loves his quiet, isolated life. Settled into a cozy house in the woods outside a small coastal town in Maine, he can paint to his heart’s content and even has time to teach a neighbor’s little boy to draw. His being a half-elf is known to his community, and because of his gentle nature, inspires nothing more than mild curiosity.
Imagine his consternation when, one day, he arrives home to find a notorious vampire gangster sitting in his house, asking about the whereabouts of Gideon’s brother Braden.
Thus begins a reluctant adventure, taking Gideon across the country by magical means, where he meets along the way powerful witches and a dhampir named Edan, a half-vampire whose job it is to eliminate evil vampires.
There is a sort of innocent flatness to Kendrick’s writing, little effort at world-building in a scenario where paranormal creatures—including himself—have only relatively recently made their presence known. The plot is part road trip, part caper story, with a romance interwoven.
The story is charming, but I found a surprising lack of emotion—feelings talked about, but not somehow expressed in the writing. And, for all that these are magical creatures who talk about and use their powers, there is almost no sense of wonder in it. I know the author writes these books from his heart, but somehow that heart doesn’t make it onto the page.