Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown

Publication Date: 4/2012
Series: Ema Marx #1
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

“You’re a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she’s able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn’t understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It’s their fault she turned into one of them…right?

Jalmari’s hatred for his old-man intensifies when he’s ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run, there’s no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst. Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan’s only savior.

The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she’ll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way… 

This book is marvelous!! After having the background plot laid out beautifully in Athena’s Oracle, Dark Heirloom hits the ground running the major plot for the series. Ema is a prophetic bringer of doom and gloom to vampire prince Jalmari. Yet, his brother and fellow prince Jesu’s future may depend on her.  This book as so many plot twists and turns that I couldn’t read it fast enough. Brown continues her unique twist on the vampire world with the addition of gypsies to the story. These two characters types are generally never in the same book for yet they blend perfectly in this series’ story telling ability.  The ideas about the different vampire clans are also very unique and adds more intrigue to the story.

This series takes on more dark undertones than the fluffy romance filled vampire novels that seem to be the trend as of late. Vampires aren’t meant to be love sick puppies, but ferocious danger predators or at least in my opinion they should be. Brown has built great foundation of characters and plots that will lead this series in successful for fans of darker paranormal books. The Ema Marx series in my opinion is going to be the start of something new and original in the paranormal world and I can’t wait to see what the next book brings. 

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