Saturday, October 11, 2008

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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Blogger Ruth Schaller said...

Well, I'd have to say that the only other creature that I have met recently when I was reading was a troll. It was book by Austrialian authors called Dreaming Again! The story was called Trolls Night Out by Jenny Blackford. I just did a review on the book on my blog:

10/11/2008 1:47 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Love all these different beings - fae, demons, gargoyles, etc., so many to choose from now, but I usually want them all, lol.

I like Liu, and also liked her gargoyle story, Dark Dreamer a lot. Smoky is one hot dragon in Galenorn's series. I haven't yet read Karen Moning's previous series but have read the first two in her new one, with an intriguing dark and mysterious antihero. Kresley Cole's Immortal series is a fun favorite, Valkryies, vamps and wolves, witches and whatever.

Love CL Wilson's Fae epic series, I just finished the third and sure wish I had the fourth now. I think, though, she will be doing more about the other secondary characters at some point - I sure hope so.

10/11/2008 2:20 PM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I enjoyed reading The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox!

10/11/2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger danie88 said...

I haven't gotten the chance to read any books with other creatures/new species in them yet... but I have been in the process of collecting Kim Harrison's books to read...(I like to collect all the books in the series before I read them)

anyone have any good recomendations?

10/11/2008 2:57 PM  
Blogger TerriRainer said...

I LOVE CL Wilson's series!

I write a few shorts that were published about the Gede, which are the Haitian Gods of death and the labido (great potential there).

Nina Bangs is another favorite, her latest book, Eternal Pleasure is about men who have the spirit of prehistoric's really good.

:) Terri

10/11/2008 6:34 PM  
Blogger Crystal Adkins said...

The werescorpions & werespiders :)

10/11/2008 6:35 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

I haven't read too many books with other demons or creatures, except those on the sidelines in the Blood Books by Tanya Huff, but I've always wondered if there were books out there with necromancers and demons as the main characters in the plot.

10/11/2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

I don't know if this would count but in the Cirque Du Freak saga by Darren Shan I've encountered Vampaneze. According to Darren Shan's books they are the cousins of vampires but they broke away from the clan because they felt it wasn't noble to leave a human alive after feeding. They have purple skin and red hair (weird, I know.)
-- Krista from Shelfari

10/11/2008 8:23 PM  
Anonymous justeyez said...

Great blog! My favorite series featuring dragons is Katie MacAlister's Aisling Grey series. I haven't had a chance to start her new series featuring the Silver Dragons, but those are on my TBR pile.

10/11/2008 8:25 PM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

Demons seem to be popular of late, there are demons in Jacquelyn Frank's series (along with druids being a race of people - I'm really interested in druids)

Love Iona's demons especially!

There is demons and necromancers in Lilith Saintcrow's Dante series. I seriously love japh or however his name is spelled.

I'm trying to think of any others and nothing is coming to me at the moment.

10/11/2008 8:43 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I like them all; Liu's Dark Dreamer was a good story. Galenorn's Smoky is hot, and the fox isn't too shabby either, lol.

I love CL Wilson's fae series, just finished the latest tonight and sure wish I had the next right now to keep on reading. BTW, she will be doing at least 3 more after, she has to do Bel and Gaelen's stories for sure.

I haven't read Moning's previous series yet, but her newest one (Darkfever, Bloodfever) is growing on me, with its mysterious antihero, Jericho.

10/11/2008 10:02 PM  
Blogger LadyVampire2u said...

Ruth, Sounds like a good book. I'm definitely looking that out up. Have I read about trolls before? Twice I think. There is a fight with some Trolls on one of Yasmine Galenorn's books. And they had a fun part with Trolls in a book called Bustin I once read by Minda Webber.

Pam, I like vampires and werewolves. Will never get tired reading about them in books. But every now and then its like a breath of fresh air to see those new and different species in books. Even if its just the main characters interacting with them in the book.

Tetewa, You and me both. I'm really looking forward to the second book in this series.

Danie88, Its frustrating to get books one and four of a series so I understand about waiting to read a series until you've collected all the books. And Kim Harrison's books are a favorite of mine and worth the wait in my opinion. As for other book/author suggestions, I'd say it would be worth checking out Kelley Armstong, Laurell K Hamilton, Marjorie M Liu, C.L.Wilson, Lara Adrian, Karen Chance, Yasmine Galenorn, Kresley Cole, etc. I could go on and on actually but I'll stop with those suggestions.

TerriRainer, I love C.L. Wilson too. One of my alltime favorite authors. And the new Nina Bang book sounds very interesting. I havent read it yet as you can tell. I've been busy home here recently but I plan to get a copy of Eternal Pleasure asap. Thanks for the inside info!

Crystal, Yep, those are odd species. I've never heard of werescorpions before but werespiders I have. Yasmine Galenorn had a clan of werespiders in one of her books. Her second Changeling if I remember correctly.

Serena, Authors writing about demons that I know of would be Larissa Ione, Kelley Armstrong, Jackie Kessler, Jaci Burton, Kim Harrison and Kresley Cole. For necromancers I'd suggest Laurell K Hamilton, Iona Andrews and Jim Butcher.

Krista, I havent read any of the Cirque Du Freak books but your right, that is interesting. I'll have to look back through my shelves and see if I have any of Shan's books.

Justeyez, Katie MacAlister!! I know her. She has some great vampire books and I've recently started into her dragon books.

Raonaid, I agree. There are a lot more demon books hitting shelves. Including Jacquelyn Frank's series as your mentioned. I recently won a set of her books so I will be reading those soon. As for Druids, I haven't read much about them in books but Natale Stenzel has a new book out called The Druid Made Me Do It. Have you read that one yet?

Pam, I'm halfway into King as I write this post. It is a great book as all of C L Wilson's books are. And I also heard about her starting a new trilogy or four parter with the other Fae. I hope thats true. I dont want Queen to be the last book!!

10/12/2008 4:23 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I liked Jaqueline Frank's books - with Jacob, Gideon, Elijah and Noah. They're about demons. Damian was about a vampire. I also liked Goddess of the Sea which was about mermaids/mermen.

10/12/2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

LadyVampire - I've been interested in druids and Celtic anything since seventeen. I like how authors try to do their own twist to druidry, making them another species of person.

As for the author you mentioned, I haven't but I wrote it down to hunt for when I have a chance.

10/12/2008 10:27 AM  

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