Author: Tal Bauer
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Aria Tan
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/02/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
History says the Knights Templar were destroyed in 1307.
History is wrong.
Vampires haunt the sewers beneath Rome, revenants desecrate graveyards, ghouls devour helpless passersby, and incubi stalk dark alleys and seedy nightclubs in Italy’s capital. Deep in the Vatican, a brotherhood exists, sworn protectors of the earth, and they stand firm against monsters from the dark depths. Operating in secret and silence, they protect our world from the sinister, the etheric, and the evils that exist beyond the Veil.
But it’s a lonely life, and Alain Autenberg knows that more than most. His lover was ripped from him years ago, and he vowed never to get close to another soul again. Even when the loneliness presses down on him, and his empty heart cries out for something more.
Something more comes in Cristoph Hasse, a new soldier arriving in Rome to serve in the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Young, brash, and fitting in at right angles everywhere he goes, Cris struggles in the murky, deceptive labyrinth of the Vatican. Propelled forward by a past he can’t understand, Cris collides with Alain, and both men crash headfirst into the darkest secret of the Vatican…and of the world.
I was so excited to get this to review, the cover is amazing and the blurb- I was vibrating with excitement.
And the whole Knights Templar, hunter plot is terrific. At times it’s slightly unbelievable, but its gory, scary and exciting, I would have read this without the romantic sub plot.
The romance is probably the most angsty thing I have read in a very long time, angst isn’t my bag at all, and it began to detract from all the good pacy paranormal bits.
Towards the end the relationship redeemed itself, and it ended with a very solid ending that feels like there may be a sequel ? Which I would read.
Also – fantastically moody cover
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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