Published by MIRA on April 19, 2011
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Poe, part human, part vampire, believe that they "are" that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive--and mortal--scholar Lucy Lanfair.As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James to abandon his moral code and draw Lucy into a deadly battle she wants no part of.
\r\nBut Lucy soon realizes that she holds this powerful immortal's soul in her hands and that it's her destiny not only to stop a war but to save him from his inner darkness. If she fails, his race will die--and so will her heart. Is the power of love strong enough to save the world?
If you know me, then you know I enjoy vampire fiction. But like any other reader, it still needs to be good. I’m fairly open-minded; Stephenie Meyer wants her vampires to glitter in the sun, J.R. Ward’s vampires only drink from each other and not humans. I can get behind both of those, because both authors are using the power of imagination.
Maggie Shayne’s Twilight Prophecy is WONDERFUL. She carefully and artfully blends history with her imagination to tell the compelling, riveting story of a race on the brink of an apocalypse, and likely, extinction. These vampires do not glitter in the sun, they do not stalk teenager girls whilst asleep. Oh no, these vampires are real. And they live undetected among you and I, eking out an existence by pretending to be the very people they are not.
What I truly loved is that Shayne takes characters, and certainly, villains, from our history and tells us, “They are not what you think.” Vlad, the Impaler, for example: he wasn’t just your ordinary Romanian dictator from the Middle Ages. Legendary Gilgamesh? Not your everyday Sumerian ruler. You might think it’s pretty outlandish to include characters that have a far-reaching history in our world, but Maggie Shayne crafts a story of a race against time & history that is so well done, you just might stop to think that anything’s possible.
I really enjoyed this story and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!