Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré - a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world... and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.
Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
©2011 Kristen Painter (P)2012 Tantor
"Prophecy, curses, and devilish machination combine for a spellbinding debut of dark romance and pulse-pounding adventure." (Library Journal)
I was an interesting story with in depth characters you could care about. A nice easy fun read, well listen.
Chrysabelle or Malkom. Cause they were well thought out and had more depth to them than most characters in books do.
She read the story very well and was easy to listen to.
No one seems to know about this book it has no reviews, that’s really sad cause it‘s good. I just reviewed it to say I hope Audible puts out the rest of them anyway I want to hear more. They aren’t as great as some fantasy but I thought it was a much better story than that Fifty Shades of Nonsense so many people love. It's a lot like J R Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood books, but much better.
This book reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha Girl, but with a complex Urban Fantasy plot and kickass heroine. This review is based more on the story, and not on the narrator, who had some weird pauses, but was essential okay. She didn't add to my enjoyment of the story, and I got through by looking that my e-book at some parts.
It began with Chrysabelle, a comarré (a special race of humans bred to feed and attend vampire nobility) on the run, after her patron noble vampire, Lord Algenon was found murdered in his bedroom. Lord Alegnon was the Dominus of the House of Tepesh and an Elder (part of the ruling class of the Vampires) . Thus his death with a weapon used only by comarré could only mean one thing. In even more damaging evidence, Chrysabelle was the last person seen with him, and she had motive as he just refused to give her freedom after her faithful service of 100 years.
Chrysabelle runs for refuge to her Aunt because she needed help in clearing her name, especially since she has took the signet ring of her patron, which is rumored to have some magic. One of Algenon’s heirs, Tatiana took on the task to bring Chrysabelle to stand trial because she wants to prove herself. Tatiana also needed Algenon’s ring and it’s magic, in order to make her claim for the Elder spot vacated by the dead dominus. So, Vampire Tatiana hunts Chrysabelle, to bring her to justice as well as retrieve the ring, and show the comarré that they won’t get away with murdering their masters.
Chrysabelle’s aunt sends her to an anathema named Mal (anathemas were former noble vampires, cursed and outcast for committing a crime against their own kind). Chrysabelle offers to help Mal with his curse, if he helps her clear her name. Thus begins their uneasy partnership and journey to stay one step ahead of Tatiana.
Initially, I listened to the audio book, but the world was quite complex necessitating the use the glossary in the e-book to get the definition of some of these creatures. Regardless, I found the pace of the story enjoyable and the characters interesting. No one was quite what they seemed and they all excelled in the art of lies by omission. This is a story where the reader has to play careful attention to detail so one can quickly get lost. The author also alternated the point of view, so I can see how other readers got annoyed. That didn’t bother me because I was really engaged and was riveted by the story. I liked the heroine and hero because they were both strong and feisty. They were both likable, in that damaged hero kind of way, so I was rooting for them to get justice. I didn’t see the twist with killer, and I should have as it made a lot of sense. I like that the author kept me on my feet. I do hope the author allows Mal and Chrysabelle to be less guarded with each other because there is definitely something there. I also look forward to seeing Doc and hopefully Fiona in book 2. The House of Comarré is a series that I want to continue. I plan on listening to book 2, but I will also buy the e-book for reference
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