LadyVampire's Halloween Giveaway Day 6
Contest Day Six
While there are plenty of werewolves and vampires in paranormal books, today I’d like to talk about the new species coming out from hiding and at last finding a place in books. Like gargoyles, demons, necromancers, etc. Its about time they had a moment or two in the spotlight and I am thrilled that authors have expanded out to those new species.
The first book I ever read dedicated solely to demons had to be Larissa Ione’s “Pleasure Unbound”. I’ll admit that I waited a while before I bought the book because I was thinking “Demons? Maybe not.” But I could not have been more off. Larissa’s demons have a dangerous streak, and some have gone bad but she portrayed the good guys in her book wonderfully. Demon or not, they came alive off the pages and really captivated you. What about you? Have you read this book? Another book with demons? I have Jaci Burton’s “Surviving Demon Island” in my To-Be-Read pile here, I think I might have to pull it out and finally read it.
And then there are necromancers. I think the first book I read with a necromancer in it was Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Anita was a kick butt heroine in her own right but to top that off with the deathly dangerous power of a necromancer, that was inspired. I honestly never though much about necromancery until that series. And I recently found another series that features necromancers, though not as prominently. Ilona Andrews has a Magic series where necromancers have taken control of the vampires since the vampires in this series are basically mindless killing machines that need to be controlled since there humanity has vanished with the turning. So necromancers sit back on a couch somewhere while in their mind they control these vampires to run out into the night and do their bidding. They actually can see, hear and feel what the vampire does and control the vampire like a remote control robot. It’s the first take like that in a series that I have read but very interesting. Great series!
Goblins, unicorns, the fae, gargoyles, ancient Gods, the minotaur, dragons, etc. They are all earning spots in paranormal books recently. I’ve seen Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Kresley Cole and Yasmine Galenorn feature tons of these different species and more in their books. Marjorie M Liu is another one who writes about these elusive and over-looked citizens of the paranormal. She has a killer Gargoyle story in her book “Dark Dreamer” which also features a story by Christine Feehan as well. And in the Hotter Then Hell anthology she captures the Minotaur perfectly. Yasmine Galenorn brings Dragons out into the open in her Sisters of the Moon series with a hot hunk called Smokey who turns into his real form of a huge white dragon whenever he feels like it. And C.L. Wilson really brought the Fae to my attention. Her new Tairen Soul series is a delight to read with characters that really capture your heart. Her new book King of Sword and Sky released last week making it three books out on the shelves for this series. I’ve been agonizing over that fact that there is only one more book to go in this series.
So what about you? What new and different paranormal citizens have you encountered in books? Share your favorite with us.
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