Title: Crimson Horizon
Author: Heather Renee and Lela Grayce
Genre: Vampire pirate/fantasy
Rating: Four stars
“When Lavinia Maycott’s home is attacked by villainous pirates, she isn’t sure how to find peace being a survivor. With her family murdered, she has only one place to go. However, her betrothed’s estate isn’t the safe haven she was expecting.
Alone and running for her life, she finds acceptance with a small group of rebels intent on fleeing the island in search of safer territories. When that proves more difficult than any of them realize, Lavinia must chose between letting harm come to her new friends or sacrificing herself to save them.
It will take all of the courage Lavinia didn’t know she had to make it off the island alive, but even then, vampires and pirates roam the seas, making nowhere safe.”
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This book was a bit of a whirlwind, for sure!
Our protagonist, Lavinia, has been forced into an engagement to Pierce, a wealthy landowner in Port Victory by her uncle. But she soon learns that the arrangement comes with a death sentence for herself, her aunt and uncle. While the rest of the world thinks he is human, Pierce is secretly a vampire and is set on turning Lavinia.
When a massacre of the port leaves everyone either dead or a vampire, Lavinia is forced to team up with a group of survivors, including hunky half-vampire Jameson, to escape.
Here are the good bits: the romance is awesome, the plot is well paced and action-packed, plus I really wanted to the bad guy to bite it. Pun completely intended. I really got lost in the story as Lavinia, Jameson and her new friends travel from port to port in hopes of finding safety but finding only vampires. The stakes are high and it shows.
What really intrigued me was Lavinia’s supernatural status. Pierce tries to turn her several times but although Lavinia always returns to life again, she has adopted some mysterious powers regardless. Fast healing, super speed, super strength: all hallmarks of a vampire, yet her heart still beats. We don’t even get an answer at the end of the book so I’m hoping the answer will lie further in the series.
There’s only one thing that I didn’t like about this book and it’s actually the same issue as a lot of vampire books these days. The vampires have no trouble with daylight. Sure, it makes things harder for our protagonists but by letting vampires walk around with only a bit of “weakness” to show that the sun impacts them at all cuts out a whole bunch of cool storylines. Including having vampires figure out how to walk about in the sun halfway through the book/series. It’s a personal preference for sure.
Either way, I recommend this book and so far it’s my favourite vampire pirates book. I’m looking forward to carrying on the series!
You can grab a copy of Crimson Horizon here on Amazon and the price is pretty reasonable. But I think I did get this book on sale for 99c so who knows, maybe it’s worth keeping an eye on the price of this one just in case.
Thanks for reading!