First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1)
by Jeaniene Frost
Review by Victoria Durm
Avon Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061583223
Date: 01 February 2010 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
A gutsy woman with demon brands, a sarcastic vampire that is her only hope, and an adventure that rivals the average vampire chase novel. That's what you'll get upon opening the pages of First Drop of Crimson by Jeanine Frost.
Frost's Night Huntress world explodes in this new novel. Action packed, and sensual from the very first page, the author keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. It holds the right amount of suspense, and supernatural wonder to hold you steadfast in your seat.
The two main characters, Denise and Spade, grab you from Chapter One, and refuse to let go. Denise is not your average damsel in distress. She has family and a normal life at stake, and she takes no chances with it. On the flip side, a vampire who has sworn off humans, Spade finds himself in the unwilling position of protector. In the midst of it all, what is supposed to be a pretended relationship turns into something real and steamy.
Side characters such as Ian, Crispin, and Cat add to the ensemble well enough. Some may even prefer Web, a deceitful, despicable secondary villain.
The conflicts that are addressed are handled with a realism that one might not expect. There is a drug trafficking angle that makes Denise's situation even more harrowing, by the way. Everything ties together in a neat package by the end.
The world Frost creates within the pages of this book brings back memories of secret gangs and mafia. The world of humans and vampires collide, yet seamlessly co-exist. This is just how a great vampire novel should be. There are several backdrops to visit in this novel, and while some may find it to be too much, in general, they are each visited with such care, one hardly notices. The descriptions of the various locations are accurate.
Her vampires have a definite hierarchy. One can assume more about this world is told in previous books of the Night Huntress series. This book is a great stand alone, but the reader will no doubt demand to know more. It is a great advertisement for those new to Frost's Night Huntress world.