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Cronin's Key

Cronin's Key (Cronin's Key #1) - N.R. Walker BR with Kayl – Saturday, August 1

Character cast courtesy of N.R. Walker. ;-) Click for a bigger version.

As a teenager, I went through this phase of vampire books. The original–Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, you name it. I even read Twilight *shudder*. Before you get your panties in a twist, no, I didn't like it. Sparkly stalker vampires? Um, I'll pass.

So, I thought it had all been said and done. Finito. But since everyone seemed to be gushing over this book, I had to read it, obviously. And man, did N.R. Walker do a fantastic job of writing vampires.

Think about what you know about ancient Egypt for a second. Now imagine Osiris, Anubis, Ra and many others as powerful vampires. Imagine cats being protectors of the immortal. That gives a whole new meaning to the Sphinx and to pyramids, doesn't it? Hieroglyphs bear hidden meanings, and they tell a story which requires a closer look in order to be understood.

Add to that two fated lovers: one immortal, one human. The immortal has lived for over a thousand years, having seen unimaginable things and lived to see the world change and rise from it's ashes for far too many centuries. The human is a cop who is excellent at his job and is very familiar with weirdness, as he has lived through many strange and unexplainable situations during his 29 years.

Now you have Cronin's Key in a nutshell. If you're expecting a romantic book, this is not it. But if you want to read about a fascinating take on history, if you want to experience an epic war between the Illyrians and Egyptians and the 'good guy' vampires, and if you can be satisfied by a bit of lovely romance, then... By all means, read the book, because you're in for a treat.

I loved Cronin, lethal and immortal vampire, who turned into a smitten and helpless mess when he was around Alec. As for Alec, the guy's amazing! Brave, sarcastic, hilarious, very passionate, and did I mention gorgeous? Yeah, N.R. Walker casted him as Marco Dapper, after all. 'Nuff said!

I also quite enjoyed the twist on history, and the secondary characters were great, especially the vibrant Eiji and his fated Jodis. Eiji was adorable, and I wish Jodis had more of a say, because she was mostly in the background, overshadowed by the guys. And of course, the book's writing was beautiful and flowed easily.

"M'cridhe, m'gràdh, gu brath."
My heart, my love, forever.