Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Rajmund ( Vampires in America #3 ) by D. B. Reynolds

Rajmund by D. B. Reynolds

RAJMUND GREGOR is a vampire . . . and the undisputed Master of New York City. He bows to no one but his Sire, Krystof, who is the Vampire Lord for the entire Northeastern U.S. Based in Buffalo, NY, Krystof is an old vampire—-too old, it would seem, because he’s slowly losing his mind. Summoned back to Buffalo by his Sire, Rajmund finds his master out of touch and rapidly weakening. He knows the territory will crumble if something isn’t done, and he’s the only one of Krystof’s children strong enough to seize power. But there’s also the matter of some missing women and a rogue vampire who seems to be moving in for the kill.

SARAH STRATTON has a secret, one she’s never shared with anyone–—at least not anyone who knows her now, not even her good friend Cyn. It’s a secret that could destroy her carefully constructed life, but it’s one she may have to share with a vampire, if she’s going to save the lives of the missing women.


Urban Fantasy


This Book 3 can works as a standalone since both Sarah and Rajmund was not featured in the first two books. Sarah was only briefly mentioned as Cyn's friend in the epilogue of Jabril. Sarah met Rajmund, a powerful vampire of Manhattan through her connection with Cyn and Raphael. They have this instant attraction towards each other, but beside of a slow dance, they didn't act upon it.

After their brief meeting, Sarah returns to Buffalo to her job as a professor of History in the university. She is hiding her true identity as a psychic from everyone around her and plan to remain that way. The disappearance of young women haunted her dreams and she struggle to maintain hidden when people from her past threaten to unveil her secrets. Meanwhile, Rajmund was summoned to Buffalo by his Sire, Vampire lord Krystof, to deal with the missing women who visited the blood house. To add matter worst, Lord Krystof power and authority is declining and Rajmund will need to challenge for his position soon, before some other powerful vampire come in the territory to seize power.

Is fun to read the role reversal here with Sarah, who is clearly attracted to Rajmund and wanted to jump his bone whenever she sees him, while Rajmund was trying to act more rational and focus his attention on the investigation that might threaten the vampire community. Raphael came across as quiet and lethally dangerous, while Rajmund is also badass, but more communicative and suave. He is trying to claim the vampire lord throne from his sire. Despite that instant attraction between Sarah and Rajmund, this two really take a long time to come together. We were also introduced to Emelia, Rajmund's lieutenant and also his best friend. They have this great boss and employee vibe going on. When Rajmund was not engaging himself with Sarah, he is with Emelia investigating on the blood houses in Buffalo.

We also got a treat on some glimpses on Cyn and Raphael, the couple from Book 1 and 2. They are married and so in love. They are only featured in chapter 1 and 2 and the epilogue. Although I'm not sure whether to hate it or love it that this book ended with a cliffhanger on Cyn and Raphael. Rajmund and Sarah got their little HEA, but I just need to rush to book 4 to know what's happening on Raphael.

Rating 4/5