Combining a romance with Romanian mythology and gypsy influences, the author has created a new form of vampire, an “energy vampire” that feeds on life force rather than blood. While they can create new members for their society, the born members are both the rulers and also the center of the management of Strigoi in the human society.
Tightly drawn characters are the center of this story, with a focus on the development and story of Selene and Lucien, her destined mate. Other characters are briefly detailed and their characterizations are more foreshadow of what may come, rather than presenting them as complete and dimensional beings. Each chapter is short, 2 to 3 pages, the entire book is only 148 pages, it is loaded with action and information on each page.
This is a story to just “go with”, and not worry about the unanswered questions early on: there are answers revealed constantly and consistently throughout the last third of the book – and all the pieces will fall into place. As a start to a series, this book creates the necessary groundwork: characters to care about, a question about what happens next, and just enough left unanswered about the Strigoi and their powers and influence.
Even as a little girl, Selene had always been adventurous, climbing trees and finding new adventures in every nook and cranny. She was never accepted by either gender—all children thought she was too outspoken and strange. Little did she know how different she truly was until an encounter with a mysterious stranger changes her life forever.
From the moment that Lucian saw Selene, he knew she was special and that she was his destiny. He sent his brother, Anton, out to watch over her and protect her while she was still unaware of her true nature. Lucian, however, didn’t foresee that Anton and Selene would be mutually attracted to each other. Will Selene come between the two brothers? How will she handle the truth about what she is and the power that courses through her veins?
I give Valley of Dust, 4 of 5 Bullets.
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**I received a paperback copy of this book from Booked and Loaded. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.