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The Van Helsing Legacy
M. R. Graham
Paranormal, Folktale, Historical, Vampire, Thriller
Qui Est In Literis
December 15, 2018
433

Meg van Helsing grew up with a book in one hand and a wooden stake in the other, a crucifix always around her neck. But the world has changed, and the monsters she hunts with her friends are less frightening than gas burns and shell shock. The ghost of the War looms darker than Dracula’s shadow.

Until the night one of her friends disappears.

Now, they are under constant attack, beset by the blood-hungry corpses of un-dead soldiers at exactly the moment another monster appears: an incubus, lethally attractive. The young man offers help, and Meg wants to believe him. If only she could convince her friends she is immune to his spell.

Someone wants them dead at any cost. The answer lies in old books, dark sorcery, and a secret kept for twenty-five years, written in blood. If Meg wants her friends to live, she’ll have to open her eyes.

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Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Anyone who loves paranormal knows the name Van Helsing and Vlad Dracula. There have been movies, television shows, and books, and now we have a new take on the descendants of Van Helsing, Harkers, and Dracula.

The book begins in 1914 then goes to 1919 and eventually we discover why. In 1914, a monster is captured, tortured, and then saved by Sir Hannibal Ralston of the Monmouth Royal Academy. Hannibal worked very hard at turning a monster into a human, and from 1914 until he appears in 1919, we learn how far Gheorghe Apostol has come. He is an incubus, and when he is around anyone—with or without his intention—they are drawn to him. Then he meets Meg Van Helsing, the only person unaffected by his nature, and he is desperate to find out why and whether she can help rid him of his curse.

Gheorghe was cursed by his family from birth. But it was only thanks to Hannibal Ralston that he found his humanity. Anyone who would see the two of them together would automatically believe they are father and son. Creepy-crawlies often show up. They are revenants and they seem to be after Meg, and her friends and family. The revenants have broken into their homes, attacked them and their children. Gheorghe proves time and again that he was not the monster everyone assumes him to be as he keeps putting himself in danger to fight them.

Although Meg is not drawn to Gheorghe, she is beginning to have feelings for him, feelings that she has never had for another man. Gheorghe has used dark magic, has associated with demons, and has even killed, yet despite what her friends and family say, she believes in him.

My only criticism about this book is that I felt it was too long, but I still look forward to the next book to find out what happens with Meg and Gheorghe. This is not a book that you can rush through, it is a dark, and very deep and requires undivided attention.