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Review: Shadow of the Vampire by Meagan Hatfield

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Shadow of the VampireShadow of the Vampire
Meagan Hatfield
Released: July 2010
Purchase at: Book Depository,
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Rating (out of 5): 2 stars

In Meagan Hatfield’s  paranormal romance Shadow of the Vampire, Alexia is on the cusp of taking over the vampire horde from her mother. She’s powerful, but her mother’s adviser and fiance is far from excited about Alexia taking over. He leads the search for a crystal that will give the vampires total power.

The vampire’s enemies are the dragons who live high in the mountains. When dragon lord Declan is captured, Alexia is ordered to torture him for information on the crystal. Instead she falls in love. Something about him draws her to him over and over. He can’t resist her either, even though he came to vampires to take revenge for his parents’ deaths.

Hatfield writes vivid love scenes that keep readers rapt. Her attention to detail for all senses is notable and helps immerse the reader in the world she’s created.

The strong cultures of both the vampires and dragons help paint an intriguing world for the characters of Shadow of the Vampire. One that, despite the book’s flaws, I would be interested in seeing more of, with or without the same characters.

There were two things that held me back from truly enjoying Shadow of the Vampire. The first relates to characterization. We’re given good background on the characters in the novel. This, of course, is a big plus. The problem comes in when some of their reactions don’t ring true given said background. My real problem is that Alexia has been a victim of rape, yet early on reacts positively to the idea of being helpless during sex. Declan is sensitive to the idea and he’s mindful of not being overbearing in that way, which fits with his character (and what readers want from him), but Alexia’s reactions just don’t fit. Later, sure, but from the get-go? No, I felt like Hatfield was just placating readers’ enjoyment, mine included, of that type of interaction. The scene I’m referring to would have been great if I didn’t already have this knowledge about our heroine’s past.

Secondly, the book drags on a bit. Certain chapters, particularly toward the end of the novel, have prompt pacing but you had to work to get to them.

Shadow of the Vampire shows promise, strong characterization and Hatfield has the command of prose that can really grab readers, if you can get past the pacing issues.

6 Responses to “Review: Shadow of the Vampire by Meagan Hatfield”

  1. hayley says:

    i think the book is amazing i love the story that has a lot of twist init ! i can not wait for the next book its going to be amazing i just hope that they still keep alexia and declan in it not just on the side but keep then in the flow through out the book 🙂 x

  2. sam says:

    ummmmm wow this book was amazing it was romantic, sexyal, and had different twists in each chapter. the only thing i didn’t like about this book was that it ended to soon i need more i am so roped up in the book, where are declan’s parents are they still alive. please i need answers……….
    i recomend this book to anyone and everyone provided you are over… say 16 as it goes into detail A LOT about sex.
    LOVE IT….. XOX

  3. Natalie says:

    heyy i was just wondering if there was a second book to Vampire of the Shadow,because they kinda leave it open for another one.

  4. armaan says:

    hi this is armaan it is so good story my writing a book on vampire and i need more information about vampires does vampire exists? plz reply me my number is 918099955592 e mail id armaan_khan666@rocketmail.com bye ….

  5. bethefrizz says:

    I felt the book lingered too much on teh sexual encounters and not enough on the storyline. And the ending was far too abrupt while the whole way along we were just dawdling, the end finished in a haphazrd rushed fashion, obvoiusly trying to leave open for a sequel, but could have been done a lot better IMO.

  6. bethefrizz says:

    BTW, there are 2 more books in the series of Declan, have a look at her website, and more of the same characters we were introduced to here, including Yuri.

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