Review: Ghosts of Memories (Vampire Memories #5) by Barb Hendee

October 11, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★


Ghosts of Memories

(Vampire Memories, #5)
by Barb Hendee

Genre: Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; October 2, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0451464842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464842

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Description

With her vampire protector Philip Branté and their human companion Wade Sheffield, a former police psychologist, Eleisha Clevon searches the world for isolated vampires—and offers them sanctuary. She wants to provide a home where she can teach them to follow the Four Laws that will protect them and their kind.

But not all vampires want to live by anyone’s rules but their own. Christian Lefevre has been posing a psychic, catering to the upper crust of Seattle society by making contact with their dead loved ones—and leaving his clients faint and weak after each encounter. Now Eleisha must confront the most deadly predator she has ever faced—or lose everything she has fought to protect…

Review

This is my second of the Vampire Memories series, and I am reminded by how much I enjoy Hendee’s alien yet human vampires.  Eleisha and Phillip remain as much co-dependent as in love, Eleisha’s altruistic quest still sends them out into danger to help others, but in GHOSTS OF MEMORIES a new danger emerges from the shadows.  While IN MEMORIES WE FEAR focused on the dynamic of Eleisha’s group, GHOSTS OF MEMORIES takes us out into the memories of a few new characters… and a potential new villain.

GHOSTS OF MEMORIES is very accessible as a stand alone book, both in terms of how Hendee sets up this story and resolves it.  It made me so happy to read about Maxim’s slow recovery, how he’s adopting animal strays and making himself at home in the Underground.  All of the major characters are shown enjoying some measure of peace and contentment in this book, bracketing the usual cat and mouse action of finding new vampires while evading Julian.  I even enjoyed how much of this book takes place in the past, as telepathy allows characters (and therefore us) to experience past events as if they were there.  Hendee uses this mechanic to take an essentially modern story and transport the narrative into the past.  Fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series will recognize how dangerous and insidious one of Hendee’s new characters is, and I liked how Hendee gave me closure on one plot line while leaving the door open for future drama.

While GHOSTS OF MEMORIES is a satisfying end point, I’m sad to see the close of the Vampire Memories series.  Hendee leaves enough potential woven into the book that I feel like her characters are living on past that last page.  Given how much I enjoyed this author’s unique take on vampirism, I’m looking forward to her next project, the Mist-Torn Witches.

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