The Key to Erebus (The French Vampire Legend. Book 1)

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The truth can kill you…

Taken away as a child, from a life where mythical creatures are real and treacherous, Jéhenne Corbeaux is unprepared for a frightening world.

Inexorably drawn to the terrifying figure of Corvus, an ancient vampire, Jéhenne is about to discover that, not only is Corvus far more dangerous than she could ever imagine but that he holds much more than the key to her heart… More
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Words: 179,410
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301893515
About Emma V. Leech

Paranormal Romance Author Emma V Leech was born in England and moved to France in 1998. She spends most of her time hiding in the Fae Lands with occasional forays to the real world for chocolate and tea bags. She likes Tarot cards and anything creepy (except spiders), is addicted to music, terrified by The Wizard of Oz and still believes in faeries. She's married with three daughters and a wild imagination.

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Review by: Akshta on March 22, 2016 :
I loved this book and all the characters in it!
Frankly, I didn't expect much from this book when I started out. I was already well into The Dark Heart Series and was pretty sure nothing could beat it. But I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved this as much as I loved those books.
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Review by: VarsiA on June 11, 2015 :
This was the first book by Emma Leech that i actually just stumbled on. An avid vampire fan, I was bewitched, spellbound, and completely mesmerized! The story begins with Jehenne Corbeaux a 19 year old young woman, who after experiencing strange 'dreams' and other things - leaves her mother in England, who has traipsed her from doctor to psychiatrist and back again, to move back in with her Grandmother in Dordogne France where she quickly learns that not only does she come from a long line of powerful witches....she herself IS one....and that all the things that go bump in the night...are REAL. Enter Corvus Albinus, Master Vampire of the Albinus House, a perpetually young and gorgeous vampire who has spent the last 2000 years mourning his one true love. In between learning how to master her craft, and struggling to understand the undeniable and potent attraction between herself and the vampire, Jehenne deals with the reality of all sorts of creatures she formerly believed to be the stuff of faery tale. For the icing on the cake, Jehenne is pursued by yet another ancient being believing she holds the key to the underworld and the gate that keeps the human world safe from the supernaturals who would rule the world in the humans' stead.
I laughed, I cried, I held my breath, I screamed in frustration and shouted in triumph right along with Jehenne at each twist and turn of the tale.
I literally could not put this book down. Every so often, you come across a book that you just have to read from start to finish without stopping; a book that leaves you physically and emotionally drained; a book that leaves you ...needing to read more about the characters written in such a manner that only she can accomplish. THIS is that book.
In The Key to Erebus, Emma V Leech has woven a tale that keeps you spellbound; an engrossing story full of magic,mystery, love, and danger and a touch of humor.
The cover is gorgeous and intriguing, the characters extremely well developed and the writing style is very good Finishing this book, I immediately searched for anything else Emma had written and eagerly awaited for the second book in the series, The Heart of Arima.
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Review by: shelby68 on May 12, 2015 :
I loved this book. It has been the start to a whole new journey for me because you have to read the books that follow. Emma has a wonderful way of writing and making her books come alive and making you feel as though you are right there with them through all of thier twists and turns. Such a Great Series, a Must Read.
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Review by: cristy edrial on Aug. 02, 2013 : (no rating)
this story is imaginative,superb and has so much thought in it. Every details has its own stories behind it. Characters seems to be real if you too is as imaginative as its creator. Mademoiselle is really a artist kudos to you.
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Review by: Nikki on June 30, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, although at times it was hard to get past the stubbornness of Jehenne. She was at times, downright impossible. The fact that Corvus would run to her like a lost puppy, made him seem weak which was something that seemed out of character for him. I just felt, at times, that Jehenne was unreasonable and in turn, it caused a few unnecessary issues. Rodney was a lovable character and Gran...well she was even more stubborn than Jehenne.
I liked how the story was a different spin to the typical vampire love story because it was more than just that. It had a lot of different elements to it and I can't wait for the sequel whenever it does come out.
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Review by: Graham Downs on June 09, 2013 :
This book was okay. The language was distracting, and it was tough to read at times. I was tempted to abandon it a few times, but the story was just good enough that I really wanted to see how it turned out. There's a bit of a surprising twist at the end, but not enough to detract from the otherwise quite predictable tale.

It's set in France, in modern times. That was cute, but I feel much of the French wasn't adequately explained. The narrative is also very melodramatic - it's written in the first person, but I honestly feel that's no excuse for the excessive editorialising that goes on. And it's not even consistent, either. This is supposed to be a world where the characters still believe in the old gods, yet these same characters often invoke the various names of the one Christian God in vain. Totally unnecessary, I felt.

As to the punctuation, there are missing commas all over the place, and not a semicolon in sight. There are plenty of places where I think they are sorely missed!

All in all, an okay story, but not one I'd recommend. There's apparently a second book coming in the series, but I don't think I'll be reading it.
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Review by: Jane Thornley on May 13, 2013 :
One of the many things I love about this book is that it's a different take on Vampire tales. Besides being set in France, the characters are rich and varied with the kind of protagonist, Jéhenne, who a reader can identify with, regardless of their individual circumstances. She seems extraordinarily real in increasingly supernatural circumstances. The book is an easy read but not simple, by any means. Enough plot twists and adventures exist to keep any reader interested and the romance, well, enough said. If you long for adventure, romance in a lush, supernatural setting, this is your book!
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Review by: ana marie deibel on March 29, 2013 :
love this book.had me reading it again and again for days.can't get enough of it.can't wait for book 2.
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Review by: ericson llorca on March 19, 2013 :
love reading this book!! :)
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Review by: Mark Dyer on Jan. 03, 2013 :
The story is set in France and the opening chapters make use of french words and phrases which are well delivered in a melange of french and english. "Ah merci Jéhenne, mon Dieu it's as cold as the grave today." The names of places such as Nontron and Brantôme added colour as I know the area. This french flavour faded as the story progressed which was a shame. Although the story is based on an old theme of vampires, witches and may other creatures the author was able to work in imaginative new ideas that I thought worked well.
For me the end could have been stronger/more believable. The taster of the second book presents familiar characters that instantly had me wanting to know more. More french please.
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Review by: kilashandra on Dec. 05, 2012 :
I found the book well written & compulsive reading, an impressive feat of imagination.
The writer weaves a spell with words which draws you into the story making you feel you have glimpsed experiences no mortal ever had.
Cannot wait for the second book to be finished.
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Review by: jannette lane on Nov. 27, 2012 :
a really good read, looking forward to the next book!
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Review by: jannette lane on Nov. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed the first book....waiting for the second.....
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Review by: lgee on Oct. 31, 2012 :
Great read, I loved it. Can't wait for the next one. Well done!!!
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Review by: lgee on Oct. 31, 2012 : (no rating)
A really good read. Read it in 3 days and hae just finished the start of the second book. Can't wait to see what happens!! Well done to you both.
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Review by: Rick Petrey on Oct. 20, 2012 :
A wonderful read. I look forward to more.
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Review by: Heather V. on Oct. 19, 2012 :
The book was awesome!! Wish I knew when the 2nd one was coming. :)
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Review by: aramide on Oct. 15, 2012 :
I love it, i love it, i love it, aaaarrrrghhhhh. I'm so knackered but i just couldnt put it down, i had to finish it. And then that little tidbit, i want to read it. Thank you for a great book and the next one in advance too. Ta xx
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