Plot Type: SMR
Angela Knight knows just how to tell a story in this series that is a mash up of characters from mythology, history, and legends. For example, all of the famous Arthurian characters live on in the twenty-first century in this series. Sir Gawain rides a Harley; King Arthur wears a Grateful Dead T-shirt; and Llyr, the fairy king, has to use a credit card instead of a bag of gold to pay for his motel room. Demons, dragons, fairies. and shape-shifters are also part of the mix. In book 1, a horde of vicious, energy-sucking vampires are unleashed on the world, and the ensuing books involve tracking them down. Later in the series, Warlock (a black-hearted, magical shape shifter) tries to start a war between Magekind and Direkind. Each book tells one couple’s SMR story.
The Mageverse is an alternate dimension where magic is one of the universal forces. Characters can move freely between the Mageverse and mortal earth through gates, or portals. The Mageverse is inhabited by two very different groups: the Magekind (vampires) and the Direkind (werewolves).
The Direkind (long-lived but not immortal):
Read-alikes: If you enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DARK-HUNTER series, you’ll love MAGEVERSE. Both have well-developed, intricate worlds that are rooted in traditional mythology, but with a twist or two that adds spice, humor, and drama.
These stories are always filled with sex and battle action, and this book in no exception. Belle and Tristan make a lovely, angst-filled couple, and Warlock is a suitably evil enemy. I do wish that Warlock had at least one redeemable quality, but alas, that is not to be. If you love MAGEVERSE, you'll enjoy this episode. If you havent' started reading the series yet, don't start here. Instead, go back to the beginning so that you get all of the history and the mythology.