Review: Hunters & Prey (Immortalis Series #2) by Katie Salidas
The other members of Alyssa’s clan blow her off when she fears their nemesis, a legendary vampire hunter, has returned. They finally believe her when the hunter rescues her from an even bigger threat. Hunters & Prey is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
- Title: Hunters & Prey
- Series: Immortalis – book #2
- Author: Katie Salidas
- Prominent Characters: Alyssa, Lysander, Fallon, Santino
- Recommended reader age: 16+
- Sexual content level: moderate
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
This book grabs the reader by the throat from the first line, while the vampire, Alyssa, gulps her victim’s hot blood. Ms. Salidas lets off the pressure enough for the reader to get a quick breath, then pours it on again.
The heroine, Alyssa, is a young vampire, newly turned, living with a clan of ancients. Most of the time, I have to admit, I didn’t care much for her, and there were several times when I couldn’t decide for sure if she suffered from TSTL Syndrome, or if Ms. Salidas was simply brilliant in her characterization. By the end, I settled on the latter. Alyssa’s stubborn risk-taking, putting herself and her clan repeatedly in danger, was perfectly in character for a newly turned vampire, still seeking the limits of her immortality. Every time it looked like Alyssa was properly chastised, and she promised not to do it again, she found more trouble.
Lysander, a seriously ancient vampire, and leader of their clan, has his hands full, keeping track of Alyssa and rescuing her. No wonder he and the other members of the clan say Alyssa is a magnet for trouble.
Besides the perfectly in-character, annoyingly bratty, heroine, Ms. Salidas has created an indestructible vampire hunter on an ordained mission to eliminate the monsters. Then she went a step further and added a psychotic priest/mad scientist, with a secret weapon, and the blessings of the part of the Church tasked with protecting humans from vampires. When the secret weapon begins to slip from the mad man’s control, it’s bad news for everyone, and the danger ramps up even higher.
You know how you always tell the girl in the horror flick to just run? This is one of those times!
A footstep broke the silence. Still young, I’d had limited dealings with other vampires. Not all were friendly. I hoped the one watching me would be.
“I know you’re out there,” I called to the darkness. “Show yourself.”
Raspy laughter crawled out of the shadow. “Are you sure you want me to do that, Alyssa?”
In the space of a second, realization hit me. My eyes went wide and my heart slammed into my chest.
Oh shit. Santino!
You know how you always tell the girl… Wait. Didn’t I say that already?
I reached the mouth of the path that would lead me down into the wash. Closing my eyes, I sniffed at the air. A warm, fgsugary smell wafted up from under the bridge.
Perfect. I rubbed my hands in anticipation.
Someone was down there. From the strength of the smell wafting up to my nose I guessed there was at least one close by, but maybe more.
Closing my eyes, I centered myself, quieting my mind to sense if there were any other presence. This was not a place I normally visited, and I did not want to run into another vampire.
You know… erm… Yeah. Never mind. See for yourself.
” “What do you want?”
“Just a chat, that’s all.” There was laughter mixed in with his voice. He was baiting me, mocking me.
He gave me an address and told me to meet him just after sunset, warning me that I was to come alone or he would kill her.
He hung up before I could say anything more than, “Okay,” leaving me with nothing but silence.
Visions of Fallon enduring horrible tortures crept into my mind. “Why did I have to get her involved?” I whined to the empty room. “Would he really hurt her? He has to be Acta Sanctorum. But they protect humans, they don’t harm them! What if he isn’t one of the Saints?” I paced the room, my mind running a mile a minute trying to figure out what to do. “It’s some ki(n)d of trap, obviously, but would they really hurt Fallon if I didn’t show up?” Sunset was still hours away; I was trapped, powerless to stop whatever it was they were doing to her. “I can’t leave her life to chance. I brought her into this. I have to go… alone. But how will I get away from the clan?”
If you liked Hunters & Prey of the Immortalis series…
If you enjoyed Hunters & Prey, you might also like Sunrise at Sunset by Jaz Primo, the first book in her Sunset Vampire series.
Every time I became irritated by the heroine, something else would crop up, dragging my interest back into the book. And it really worked. Everything about the heroine showcased the immature nature of someone newly turned, which made complete sense – a person couldn’t simply become immortal overnight and not get a little drunk on the new powers. Admit it, you’d have to test the limits, too. And then it happened. The heroine, despite her faults, redeemed herself with a totally selfless act in order to save her clan and her friend. I’m glad I stuck it out.
Hunters & Prey is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
Rating: Hunters & Prey
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- http://www.katiesalidas.com/ (website)
- Facebook Page
- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3395431.Katie_Salidas (GoodReads)