I would be the first one to admit that history and I are not friends. This book was written at the backdrop of the Ottoman Empire between 14th and 20th century. But it was not a historical fiction. It is purely a paranormal love story with action, politics, and drama.
The story started with Queen Naz a vampire with mind blowing powers, she literally could blow the mind with her ability to control it. She kept the present sultan under a tight leash. Cut to the present day, Timur, a vampire, an Ubir in her army, abhorred the blood lust. He hated killing humans or drinking off them. He was one the few who could turn a human, his canines were poisonous. He lived a quiet self-loathing life. Then entered Emel, the woman in whose presence his blood lust abated. And this was their love story amidst politics and murders.
Tabi Slick is a great writer, I enjoyed her romantic sections. Both Timur and Emel complemented each other, the romantic vibes between them had me melting. The author’s writing was authentic and clear. I loved the drama which happened behind the curtains where people changed sides. There were a couple of unexpected twists, to my sheer delight.
The few niggles I had were the story sometimes moved slow, and the latter half had too many characters, I got a bit confused and had to re-read to understand it all.
Queen Naz was awesome she caught my eye, she had a few tricks up her sleeve even when she appeared defeated. Book 2 would probably have her ramping up. Emel was sweet and accepting, she knew quite a bit about Timur’s secret.
I would love to meet a guy like Timur with his power and protectiveness, preferably not a vampire. Overall a great 2 hour read with a romance which made me smile.
I received a digital copy of the book from the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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TABI SLICK is an award-winning author of paranormal and historical fantasy. Her younger years were spent living in the countryside of Oklahoma until she started her studies in Puerto Rico. After spending several years in Puerto Rico, she finally settled down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. With a degree in Linguistics, she’s often found either researching or with her nose stuck in a book. She’s not only the wife of a systems engineer, and mother to a beautiful German Shepherd and Rhodesian Ridgeback pup, but she’s also a blogger and book ninja.
In the height of Sultan Mustafa’s reign, a war between Ubir factions has begun leaving the fate of the Ottoman Empire in the hands of one vampire.
Abandoned as a child, Timur never knew his parents or a life outside of the Janissary Corp. The only thing he’s ever known is that he belongs to the Ubir underworld, a group of vampires led by the valide sultan, Queen Naz.
Despising himself for everything this life has made him do, Timur’s world changes one fateful day when he finds a cure. His bloodlust vanishes in her mere presence, his heart yearning to be near her.
Will their love conquer all? Or will he lose himself to the darkness?
Publication Date: 22nd March 2019
Publisher: SWC Indie Press