Deception, Book 9 of The Vampires in America Series, D.B. Reynolds
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Another winner from Debbie! I love this series, have read all the main books and the novellas. It’s one I love to re-read so its great value for money, and each time I find things I’d missed on prior reading. The main books have, up to now, focussed on an individual couple, but always with that overarching plot of the European Vampires wanting parts of North America. Land is tight in Europe and the Vampires want to expand their territories. Raphael has long suspected this was coming, and been quietly shoring up defences, encouraging younger and stronger vampires to take over from the old weak ones, who might provide an opening to the Europe mob…and alongside that he’s of course been building unspoken but known alliances. There’s a lot said with the right bit of help, the right nod, that creates unspoken but binding allegiances. Raphael doesn’t want more territory, more power, but he does hold his responsibilities to his Vampires highly, and he’ll do everything he can to keep them safe.
I’ve loved the past books, and have seen how they have been slowly building to this. I love the duo of Raphael and Cyn, she’s tough and he wouldn’t be right with a simpering, ladylike, tearful and dependent Mate. He values Cyn’s strength, her talent for planning and ability to fight. She knows in a one on one she’s not up to a Vampire, but she also knows their arrogance means most of them tend to overlook humans, simply seeing them as weak and unable to fight back. That’s how she killed Jabril ( though of course the word is that Raphael did the deed. They want to keep Cyn’s abilities quiet, and of course if word got out Jabril was killed by a human there would be an outcry).
Now the gauntlet has been thrown, and Raphael has to respond. Supposedly a “friendly” meeting in Hawaii to discuss a Treaty, he’s stuck, they know its a trap and they also know he has to go. He thinks he’s protected with his immense strength, but is wary. He’s made what plans he can but he can’t cover unknown angles. He doesn’t realise just how far Mathilde will go though, and she knows he’s stronger so employs some very underhanded methods using ancient magic, something unheard of for centuries, to capture him. Cyn though doesn’t accept that he has to go, nothing can be done etc…she makes her own plans quietly with Robbie, working at a frantic pace to free him before Mathilde can claim his Territory.
Its a great read, bringing in some of the people we know from past books; Robbie, Elke, Juro’s twin Ke’ichi ( I don’t recall him but he’s one of the strong silent types so that’s no surprise). It’s a race against time, and bring in all Cyn’s strength in planning, her love for Raphael and the group work together as a small but solid team. Its full of danger and surprises – not least that one about Nick. Remember him from the first book? Cyn’s casual lover when he’s in town – that came as a real shock, and I hope we see more of him in future reads! One of the things I love about Debbie’s writing is she focuses on personalities, making each of them having their own strengths and weaknesses, and into very definite characters. There are no quick fixes, when someone has to be fought its a battle using known weapons and talents, and its not “battle heavy” – where there are pages and pages of bloodthirsty gore, and descriptions of weapons that fly over my head. Debbie keeps it basic and that actually sharpens it for me, makes it feel real, and I can follow what happens.
Stars: Stars: Five, another fabulous read and one for the keepers file
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