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Review - Dark Roots by Lucius Valiant

Synopsis -

Harlan Thorne is a professional Hunter.

When a solicitor approaches him on behalf of a client facing an unspecified vampire problem, he cannot turn away. But from the moment he steps into the imposing Thornhill Mansion, perched above the hallowed grounds of Highgate Cemetery West, reality itself begins to warp.

Harlan soon finds himself swept up in a cyclone of long-held secrets, ancient vendettas, ghostly whispers, and a looming resurrection that demands blood - in abundance.

As Harlan unravels the mysteries of Thornhill Mansion and its inhabitants, he unearths buried truths about his own lineage. The deeper he digs, the more he realizes: his fate is hopelessly entangled with the Thornhills’.

Review -

I'm sure that many people are going to see "vampire hunter" in the synopsis and expect blood-soaked battles on every page, Instead, we get a brooding gothic horror that is low on gore an high on atmosphere.

There are definitely some pieces of the story that serve as the beginning threads for what is to come later in the series, which only adds to the overall mystery of the piece.

This is a fabulous debut novel from Lucius Valiant and it sets up the rest of the series nicely, leaving you wanting more when all is said and done. Fans of Anne Rice will get a kick out of this one, for sure, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

You can find a copy of Dark Roots by clicking HERE.

4 stars out of 5

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