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SM Johnson hibernates in a conservative community of northern Wisconsin, where she writes darkly erotic fiction about things that go "naughty" in the night.
White Sun Press
on March 13, 2012 :
I really loved this short(ish) story, introducing the "birth" of DeVante as a vampire, and his unconventional upbringing both as a human and as an immortal. The whole idea of "Ernesto" being born by a witch and growing up pretty much without much civilizing influence is intriguing, and I absolutely loved the description of his being "given" to Katarina, his (eventual) sire. The story is dark and very much a traditional, gothic vampire tale, which I love, but there's also a great deal of humanity and compassion in the detailing of the story of his other human companion, who helps Ernesto/DeVante shoulder the burden of caring for this brutal being, Katarina...in every way imaginable. I particularly loved the story between these two humans, and how they protect one another from Katarina, as well as compete for her attention. A complex, psychological story with great characters, and a perfect intro to the series. My only complaint was that I wasn't ready for it to end when it did...I would actually love to see a whole novel of DeVante's origins, based on this...there is so much here, I could easily see it evolving into a full-length novel at some point.
(reviewed the day of purchase)