I am called Chapel . . .
For nearly six centuries I have roamed the night, a mortal man no longer. Would that I could undo the past -- when I entered the sanctuary of the Knights Templar to wrest from them the Holy Grail, only to discover the chalice I raised to my lips was not the sacred relic but a hellish cup of damnation. Now I shun the day and all things human, driven by an ungodly thirst. And yet...
Never have I known a maiden the like of Prudence Ryland, whose beauty and spirit awaken a heart I feared long cold and dead. But her young life is slipping away, and she also seeks the deliverance of the Grail -- unaware that the cost of her search could be her soul. I must help Prudence, for in six hundred years, no other woman has stirred my passions so. But dare I tender to my beloved that which she most desires -- the sensuous "gift" of forever that is both rapture and a curse: my immortal kiss?
©2006 Kathryn Smith (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
I just couldn't stop listening to this book, it held my attention throughout. It's basically another 'twist' on the vampire genre (they are the 'originals' ) but with a nice romantic plot .
I hope Kathryn Smith has taken her phone off the hook, cancelled her weekends and doesn't intend to take any holidays because I want MORE MORE MORE of the Knights Templar stories please please please!
If you like vampire romance then hit the Add to Cart button now - you won't be disappointed.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I gave it 3 stars because to me thats an average rating. It didn't set me on fire, but its a good listen. I already purchased the next book in this series, so yes I will listen to another book from Kathryn Smith.
I love vampire stories and this one is much more sedate than most. More of a love story than typical vampire stories.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
A believable concept on how vampires came to be. Thoroughly realistic. There were some wonderful moments in the book, however there were parts that dragged on. I didn't need to know every lil detail of her clothing, maybe description of one outstanding outfit, but not needed for other daily wear. Also I would have liked there to have been more detail of how the inside of the tomb/cellar looked. This was very vague, except to say the cup wasn't there. Did they thoroughly search it? Or just gave up because someone else beat them there and they believed they had it. (This wasn't cleared up for a certainty) This story deals mostly with the illness and impending death of Prudence. All of the soul searching and what ifs became truly boring.
The narrator had a pleasing voice, however she just read the story. It wasn't a performance.
She didn't have a wide range of voices. Everyone sounded basically the same. Some deviation, not very much.
This is one of my favorite listens so far.
I love everything about this book and it just gets better as the series progresses.
I can't wait until audible adds more to this series!
Can't really get excited about these vampires. The premise of the story starts off well enough. But then the story takes a turn and seems to concentrate on saving the girl who is dying rather than establishing the characters that will make up the brotherhood. It's a little weak with the potential to be better. I think because the vampire saving the dying girl has been done so many times that there is no extra punch to this tale. The narrator is not the best, but there is an attempt to distinguish between the male and female voices.
If there is nothing else on you plate and you have and I stress plenty of credits to spare then try the series out. I myself will take a look at book two.
Odd, Confusing, Poor Choice
I really liked this intro for the series. Someone else also mentioned that it took them a while to understand that it wasn't based in modern time and I understood that. There was no real direct mention in the first chapter, not the prologue, that it happened in the past. Other than that I loved the story. I loved hearing the struggle between the male lead, Chapel, and the female lead, Prudence.
The twist on a classic vampire story is great. The Holy Grail/Blood Grail story line is wonderful and something that I haven't read before. I'm excited to see how the other members of the Dark Protectors will come into the story and who will they and their mates defeat the enemy in the end.
The narrator is very.........odd. Not bad just......odd. Do I think that the book would work better with another narrator, yes. But I do really like the voice the narrator has for Chapel. It's just the voice used for Prudence and her sisters. It's off and not doesn't really work well.
exciting, emotional, and sensual...
Prue.. She loved Chapel and when she realized and accepted how HE felt about himself and about being a vampire she continued to love him unconditionally....
Never, but I will be getting the next book in the series....
I don't think there was a particular moment but what moved me was how Chapel saw himself and even though her had 2 people who cared for him tell him how they saw him he just could not see it.... "It is easier to believe the ugly things people say about you then the beautiful things that are true"
At first I really couldn't get into this book. The first half was just ok and I almost gave up but just couldn't because of the reviews that this book got I knew that I was missing something... Then the 2nd part of the book picked up and carried me away I connected emotionally with Chapel and Prue.... This turned out to be a great book for me because I love historical and paranormal romance and this had them both....
Great vampire story and pleasantly unexpected. The story is about a vampire who has not allowed himself to love in over six centuries only to fall in love with someone who is not only very sick but dying. Tormented by the thought of the “beast” he has become he cannot imagine turning her in order to save her. The story shows his inner struggles and her family’s constant and unwavering support and hope for a miracle to save her life. The twist at the end leaves the book open for the future adventures to come in the next books of the series. I liked this book very much and am sure you will too. It will thrill you and romance you and leave you wanting and asking for more.
Nice twist, thanks!
Temple, for being so kind...for a bloodsucker.
Mulina, Temple's companion.
The moment Temple realized it's okay to be happy - it was well written.
A very easy and enjoyable read. I will read the others.
This was a wonderful introduction to this series by Kathryn Smith. It definitely caught my interest and I can hardly wait get the rest of these books. Everyone loves a tormented hero and gutsy heroine and Ms.Smith definitely delivers with these two leads. I couldn't put this down until the final chapter was read. If you're not sure about this one, take the leap-you won't be disappointed.
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