Series: Dark/Carpathians 3
Debut: April 26, 2000
Read: November 4-6, 2013
Challenges: Series Catch Up Challenge
Was he a man...or a miracle?
Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything - ever her life - to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their deliverance...
And out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatched them from a hideous fate. But was Aidan a miracle...or a monster? Alex's salvation...or her sin? If she surrendered to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction - gave him the color, the light, the family he craved - would Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 88
This story started emotional and dangerous: captured by a vampire! With such a start, you had to fall head over heels for heroine Alexandria and her little brother Joshua. No two ways about it, knowing what they have been through together and how they managed to hold onto each other regardless, with so much strength and faith and love.
Enter Aidan Savage, knight
in shining armor with bared teeth. It was such a sweet detail that Alexandria had imagined him (at least physically) perfectly, and encouraged Joshua to hope for a savior to come. That being said, Aidan really screwed up the gallantry part. Not the only time with Alexandria, either. He may have managed to turn Josh around, but his sister isn't that easy. She enables him to finally show some real feelings of gratitude to his human family, Marie and Stefan, and he thanks her by making all the wrong calls regarding her and their relationship. And I know that this pattern is basically the same for all Carpathian pairings, but with the different characters it's just not getting boring. Especially since the younger ones can learn something from the older ones who've already found their life mates about handling their own formerly human life mates.
Most fascinating about Aidan and Alexandria as a pair was how long Alex tried to deny the changes and hold on to her old self. Sure, the basic of the series is that the strong-willed, independent women bring some fresh air and brake blocks for their despots of mates, but with those two it was undynamic and thus interesting. Alexandria withstood Aidan for quite some time, mentally as well as physically, thinking she'd lose everything if she gave in: her life, her independence, her humanity, her soul, her beloved little brother, her mind. Aidan took having found and bound her for granted, like a spoiled child, which isn't that bad a comparison if you take all this power into account -- he's not used to being denied or refused. Reading how Alex tried to withstand all the pressure before she actually cracked, and not being able to kick some "oh almighty" Carpathian butt for doing those things to her... I'm afraid that the Carpathian species has a lot to learn in that regard, but at least they have all eternity to figure it out!
The vampire hunt/attack was a nice frame plot for this pairing, especially in connection with the humans involved (Marie, Stefan, Joshua). Maybe the plot was rather forseeable, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad. In my opinion, it was very good that the plot stayed so close to the characters without having some overall evil masterplan involved in the background. A masterplan would be way more effective later on in the series, with way more characters to get involved and caught up in it.
Last but not least, the case of Thomas Ivan and his vampire video games. I thought it was a very necessary counter to all the tension coming from Alexandria's fragile state of mind. Furthermore, being a gamer myself, I very much liked Alex' job as a graphics designer. 😉
Area Scan: Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 4.5/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Villains: 3/5 -- Sidekicks: 3.5/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Smut: 3/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Humor: 3/5